Sunday, July 6, 2008

The World as you've never seen it before...

The world as we know it:

Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.

This map shows the world's population at Year 1 CE

This map shows Oil depletion.

It is incredible how such a visualization helps one cope with the comprehension of information. Ie. the above oil map pretty clearly shows which country has consumed the greatest amount of oil...

The following topical quote is included: "My father rode a camel. I drive a car. My son flies a jet-plane. His son will ride a camel." - Saudi Arabian saying

Click either of the maps to check it out.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

When it comes to the most important meal of the day... might as well keep it gangster.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

BMW - pushing design boundaries

Codename: GINA

Though this blog post was straight-up copped from the BBC's blog, I couldn't help it...this is some pretty sick design.

BMW has designed a car that uses fabric rather than carbon fiber, aluminum or some other material most cars are made of. In what can be called a shout-out to the Zeppelins of the 1920s and 30s, this design brings to light some interesting ideas. The flexibility and opacity of the material creating new possibilities. Though merely a concept car, I cannot avoid thinking of the Hindenburg disaster. Fabric has little structural strength to it, I am curious as to how this aspect will be approached.

The future is bright

Sometimes, they just do it right.

This poster reminds me of the trailer for the original Psycho move. The trailer was totally different from the normal. Starting with his classic "good afternoon", It involved Mr. Hitchcock touring the set of the movie, pointing to where major things occur noting how unlikely a location it seems to be in the day. He carefully draws you in, without in fact revealing any critical part of the movie. It is the most blatant of sales-pitches, yet succeeds in being-so. Whether its the cheekiness, or Hitchcock's quirkiness, it is one of the best trailers of all time. Not that the poster is a blatant sales-pitch (besides being a movie poster), it just evokes a similar cheekiness (this time by the joker) and draws us in with something that is in fact, quite simple.

Hitchcock at his finest

In other news, "Kanye West has teamed up with fashion brand Louis Vuitton to design a men’s shoe line, and will even venture into women’s wear this fall." is cheeky a theme for this blog? i guess so.

Kanye West, aka The Louis Vuitton Don: one Dapper Rapper