"Type City" is an art installation by artist Hong Seon Jang. Jang's taken pieces of movable type from an old printing press to build an impressive grey Gotham that at a glance one could mistake for an old black and white photo of New York.
Tokyo celebrated the Hotaru Festival (Firefly Festival) in style with the release 100,000 glowing blue LEDs orbs into the Sumida River flowing through the center of the city. After bobbing their way down the river, the special solar powered orbs were collected by giant nets so they could be reused.
Here's an interesting concept from designer Brian Matanda: it's called Timeless Capture, and it wants you to be a little more dang sentimental about your photos. Timeless Capture automatically pushes your snaps to a married photo frame, so your memories are always on display. In fact, that's the only way to view them, as the camera as no LCD viewer of its own.
Maybe you're one to share pictures of your lunch on Instagram, or maybe you're a professional photographer who uses it as an easy way to share your work. Either way, a site called Instacanvas wants your pics to turn into physical, framed prints — and you'd get a buck out of it, too.
A trio of designers are riffing on the lithe, rounded Jaguar E-Type (or XK-E) that was popular back in the '60s and is still bought and sold today as a collector's car. Enter the Jaguar XKX, a thoroughly modern re-imagining that's got one hell of a look to it, with a couple of little tech touches.
Milwaukee-based designer Bryan Cera took the smartphone and turned it into something you can wear like a glove, using numbers spread out across the underside of your fingers to do the dialing. It looks a little clumsy, but that's by design, too: Cera doesn't want a Glove One on every hand; he's trying to tell us something about the future.
Billy Brown's "Camera Collection" includes over 100 cameras, lenses, and accessories done up in the most geeky, nerdy and retro way possible: with boxy pixels. Brown's pixels aren't just pretty to look at, they prove that good design is iconic, transcends time and that even in primitive form, people can identify them.
Mom (and surprise culinary artist) Heather Sitarzewski tasked herself with making one nerdy bento box for her son every day for his school lunch, and the gallery you see here is filled with the tasty results. She now boasts nearly 150 geeky creations under her belt, which run the gamut from just plain delicious to referencing Harry Potter, Pac-Man, Angry Birds, Hello Kitty, a whole slew of classic Disney characters and more. You can see all of Sitarzewski's creations on her Tumblr, and down below we've picked out our favorite of the nerdier offerings she's served up.
The Pebble smart watch epitomizes the crowd-funding success story. After the creators raised $375,000 from angel investors, the flow of money came to a halt, with venture capitalists wary of financing a hardware startup. That's when the team — the same guys behind the Blackberry-compatible InPulse smart watch — decided to turn to Kickstarter for funding. Their goal was ambitious: $100,000 to produce a slick smart watch compatible with iPhone and Android devices. An elegant watch face, integration with email and social networks, fitness tracking features and an open SDK inviting new apps appealed to the crowd. A little after the first day, the project reached its goal and then some, raising $1 million. Thus far at over $7.5 million (and counting), it is the highest-grossing Kickstarter project ever. Users have put their faith backing numerous useful, innovative and quirky projects since Kickstarter's founding three years ago. That's saying a lot because there's no such thing as a guarantee on the crowd-funding website. We've rounded up 10 well-designed Kickstarter blockbusters that far exceeded their funding goals. Got a favorite Kickstarter success story of your own and don't see it here? Let us know in the comments below.
This is the Phare Tower — also known as the Lighthouse Tower — a skyscraper designed by an American architecture firm for Paris's La Défense business district, which is already home to some pretty interesting architecture. One glance at this thing suggests it'll fit in just fine, as it's sporting quite a crazy design itself.