Norway Memorial Will Cut Through An Island

March 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

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In 2011, Norway suffered one of the worst days in it’s modern history. To commemorate the attacks and the 77 people that lost their lives, Norway held a competition for architects and artists to design a memorial.

Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg was picked as the winner with his proposal named Memory Wound. His design is focuses on the Island of Utøya, where the shootings took place, and features an 11 foot cut through the headland at Tyriforden, separating it from the mainland. The cut will symbolise the loss of life by literally removing a part of Norway, leaving the rest as a reminder.

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Visitors to the memorial will by guided down a pathway through the island’s forest into a tunnel that leads to the cutting. The tunnel ends abruptly at the cut, where visitors will be able to see to the other side from a viewing platform. On the other side will be written the names of all those who lost their lives on July 22nd. “The names will be close enough to see and read clearly,” explains Dahlberg, “yet ultimately out of reach. This cut is an acknowledgement of what is forever irreplaceable.”

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The earth, plants, and trees removed through excavating the cut will be transferred to Oslo, where it will act as the foundation for the city’s memorial. The Oslo tribute comprises a contemplative path situated alongside an existing busy walkway. The memorial will take visitors off their regular path but ultimately lead them in the right direction. It speaks to the massive impact the attacks had on the everyday lives of Norwegians, but concludes that although we should take time to remember what happened, life must carry on.

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Disney Characters Re-Imagined as Hipster College Students

June 21, 2013 § 1 Comment

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Disney characters re-imagined as hipster college students by Spanish artist Rubén aka Hyung86. More of his Disney work on his Deviant Art page here.

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Prince Adam

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Mulan

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Aladdin

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Alice

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Peter Pan

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Tinkerbell

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Tarzan

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Aurora

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Belle

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Cinderella

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Jasmine

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Eric

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Snow White

Jony Ive Redesigns Things

June 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Jony Ive redesigns his only t-shirt

The recent big reveal of Apple’s iOS 7 has been a huge talking point over the past couple of days. Graphic designers from around the world were comfortably prepared for a large-scale shift from past skeuomorphic design principles to a modern flat approach that has been successfully implemented by Google and Microsoft, but were not prepared for many of the design choices shown in the keynote. In particular, the over-flat approach renders many interactive elements unclear to the user, visual hierarchy is lost, the incredibly saturated colour palette is painful and certain icon designs such as the Newsstand icon are very poor. Having spent many hours digesting various opinions and redesigns for iOS7, I feel my own views are very eloquently explained by graphic designer Bill Labus (@labusdesign) who commented:

”I was initially extremely disappointed in not just the overall style, but the actual execution of that style. I realize Apple is keen to update the visual style of the OS after so many years, but in attempting to differentiate from all previous versions, I believe they pushed a bit too far in the opposite direction (note that all of this is referring to the visual/UI design- everything I’ve seen/used with regards to the UX/interaction design is top-notch, as always).

I’m starting to warm up to the general ‘lightening’ of the UI, as it lends a clean, airy feel (not that the current OS suffers from the opposite, but the new aesthetic is indeed refreshing, so I think they succeeded there). Having said that, I think the core issues revolve around the execution of that aesthetic. The UI has indeed been ‘flattened’, but when combined with the overall lighter color scheme, it seems to lose a sense of visual order and hierarchy, with many of the apps suffering from their content blending in with controls and making it difficult to distinguish exactly what is interactive (borderless textual buttons, lack of gradients and drop shadows to separate nav bars/toolbars from view content,…)

I’m convinced that the sweet spot lies between the two extremes, and I think the UI could benefit from taking the best of both styles to create something new and refreshing, but still discoverable and intuitive.”

In typical Internet fashion, a hilarious Tumblr site mocking iOS7 was launched immediately. You can see more things ‘Jony Ive has redesigned’ right here,  Enjoy!

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Jony Ive redesigns Mac OS X

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Jony Ive redesigns the battery icon

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Jony Ive redesigns Windows Phone

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Jony Ive redesigns Garage Band

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Jony Ive redesigns Microsoft

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Jony Ive redesigns Adobe Creative Cloud

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Jony Ive reveals the inspiration behind iOS7

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Jony Ive redesigns Pinterest – I actually like this one

Beautiful Legend Of Zelda Graphic Posters

May 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Badass Disney Princess Art

April 19, 2013 § 2 Comments

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These disney princess tattoo drawings were done by artist Tim Shumate and you can find prints for sale right here.

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Vintage Typography Logos

March 20, 2013 § 2 Comments

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Some vintage typographical logos I stumbled across tonight that I thought some might appreciate. These designs are for title pages, headings and letterforms from maps published between 1880 and 1920; you can see more examples here.

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Contagion’s Infectious Bacteria Billboard

March 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Lukeandjules_contagion-billboardWarner Bros. Pictures Canada created this unique installation to support the film ‘Contagion’ released last year. The billboard was made by ad agency  Lowe Roche, CURB Media, microbiologists and immunologists using two large petri dishes inoculated with live bacteria including penicillin, mould and pigmented bacteria. The bacteria grew overnight to form the logo of the film.

I think it’s an amazing example of viral marketing! I especially love how the bacteria took time to grow and so created a sense of mystery and engagement with the public. It just ticks all the boxes for me!

Phew..! That was really tricky to write without descending into a deep pit of puns: ‘viral’, ‘contagious’, ‘spread’, ‘infectious’, ‘transmittable’… come on!

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