Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Movie Poster Minimalism: 41 Stripped-Down Examples

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Movie Poster Minimalism: 41 Stripped-Down Examples: [ By Marc in Gadgets & Geek Art. ]

Modern society is built on a “more, more, more!” mentality that has leaked into movie marketing. Minimalist posters take a more bare bones approach. Minimalist posters are recreations of classic poster examples, that take a bare bones approach and leave some elbow room.

(Images via buzzfeed, bavatuesdays, nerdeux, liveforfilms)

These classic science fiction movies are given a reworking in what becomes a gorgeous exhibition of the less-is-more mentality. The silhouette of a well-known object serves as a symbol for the movie as a whole.

(Images via boingboing, mymodernmet)

Minimalist artists often see how bare-bones they can go and still convey the message. A few lines from Bart Simpson’s hair, and you have a poster. The fact that such minor details are so readily recognizable are great testaments to the power of the Simpsons’ brand.

(Images via thanley, boingboing, ohhhshot, ryanfmc)

Television shows are not immune to the minimalist treatment. True Blood becomes two fangs, Macgyver is broken down to a paperclip… A more vintage look is also popular, as shown in these examples from the Incredible Hulk and the always classy Mad Men.

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Feel that tingle down your spine? That’s the effect of seeing horrifying good horror movie art. These posters display memorable symbols from classic scenes. The wide open appearance is refreshing and captivating.

(Images via comicbookmovie, abduzeedo, latestnew, dontstandtheregawping)

Superhero movies have surged back into popularity. To counter-balance the super slickness of these new graphic bonanzas, here are a few vintage, toned-down examples of superhero posters from an alternate universe.

(Images via jeffisageek, flavorwire)

Two fantastically popular graphic novels have been re-imagined in these examples. Simple lines and colors are reminiscent of the videogames Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World celebrates, and the famous mask from V for Vendetta is used to great effect in its re-worked poster.

(Images via wgsl-hbn, joearevaloadam, wtfpixel, neatorama, bavatuesdays)

Classic fairy tales are full of symbolism, and it’s no surprise that they’d be given the a toned down look.

(Images via humorsurf, listal, astonishingadventures, listal)

These posters of more modern films would look great on any wall. It makes one wish that movie distributors would think outside the box and give some of these classy examples a real shot.

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Breaking down a complex film into its most basic, compelling parts is not easy, and it can be truly satisfying to see.

(Images via glimpse-it, designerbooster, listal, urlesque)

These classic film posters use in-jokes and famous scenes to call forth an emotional reaction from anyone who has seen them. It may not be the best marketing device, but it certainly works from an aesthetic perspective.

(Images via mousekeblog, designordeath, floobynooby, whatthemovie)

Appealing to children typically takes bright colors and a lot of splash. These vintage and spare posters turn that idea on its head, and become much more appealing to adults in the process.

Gift Couture: Kick Start Some Themed Wrapping Paper Sets

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Gift Couture: Kick Start Some Themed Wrapping Paper Sets: [ Filed under More & in the Industrial Design category ]

Anyone trying to raise money for a Kickstarter project knows that it is critical to make a good (or funny!) first impression, with, say, a bold cheeseburger-style set of wrapping papers for instance.

From its creators: “We created this project to launch Gift Couture, a creative and innovative wrapping paper company. Gift Couture will offer high-quality wrapping paper sets that feature original photography and design. Our main goal is to produce unique papers that coordinate together into conceptualized themes and sets.”

Hence, of course, this first series of five papers covering top and bottom buns, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes so your under-the-tree stack this year can make a mouth-watering statement.

With three weeks to go, these New York designers are already past their target fundraising goal needed to print 1,000 sheets of each design – lucky supporters will get free copies and some will get a cute (or is it straight-up kitsch?) little golden hamburger trophy, too.

Artistic Dollar Redesign is Beautiful, Simple & Practical

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Artistic Dollar Redesign is Beautiful, Simple & Practical: [ By Steph in Architecture & Design. ]

What if thoughtful design, in which aesthetic concerns shared top priority with practical ones, were able to infiltrate every aspect of our lives? Even the bank notes in our pockets would be works of art. Artist Dowling Duncan imagines just such a scenario with ‘The Dollar Redesign Project’.

First and foremost, Duncan has changed the size of each bank note so that it’s easy to distinguish by value. The one-dollar bill is the shortest and the hundred-dollar-bill the longest, so there’s less awkward fumbling for the correct amounts.

The horizontal format of the United States bank note is switched from horizontal to vertical. Duncan told Design Boom, “When we researched how notes are used we realized people tend to handle and deal with money vertically rather than horizontally… the majority of people hand over notes vertical when making purchases. All machines accept notes vertically. Therefore a vertical note makes more sense.”

Furthermore, the notes are each given a different color, making it even easier to distinguish them from one another. Duncan has also assigned imagery to each that he feels represents their value. For the one-dollar bill, the first African-American president. The five biggest Native American tribes are shown on the five-dollar bill. The ten-dollar bill features the ten amendments in the Bill of Rights, and the twenty represents twentieth-century America.

On the fifty-dollar bill are the fifty states of the nation, and on the 100 are the first one hundred days of President Franklin Roosevelt, which helped fight the economic crises during the time of the depression. See more designs from other artists and for other nations at the Dollar Redesign Project blog.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Well-Off on Wheels: Futuristic RVs are Packed with Luxury

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Well-Off on Wheels: Futuristic RVs are Packed with Luxury: [ Filed under Portable & in the Architecture category ]

Driving around the country in an RV is not the first thing most of us think of when the word “luxurious” is mentioned. Perhaps the futuristic luxury RVs from Marchi Mobile Vehicles will change that.

The slightly strange-looking RV is based on the strikingly futuristic truck designs of Luigi Colani. Like Colani’s trucks, the eleMMent RV sports some truly crazy looks and over-the-top parts.

The 38-foot-long, 13.5-foot-tall RV boasts around 500 square feet of usable interior area, making it larger than some apartments. The push of a single button causes a large “sky bar” to rise from the top of the vehicle, letting residents and guests party under the stars in style.

But a pop-up bar is just the tip of the ultra-luxurious iceberg. The eleMMent also features a huge master bedroom with a 40-inch flat screen TV, a gorgeous spa bathroom and, oddly enough, a fireplace.

Lest your exceptional vehicle ever look like it has actually been driving around on dusty roads, the eleMMent features an integrated vehicle cleaning system to keep the paint job looking nice and fresh.

The specific amenities on each eleMMent can be changed around and customized based on each buyer’s preferences. Although there are not many actual photographs of the ultra-cool RV, there are plenty of renderings to ogle.

Provided you can afford one, you can order an eleMMent today with your individual preferences in place. Just remember the traditional wisdom: if you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Honey I’m Home! Urban Beehives For Sweet City Living

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Honey I’m Home! Urban Beehives For Sweet City Living: [ By Steve in Animals & Habitats & Home & Garden & Nature & Ecosystems. ]

The latest buzz on urban gardening? Urban beehives, of course! These 7 bee-friendly beehives may be designed for city slickers who think Honeycomb comes in a box, but they’re ideal for anyone who wants to invite a little urban wildlife into their nature-challenged neighborhood.

The Beehaus

(images via: Physorg and New York Times)

The Beehaus might look a little like a very large breadbox but it’s really more like a honeypot – just add bees! Designed to suit the needs of both bees and beekeepers, the Beehaus comes with a 10-page instruction manual that covers pretty much any eventuality an urban beekeeper might face.

(images via: Delicious Magazine and The Crossed Cow)

Most images of the Beehaus show it in yellow with gray trim but buyers can actually select from a range of bright, flowery colors. The Beehaus is a thoughtful update on the classic man-made hive, a design that really hasn’t been significantly updated since the 1920s. With that said, the Beehaus isn’t cheap: one UK site has it listed “from £495.00″ but each kit includes everything you need to support a healthy honeybee colony. You can even order a beesuit and bees.


(images via: New Tech News and Hot and Cool Stuff)

The Bikube Urban Beehive By Adam Weaver addresses an interesting hypothesis: city bees are doing well compared to their country cousins thanks to urban gardeners, who grow a bewildering variety of flowers yet use less pesticides than most farmers. City beehives are different too, witness the Bikube which is designed to attach to a home or apartment’s exterior wall. The attachment side is actually the Bikube’s only flat side: its other surfaces are curved to direct rainwater off the hive.


(images via: creativeDNAaustria and Philadelphia Weekly)

D.I.Y. HONEY is a design project from Austria’s Lena Goldsteiner. This acorn-shaped bee condo takes its inspiration from Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes. The support mechanism resembles that of a hanging basket, though one wonders how the bees will react to wild weather, winds and storms.

The BeeCrib

(images via: Linda Raharuhi and Re-Nest)

The BeeCrib may not be as stylish as some other urban beehive designs but it makes up for that by being easy to assemble: no tools, no glue, no problem! Designers from the Bachelor of Design Innovation program at New Zealand’s Victoria University Wellington set out to create a top bar style beehive, the parts of which can be easily shipped in flat-pack format.

(images via: Linda Raharuhi)

The ultimate goal of the designers was and is to support urban beekeeping and thus boost the numbers of honeybees. The overall simplicity of the BeeCrib should appeal not only to new hobbyists but also to open source manufacturers who can ensure easy availability and low cost.

Mason Bee House

(images via: CrispGreen and Home Orchard Society)

While harvesting honey from your urban beehive is sweet payback for the work put in making your winged guests comfy & cozy, other types of bees are worth supporting too, honey or not. Take the Mason Bee: slightly smaller than honeybees, non-stinging Mason Bees visit up to 1,000 flowers daily – 20 times as much as the average honeybee! The Mason Bee House is built from biodegradable bamboo and its network of hollow tubes perfectly suits the nesting needs of Mason Bees.

The Warré Beehive

(images via: Bee Happy)

The Warré Beehive, invented by Abbé Émil Warré, is a simple and practical design that seeks to approximate as closely as possible the natural conditions under which bee colonies build hives in the wild. With that said, the design also works well for novice and/or urban beekeepers due to its simplicity and practicality. The so-called “People’s Hive” resembles a stack of boxes – when more space is needed, another box is added to the bottom of the stack.

(images via: The Beekeeper’s Digest)

Some Warré Beehives are constructed with viewing windows at the front that allows beekeepers and their guests) to monitor the progress of honeycomb-building from the outside. The bees don’t seem to mind being watched and will happily build their honeycombs right out to the clear glass pane.

The Urban Beehive by Philips

(images via: Nanaimo Green Developments)

The Urban Beehive from Philips is a two-part affair that “aims to bring fresh honey right to user’s living rooms.” Now don’t panic – although the portion of the Urban Beehive that contains the honey may be in the living room, the bees aren’t thanks to an ingenious mounting system that keeps access to the hive strictly on the outside.

(image via: Treehugger)

The Urban Beehive is as sleek and modern as they come, and that includes the gracefully curved integral flowerpot that provides hard-working bees with a quick sip before landing. The device also features a built-in smoke activator that comes into play when collecting honey from the hive. While only a concept, the warm reception given the Urban Beehive during its debut at Dutch Design Week bodes well for both bees and bee-lovers.

(image via: Serious Eats)

Are you catching a buzz yet? Urban beekeeping can be hugely rewarding, eminently fulfilling and just plain fun but it’s no casual endeavor. Being a bee boss demands time, care and patience – the lack of any of which can turn the sweet taste of success to the bitter sting of defeat… especially if you step on a bee barefoot. Respect the hive and you both may thrive!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Foodie Survival Kit: Mobile Mini-Kitchen of Herbs & Spices

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Foodie Survival Kit: Mobile Mini-Kitchen of Herbs & Spices: [ Filed under Kitchenware & in the Furnishings category ]

For design lovers, packaging plays heavily into the success of any gift, be it wrapped or otherwise – and anyone who has used these stackable towers for beads or medications or other knickknacks should know how neat they are.

But inside the minimalist wrap and compartmentalized stack by Flight001 is the real treat for picky eaters: the unscrewable sections reveal a series of thirteen organic herbs and spices. Thai, Mexican and Indian essentials kits also exist, as does a book-formed variant (somehow less nifty, though).

Contents: organic basil, organic cayenne, organic curry, organic dill, organic granulated garlic, organic ginger, organic cinnamon, organic oregano, organic thyme, organic granulated onion, sea salt, organic black pepper and wasabi powder.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Dinner Party Without a Table = Better Guest Conversations?

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Dinner Party Without a Table = Better Guest Conversations?: [ Filed under Tableware & in the Furnishings category ]

Dinner parties are a traditional way to introduce acquaintances to one another, but the main element of the dinner party is its biggest hindrance: the table itself. Closer is a project from Marco A. Guadarrama that seeks to bring people physically nearer to one another while they mingle.

Consisting of a bowl set into a flat surface with two holes for a thumb and a drink, Closer lets guests enjoy their food while giving them the freedom to move around the room and enjoy the company of other guests.

Inspired by traditional Japanese plates, this unusual dish can be used by right-handed or left-handed people, depending on which way it is carried. Whichever hole is not occupied by the holder’s thumb is used to hold a stemmed glass, keeping libations always close at hand.

Closer encourages both conversation and personal space, taking away the physical barrier of a table but giving each person something to hold onto as they mingle.