Wait, what do you mean it’s not Friday yet? Just joking. Work is the best. Work is so great that in your spare time you like to watch videos about work! We’ve got you covered in this edition of Eyes on Design.
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Nice one, Einstein
Designer-turned-animator Eoin Duffy returns with another quirky design-driven short, this time celebrating the centennial of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Duffy teamed with filmmaker Jamie Lochhead, actor David Tennant of Doctor Who fame (“allons-y!”), and science communicator Anais Rassat, who explains: “Einstein’s theory of general relativity is not just about understanding gravity, it is central to our understanding of the entire universe.”
JAMIE LOCHHEAD – Writer / Producer
EOIN DUFFY – Design / Animation
DAVID TENNANT – Narrator
WESLEY SLOVER – Sound Design
ANAÏS RASSAT Writer / Science Outreach / Communication
A WINDFALL FILMS production for the SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
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The business end
OCAD University president Sara Diamond dropped in on the Toronto Board of Trade for a luncheon talk on “Art & Design in the Connected World.” Several board members we spoke with afterwards noted the speaker series usually features more linear lines of thought, and that it was interesting to hear about the future of business from the creative side.
Diamond explored the idea of the Antropocene epoch–the only age in Earth’s history where humans can fundamentally and radically transform the planet’s environment and interconnected systems, its range of organisms, and more.
The Anthropocene epoch raises fundamental philosophical questions. Writer Katherine Hayles suggests that the lines between human and machine “should more accurately be considered a borderland with flexible and reconfigurable boundaries.” Design thinker Alex Manu argues that the [internet of things] demands not only data and design but art, because “art provides inspiration and connects us with beauty, which in turn inspires us to seek for more beauty… Giving people the ability to dream about a better future takes more than persuasion.”
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Speaking of the internet of things…
Josh Clark helped open the DesignThinkers 2015 conference earlier this month with a talk on the internet of things and how to design for “magical” UX. We touched on Clark’s presentation in our DesignThinkers Day 1 diary, but now you can watch it in full courtesy of RGD.
(We can’t embed the player, so click here or on the image above to watch.)
[Via RGD Hub]
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All hail the SuperSpeaker
Aside from the personalities behind the podium, the other star of DesignThinkers was the front lobby sculpture, “painstakingly yet lovingly assembled” by the team at Overdrive Design.
Check out the clip above for a behind-the-scenes peek at its fabrication, then head over to Behance’s “Inspiration Is…” website for a full rundown of Overdrive’s DesignThinkers branding concept.
[Via Inspiration Is…]
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One for the monsters under your bed
Creative Mornings Oakland hosted Pixar’s Nathan Stanton recently for a look at all things horror, particularly the creepy genre posters used to entice mid-century drive-in theatre-goers. Halloween may be over, but our fascination with fear is evergreen. If you’re a fan of Psycho, The Exorcist and The Thing et al., this one’s for you.
[Via Creative Mornings]
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FROM THE ARCHIVES:
Michael C. Gross, artist/designer and film producer, died earlier this month of cancer at the age of 70. Those who don’t know him know his work–he’s the man behind the Ghostbusters logo and the famous cover of National Lampoon with that unforgettable puppy-at-gunpoint image.
Here’s an interview clip where Gross explains why there are two versions of the Ghostbusters logo floating around, one with the ‘no smoking’ bar stretching from bottom left to top right, and another going from top left to bottom right. RIP, Michael.
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Burton Kramer was awarded the ADCC’s Les Usherwood lifetime achievement award last week. A clip from Greg Durrell’s documentary preceded Kramer’s acceptance speech, capturing a few of Kramer’s thoughts on his career and the practice of design. Congrats to Mr. Kramer.