Who knew structural engineering could be so sweet? Justina Yang is the "paper engineer" behind Fiber Lab
, a design studio located in her sunroom. She creates paper art, décor, bracelets, bowties, and lamp shades. In her short videos, she demonstrates how to make your very own dodecahedron
; a whimsical carousel
that produces beautiful waves and teaches you about wave interference; a mesmerizing interactive kinetic wave sculpture
; a string art geometric love story
; and a delicious-looking paper croissant
Following on the heels of Phonebloks
, a Google/Motorola formed a design group called Project Ara
. The Verge
recently interviewed Paul Eremenko
, the project lead, about progress made towards modularization of mobile phone components, overcoming engineering issues, and the group assigning itself an ambitious timetable to succeed in delivering a sellable product within two years, or disbanding.
: Aston Martin DB9
, Space Shuttle
: Art Plotter
, big! burny! mighty!
, DVD drive
, with lasers!
, old scanner
, Pedro & Sybil
, sand plotter
Their hearts are not hearts, but clockwork springs. Their lungs are not lungs, but leather bellows. They are: Jack Donovan's Princely Toys [more inside]
Ladies and gentlemen, for your pleasure please behold Leviathan
[click image to advance to next image
], a work by Anish Kapoor
at the Grand Palais
in Paris. Contemporary Art Blog link here
. [more inside]
This stealthy undertaking was not an act of robbery or espionage but rather a crucial operation in what would become an association called UX, for “Urban eXperiment.” UX is sort of like an artist’s collective, but far from being avant-garde—confronting audiences by pushing the boundaries of the new—its only audience is itself. More surprising still, its work is often radically conservative, intemperate in its devotion to the old. Through meticulous infiltration, UX members have carried out shocking acts of cultural preservation and repair, with an ethos of “restoring those invisible parts of our patrimony that the government has abandoned or doesn’t have the means to maintain.” The group claims to have conducted 15 such covert restorations, often in centuries-old spaces, all over Paris. - Wired.com "The New French Hacker-Artist Underground
is an award-winning British illustrator famous for his bestselling "Incredible" series of engineering art books: Incredible Cross-Sections
, Incredible Explosions
, Incredible Body
, and many more
. A master draftsman, Biesty does not use computers or even rulers
in composing his intricate and imaginative drawings, relying on nothing more than pen and ink, watercolor, and a steady hand. Over the years, he's adapted his work to many other mediums, including pop-up books
, educational games
), interactive history sites
, and animation
. You can view much of his work in the zoomable galleries
on his professional page, or click inside for a full listing of direct links to high-resolution, desktop-quality copies from his and other sites, including several with written commentary from collaborator Richard Platt [site, .mp3 chat]
. [more inside]
is a "monthly meeting of artists (sound/image/movement/whatever), designers, engineers, students, scientists, and other interested parties who are involved in the creative use of electricity." Started in NYC in 2000 by Douglas Repetto
, Director of Research at the Columbia University Computer Music Center
as well as one of Wired's 10 Sexiest Geeks
, there are now dozens all over the world
. Past presenters have been featured here on the blue. For instance Jeff Han
presented his multi-touch interface at dorkbot-nyc in April of 2006
. Miru Kim
presented her naked city spleen at dorkbot-nyc in October of 2006
. Bummed that there's not one in your own city? Start your own! [more inside]
cut records, but not just any records.
Responsible for cutting the actual vinyl master plates of much of the now revered Detroit Techno
including Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Underground Resistance's seminal Knights of the Jaguar
, and much more - he demonstrated impeccable craftsmanship and skill in both mastering records for sound and aesthetics at company known as Sound Enterprises source link
AKA National Sound Corporation. Schooled in Motown, dubplates and jukeboxes
, he is the bespoke-crafted, analog link between the digital future and analog past that is the roots of Techno music and modern techno DJ culture. [more inside]
Say Hello to the all New Genpets from Bio.Genica!
The Genpets are Pre-Packaged, Bioengineered pets implemented today!
, former mining engineer, Godfather to Mad Magazine’s “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions,” cartoonist
for Boob McNutt and Mike & Ike (they look alike), is best known for the now eponymous machines
he started cartooning back in 1914 such as: how to not forget to mail a letter
. Or the reminder to take out the garbage.
Or the local government efficiency machine.
Or the oversleeping cure.
Or the German webserver wakeup device
(it’s got sound).
There are amateurs
making ‘Rube Goldberg machines,’ but there are also serious contests
, sponsored by serious engineers
. (There are even do it yourself plans
- y’know, for kids).
Goldberg’s influence can be seen in a variety
, but by the time he turned 80 he’d tired of cartooning and decided to begin sculpting. Needless to say he excelled and of course, influenced humorous
Sometimes I think the most interesting airplanes are the ones that never got built
Draft machine parts, not people!
The Industrial Art Gallery
is a collection of vintage engineering drawings. Perfect cover art for all you emo/math rock types. [via mimi smartypants