So stop checking this Tumblr on your phone right away!
Posted on Saturday, March 8th 2014
Wanna stay ahead of the mainstream hipster? Getting a 3D tat is the way to go.
While we’re not so crazy about these tats we are in total awe of the cool 3D prosthetics that we’re seeing. Some are so beautiful that they deserve a short skirt and some heels.
"Let the people stare for the right reasons" said Scott Summit, who co-founded Bespoke with Kenneth Trauner, an orthopedic surgeon and engineer. "Make it something that’s so cool it invites people to engage, as opposed to making people turn away awkwardly, which is currently the complaint you’ll hear from a lot of amputees." We couldn’t agree more.
Don’t you just love it when we (as a human race?) actually manage to use the technological possibilities at hand to truly improve peoples lives?
Posted on Friday, March 7th 2014
ART MEETS ACNE
We’ve been a fan of photographer Viviane Sassen forever! And boy did she just remind us why! Check out how she uses bold blocks of colour to show off Acne’s white collection for summer 2014. All the brands out there who want to explore what visual story telling and artvertising is all about, take note: Sometimes it’s as simple as this.
Posted on Thursday, March 6th 2014
MEET THE FRONTRUNNERS
Tilburg? Where, what, why? Never heard of this town in the southern part of the Netherlands? Join the club! But this town is not only home to one of the largest Dutch insurance companies (Interpolis) it also holds the only state approved Trend studies (International Lifestyle Studies). Interpolis and Lifestyle Studies joined forces and organised a trend field trip to meet innovative entrepreneurs and designers from the region. So we headed to the south, off to Chillburg!
Sexy Start-ups: 4 entrepreneurs gave their personal account of entrepreneuring which actually came down to the following: don’t make business plans or think about strategies, have a "screw it, just do it!" attitude, celebrate success (preferably with a lot of booze), collaborate with others because it only makes you stronger. Hear, hear!
Beam me up! We were blown away by the presentation of Mr. Beam, a video mapping collective. They are taking the trend Sensory Fetishism to the next level! As they put it themselves: "we strongly believe that the time has come to break the rectangular boundaries of how we as humans are used to experience visuals." You really, really got to check some of their video’s, like this living room turned into a 360 degrees projection area or their opening show of the H&M flagship store in Amsterdam. Come on, click on it, you won’t be disappointed!
Posted on Wednesday, March 5th 2014
TILT, SMILE, SNAP!
You can’t escape the phenomenon #Selfie. Selected as Word of the Year 2013 and added to the Oxford Dictionairy. What’s next in store for this vainity pic?
Analyze that! Well, next up is a thorough and scientific analysis of selfies around the world. Selfiecity is the research project of Dr. Lev Manovich and his team. They have gathered a sample set of 3200 selfies from 5 cities ( Bangkok, New York, Moscow, Berlin, Sao Paolo) and analysed it on aspects like gender, age, head tilt, mood, added features (like wearing glasses).
The results: Women take more selfies than men. Women’s selfies show more expressive poses: the average amount of head tilt is 50% higher than for men. People in Moscow don’t smile much on selfies as opposed to Sao Palo where they are all smiles.
You can toggle away with the selfie sample dashboard via the very cool Selfiexplanatory function and check out selfies with open mouths, looking downwards, head tilted to the right and looking angry. This entertaining scientific dataset provides an interesting cultural take on the selfie. Thank you dr. Manovich, you’ve made our day!
Posted on Tuesday, March 4th 2014
THE BIGGEST BFF’S FEST OF THE YEAR
Last week we visited the Household Fair (Huishoudbeurs in Dutch). A whopping 220.000 mainly female visitors came from every corner of the Netherlands to shop ‘till they drop at this yearly fair in Amsterdam. Compared to 2013 the Huishoudbeurs welcomed less visitors in 2014, mainly because the Netherlands was in the winning skating mode on the Olympic Winter Games. People were hooked to their tv-screens at home.
The Huishoudbeurs used to be a mainly A-brand affair, but now also small labels and web shops were present. The main draws are the affordable products and exclusive product editions, plus it also makes for a nice outing with your female friend circle.
How to prepare for this shopping ‘raid’? Take 2 to 5 of your bff’s to accompany you. If they’re not game, take your daughter(s). Wear comfortable shoes (no heels!). Dress in layers, because it can really heat-up in the shopping halls. Carry a trolley (or 2) to stash your bounty. If you’re in the extraordinary position to visit the fair with a male species: you can dump him in one of the beer pubs (aka men caves). Check this funny clip about men visiting the fair (sorry, Dutch only!)
Highlights: A lot of brands tried to stimulate photo sharing and offered sit-in decors (like the one of Lassie pictured above). We we’re mainly impressed by the styling/concept of the Kikkoman and the Zeeman stands. Zeeman also got raving reviews from visitors on their Facebooksite (1 comment pictured above).
The Huishoudbeurs is a must-visit for anyone who wants to get a feel of what female consumers are all about. See you next year!
Posted on Monday, March 3rd 2014
BEHAVE LIKE A WRITER!
Posted on Saturday, March 1st 2014
WHO OWNS THE SOUP?
Visiting the last KIJK Live event left us hungry for more. So we signed up again and we are still digesting what we learned that night.
PLASTIC SOUP: Mr. marine litter (Jeroen Dagevos) elaborated on the soups of plastic in our oceans. Did you know that if you dissect an animal it will have an average of 32(!) plastic thingies in it’s stomach. Check out these telling pictures of the insides of Albatrosses by Chris Jordan. The issue at hand is: who is in charge of the ocean and who owns the plastic soup? Luckily people are taking matters in their own hands organizing Clean-up Challenges. And what about this nifty floating apparatus? The Boyan Slat cleans up the ocean in the blink of an (Albatros) eye!
GLASSHOLE: Self acclaimed ‘non hip nerd’ Daniel Verlaan has been walking around with a Google Glass for some months now. Getting a lot of positive reactions of mainly men, Google Glass doesn’t seem to be a babe magnet. Negative responses are always about privacy related issues, like ’ dude, are you filming me right now?’ The Glass is making a Glasshole out of you. Other tiny problem area: the battery gets low very fast. Daniel told us that Sony will be there to the rescue. They have has patented the Smart Wig…uchm.
INFINITY MACHINE: Have you heard about the quantum computer? It seems that it is THE Infinity Machine that computes via parallel universes. How does that work? Well, it uses 0 AND 1 at the same time instead of our old fashioned way of computing with 0 OR 1. Which enables us to predict the weather better, make more accurate atomical calculations or cracking security codes. Do you follow? I don’t, but Professor in Theoretical Physics Carlo Beenakker assures us that nobody knows how it works exactly. Phew! It might even be smokes and mirrors. But computing in quibits really sounds appealing, right? You can buy one yourself, it just sets you back about 10 billion dollars. Ka-ching!
Posted on Friday, February 28th 2014
EMANCIPATION OF THE IMAGE
Are you an image person or a text person? This question was posed by Mieke Gerritzen (director of MOTI Museum) during her lecture at Droog Design HQ in Amsterdam. Mieke feels that images are becoming the new words and this will also be the title of her new book which will be published this autumn.
Visual intelligence is still under rated by many institutions, producing millions of text heavy documents year-round. Whereas nowadays the younger generation is much more used to visual stimuli. Mieke states that ‘looking is also reading’ and that ‘everybody should learn to read images’.
I wonder: what would a ‘grammar’ lesson in images look like? What defines a good or bad image? Should there be more research on images to provide us with a framework that goes beyond Gestalt principles? And should we just focus on sight or on all our senses? Sensory Fetishism Galore!
Posted on Thursday, February 27th 2014
DATA HERO, RESCUE ME!
Databending, Hackathons, MathSynth, Web Mashups, Dataism. Are you feeling dizzy already? Meet Heinze Havinga, a young data god who explores new ways of using technology always in combination with social components. And he knows EVERYTHING about the aforementioned buzzy words.
I met this guy around 2008 when I was scouting young trend spotters and he was a student in Art & Technology. At the job interview he casually mentioned he had linked his Twitter account to the doors of his house meaning that every time he would open a door a tweet would be sent (e.g. ‘Heinze is entering the house’). Hired on the spot!
Fast forward 5 years and Heinze is going stronger than ever. At Art Biennale Venice 2013 he launched The Grand Tour Game, a Kinect based multiplayer car game played simultaneously real-time on giant Led screens by one person in Amsterdam and one in Venice. And he is (ofcourse) listed as one of the 100 promising Dutch new talents in New Media.
I’m not really the kind of person that’s easily in awe but Heinze is my Data Hero. Welcome to our Sparks network Heinze!
Posted on Wednesday, February 26th 2014