Gotta love the drawn from memory globe
March 22, 2004 2:18 AM   Subscribe

Oh so cute products you wish you'd invented. From the Niff Institute comes a limited range of now sold-out products. Sorry.
posted by meech (8 comments total)
Nif(f)ty! I'm just glad the genuine crap dice weren't what I feared…
posted by fvw at 2:21 AM on March 22, 2004

[this is good]
posted by dg at 2:43 AM on March 22, 2004

I wanted closer close-ups of the globe-from-memory, which is a wonderful idea. I saw a similar work in a gallery last year and studied it closely; alternately marvelling that the artist had got parts so wrong, and worrying that my own effort would be laughably inaccurate.

I think there was another from-memory piece where the artist listed all the people (s)he could remember having met; not quite as interesting or effective. It might just be down to the preferences of the curators of my local modern art museum, but I've recently seen a lot of works constructed via extremely repetitive/mechanistic processes. Dare I call this a trope :-) ?

The Niff site has nice concepts & art, but is implemented dreadfully: images of text at tiny font sizes, argh!
posted by infravires at 5:26 AM on March 22, 2004

Do I detect the hand of Glen Baxter in this?
posted by dash_slot- at 5:30 AM on March 22, 2004

Excellent. :)

(that glen baxter link killed my firefox)
posted by dobbs at 7:16 AM on March 22, 2004

I wonder why? My firefox was perfectly happy with it.

All great stuff!
posted by chrid at 7:46 AM on March 22, 2004

I'm so glad that this stuff is "sold-out" otherwise I would be filling up my shelves with more crap. Looooved those globes.

The jigsaw puzzle reminded me of a scene in The Cincinnati Kid when the Ann-Margret character is sitting on the floor using manicure scissors to cut up her jigsaw puzzle pieces so they will fit. Her husband, Karl Malden complains, "Do you have to cheat at everything?"
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 8:02 AM on March 22, 2004

The Non-Specific Tape Measure reminds me of Mary Poppins when she measures herself and she is exactly "nearly perfect in every way" tall.
posted by bmxGirl at 11:03 AM on March 22, 2004

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