Designer Jeong Jaewan's UFO phone concept may look like an ordinary cellphone while at rest, but it's actually got a bending and folding modular body that unlocks all kinds of goodies. It also makes clever use of a technology that you could have in a smartphone very soon, too: in-phone projectors.
Russian photographer Andrey Pavlov takes the craziest pictures of ants you're ever likely to see. He doesn't use CG or Photoshop to get the ants to do what he wants. Instead, Pavlov sets up little scenes, is enormously patient and apparently knows exactly the right way to poke an ant to get it to pose just so. It's a photography collection that's reminiscent of Tokyo's favorite "levitating girl" Natsumi Hayashi, who also took hundreds of photos of the same scene until she managed to capture that perfect, surreal shot.
Jonathan Ive is not only Apple's most senior designer, he's held the title for 15 years. He's the man behind the look of a lot of the company's most iconic — and successful — gizmos, and has worked on the likes of the iPod, iPhone and iPad, as well as the iMac and Air. Steve Jobs even referred to the 45-year-old designer as his "spiritual partner" at Apple in his biography by Walter Isaacson, and Ive's native Britain bestowed knighthood upon him. Read: he's probably got a few lessons to share. Ive recently spoke to the U.K.'s Evening Standard. The questions were simple and the tone casual, but there are some real gems in there for someone with a mind for design, or anyone who thinks about the work that goes into crafting technology besides. Hop on in for five design revelations from Jonathan Ive.
George Lucas might be sick and tired of people ranting at him for messing with the classics (come on, Han shot first!), but at least the ad agencies that Lucasfilm contracts still seem to have the magic touch. Check out these rad new posters for the upcoming Star Wars Identities exhibit in Montreal, Canada.
I love it when I see something that started out cool end up being something equally cool in its afterlife. This Jaguar reborn as a bookshelf definitely fits that bill.
Think you know all there is to know about Star Wars toys? Think again. These unofficial toys made by Etsy sellers Brad and Stacey Rader would definitely never get the Lucas seal of approval.
From Japan's Hum design studio comes this little gem, the "hum blank." Looking at this, do you see a bottle that's completely empty, or one that's filled to the brim? Both perceptions are correct, and are right at the same time. Whoa.
What do 8-bit characters do when the TV turns off? Well, according to a Californian high school student, they have entirely separate lives of their own. A life that, apparently, is modeled after skate punks from the '90s.
It may be an impossible question to even fathom for you and me, but the folks over at Berlin's Pinkcloud.dk design studio are asking what our world will look like when we're not so fixated on oil. The estimated 49,000 oil silos worldwide, the group argues, could be transformed into some pretty futuristic-looking homes.
You know how you know you've made it in life? When you're rich enough to afford not one, but two penthouses in New York's East Village and then have an architect come in and erect a steel slide to connect the two homes together. That's how.