Archive for the 'Design' Category

Data-Visualization: The beats of the financial crisis

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Another fine example of an outstanding data visualization from the WSJ. We call it the beats of the financial crisis.

These diagrams perfectly demonstrate how many people are having a bad time now because of the greed, ruthlessness and high criminal energy levels of a few.

And this just seems to be the beginning or better to say the end of the beginning.

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Short Film: Ai – Life in the Shadow of Death

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Interesting Samurai short film by Raffi Asdourian.

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Music: zZz – Running with the Beast

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The video “Running with the Beast” for the band zZz is interesting in two ways.

First there is of course the music and then the project shown “…about two artist who have created the conditions to capture rage in a systematic way…” by letting two colored cocks print their fight on a sheet of paper.

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Web Design: Color a web site

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You can now listen to some of Tracy Chapman’s songs through her new web site with a really innovative (and interactive) design.

Visitors to her site can color all pages with a brush tool and fill the contours of all displayed elements.

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Animation: Genre

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In this animation creator Don Hertzfeldt examines almost every movie genre in existence, plus a few he made up himself. And all that of course with rabbits.

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Weekend Activity: Build your own Zen Garden

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Japanese Zen Gardens are known for their calming effects and for centuries gardeners in Japan have cultivated, groomed and maintained Zen rock gardens and their dry landscape style called Karesansui (“withered landscape”).

Scientist analyzing one of the World most famous Zen gardens, the Zen rock garden of the Ryoanji Temple (Temple of the Peaceful Dragon) in Kyoto revealed that the calming effect is due to subliminal messages created by the arrangement of rocks and gravel. If they would have also asked the gardeners maintaining the beauty of that place, they would have learned that – as known to many practicing Zen – that maintaining or arranging such a garden has a calming effect of its own.

While you might not be able to feel the gravel passing through the teeth of your rake within one of these old gardens, you could create yourself a miniature version of a Zen rock garden and enjoy peace and quietness that way.

There are ready made miniature Zen garden sets available, but we put together a few links demonstrating how to create one yourself with parts you might…

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