It's always great seeing past classics I grew up being developed through the years. Though I'm sure we all agree some classics are best left alone, however, at times fans and cult followers (like me) beg for sequels or remakes. Just so we can see what today's technology can achieve and so that the nostalgia is kept alive.
I recently stumbled across a short film created by two friends Ash Thorp and Zaoeyo (XiaoLin Zeng), who decided to collaborate to pay homage to a Japanese cult classic anime film that forever shaped modern cinema and cyberpunk culture.
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Source: Awaken Akira
Hypebeast 20 — The X Issue is an editorial design project created by Hybrid Design studio. The designers behind this beautiful project were Carl-Hampus Vallin, Patchara Charoensiri, Frédérique Gravier, Olivia Ward, Dave Weber. For me, one of the most interesting things about this projects is the visual cues from the 90s and the deconstructivism graphic design. From the mix of the classic editorial layout with handwriting elements to the way the imagery is arranged on the page, the references are quite apparent and point back to Raygun and other David Carson projects. However, this one is much more usable and readable which is great. This project also makes me wonder if the 90s are coming back at full swing. I have seen other projects sharing some of the same aesthetics and there are movies coming that will be set on that decade, the biggest one being Captain Marvel, which will be a huge one to be released next year.
Source: Hybrid Design
There's a high importance of user friendliness in Japan, this might a good subject for another article but let's not derail for now. This book has been created to help citizens to be prepared in case of a disaster and has been distributed to 7.5 million households. Two things I love about this design, first the colour to make very distinguishable and the manga comic illustration approach to be super easy to follow. What do you think? Behind this project, we have the work from Nosigner who is a design firm based in Yokohama, Japan. I love the definition of their name who means: "professionals who design intangible things".
The Blackberry has always maintained its reputation of being the ideal businessman’s phone. It’s handy and useful, comes with all the apps you need to stay productive, doesn’t distract with games or social apps, is quite secure, and until the touchscreen trend took over, it had its own qwerty keyboard that made typing out emails on the phone a literal breeze… however, somewhere down the line Blackberry followed the bandwagon and got lost among bigger players. The Blackberry Network concept hopes to change that by once again, being built to do exactly what it’s good at.
The BB Network isn’t a phone, its your enterprise communication solution. Build explicitly and rather well for all your office needs, the BB Network is your go-to device for everything related to work. It comes in a size that’s small enough to get the job done while occupying as less space as possible. Built to work as the RFID card that you would use to swipe into our out of your office, the BB Network is exactly that size too, and can be hung around from your neck or clipped to your pocket, much like your office ID. It’s even optimized to work keeping your office schedule and needs in mind, giving you access to your tasks, reminders, mails, flight tickets, etc. all accessible from within the home screen. The phone also comes with BBM Hub, Blackberry’s answer to Slack, and and its own payments gateway that allows you to use your phone as a payment card. Another great feature is the Network’s Meeting Mode, a mode that lets your phone focus only on functionality, silencing all calls and notifications while you’re in a meeting. Putting your phone in the Meeting Mode also turns your phone into a multimedia device, allowing you to use it as a digital pointer, and to control presentations directly from within your phone.
Blackberry’s strength has always been its appeal to a particular target audience. Rather than pandering to the consumer market, BB Network does what Microsoft did a long time ago… stay true to the ever-demanding, yet loyal world of business and enterprise!
Designers: Anish Shakthi, Phaniram Lalpet, Kamaljeet Kaur, Raghavendra Rao & Prateyush Das.
I am a fan of industrial design projects, especially conceptual ones. Most of the time this projects illustrate quite well the whole of the designer that is to try to solve a problem in a creative way. Jaehyuk Lim, a designer from South Korea shared this awesome idea/concept of a electric skateboard that carries the Nike brand.
Source: Jaehuk Lim
In a smart phone age such as this, some wonder if we have lost touch with what a ‘computer’ truly is. It’s a definition made more unclear with the countless types of new technology. Certainly the definition changes from one decade to the next — in fact, at one point people were referred to as computers. Yet, with Apple claiming that it considers the iPad a computer (in its recent advert), many are still skeptical and unwilling to consider it as such. According to Docubyte — the Pseudonym of photographer, retoucher, art director James Ball — the notion of a computer can be linked to a nostalgic connection with 1980s. Personal computers, such as the original Apple Mac and other beige icons, come to mind.
Docubyte designed a series of animated gifs as a sort of rebuttal to the question by apple. ‘I am a computer: icons of beige’ sees 16 classics from the golden age of personal computing turned into dynamic compositions. Maybe they don’t have the highest speeds or graphic capabilities, but who cares? they’re awesome. ‘I am computer’ celebrates the visual character of desktop computing machines from a colourless period in industrial design,’ Docubyte explains.
Fatih Hardal shared a really cool personal project on his Behance profile. The idea was to create posters where the main goal was to experiment with typography with colors, textures and simple effects like blur and burn effects. The result is a series of quite stylish posters that are definitely worth checking out.
Source: Faith Hardel
Designers of the controversial Apple Park, Foster + Partners introduces its latest concept for Chinese robotics company DJI. Known for producing drones used for film and photography, a key facet of the new structure is a skybridge with drone testing functionality, allowing engineers to open a port at the bottom of the bridge and send drones out into the sky. Alongside normal R&D offices, showrooms, an exhibition hall and an employee gym, the vertically-oriented towers offer ground-floor space for “robot-fighting rings.”