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Curbside Haiku


New York City’s Department of Transportation commissioned artist John Morse to design these 12 street signs as part of a program called “Curbside Haiku.” The signs are intended to raise awarenss of the “critical importance of shared responsibility among pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists in keeping New York City’s streets safe.”

Many of the haiku are embedded in QR codes on the sign itself (because we need more reasons for people to stop walking in the middle of the sidewalk to do something on their phone). They’re located primarily around cultural institutions (like the Brooklyn Museum and MoMA) and public schools.

The New York Times posted a story about them (written in haiku stanzas) and asked readers to submit their own sign suggestions, some of which are pretty clever.

The signs are available from the Safe Streets Fund for $65 each or $100 for a set.

60 Second Thought Experiments


This video from UK-based Open University uses clever animation to describe six of the most famous thought experiments: Zeno’s Achilles & The Tortoise, Barjavel’s Grandfather ParadoxSearle’s Chinese Room, Hilbert’s Grand Hotel, Einstein’s Twin Paradox, and Schrödinger’s Cat. My personal favorites have always been the Chinese Room and the Grandfather Paradox, but I can’t help but think that Schrodinger’s Cat reminds me of the Bonsai Kitten we posted about last week. Multiple states of being.

[via Laughing Squid]

Bicycle Animation


These bicycle wheel animations are better than spoke cards and beads combined. Katy Beveridge fashioned these cutouts as an experiment in proto animation in contemporary design and to film the animations in real time. Check out the video to see how well it turned out. As proof to what a great idea this was, people have already made comments, asking whether she’s planning on producing them with durable materials to sell them online. Would you want these? I would. These could do for riding bikes around the city what Sprewells (a.k.a “Spreewheels”) did for cars, only a lot more unique and interesting.

[via BuzzFeed]



Street View Toy Adventure


“Address Is Approximate” is a short stop-motion animation film by UK production company The Theory about a toy’s adventure on the open road as facilitated through Google Street View.  At the same time sad and joyfully free, it’s beautifully shot and edited.  In watching it, it’s hard to avoid the same yearning for the wind in one’s hair.

[via Laughing Squid]

Choose Your Weapon


Thanks to Laughing Squid for pointing out these pillow fight weapons by Bryan Ku.  Great for sleepovers (especially after watching Big Trouble in Little China) or for solving more jovial domestic disputes, I imagine these are just generally fun to arm yourself with.  I would suggest that the grenade > shuriken and might be more usable if it instantly inflated after you pull a pin and count to 10.  For my preference though, I choose the “double sided viking axe.”

Finding Everything


If you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up of humor and/or an inspiring story,  A Beautiful Revolution is a good blog for that.  You never know how you’ll find your dreams or always what those dreams might look like when you find them.


Aerial Photos of Tulips Look Like Abstract Works of Art


These incredible aerial photographs of tulips in the Netherlands were taken by Julian Faulhaber for an article in the New York Times Magazine. Don’t they look like paintings?

Interestingly, 3 billion tulip bulbs are produced annually in the Netherlands, which equates to around $300 million in sales. They are the third most popular flower in the world, trailing only roses and chrysanthemums.

Check out the full gallery after the jump.

[via The Fox is Black]

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Gangs & Cupcakes


I’m growing increasingly fascinated with the concept of the mashup. In fact, I think it may just be emerging as the dominant art paradigm of our time but I’ll save that spiel for another day. The abbreviated version is that in every medium, from music, to illustration, to film, the trend on the cutting edge is to combine things in an unexpected way to produce something novel. But here’s my question of the moment; Can you make “art” by mashing up a google map?  Case in point: this map that mashes up data about gang territories in San Francisco’s Mission District with data about bakeries located in those same areas.

If you’re curious about the origins project you can read about it in greater detail at  The Atlantic, though personally I think the curious juxtapostion speaks for itself and really doesn’t bear further explanation. If you’re in that camp, here’s a larger version of the map.

Would it be too punny to say that it provides food for thought?

Europe According To…


If you’re a Yank, like us, then you’re looking at Europe as you already know it, up above, and you ought to find everything more or less where you’d expect it to be. But, contrary to popular opinion, the US does not enjoy a global monopoly on myopia and designer Yanko Tsvetkov shows great equanimity in producing his stereotype maps from various misguided vantage points including, German, British, gay, Italian, and, of course, French.

There are five more flavors after the jump.

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Vitaminwater Canada’s Pop Art Chandelier


As the decorative centerpiece of its “Backyard” lounge, where it held events during this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Vitaminwater Canada built this pop art chandelier from illuminated VW bottles. The chandelier was such a hit that in its yearly “Best and Worst of TIFF” roundup, Canada’s National Post honored it as the “best light fixture,” an award it certainly deserved but mustn’t have had much competition for.

Thanks to our buddy Mike @EvilPRGuy Dolan — Vitaminwater Canada’s “Community Manager” — for sending along these photos, two more of which can be seen after the jump.

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