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The Inside Light


Cinco Design had done a rather intriguing project. The premise is this – inside every designer/creative is a guiding light that shapes our vision and fuel our creativity. So they asked a bunch of people to boil it down to one word, make a light box of it, and take a photo showing the reflection of the word on the person – they even have a making-of:



And here’s the interactive e-Magazine from the result of the shoot – TheInsideLight.


Pimp your Logo


‘Pimp my Logo’ takes on user-submitted logos (vector) and turns them into what-he-claims-is cheesy 3-second animation (the kind you see at the end of an ad or a short clip). And he (she?) does it all for free! Too bad the submissions are closed already – but you can still check out some of the reels that he has already done!

Age 10 to 60 – through Make-up & Photography


Vogue Paris had a very interesting editorial featuring a series of photographs of the 20-years-old model Eniko Mihalik portrayed in the age of 10, 20, … 50, 60 respectively. It’s quite amazing how the overall look can be so malleable, achieved (perhaps not so) simply with tricks of the trade like hairdo, facial expression, make-up, photography angles, etc.


At 10, a certain wide-eyed innocence with a strong suggestion on bare-chestedness, half-exposed teeth (make them seem smaller and less full-grown), very light make-up, looking almost fresh out of a swimming pool or something.


At 20, a rather typical high-school/college girl first getting acquainted with mascara and lip-gloss; expressions of youth with straight hair, painted finger nails and fun accessories (ring); there is a sense of eagerness and anticipation in the expression.


At 30, she looks like she’s been through some really bad relationships, on the roads, and maybe have her life mortgated to drugs and alcohol, doused generally with a sense of cynicism towards the world.


At 40, life reins in as she matures and develops into a more assured woman; the wild sides has not been eliminated totally but tamed to a more nuanced portrayal;


At 50, back to a very classic and enduring look showing a sense of refined sophistication after living through the many decades; tastes have been distilled and generally looks more classy.


Finally at 60, the beauty grows inwards as the outer appearance are toned down in favor of more subtle expression (cropped hairdo, plain top), with a sense that the inner wisdom is now far more distinguishing than the outer appearance.

It’s really quite amazing that all these were achieved simply by modifying the external “packaging” on a person – that probably goes to show how precise the media can turn and distort “reality” by modifying how it is presented. Great works.

[via Miss at la Playa]

What can you buy for $5?


The Advanced Design team in Nokia set up a website – The Five Dollar Comparison – to find out what can people buy with $5 in different parts of the world.

Discussions around the consequences of a truly connected planet have been going on for some time in our organisation, and maybe also in yours. Five Dollar Comparison is a small step to broaden the discussion and explore how the impact might vary across cultures and contexts by asking a simple question: What can you buy for five dollars?

Brilliant Mirror Prank

Just stumbled upon this clever and hilarious prank:

The mirror in the toilet was replaced by a window pane. The gray lady’s identical twin is in an identically set-up room on the opposite side, mirroring her every move. Everybody who walks in get ultra confused.

4-seasons Party Crackers


I loved the poetry of this party cracker design – different flourishes for different seasons: cherry-blossoms, drops, leaves and snowflakes.

[via mocoloco]

Google Flu Trendspotting


Google Insights have been available publicly for some time. Users can enter multiple search terms and Google will report the search trends for these terms over time, and correlate it with major news articles, geographic source of search. It was typically associated with entertainment (“Paris Hilton”, “Britney Spears”) variety, or perhaps political campaigning (“Joe the plumber”, “chartered school” etc.).

More recently though the underlying technology of mining the gazillions of Google searches each day was tuned towards a more social-good topic by (the charity arm of Google). One of the examples are tracking flu trends.

CDC [Center for Disease Control and Prevention] uses a variety of methods to track influenza across the United States each year. One method relies on a network of more than 1500 doctors who see 16 million patients each year. The doctors keep track of the percentage of their patients who have an influenza-like illness, also known as an “ILI percentage”. CDC and state health departments collect and aggregate this data each week, providing a good indicator of overall flu activity across the United States.

So why bother with estimates from aggregated search queries? It turns out that traditional flu surveillance systems take 1-2 weeks to collect and release surveillance data, but Google search queries can be automatically counted very quickly. By making our flu estimates available each day, Google Flu Trends may provide an early-warning system for outbreaks of influenza.

Here you can see the comparison of the results – it does seem like there’s a strong correlation between the actual medical report compiled by the CDC and Google’s terms. Could this be extended to a whole range of applications – epidemic outbreak, humanitarian situations, etc.?


Go to the article for a more detailed explanation.

Major League Baseball Logo


Did you know that the Major League Baseball logo was designed 40 years ago (1968) and have never been updated since?

Did you know that the baseball player in the logo was designed so that he can either be a right or left-handed batter?

I didn’t know either of those – this logo looked contemporary so I’ve always thought it was done or at least updated recently. Made me think about classic designs that can stand the test of time – all ye glossy bevels and reverse shadows, die!

And the left-right handed thing is somewhat like the arrow in the Fedex logo – once you know it you can’t un-see it.

Here’s an ESPN interview with the unacknowledged (officially) designer of the logo Jerry Dior, a 76-year old retired graphic designer.

[via Brand New]

Sherlock Test

There are 21 continuity errors in this short clip that tests your observational skills – how good are you at paying attention, o Sherlock-wannabe? I totally failed this – couldn’t see any at my first try, and even after I saw the whole clip and rewatched the video, the changes are still so hard to spot.

I’d never be a good detective.


LG Japan Concept Phones


LG Japan organized a design competition for concept mobile phones – and the aesthetic mock-ups were shown at the Tokyo Design Week sometime back. The winner (pictured at the top) is called the Planet Phone:

[It is] a circular clamshell-style handset that features numerous LEDs embedded into the top half of the phone. Each of the small lights represents one of your friends. Those you keep in contact with remain near the center, but as you slowly lose touch with people they drift towards the edge and eventually off the display altogether. It’s supposed to prompt you to keep in touch with friends and remind you when you haven’t spoken to someone for a while.

At least in the concept phone arena, there does seem to be a trend towards making the phone less like a digital, consumer electronics but more poetic and metaphorical, such as those qualities displayed here by the Planet Phone.

Personally for me some of the other concepts didn’t feel too fresh – there have been concepts like these for some time now (at least from what I can see and infer from the image/descriptions. From top left, “Temperature” phone where your contacts are in the format of physical tiles that can be exchanged and used to compose your own unique phone; “Ring” with a rotary dial that doubles up as the camera viewfinder; “Tap” where you can switch between modes by flipping it like a light switch and “fbt” with Braille input/output.

[PC World has the write-up]