Biomimicry Design

A phenomenal video I saw on Vox about biomimicry design and Janine Benyus, the author of "Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature" and co-founder of the Biomimicry Institute. I'll probably write a longer post about this on one of my design pages in the next few weeks.

The video is from 99% Invisible, a great website you should definitely check out:

This is awesome...

Would love to see some of this stuff in person, though I haven't seen it around here anywhere. But that's why Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim invented YouTube so here you go—perceptual art by Michael Murphy. Very cool stuff!

You can see more at Definitely check it out. (If you go here, be sure to look for the work "Make America Great.")

Been reading James Tate lately...

I've been reading James Tate lately. For those who don't know him, Tate was a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet who, towards the end of his life, wrote prose poems that read like highly structured short stories. He also actually wrote a few books of amazing, surreal short stories that remind me of Kawabata Yasunari's "palm-of-the-hand stories."

It's funny, I walked past his office almost every day when I was an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, but it's only now—twenty years later and two years after his death—that I'm picking up his books. I'm currently reading Dome of the Hidden Pavilion and Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee.

Definitely check them out!

Kinetic Paper Toys

Here's a video of a few of the kinetic paper toys made by Japanese karakuri expert Haruki Nakamura. Karakuri is basically moveable origami. (Karakuri means "mechanized puppet.")

And before you go searching, Nakamura does sell in his online shop, but they only ship within Japan. Travel plans confirmed.

Living in the future...

The fact that I'm posting this video from my iPhone is equal parts hysterical, awesome, scary, and mind-blowing! :-)

Happy July

Well, so much for posting on a regular basis (It's been a busy spring!), but I finally found something that I absolutely had to share.

Here's a video of an outdoor concert being put on by the Vienna Chamber Festival in Izmir, Turkey. Seems like a certain someone really likes classical music!

Hello, again.

I haven't posted to my blog since re-booting my website, but I finally found something interesting enough to share.

You should definitely check out the site for Juxtapoz, an arts magazine that, like all cool things in life, I learned about through William Gibson. The magazine and site cover all things related to art and design so there should be something of interest to just about anyone.

I hope you enjoy!