Articles by Johnna Gurgel

Creativity

Nimb: the portable panic button

Introducing Nimb, the portable panic button. Thanks to this handy ring, whenever you are in trouble, experiencing a health emergency, or feeling unsafe, Nimb will send an alert message when you hold a button down for three seconds. The message will go to the contacts in your “safety circles”. Safety circles can include emergency numbers, your family, or just your friends. Nimb will send an alert via smartphone technology out to your contacts to let them know you need help. This ring works everywhere in the world where cellular networks are available, and it will notify you if you are too far away from your phone. It’s hypoallergenic. It can withstand rain, and uses Bluetooth signals to send and receive alerts. On top of this, the ring has been shaped so accidental alerts don’t happen. Nimb won't come out until May 2017 but until then, check out their fully funded Kickstarter campaign to find more. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1629204423/nimb-a-smart-ring-that-keeps-you-safe-and-sound?ref=21.go2.fund&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=21.go2.fund...
Creativity

Make your own circuits by drawing them

AgIC is a Japanese based company focused on making electric circuitry accessible to everyone. Since 2011, AgIC has been creating circuits with silver conductive inks. Why is this so special? Because anyone, with their patented pen and paper, can draw their own circuits and the options for that are limitless. So, how does this work? The silver ink in their pens dries in a few seconds and “becomes conductive instantly when...traces are drawn on [their] special photo paper”. The paper and its conductive technology was developed by Yoshihiro (Yoshi) Kawahara out of the University of Tokyo. To see this magic in action, watch the video below. ...
Performance

Method Studios takes the cake (with texture)

Method Studios has created the ultimate dance video. Forget that early 2000s iPod commercial with black silhouettes, this studio created over 40 motion animated textures mapped onto dancers. Using motion capture, procedural animation, and dynamic simulations, dancing avatars bring textures to life before your eyes and the result is mind-blowing. This project was created for the AICP Awards and the textures chosen are meant to represent the AICP sponsors in color and dance. To say the least, Method Studios created a stellar piece of design. Check out the video below to see the full project. https://vimeo.com/169599296 ...
Industrial design

Waverly Labs’ Pilot: a real-life Babel Fish

Waverly Labs has created a piece of technology straight out of science-fiction. If you’ve ever read or seen Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, then you probably remember the Babel Fish, a fish that swims in your brain and translates languages for you. As of May 2017, that piece of fiction will become a reality. They’re introducing the Pilot, a smart earpiece that can translate language. Using speech recognition technologies and a lot of engineering, language is no longer a barrier. The Pilot comes in three colors and when purchased, includes two ear pieces and an app. The second earpiece allows for music streaming and other Bluetooth functions, and can used by the person you are trying to communicate with. Currently, the Pilot is able to translate English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese, and will be able to run for four to six hours. Check out more details here and here. ...
Art

Patrick Shearn’s Liquid Shard

In Los Angeles, if you go to Pershing Square you will find a sculpture that looks like it defies gravity. At the hands of Patrick Shearn and Poetic Kinetics (an art installation organization), the sculpture “Liquid Shard” was created out of holographic mylar and monofilament. It stretches across 15,000 square feet and is a mesmerizing thing to experience. To see this in person, get down to L.A. before August 11th, 2016. ...
Creativity

No Man’s Sky: the ultimate exploration game

If you’ve ever wanted to become a rogue wanderer, look no father than your computer screen. Thanks to Hello Games you can now explore eighteen quintillion full-featured planets with the game No Man's Sky. Unveiled in June 2016, this sci-fi wonderland is an amazing feat of artistry and programming. The experience players will have in this game is strikingly similar to Minecraft. Players will explore in any and every direction a multitude of planets where they will have to survive on dangerous frontiers. Players collect and trade materials to build better equipment and can pair with other players also. No Man’s Sky was created by a team of 15 individuals in the UK that programmed universal laws rather than specifically creating every piece of the game’s universe. The programming team manipulated lines of code creating mathematical rules that determine age and arrangement of stars, asteroid belts, moon, planets, physics, orbits, and atmospheres....
Art

The florals tattoos of Diana Severinenko

Diana Severinenko is a 21 year old Ukrainian tattoo artist whose work is simply breathtaking. Taking her inspiration from animals, flowers, and plants Diana, creates detailed and simplistic sketches which morph into larger and beautifully placed tattoos. Diana utilizes line work, blackwork, and sketching style techniques to create her masterpieces. To see what genius work this 21 year old has done already, click here. ...
Art

Say it and see it with WordsEye

WordsEye is a new addiction that will be sure to suck hours out of your life. The beauty of this thing? Whatever you type will appear in a picture. It is literally that simple. Why is this such a big deal? As stated on their website, this program is an “application [that can aid] in ESL... special needs... art instruction, creative writing, and literacy skills education” programs. WordsEye was tested in 6th grade classrooms recently and showed statistic growth in writing and literacy scores for students. In short, “Students also reported that WordsEye helped them imagine and visualize stories.” Utilizing content vendors and their own software, the creators of WordsEye are currently working to create a mobile app for the program as well. Check out what people have created here. ...
Art

Dries Ketels and his dancing paintings

Dries Ketels has gone above and beyond in developing his own method for painting. In his works, he creates “dancing paintings instead of dancing painters” through feeling. Watching Dries move paint around a canvas is akin to watching an ice-skater move about a rink. Taking colors and brushes and manipulating them to bring about a wholly new iridescent form of art is mesmerizing. In order to achieve these results, Dries created on his own method and, about it, he stated: “Developing a method is quiet simple and hard at the same time. When you start experimenting, which is always the beginning, you kind of already know the endpoint, you know that it has to be ‘different’ and at the end 'beautiful' as well. I think developing something new is getting rid of the fear of losing what you already know. Or getting rid of the fear of the unknown or something.” Check out more of his work here. ...
Art

Mary Doodles and her time-lapse creations

Mary Doodles’ work is simply mesmerizing. Using time-lapse videos and watercolor paints to create astounding works of art, Mary has swept YouTube by storm. Mary mostly uses watercolors, liquid India ink, and Copic markers. Click the video below to watch Mary create one of her masterpieces, and check out her finished projects below. Interested to see more? Check out more of her time-lapse creations, here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--Ka_eW749Q&list=PLBZcAIyPS3oe3IQ1XfaBad9fX12kuLadE&index=10 ...
Art

Processed Views: when junk food is the landscape

Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman are the creative forces behind “Processed Views”, where the historic photos and work of Carleton Watkins (1829-1916) are the inspiration for junk-food-imbued landscapes. From potato chips, Cheetos, Fruit Loops, french fries, marshmallows, and more, Ciurej and Lochman molded food into scenes taken out the early American West. These scenes are meant to shed light on the relationships people have with food as it grows ever more into the industrial realm. Recently, “Processed Views” was featured in the FotoFest 2016 CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES  exhibition. To view their full gallery and learn more, click here. ...
Digital

The Metro map of Paris

Two years and 800 map files later, Paris has a new map. Created by a team of eight dedicated individuals, among them lead Constantine Konovalov, the new Metro Map of Paris is an eye-catcher. Created with map overlays, the designers ultimately made a more visually understandable transit route guide for everyone traveling in Paris. The entire map is divided into round portions which intersect with the main lines of the tram/transit system of Paris. To make the new map as accessible as possible, all transit lines were straightened (with two times less line bends) as much as possible. Traditional geographic maps are not the “prettiest” to look at or even easily discernible. With the Metro Map, “[u]sage of circular line pattern is the main principle of the map's design”, thus enabling the map easier to visually interpret. What else is awesome about this map? Future transit lines and systems are outlined with dots on the map so people can see how Paris transit will...
Art

Dirty watercolors highlight the problems with Manila River

Nine Filipino artists are using sterilized pigment from the polluted Manila River to make a point. With watercolor paints from contaminated waters in the Philippines, the nine painters used these dirty water pigments to promote awareness of the neglected state of the Philippine environment. Slums and makeshift towns along the Manila river are standard. And these towns house people who use this river: children bathe, people use it as a sewage system. The team involved, photographed the scenes they found on the banks and used them as inspiration. Thus this collection of paintings showcase everyday scenes commonly found on the river banks where the water is collected from. And the paintings are are shock to the system. Ranging from black to grey to various shades of brown, the watercolors started as soil straight from the Manila riverbed. The soil samples from the river were processed, decontaminated and then dried. Finally, the pigments were mixed with a gum...
Creativity

Bodypainting at its best: animal illusions

Johannes Stotter, based out of South Tyrol, Italy, is a world famous body painter. Famous for his optical illusions, Johannes soared to fame in 2013 with his ingenious creation of paint, people, and a frog. As a current teacher at the World Bodypainting Academy, Johannes shares and showcases his talent the planet over. As he is a mastermind of his craft, Johannes has an extensive portfolio involving painting people as trees, rocks, fruits, and even wood, creating pictures and scenes within bodies, and recreating anatomy on his subjects. The work of Johannes is something you definitely don't want to miss. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gw8MN1FjRY&oref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D8gw8MN1FjRY&has_verified=1 ...
Creativity

Hammock hydration

A bath? A hot tub? A spa? You can have whatever you like. Thanks to Oregonian Benjamin Frederick, anyone can take a soak or stretch, inside your own home or in the great outdoors. Super portable, the Hydro Hammock is made from “waterproof high-tensile strength marine quality canvas”. All hammocks are made in the U.S. and range from $360.00 to $1500.00 USD. The original Hyrdo Hammock features one layer of material and comes in a variety of colors. On the flip side, the deluxe Hydro Hammock has two layers for added insulation in cold conditions or to make a “swinging water bed”. Want to learn more? Click here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1kxwA1SzCw ...
Architecture

The organ of the ocean

Croatia’s 230-Foot Organ is astounding. Utilizing wind and water energy of the Adriatic Sea, the organ creates the eeriest sound. Installed by architect Nikola Basic in Zadar in 2005, the organ contains 35 pipes encased in a marble staircase descending to the sea. The sound from the “morske orgulje” (as it’s called in Croatian) comes through to bystanders via two holes at its topmost tier. Below and at sea-level, more holes funnel incoming ocean waves, which also push air through the instrument in order to create its magical sound. It is something you have to see to believe, but even more than that, it is something you have to hear to understand. ...
Art

Dip Dyes for plant-based tattoos

Ukrainian tattoo artist, Rita “Rit Kit” Zolotukhina is redoing the way tattoos are created. By dipping leaves and other plants in tattoo stencil ink, Rit Kit, is replicating nature on her clients in a whole new process. What results are strikingly natural tattoos. Rit Kit told Illusion Magazine in an interview she and her clients, “don’t know the definitive look when we start, just the colors, the mood and basic shape.” Check out more of her work here. ...
Creativity

Ably: wear it forever, wash it never

Brothers Raj and Akhil Shah have created the clothing of dreams. It never stains or stinks and it’s all sustainable: introducing, Ably. Think it’s too good to be true? Believe it; thanks to a product called Filium, Ably fabrics are able to repel water, stains, and dry faster without using toxic chemicals. As of now, the Ably Apparel line has two men’s style t-shirts and two women’s style t-shirts along with a men’s hoodie and a women’s hoodie. Check out the Ably line and the rest of their story here. Also, thanks to the Shah’s forty plus years in the fashion industry starting brands and contributing to causes, Ably is already 100% funded on Kickstarter. ...
Digital

Sculpting paintings in virtual reaity

Google has created the ultimate way to experience art. Their new app, Tilt Brush, connects users with their art with a digital brush and headset. Google partnered with HTC Vive to create the app and technology bundle which utilizes the technology pioneered by virtual reality. The Tilt Brush lets artists essentially sculpt their paintings and enables anyone to take a walk through their creations. And yet another awesome thing is Tilt Brush lets users paint with textures and elements previously unavailable such as: fire, snow, stars, denim, silk, cotton, and leather so now people can create clothing, landscapes, and much more. Follow Google's blog for updates on the art and technology surrounding Tilt Brush. ...
Art

The Doodler

Kerby Rosanes is a Filipino illustrator who works with a simple pen and a piece paper. However, his work is anything but simple. After becoming recognized by several journals, magazines, and design companies, Kerby turned his hobby into a an entrepreneurial opportunity by pursuing his part-time hobby through publishing coloring books with his work. To check out more of his work, click here. ...
Design

The new age of typewriters

If you’re an old soul, or a pretentious writer snob, or a hipster, or none of the above, this newest piece of technology may just be for you. Introducing the Qwerkywriter. The typewriter-like keyboard for your iPad. It connects wirelessly via Bluetooth, has industrial strength mechanical switches, it can remember up to five characters for auto-fill, and also has a aluminum-metal alloy base. However, if you’re interested in having one you better save your pennies up as this thing costs about $350.00. ...
Art

From Moire to mammals

Italian designer, Andrea Minini is at it again with his graphic design skills. Using a technique called moiré, where overlapping and sets of lines creates depth and contour, Minini is making waves with his art. As he’s been doing this for years, his technique and complexity of projects is growing. To learn more about Andrea, click here. ...
Architecture

Suicide roller coaster

Julijonas Urbonas, a Lithuanian artist, designed a roller coaster that kills its passengers. Urbonas coaster suffocates the brains of its passengers through extreme G-force. Urbonas created this roller coaster as a way for people to end their lives. However, a top neurosurgeon says Urbonas suicide coaster could leave the passengers only nauseated, not dead. Check out the video below to see how Urbonas’ model is making waves. ...
Art

Thiago’s nature doodles

Want some inspiration for your doodling endeavors? Then check out Thiago Bianchini. A Brazil-based graphic designer and illustrator, Bianchini has been creating designs since he was sixteen years old. Taking inspiration from nature and has a statement on his Behance profile claiming, “my dream is to make a huge exhibition with my artwork, showing the complicated relationship between man versus nature. To respect nature is to respect yourself. If nature dies we die with it.” Utilizing pens, his imagination, and paper, Bianchini is creating some influential illustrations to stop and make us think. ...
Art

Ilya Schapko makes wonders out of overlays

Ilya Schapko is a cutting edge graphic designer based out of Saratov, Russia. When not working on logos, brand image, or websites, Ilya is making some eye-catching art. In her latest project, Overlays, Ilya used Adobe Illustrator to create illusions of overlays using the bodies and shapes of animals. Her work is simplistic and mesmerizing, using wonderfully pleasing palettes and soft lines. Check out her work here, and here. ...
Industrial design

Plants might power your phone soon

Imagine plugging your phone charger into a plant and there you have the concept for Bioo Lite. Created by Pablo M. Vidarte, Javier Rodriguez, and Rafael Rebollo, Bioo Lite was created to change the game of clean energy, The fully functional design incorporates water, a pot, a plant, and a USB port. Completely waterproof and self-sustainable, charging your smartphone takes as long as it would using your computer. Want to learn more? Check out the campaign here, on Indiegogo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIBQ49extFE ...
Art

Soudry’s smoke

Gilles Soudry, a French photographer, has captured smoke in alluring and unique frames. Smoke wisps take on new shapes and formations in Soudry’s third round of this series titled, “Volutes”. The photographs feature smoke from candle flames. To see more of Soudry’s work, click here. ...
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