The launch of the 2006 edition of the Pirelli Calendar, a cult object for more than 40 years for people who love photography, beauty, and the evolution of society. The website has a great interactive feature that allows users to view all the Pirelli Calendars since the 60s. Which the 60's is the theme for the 2006 calendar.
"The Cal" 2006 by the consolidated British-Turkish duo, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, world renowned photographers that specialize in women's portraits, was shot in a striking sixties-like setting on the French Riviera and stars six extraordinarily beautiful and sensual women, one of those is Jennifer Lopez, making her Pirelli Calendar debut.
Seduction and freedom of expression are the absolute protagonists of the 2006 Pirelli Calendar, whose linking thread could be summed up in the expression "libres et puissantes". Aware of their fame and beauty, the six models feel free to undress and appear sensual and intriguing. The body is portrayed as a free instrument of power: sensuality becomes a dolphin on a leash or a cat securely held in the nude arms of a naughty girl. True contemporary icons, the interpreters posed with impeccable professionalism, creating an immediate feeling with two of the world's greatest photographers.
These free-roaming art installations (attached to streetside poles around the French community of Lyon, and just similar enough to real traffic signs to create that second glance). Ponder; what it would be like to live in a world in which real street signs included, for instance, a beaver on a skateboard wielding a baseball bat. It's all a little strange. They have generated a lot of press and it's a great example of how art can be interesting and self promoting.
Design firm Moxie Sozo has been working with the worldwide design community, coordinating a collaborative effort to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Their project is called THE HURRICANE POSTER PROJECT, and designers and artists from around the world are donating their printed posters to be sold online. The website for this project is www.thehurricaneposterproject.com. All funds raised go towards the Red Cross Appeal.
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Created by Vancouver design studio, Molo, the paper softwall dynamically partitions open plan space into more intimate and ephemeral surroundings, in a flexible and temporal way. Softwall can be compressed and stored away if one wants a larger open space or it can be expanded to make smaller private spaces within the larger space. Made of 400 honeycombed layers of fire-retardant translucent paper, it dampens sound, absorbs and transmits light and is modularly expandible, folding out from only 3 centimetres to 7.5 metres. Buy online from Unica Home
A great Tree Diagram/Map that is generated using the google news aggregator. Designed by Marcos Weskamp who runs a great interactive media site at www.marumushi.com It's objective is to simply demonstrate visually the relationships between data and the unseen patterns in news media. However, it's also a great way to visually represent the news in a cartographic and diagramatic way. Well worth bookmarking.
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In a new report launched on 7 November 2005, following research undertaken with over 200 UK-based design agencies, it has been confirmed that free pitching is still rife among clients and agencies and is costing the UK design sector thousands of pounds in non-recoverable costs and an average of 12% loss of man hours per annum.
While this comes as no big surprise, one figure to emerge from these research results - and backed up by research into the client view on the same subject - is that over 25% of projects/tenders pitched for are not awarded after the pitch process.
The key reasons given by clients were change of marketing strategy, reduced budgets, change of mind and no chemistry established with agencies.
63% of agencies claim to have experienced this decision.
A shop? Yes, well not just any shop. It's ELSEWARES. They have a catalog of unique products from independent designers and entrepreneurs. They say 'We celebrate good design, cottage industry, and David's desire to conquer Goliath.' If you enjoy shopping and you're a designer, I'm sure you will spend hours looking around their online store. There are some strange and wonderful products to look and buy. Just in time for Christmas.
The concept What if you set up a website called the Million Dollar Homepage which contained exactly one million pixels (the tiny dots that make up an image on a screen)? What if you then used that page as, in effect, an advertising noticeboard where advertisers can buy space at $1 per pixel? Each pixel goes to the advertisers homepage. And what if you told potential buyers that this is the first page of its kind, that it's going to become incredibly famous. This was the idea and concept started by student Alex Tew, Age 21 of Nottingham, UK.
What happened The Million Dollar Homepage captured the imagination of advertisers and has now spawned dozens of copycat sites that will undoubtedly do nowhere near as well as Alex's. The reason for that is simple: the selling point of his page is that it was the first. In the first four weeks alone, Alex sold more than 300,000 pixels at $1 each.
Within the last few months, many new sites have sprung up around the idea of selling pixel adverts. Many of them doing very well like www.millionpixels.co.uk who believe that "Pixel advertising sites are regenerating an intrest in web desing. They're easy to create/maintain and because of this, people with little experience in website creation can make an effective and lucrative site for themselves." Like generating sponsorship for Charities, as in Mini Millions selling chocolate pixels for Children in Need.
We wish them all good luck and all you thinking 'Damn it! why didn't I think of that?' Don't worry, your time will come.
Finally, the news many photographers and designers are waiting for. Apple launches Apperture. Apple claims it to be the first all-in-one post-production tool for photographers. We don't normally make comment, but it looks a tad expensive for $499 just so you can edit and change RAW images (using the digital negative). However, it's super fast and there's no loss of quality. See for yourself.