making of four bowls

There is something entrancing about observing a process of creation. This video demonstrating how bowls are made into reality from a 3-d digital sketch on a CNC mill, an automated/computer-controlled mill, is no exception. Mister Geppetto would be proud…


neck tunes!

Pink?!?! Looks like candy?! Wearable?! OMG, if I were still a teen (sigh), I’d be all over these necklace/MP3 players by INNO Design.


haute projection

Chiming in on the discussion of democratization of fashion shows, Stefano Pilati, creative director at Yves Saint Laurent, chose to show his 2008 Fall/Winter menswear collection as a triptych LCD projection. Featuring Simon Woods, the star of HBO’s Rome, the presentation is captivatingly eery and seamlessly (and unpretentiously) incorporates the clothes as part of its plotless sequence.  

Pilati elaborates on use of technology in lieu of the traditional catwalk in his interview with Wallpaper Magazine.

The result is an engaging art film with a creepy looking dude, who still manages to look hot…in a weird kind of way:

knit flick

I have to confess, I am a sucker for bad reality TV and domestic arts. And yes, the two go together hand in hand: I crocheted this trippy doily while watching A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, season 1. 

Imagine my astonishment, when I saw this marvelous music video created with 723 individually KNITTED (!) frames. The band is a Canadian duo named Tricot Machine (which stands for “knitting machine,” for those linguistically challenged).

Though a knitting machine was involved (it would have been even more badass if they were actually hand-knit), the creation process still sounds arduous. According to David Valiquette who produced the video: 

“We actually shot our characters on green screen to start with. Then we edited, keyed and composited in AE to add the other elements like snow and stadium. We then outputed 723 jpeg of the clip to our knitter that used them as templates for the knits. The knitting technique is actually called in french “Tricot machine”, hence the band’s name!” [source]

Love it!


wear me out

Here’s another example of wearable technology which interacts with human body and surrounding environment. Just like the Smart Second Skin Dress, these dresses are made from high tech materials enabling sensory interaction and prediction of the wearer’s emotional state. This project is designed as part of Phillips’ initiative, Design Probes, which is dedicated “‘to track[ing] trends and developments that may ultimately evolve into mainstream issues that have a significant impact on business.” Though I find the idea of wearable technology interesting, I have to admit that what I’ve seen so far seems impractical and gimmicky. But then again, wearing this ridiculously impractical speaker vest can either make you the life of the dance floor or the butt of all jokes…

Don’t wear this at your wedding if you’re having doubts–everyone will know.

music vision

Thanks to Create Digital Music (a forum for musicians using technology), I stumbled upon something called “audio responsive visual” where music is interpreted through programming language, or what is also known Processing. In this video, artist/designer/programmer Robert Hodgin’s (Flight404) visualizes “Lovely Head” a song by British group Goldfrapp. You’ll see that his interpretive code not only accentuates the song’s beat, pitch and loudness but also incorporates its lyrics–apparently, a challenging task to achieve in Processing. Don’t know about you, but I couldn’t stop watching this mesmerizing piece…

absolut machines

What do you get when you mix vodka, music, technology, and a dash of creativity? An awesome interactive music machine dubbed “ABSOLUT Quartet” commissioned by Absolut Vodka and envisioned by artists/technological sculptors/musicians Jeff Lieberman and Dan Paluska. This project is not only a genius combination of creative thought and technological knowledge, but is also a successful expansion on the “In an ABSOLUT World” ad campaign.

Go to the site to submit your song and listen how the ABSOLUT Quartet improvises your melody.

musical glasses

Machine close up and personal.

absolut machines

“in an absolut world, would machines be creative?”