THE SPOTIFY PLAYER

 

(SOURCE: WIRED.CO.UK)
Jordi Parra, a Spanish design student, has taken digital music and turned it back into a physical product, creating a beautiful Spotify player from wood and plastic.
“I’m interested in the way music industry is evolving,” Parra told Wired.co.uk, “and I really miss not being able to physically share music the way we used to a few years ago.” So he put together a player that plays tracks on Spotify chosen by tokens containing RFID tags. Each token represents a particular album or playlist, and placing it on the player immediately begins playback.

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EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

British street artist banksy was in LA for his oscar-nominated film ‘exit through the gift shop‘ – a documentary which he directed that tells the story of a man’s obsession with street art that includes footage of such artists as shepard fairey, invader and banksy himself – and he hasn’t wasted any time making his mark on the streets of LA and of course, causing a bit of a stir.

bansky’s mickey mouse billboard which has now been removed,(DESIGNBOOM)

Just finish watching the film…and I have to say that I enjoyed every bit!

LATE NIGHT READING

 DON NORMAN

VP at Apple, Executive at HP and an academic (Harvard, UC San Diego, Northwestern, KAIST).
(SOURCE:CORE77

‘I have seen the future, and I am opposed.’

I fear the future of our technologies, but not for the usual reasons. For me, the future would bring forth solutions to our needs and wants, design that provides value in a sustainable and responsible manner. Technology that is relevant and appropriate. But what I see developing seems driven by greed and profit, resulting in restrictive business plans and attempts to enforce proprietary constraints on activity by corporate empires.
The power of my electronic computing and communication equipment is more dictated by my service provider than by the technology itself. Imagine traveling in the future and entering a new country:

Please have your papers ready. Passport, visa, customs form, medical coverage, service provider roaming agreement.

A MUST HAVE

‘A fantastic source of inspiration, the book gives insight into the inner workings and private inspiration of creatives from the world of advertising, design, graphic design, fashion design, art, street art, and illustration. Intimate and often unseen, sketchbooks document the sources of inspiration as well as the journey to final execution. Providing a showcase of ideas, the sketchbooks themselves are complemented by interviews where the artists explain how they use their sketchbooks and how these relate to finished works, giving readers a direct and unmediated insight into the process of research and creation.
Richard Brereton began his career in the London and New York art markets, before becoming a television producer for the BBC. He currently lives and works in London and is the editor of GRAPHIC’

A FEW TIPS

BASIC GUIDELINES FOR PRODUCT SKETCHING 

Within the field of product design, ability to represent your ideas by using effective visual method such as sketching opens doors for better communication between designers and clients. Designers find that using sketching is an efficient way to speed up the process of developing ideas in the real life. There are times where sketch can express more than words and you get an instant understanding of a concept. Sketches are useful for designers who work in groups and sketches can deliver easy and fast way to brief an idea to others.
READ ON (TO SOURCE)  USEFUL TIPS FOR ALL SKETCHERS!

SHE’S GOOD

Hey I just came across this amazing painter Alexa Meade

If your thinking what’s so special about her, seems like another usual painter… Well I tell you she aint!! Alexa paints on 3D surfaces to make them look flat… ermm let me put it this way: each portrait (painting) is an actual person!
Check out more of Meade’s paintings here.