Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Clean Air

November 9, 2010

The negative can be positive too, as John Cage, eastern philosophies, and countless others have shown. Now this, a billboard for clean air in our modern times. Strange and beautiful.


Design: Lead Pencil Studio
Source: Fast Company

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Bat Signal

August 5, 2010

I see this as a really great early 21st century way to summon the Batman.

[via AmnesiaBlog]

Generative Exhibition

July 14, 2010

This inventive show is a new collection of works that are a collaboration between Alex Dodge and Brookyln-based tech startup Generative.  On view are prototypes such as “Sleep Talker’ which allows for an unconscious dialog on a kind of dream-based social network.  Man, that is cool!  Show closes Sunday, July 18th at Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery.

Dream catching continues to seep into culture with the upcoming release of Inception this weekend.

Lucky China

June 17, 2010

While the US is a meritocracy…work hard, get good stuff…China is all about luck. Most people may know this already, but it became very clear to me recently when reading articles about China how the concept of luck is truly embedded in the culture. Merit means something too…but good fortune helps you along. Numbers are harbingers of good fortune or not depending on the number. Why…because the name of the number sounds like and looks like something auspicious (or not). 8 is the most auspicious number because the name in Chinese sounds like the name for “lucky”. That’s why the Beijing Olympics started on August 8, 2008 at 8:08 pm. It also looks like infinity which is long life! 4 meanwhile, sounds like death, so most buildings omit the 4th floor and derivatives of 4 (40, 44, etc), much like we omit the 13th (1 +3 = 4….hmmmm) People pay a lot of money for cell phone numbers and license plates with auspicious numbers…hundreds of thousands of dollars in fact. Here’s to crazy eights!!!

Uncanny

June 14, 2010

It’s batter in a can and you blast it out for perfect pancakes. OK, maybe the name is a little wacky and skews it toward the pre-school set, but let me tell you: if you’re an adult and like pancakes (or crepes) at all, this is an amazing product. Light, fluffy (yet not puffed or yeasty), sweet enough to be eaten without syrup if you prefer, and organic! You will not believe this comes in a can.

Better Than Fake Cigarettes!

May 31, 2010

Le Whif is BREATHABLE chocolate!!! All of the taste, none of the calories. Each colorful tube of Le Whif gives you up to 10 puffs of chocolately flavor: chocolate, chocolate-raspberry or mint chocolate. It actually doesn’t enter the lungs, but delivers a rich chocolate taste sensation to the tongue and sides of the mouth. And now Le Whif has developed coffee hits…for that caffeine jolt on the go!

I’d Like to Book Room PMS 382, Please

May 19, 2010

Pantone licensing reaches its apotheosis with the Pantone Hotel, in Brussels. Dig a beautiful brand and you’ll just find more beauty. This is cool.

Courtesy: Fast Company

Old School meets New School

March 3, 2010

Twelve South came up with an inventive and subversive way to house your mac book with this cool one-of-a-kind hardback leather case.  It comes in red or black.  Love!!  Thanks for sharing Ami!  Best part, it is stylish and secure.

The Deification of Youth

March 2, 2010

Ala Craig Ferguson.  Click the link, it’s worth it!

Greatness

February 24, 2010

To see something truly great, as I did last evening with the current production of A Little Night Music at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway, is to be reminded of the possibilities of great work. Many pieces go into its creation and each of these relies on the integrity of the individual maker. This is the nature of inspiration: the whole package integrated to a level of positive surprise. For greatness is always surprising; it cannot be taken for granted.

What products, events, creations in your world are the inspirational surprise that lift your ideas of greatness? What work of your own could use that extra nudge toward the Extraordinary?