Photographer Francois Brunelle is a Canadian photographer that shoots photos of two people who are not related, however they look alike. Several years ago, someone mentioned to Francois that he looked like Rowan Atkinson, most known as “Mr. Bean”. This intrigued Mr. Brunelle and he started the “I’m not a look-alike project”. Once he has acquired about 200 photos, he plans to publish them in a book. If you look at the examples included here, these strangers could easily pass as siblings. If you just showed me the pictures, I would immediately think they were twins. The photos have no editing other than touch up for distractions like dust etc.
A friend asked me something about hanging installations & displays, and I got reminded of these two fine examples of hanging cars. Both are demonstrations of technical engineering feat that has combined spectacularly with design aesthetics.
The first is the suspended Honda F1 car, exploded view. The idea is not new, but I guess from the reaction these pictures garnered online, every time something like this appears it still captures imagination and still awes.
The second one, a more permanent fixture, is the Volkswagen Glass Factory in Dresden. Manufacturing the high-end VW model Phaeton, the factory is dedicated to showcasing its manufacturing processes and the amount of engineering that goes into each car. It’s probably only the Germans who can keep the place so clean and well-presented.
What a way to paint a building! The stuff that you’d think only happen in a kid’s imagination. (It’s an advertisement by Sony for their Bravia displays. I think they used something like 70,000 litres of paint.)
Microsoft is developing an impressive alternative to Google Street view. This awesome Street Slide technology shown at the computer graphics conference SIGGRAPH 2010. I’ve always thought there’s little left to improve on in navigation aid. I found this video an enjoyable surprise to see them demo this very interesting and engaging navigation mode.
Hopefully they will launch this as a real, available (and free!) interface from within Bing Maps.
Making only minor alterations to well established steel-framed tower design, we have created a series of towers that are powerful, solemn and variable. These iconic pylon-figures will become monuments in the landscape. Seeing the pylon-figures will become an unforgettable experience, elevating the towers to something more than merely a functional design of necessity.
The human forms adapt to the terrain where these are erected, mimicking the figure’s (imaginary) interaction with the landscape, whether it’s climbing a mountain or crossing a valley, using small design changes to convey the differences in posture and mood:
Very interesting! It’d probably brighten anybody’s imagination (or thoroughly haunt him)…especially if it’s produced in enough variations – imagine a long drive through a countryside where the electrical lines become an animated xkcd comic. (Am I thinking too much?)