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Art

Digitized Post-Its

Not sure if this is a concept or a real product. These are 4 layers of darkening gray paper followed by a bright red paper on the bottom that are cut and sticky like postit notes. However, they cover a whole wall and give a beautiful digital effect. I would LOVE to have a wall of those in my office AND home! (Via David Benton)

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View a Moleskine

While browsing through the Webby Awards nominee's for 2007, I found a site call My Moleskine by Fabio Iaschi that is a look inside an artist Moleskine book. It is a nominee for the “Blog - Culture/Personal” section and is a neat way to look through someone's drawings.

Take a look though the other nominee's for this year as it's a great way to see what is happening in the web design world and how other designer's are pushing the medium.

ActionScript Animation

A coworker sent me a link to day to a site called Roxik.com. It is the personal site of Masayuki Kido, a Japanese Freelance web designer. The site is entirely in Flash and is quite amazing. The skill at action script is very impressive.

What I was most impressed with was his “game” called Pictaps. It is a community animation site that you can draw your own character and then flash will animate the character. In addition, you can look back through older ones and see what other people have done.

Take a look at “PinHead”, my 2 minute creation and then go draw one of your own and post it in the comments!

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Japanese Train Station Advertising

Adtricks16-1 Pingmag.jp has another great post, this time about advertising in Japanese Train stations. “Top 10 ad-tricks in Tokyo's train stations” is an interesting overview of some creative advertising techniques that are used in one of the busiest train stations in the world.

I was really interested in the “take away” ads. That is something that we don't see that much in western advertising but I think it has a neat element to it. First it leaves something to be discovered. “What is underneath all those pieces?” The first one of these that I heard about was also in Tokyo for the release of the new iPod nano. I'm sure the expense of an ad like this is huge as you are constantly having to restock the ad, but it gives the user something fun to take home.

Art in unexpected places

Designers, artists and the aesthetically elite know who they are. Their vocabulary is filled with statements such as, “Form follows function” or “Less is more,” and they like to think up esoteric phrases like “The devil is in the details.” For some reason in their past, they have earned the right to be heard, and they have the funky glasses to prove it.

On the other hand, there's Gabor.

Gabor Gabor is a mechanic. I am his most loyal customer…a loyalty of necessity since I drive a 14 year old Volvo with 233k+ miles on it. When I complain about seeing him again, Gabor reminds me “it's good for the economy.” Often he answers the phone with a flat, “What.” or “Yes?” He isn't interested in impressing anyone.

Being an incurable designer myself (sans funky glasses), I can't help but notice the chaos and mass disorganization of his shop whenever I drop off my car. It is not unlike one of the many storefronts in India. In these shops you can ask for the tiniest item like a screw for a radio, and in seconds they will disappear into the darkness, pull out a shoebox, and unearth precisely the part for which you are looking. Gabor's shop reminds me of this. It may look like a disorganized mess, but he knows exactly where everything is located.

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