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Lazy Post No. 18 : Lego, cables & Sugru…

July 1, 2014 1 comment

Lego-and-Sugru-wire-holders_dezeen_468_8Today’s intriguing fact of the day is that Lego minifigures gripping hands are just the right size to hold charger cables and headphone jacks…

A fine discovery that I will help my Star Wars minifigures put into effect as soon as I get home tonight…

Sugru is a new thing to me as well.. It appears to be a self setting silicone rubber compound that can be moulded like Play Doh, then stuck to or formed around any number of shapes and surfaces, where it cures overnight forming a strong, waterproof bond that still retains its flexibility. Definitely sounds like something you didn’t know you could live without…

The original story is here on Dezeen

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Lazy Post no. 15: AR Folio Project…

May 13, 2014 Leave a comment

tumblr_n3goy0ctFP1rruc14o1_1280As is often the case with the interweb, I was looking for something else when I came across this rather fine site…

The Architectural Review Folio Project tumblr consists of lots and lots of lovely drawings: old, new, colour, black and white, technical, sketch, real and imagined…

I’ve pinned this one (Space Cube by Andre Rocha) to this post fairly at random (it appeals to my love of both architecture and graphic art) but there are so many drawings and images to choose from, I could easily have put ten other images in its place…

The site also invites you to submit your own drawings for inclusion in this ever growing archive and one day, I might just give that a go…

If you’re not familiar with tumblr’s by the way, when you hover over an image, four boxes appear. Just click on the number to get the title and artist details.

In Celebration of my 400th Post…

January 30, 2014 Leave a comment

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(with apologies to Forbes Magazine and Warren Buffett)

Half a Million People can’t be wrong…

January 23, 2014 3 comments

Blog screen grab_21.01.14Funny old thing the internet, it does things you just can’t predict…

There I was worrying that only posting five or six times a month might be affecting my visitor numbers when .. bang, totally out of the blue, a post I wrote back in August 2012 on Underground Guerrilla Signs has gone berserk… Again.

Last Monday alone, very nearly 30,000 people stopped by to have a nose. Why now though?  I’ve looked around the net to see what the generator might be for nearly 70,000 people reading the post over the last four or five days, but there’s nothing tangible I can find. Definitely a mystery for Arthur C. Clarke…

Anyway as you may have guessed from the title and the screen grab above, amazingly this sudden rush means more than 500,000 people have now viewed this site since my first post in May 2010…

And as this is my 398th post, I reckon there’s a distinct possibility I’ll get that total to 500 also. That’s the great thing about the 21st Century, there’s always more stuff to muse about…

The only down side to all this traffic is purely a graphic one, in that for the past year or so, my previous (not at all tardy) daily average of around 250/300 views, now looks like hardly anything at all, and will do for the next few weeks, as the big blue bar moves inexorably to the left…

WorldofWong in DigitalArts…

July 3, 2013 Leave a comment

My friend Wong steered me over to the ever excellent Digital Arts website recently where his work is featured not only on the title page of the portfolio section, but as the very first collection on the page… how cool is that?

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As I’ve written about his work on my blog a number of times before (including here and here), I probably don’t need to remind you how much I like his style. Intricate, precise and beautifully crafted black and white images, often with organic themes and elements of repetition, fill the sheets. Evidence not only of his technical ability but also of his wider passion for the act of drawing itself.

All very nice indeed. So a big congratulations to him for persevering and getting his work out to a larger audience, I hope that a bright new graphic design world will soon be opening up before him…

Check out his site World of Wong for more wonderousness…

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Saul Bass’s Birthday Video

May 8, 2013 Leave a comment

A very quick one today, as I’ve simply borrowed the video from Google’s search page.

I’m a huge fan of Saul Bass’s graphic style (having written about him on these pages before) and although the thought of Google appropriating his effortless style by association sits a tad uncomfortably with me, I’m a realist and know that’s how it all works…

And besides, the video is a pretty clever summation of some of his best work. I’m even quite liking Dave Brubeck’s jazz tune this morning (but don’t tell my And)

And don’t bother sending Saul your best wishes either… he died in 1996.

For Sale – A Modernist Masterpiece

March 18, 2013 4 comments

We were out with friends last week and somewhat out of the blue, they mentioned that they had recently been tempted to move out of London. After expressing surprise at such a statement (especially from these two who live in the heart of urban London in Golden Lane, near the Barbican) I was directed to these photos from the ever wonderful “House Porn” site The Modern House.net. These pictures illustrate what I can only describe as an almost perfect place to live, and I suddenly understood why they might by contemplating such a big move…

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Designed by the Architect Peter Womersley and completed in 1954 (then extended in ’56), Farnley Hey  has everything you could ever want from a Modernist home: a Grade II listing, strikingly good looks, acres of space, timber and stone finishes throughout, floor to ceiling windows, a double height living room, beautiful built in furniture, clever use of existing site levels, 4 bedrooms and a double garage… It was even awarded an RIBA Bronze medal in 1958. And all for a very reasonable £575,000.00… Yes it’s a lot of money, but when you compare what you would get to some of the other properties for sale on the The Modern House website in and around the Capital, I can see why it all became rather tempting. The thought that such beautiful houses as this are still available to buy and live in, is something I haven’t really considered before, and it got me to thinking how fantastic our own mid century teak furniture and 1960’s ceramics would look occupying these rooms… You see how easy it is to fall in love with a good building, I’m already thinking about gazumping my friends… Not really though. Sadly (for us not the house) it’s all the way up in the The Yorkshire Dales, and the daily commute (3 to 4 hrs via Wakefield apparently) back down to South London would be a real bugger…

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