I have a particular fascination with work environments, especially craft areas that produce products I use. One of the most elegant manmade forms has to be the surfboard and this is where the magic goes down at Deus in Bali.
Since the early days of my experiments with computer graphics, I have been following the work of James Paterson and Amit Pitaru – then as Insert Silence they created a landmark animated piece for Bjork and ever since, have always wondered how it was done. This week I discovered they had been using proprietary software developed by Pitaru called Rhonda. Originally conceived around 2003, the pair have for the first time offered it for public use.
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Launching at the height of the recent financial bubble in 2007 by Tyler Brȗlé (of Wallpaper fame), it managed to weather the storm unlike so many other printed publications and has gone on to expand into newsprint format, opened tiny stores across the globe and has collaborated with highly respected brands on toiletries, accessories, luggage and even bicycles. For me, they have excelled for the same reason Apple have – in terms of design and marketing, they shoot high and sweat the details.
One of my earlist memories of a gadget was sneaking in to my parents room one morning. My Dad had just got back from an assignment in Japan (I think) and had just got up and was in the bathroom. On his bedside table was something I hadn’t seen before. It was black, had lots of buttons and a digital screen. I wanted one.
The view on my way home – a slight improvement on the top deck of the No.94 Bus
Looks like I have a new favorite dessert
From big business to big brother, to social media and now Wikileaks – a sign for our times
Janine Benyus speaks about promoting the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs, bringing together scientists, engineers, architects and innovators who can use those models to create sustainable technologies.
Now that’s what I call helpful