All images via City of Westbrook
Earlier this week a peculiar phenomenon was discovered in a section of the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine. In the chilly winter waters a gigantic disk of ice had formed with a diameter just short of the river’s width. The floating patch was recently captured by the city in an aerial video. In the footage a nearby parking garage seems dwarfed by the mammoth proportions of the circular ice patch. According to Westbrook’s marketing and communications manager Tine Radel, the icy island has been spinning in a counterclockwise direction, and does not appear to be moving up or downstream. You can view an aerial tour of the floating ice patch (set to a pretty dramatic soundtrack) in the video produced by the City of Westbrook below. (via Earther)
“It’s a new brand coming into maturity now. If they were ever going to change . . . it was the now-or-never moment,” says designer Michael Bierut.
Slack, the beyond-successful work collaboration platform, has launched a new, buttoned-up brand in anticipation of its 2019 IPO. The new work, led by Pentagram, kills off the company’s longstanding hashtag logo. The playful plaid is gone, too.
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Balmuda’s $540 The Light doesn’t create shadows or glare.
There are few things that bother me more than bad lighting–in the living room, the kitchen, and especially when I’m working at a desk. When I’m drawing, I’m annoyed to no end when shadows obscure my work surface or, worse, the light casts a glare. It makes me irrationally angry. If you’re an artist, a designer, or an armchair dabbler, I’m sure you can relate.
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Artist Betsy Walton loosely imitates the landscape of Portland, Oregon in paintings infused with geodesic rocks and female subjects dressed as spellbinding goddesses. Walton works in layers, leaving some areas of the paintings bare with minimal sketches, while others have been painted, mixed with new media, or patched over multiple times.
“I paint over old versions of images so that there is a kind of memory to the painting,” she explains to Colossal. “I like being able to create an image that slowly unfolds. My hope is that a person looking at the finished work is able to have a long relationship with the image—lots of nuance to discover over time.”
Although Portland’s winters have become a primary point of inspiration, Walton likes to also bring in elements of travel by including flora that exist outside of the Pacific Northwest. She also includes natural phenomena or invisible structures that we might not see in everyday life, such as winding tree roots or the ribs of a female subject. “In each painting I am working through a kind of mindfulness process wherein I try to stay faithful to my ideas as they arise, even if I can’t explain it or it seems like a hard turn from where I started,” she explains. “It’s a delicate dance between unconditional acceptance of new ideas and subsequent editing phases where I try to refine the image and gain more clarity in the expression of the image’s story. ”
Walton’s first solo exhibition will open in May 2020 at Stephanie Chefas Projects in Portland. You can view more of her paintings on her website and Instagram.
From Gillette to Starbucks to Johnson & Johnson, companies love to extol the virtues of their brand, without actually living up to them. Here is what today’s companies could learn from the Quakers, writes Paddle Consulting’s Brian Millar.
This week, Gillette joined the noble ranks of Purposeful Brands with a new ad. It suggested that a decent chap should call out toxic masculinity where he sees it, which was something of a departure from their output of three decades: phallic symbolism that would make Sigmund Freud choke on his cigar.
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Cette photo a été prise par un astrophotographe californien depuis son jardin à Sacramento. Andrew McCarthy a réussi à obtenir ce portrait de famille du Système Solaire grâce à une caméra Sony a7 II, un Canon 6D, une caméra astronomique ZWO ASI224MC, un télescope Orion XT10 et un Meade 2120 ainsi qu’un Skywatcher EQ6-R Pro. Il s’agit ici d’une composition créée en plusieurs étapes en utilisant chacun des équipements évoqués en fonction de la distance et de la position des planètes. Une fois obtenues toutes les photos individuelles, le photographe les a superposées à celle de la Voie Lactée via PhotoShop. Le résultat est bouleversant.
« Grâce à mes images, j’espère apporter des fragments de fantaisie chez les spectateurs. En les encourageant à faire un pas hors de leur réalité », révèle Peter Li. Ce photographe autodidacte basé à Londres a commencé à prendre des clichés lors de la naissance de sa première fille. « Comme beaucoup de papa, je voulais documenter ce moment, alors que famille grandissait », ajoute-t-il. Si l’artiste a toujours eu un penchant pour l’architecture classique, il n’a jamais songé à la photographier, avant 2015. « J’ai rencontré deux photographes en herbe qui ont partagé avec moi leur passion pour l’architecture. Grâce à leur inspiration, j’ai appris à être attentif à la symétrie, à la composition et au travail de ligne ».
Depuis, Peter Li réalise des images grandioses et inspirantes, à travers le globe. « À Londres, nous avons toutes sortes d’architecture. On trouve souvent des joyaux classiques parmi les gratte-ciel modernes. Cette passion je la dois aussi à la ville dans laquelle je vis. Et puis, je cherche aussi l’inspiration dans des peintures, des films et des jeux vidéos. Je joue depuis tout jeune et je pense que ça a eu un grand impact sur mon travail ».
Retrouvez ses clichés sur sa page Instagram : @pli.panda
The brand is launching an organic, eco-friendly mattress, reflecting an emerging consolidation of the market.
If you’re in your thirties and have recently graduated from buying your home goods from IKEA and Target, you have probably heard of Parachute. It’s a five-year-old fast-growing luxury bedding brand, which exists alongside companies like Brooklinen, Boll & Branch, and Crane & Canopy. Soon after it launched, Parachute moved beyond sheets, adding more and more products to its store. These days, you can pick up comfy blankets, alpaca throws, down pillows, all in the brand’s earthy, relaxed, California aesthetic. And starting today, you can even buy an eco-friendly, American-made Parachute mattress.
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With help from Map Project Office and Universal Design Studio, IBM’s Q System One is designed for the future of computing. And it’s mighty pretty.
The computer you’re reading this on right now uses binary code, a series of ones and zeros that work together to translate human commands into a language the computer can understand. Now, an entirely different way to think about computing that’s been around for decades is on the cusp of being realized. Instead of ones and zeros, this type of computer uses a new language where each quantum bit–called a qubit–can become both one and zero at once. That means it could solve vastly complex math problems that modern computers struggle with, like those that underlie the security of the internet.
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