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Japanese Library Card Design | PingMag : Art, Design, Life – from Japan
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"How many cards do you have in your wallet? Bank cards, credit cards, insurance cards, train passes… These days we seem to always be carrying a whole pile of cards, some of them precious ones that we use every day and others that we have almost forgotten about.

How about your library card?

This is one of those cards that you keep in your wallet but might not get out very often. But unlike shop loyalty cards, we don’t throw library cards away. And take a closer look at the ones in Japan and you’ll see there are all sorts of interesting designs, from cute characters to others that look more like hospital patient ID cards! We rummaged around in our wallets and found a whole treasure trove of fun examples."
japan  libraries  librarycards  2013  pingmag 
november 2013 by robertogreco
NIMS + EUPHRATES: To the scientists of the future | PingMag : Art, Design, Life – from Japan
"Our lives are overflowing with “things”. But can you say what the stuff around you right now is actually made of? To be honest, I’m not even sure what material the keyboard I’m typing this on right now is…

All that “material” in our lives. There is a research center in Japan that specializes in just that. It’s called NIMS — the National Institute for Material Science. And if that doesn’t sound fascinating enough on its own, when we learned that NIMS has teamed up with EUPHRATES, the team that created the now legendary children’s TV show ‘PythagoraSwitch’, to create videos for the new NIMS website ‘The Power of Materials’, we were intrigued.

I went to see Katsuyoshi Ueno from NIMS, and Kohji Robert Yamamoto and Masaya Ishikawa from EUPHRATES to find out more."
pingmag  2013  japan  materials  materialscience  euphrates  nims  katsuyoshiueno  kohjirobertyamamoto  masayaishikawa  science  education  video 
october 2013 by robertogreco
Cardboard Planetarium — DIY star-gazing for kids! | PingMag : Art, Design, Life – from Japan
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"The Perseid meteor shower was recently visible in the sky. Did you see it? Finding the right time and place to spot the spectacle was a bit of a pain. In the summer holidays, many people want to see the stars but don’t have the money to go to a proper planetarium. If you are one of these people, did you know you can make a planetarium out of some unconventional materials?

At temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius, PingMag popped along to an elementary school gymnasium to watch a special kids’ workshop by Art Studio Asahigaoka, a group of art college students, teaching children to build a planetarium… out of cardboard boxes!"

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pingmag  cardboard  ncmideas  architecture  decay  memory  2013  projectideas  children  astronomy  planetariums  artstudioasahigaoka  japan  diy 
august 2013 by robertogreco
B&B: Good drinks and good reads in Shimokitazawa | PingMag : Art, Design, Life – from Japan
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"Times are changing for publishing. E-books are here to stay and publishers are trying out a range of digital strategies to entice new customers. The music industry was one step ahead and the large retailers like Tower Records and HMV have all felt the pain of declining business, replaced by iTunes and Amazon. Bookstores are likewise looking at an uncertain future.

Well, one answer to how bookstores can continue to bring in readers to shop may lie in a new type of bookseller that has opened in Shimokitazawa, the laid-back Tokyo neighborhood just west of Shibuya.

The formula is visible in the name: B&B. British readers might be forgiven for thinking the shop is actually a cheap form of accommodation (bed and breakfast), but the two b’s are even better than that — “Book & Beer”, two things we at PingMag certainly love. Having coffee and tea for sale in bookstores has been the norm in other parts of the world for years now, but B&B has opted for a more alcoholic version. There is a proper bar with beer on tap, meaning customers can browse while sipping a chilled bevy or read a purchase with a beer in hand.

But this isn’t just about drinking (there are countless bars in Shimokitazawa, after all!). The books are also highly curated, selected per theme and genre by the staff to match the concept of the store. In other words, the entire place is like a magazine.

We sat down with B&B owner Shintaro Uchinuma to chat about the Shimokita’s latest hangout."
bookstores  books  cafes  2013  pingmag  tokyo  japan  openstudioproject  booksellers  shimokitazawa  bookshops  retail  bookfuturism  b&b  publishing  ebooks 
april 2013 by robertogreco
PingMag - Nakagin Capsule Tower: Architecture of the Future
"Kurokawa observed that throughout Japanese history, frequent natural disasters...meant that Japanese cities built from natural materials had temporary, even unpredictable lifespans. Kurokawa therefore wanted to continue that tradition of temporality in building design by constructing modern but changeable buildings...heavily influenced by Metabolism. Hidaka operates the Slowmedia Japanese architecture forum...Metabolist ideas of the 1960s “were very new, they saw cities as ‘moving’ and dynamic, that concept is real. Metabolism wanted to collaborate with engineers, they invited scientists, designers, and industrial designers. They wanted trans-cultural collaborations. It’s still relevant because of the ‘dynamic city’ and trans-cultural aspects. I want these collaborations to continue.”... The capsules around the central beam were intended to be replaceable, in line with the Metabolist philosophy of interchangeability. But the capsules haven’t been replaced..."
architecture  japan  tokyo  nakagincapsuletower  collaboration  trans-cultural  metabolism  pingmag 
december 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - For Starters: Doing Business As Foreign Designer In Japan
"A while ago, we gave you some insight on how a foreign designer set up his company in Japan. This time we’re letting a university professor explain from a researcher’s point of view. Austria’s Parissa Haghirian is Associate Professor of International Management at Sophia University in Tokyo and visiting professor for Japanese Management at Keio Business School, among other things. She’s writing about business opportunities in Japan and has a new book, “Markteintritt in Japan” (Market Entry in Japan). Since it’s in German, PingMag visited Parissa at Sophia Uni for tips about how to bring your product to Japan, how to work here as foreigner and what kind of fundamental differences you might encounter. OK, we will try to avoid some of the clichés you might have in mind…"
japan  design  glvo  business  art  pingmag 
november 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - Shrinking Nippon: Strategies For A Future Japan
"Japan is facing a lot of problems when it comes to town planning: a decreasing population that will soon be over aged, shrinking towns in the countryside and, moreover, a fading government budget that is tinted by last year’s pension scandal. We already introduced you to the Shrinking Cities exhibition that toured through Tokyo and dealt with vanishing populations. Working on that was also Hidetoshi Ohno, professor at the University of Tokyo: With his Fiber City project from 2005 he had developed strategies for a future Japan. Now, he gives an update with his Shrinking Nippon concept compilation, published by Kajima Institute Publishing. With PingMag, Hidetoshi Ohno talked about town planning in Japan."
design  culture  cities  japan  future  demographics  aging  planning  strategy  ghosttowns  pingmag 
november 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - Lullatone: Catch the Bedtime Beat!
"Lullatone are a musical duo based in Nagoya comprised of the husband and wife team of Shawn James Seymour and Yoshimi Tomida. They make sweet, sleepy, sine-wave-riddled songs with whispered lyrics, poppy melodies, and parse, carefully arranged beats. The Lullas utilise children’s instruments, splashing water, household sounds, and electronic sounds to craft their delightful songs for young and old. From the visual side, they make all of their clips by themselves — a delightful mix of film, stop-motion animation, and video that syncs nicely with their hypnotic, dreamy live shows. Time for PingMag to have a chat with Shawn."
music  japan  lullatone  pingmag 
october 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - Tokyo Topographies
"When Hajime Ichikawa isn’t working as a landscape architect in Akasaka, he follows his passion for Tokyo’s topography. Sometimes you’ll find him developing concepts for a future city in an altered landscape (think of the rising sea levels) for the Fibre City project, and other times he’ll be depicting Tokyo in all kinds of visualisations: He calls himself a map evangelist and GPS is just one of his tools. Hajime spoke to PingMag about his unique interests."
maps  mapping  topography  japan  tokyo  cities  gps  gpsdrawing  visualization  photography  pingmag 
september 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - Audio Dregs: Ambient Noise from Portland
"When this year’s Sonar Festival proudly featured a nice video selection of experimental electronic music label Audio Dregs, we knew we had to investigate further. Although based in Portland, this label has a tight connection with Japan, releasing artists like Mumbleboy or Lullatone. How come? PingMag had a chat with co-founder Eric Mast a.k.a. E*Rock, the sympathetic musician, designer, clip director and multi-talented artist. Thanks to Ian Lynam for connecting us!"
music  video  labels  japan  oregon  portland  interviews  pingmag 
august 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - Pixelgarten: Layouts in Space
"Young German design studio Pixelgarten is experimenting with spatial graphic design inspired by comic aesthetics — as you see on the cover of the superb Tactile: High Touch Visuals for Laforet’s Grand Bazar Summer 2008 campaign in Harajuku. WOW! For that, Catrin Altenbrandt and Adrian Nießler were happy to spend a week in Tokyo to put up an installation. PingMag enjoyed a chat with the duo. ZONK!"
design  art  graphics  comics  urban  humor  germany  pingmag 
august 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - Japanese Design #7: A How-to-Reduce-Packaging Journal
"PingMag brings you examples that are inspired by ease-of-use, nostalgia and playfulness, rather than by explicit eco-consciousness. In particular, those that have the unique combination of Japanese design with eco-friendly packaging. And we will show you
design  packaging  japan  food  environment  green  pingmag 
july 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - Art Space Tokyo: An Intimate Guide To The City’s Art World
"Art Space Tokyo is the new fine English compendium to the Tokyo art world, a selection of Tokyo-based galleries with maps of their surrounding hoods, critical essays and extensive interviews with art-related folks about the city and the role that art pla
books  japan  tokyo  art  travel  maps  mapping  pingmag 
july 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - Crossbreeding Shipbuilding With Architecture
"Well, Kazushi Takahashi used to be a seventh generation shipbuilder, but when his family business Takahashi Kogyo went down (think of deep-sea tuna fishing,) he turned all of his “techy” engineering skills into another advanced field — architecture

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architecture  design  craft  engineering  innovation  japan  steel  tokyo  shipbuilding  crossdisciplinary  interdisciplinary  pingmag 
july 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag MAKE - Call of the Wild Shipbuilder
"So why has this small band of local shipbuilders managed to spread their wings in a conquest of the construction world? This week we spoke to their ringleader, Kazushi Takahashi, to find out the answer."

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architecture  shipbuilding  interdisciplinary  crossdisciplinary  design  engineering  construction  steel  japan  tokyo  pingmag 
july 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - Architecture of Change - Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment
"Featuring state-of-the-art examples of sustainability in the First World and human projects in the Third next to funky experimental concepts and landscape art, packaged with several essays and interviews for a theoretical base."
books  architecture  design  sustainability  environment  future  pingmag 
june 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - LCDD: Crazy Toy Performers From Madrid
"They make music with old Walkmen and all kinds of old and broken toys that have been developed into weird sounding instruments, simply by remodeling them and plugging them in!"
music  instruments  make  madrid  spain  pingmag  españa 
june 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - Kodomo no Kagaku Magazine: Science For Kids
"Founded in 1924, Kodomo no Kagaku (”Science for Kids”) is THE magazine for Japanese kids to recreate scientific looking stuff until today."
electronics  japan  kids  magazines  pingmag 
may 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - TOKYO WONDER SITE: Artists In Residence, Welcome to Tokyo!
"PingMag picks up the Artist-in-Residence programs by Tokyo Wonder Site offering residential and work spaces. Read closely if you’re an aspiring artist that ever wanted to live in Tokyo for a while!"
japan  tokyo  art  artists  travel  glvo  residence  pingmag 
april 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - Tenori-on: The Light Of Sound
"This sampler and MIDI controller is the brain child of a colabo between media artists Toshio Iwai and developer Yu Nishibori of Yamaha. For its worldwide launch (it’s been out already in the UK since last autumn,) Yu talked with PingMag a bit."
music  tenori-on  toshioiwai  instruments  pingmag 
april 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - Professional Thrill Designer
"British Brendan Walker actually does just that! After designing jet fighters (!), he now develops rides for some of the world’s top theme parks. PingMag talked to Brendan about the delicate science of thrill when calculating arousal and pleasure."
design  thrill  entertainment  experience  art  artist  emotion  interviews  brendanwalker  pingmag  artists 
march 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - How To Make Hybrid Toys
"The Dutch Mediamatic centre is known for connecting the physical world with the digital. So, a couple of weeks ago, they held a Hybrid Toys Workshop to teach people how to make physical toys with digital and/or networked components."
toys  plush  glvo  howto  workshops  education  learning  diy  arduino  projects  hybrids  make  pingmag 
march 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - First spring at Isamu Noguchi’s Moerenuma Park
"“The whole park is a sculpture”, is what Isamu Noguchi said about Moerenuma Park in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Moerenuma Park opened last July, 18 years after Isamu visited Sapporo for the first time to design this 189-hectare park."
art  parks  sculpture  design  landscape  playgrounds  isamunoguchi  japan  sapporo  pingmag 
march 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag MAKE - The House where Indigo Lives
"An indigo dye workshop built in the Edo period. It is here where Tadashi Higeta tends his vats of dye, full to the brim with foaming blue liquid. Indigo was once a pillar of Japanese domestic life, and has now been pushed to the wayside. This quiet, inte
craft  japan  indigo  fabric  glvo  pingmag 
march 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » Corey Fishes: Adventures On The High Seas
"Photographer Corey Arnold is based in Portland, Oregon - but every couple of months, he is drawn to the high seas. Actually, he works as a tough fisherman off the shores of Alaska or on the icy waters of the Barents Sea."
photography  fishing  food  oceans  sea  animals  work  pingmag 
february 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag » Japanese Packaging Design #6: Imitating Nature
PingMag looks at some packaging that is inspired by more traditional and sustainable solutions...
design  japan  nature  packaging  trends  waste  green  environment  retro  sustainability  unproduct  pingmag 
february 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag » Chindogu: Form or Function?
"Welcome to the world of chindogu. The Japanese phrase literally translates as “unusual tools,” but what is it all about?...chindogu inventor Kenji Kawakami of the Chindogu Society of Japan to learn all you will ever need to know about chindogu."
japan  inventions  design  tools  chindogu  pingmag 
january 2008 by robertogreco
PingMag » BankART: Creating Art Spaces in Yokohama
"pilot program to promote the arts by reusing two historical buildings...project focuses its activities on two major themes: One is to be the instrument of the cultural programs, the other is to revitalise the city through said use of old buildings."
japan  culture  art  design  space  community  lcproject  yokohama  cities  pingmag 
december 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag » Train Design by Kids: “All on board the Technicolor Zoo”
"These colourful kid’s illustrations on the train are the result of a design contest. Today PingMag tells you more about this wonderful idea to put a little colour into the rat race of Tokyo."
children  illustration  design  trains  japan  transportation  glvo  drawing  pingmag 
december 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Great Robot Exhibition
"current exhibition at National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno, Tokyo: The Great Robot Exhibition: karakuri, anime and the latest robots to admire all sorts of automata, androids, anime, toys and other robot lookalikes"
japan  robots  pingmag 
december 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » Bruno 9Li - Ink Mysticism
"Just look at Brazilian Bruno 9Li’s mind-blowing illustrations, all done with only a marker pen! Recently, the Sao Paulo-based artist had his Mysterium Tremendum exhibition at Anno Domini in San Jose, California, (and he also just showed at the Barcelon
art  brasil  pingmag  brazil 
november 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - Tokyo Motor Show 2007: Concept Car Design
"Here PingMag presents some sleek ones, and even those of you with no clue about cars can admire their racy shapes."
transportation  japan  cars  motorcycles  design  pingmag 
november 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag: Gendaibijitsu Nitouhei: Funny Japanese Art!
'group consists of Shane Kagotani (in Osaka) and Katsuhito Fujiwara (in Tokyo), both graduates of the Kyoto City University’s sculpture department. Together they inject a ton of Japanese humour into the stuffy world of contemporary art - much to our del
art  design  japanese  japan  glvo  sculpture  pingmag 
november 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - Michael England’s Dissected Beauties
"Dissecting objects and rebuilding them into a completely new image is what Manchester-based artist Michael England does to its utmost perfection. His breathtakingly beautiful creations exude a darkness that lured PingMag into taking a closer look at his
michaelengland  art  film  animation  video  glvo  photography  pingmag 
october 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » Interactive Architectural Action In Tokyo: The Highlights
"Time to gather our favourites that have amassed over the past year, for a little roundup on recent interactive architecture of several kinds! Amazing pieces we always wanted to show you…"
japan  tokyo  architecture  interactiondesign  interactive  interaction  art  public  pingmag 
october 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag » Paramodel: Graffiti-style Rail Track Art
"Paramodel are Yasuhiko Hayashi and Yusuke Nakano, an artist duo from Eastern Osaka...unfold such 3D, graffiti-like patterns on any surface [using model railroad tracks and props]"
art  artists  japan  sculpture  toys  streetart  trains  play  pingmag 
september 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - Dream Job: Manga Translator
"The thing is: I quit school so I didn’t have a high school diploma. But I knew that in Bologna they did a Japanese course. I went there to a university professor and told him that I really wanted to study Japanese."
japan  japanese  manga  translation  anime  art  culture  design  graphics  schools  learning  alternative  work  lcproject  homeschool  pingmag 
september 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » Gaffer Tape Art in Tokyo’s Train Stations
"train guard Shuetsu Sato took matters in his own hands and started taping signage in huge Japanese characters with masking tape in clever ways, just so passangers could find their way around. His transient tape art became so popular that film artist coll
graphics  japanese  typography  tokyo  japan  infographics  design  tape  visualization  signs  signage  pingmag 
september 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » GIFT: Adidas Deconstructed By Yoshiaki Kaihatsu
"Yoshiaki Kaihatsu playfully tears apart Adidas tracksuits - to sew cute little pets out of them for his GIFT project that was exhibited this summer at Berlin’s Galerie Tristesse. A little bit of fashion deconstructed, please!"
artist  art  fashion  japan  japanese  design  plush  toys  dolls  glvo  pingmag  artists 
september 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » Lost In Halo 3 Game Environments
"What does it mean to work in a game environment with this mixed cultural background? PingMag wanted to know more, especially since Halo 3 is coming out in two weeks…"
halo3  japan  illustration  games  japanese  environment  technology  design  gaming  culture  identity  graphics  feel  look  pingmag 
september 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » Koubou Maru: Enabling Creative Communication
"brushes are scattered around on desks, lots of colourful drawings...pretty pottery by the window complete the friendly atmo together with people’s bright voices – Koubou Maru, or Maruworks...serves as a creative studio space for disabled people."
art  space  lcproject  disability  creativity  creative  learning  communication  imagination  illustration  japan  pingmag  disabilities 
september 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » Artists Love Eastside Tokyo
"In the Mukoujima + Kyojima districts of Sumida ward...won’t find many skyscrapers, giant TV screens, kids dressed...out’ll meet real people who renovate houses to open galleries and cafés, thus living and creating works a
japan  tokyo  art  artists  place  pingmag 
august 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » Artecnica: Enchantingly Handmade Recycled Design
"Designers Artecnica from sunny California took the first step by abandoning toxic materials and changed its production to recycled goods, producing high-class designs from Hella Jongerius, the Campana brothers or Tord Boontje - handmade in developing cou
design  recycling  products  sustainability  pingmag 
july 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - Transformable Architecture [Chuck Hoberman]
On the way to his current exhibit at the Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery, the inventor made a quick stop in Tokyo for an impressive presentation at, you guessed it, Pecha Kucha. PingMag wanted to know all about transformable architecture!
design  architecture  engineering  toys  transformation  geometry  kinetic  origami  sculpture  chuckhoberman  pingmag 
july 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » Dainippon Type Organization: Fun With Japanese Characters
"the Dainippon Type Organization breaks Japanese Katakana, Hiragana, and the alphabet into pieces to recompose the parts and produce new characters - like turning Katakana in Kanji looking characters and the other way round"
art  design  japan  japanese  media  type  typography  toys  hiragana  katakana  letters  symbols  english  language  writing  play  pingmag 
july 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » Transformers’ Toy Design
"PingMag got hold of Australian Alex Kubalsky of Takarotomy in Tokyo, who not only happens to be the sole foreign toy designer in Japan - he also designed all the transformations for Transformer’s Bumblebee, Mirage and more cute fan gear!"
design  japan  toys  robots  transformers  pingmag 
june 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » Moving Brands: Into Multi-Sensorial Branding
"Moving Brands from London/Tokyo is a rapidly-growing creative agency that tries to bring a fresh wind to branding methods - by means of so-called multi-sensorial branding."
branding  brands  design  london  technology  japan  sensory  art  agency  pingmag 
june 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » HASSAK - Magnificent Rubber Stamps
"For today, PingMag is visiting the special exhibition of Tokyo-based artist Tomoko Kataoka who was pleased to tell us all about her refined art business called HASSAK Rubber Stamp."
japan  rubberstamps  stamping  design  crafts  art  pingmag 
june 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture
"MOCA curator Brooke Hodge came over for the opening at the National Art Center in Roppongi [info below]. So, PingMag went with Brooke for a walk through her exhibition…"
fashion  architecture  art  construction  culture  design  interviews  japan  moca  pingmag 
june 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » Lifestyle and fashion from the townships in South Africa
"The Beautiful Struggle is more than a 143 pages heavy book of lifestyle and fashion photography introduced to you from some of the poorest areas of Cape Town, South Africa."
africa  southafrica  life  fashion  photography  books  culture  slums  pingmag 
march 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” » Archive » Atelier Bow-Wow: architectural pragmatism
"Atelier Bow-Wow coined the term of Pet Architecture with utmost pragmatism: in a guidebook they showed buildings that examine the borders of how much you can make out of all those narrow spaces in Tokyo in a very playful way."

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architecture  design  japan  homes  glvo  tokyo  urban  urbanism  work  public  livework  pingmag 
march 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about "Design and Making Things" » Archive » Japanese Packaging Design#2: Snack Characters
"Isn’t it wonderful to live in a country where drunken panda-seals lounge on peanut snack packages sniffing beer?"
design  food  japan  packaging  illustration  graphics  pingmag 
february 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - Partizan: Expanding visual creativity
"This is the video production company where many talented directors including Michel Gondry belong. So of course, PingMag today shows the vast creative output of this one single production company."
video  motion  graphics  design  art  film  music  michelgondry  visualization  pingmag 
february 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about "Design and Making Things" » Archive » Shrinking Cities: Art Dealing With Vanishing Populations
"In 2004...tried to depict this phenomenon with an exhibition that focused on four international cities with major shrinking populations. Now there comes a follow-up presenting action concepts…"
cities  architecture  design  art  demographics  future  urban  urbanism  population  detroit  manchester  pingmag 
january 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - Bruce Osborn: Oyako - Portraying Japanese Generations
"In 1982 American photographer Bruce Osborn began what has become his lifelong work: the Oyako series. For the last 25 years he took pictures of one parent with one child in a white studio setting."
art  children  culture  sociology  families  generations  japan  japanese  photography  portraits  age  pingmag 
january 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag » Toward Design Literacy: Essential Graphic Design Literature
"What follows is a ramshackle list of design texts that I consider utterly invaluable to the education of a graphic designer."
graphics  design  books  typography  type  typeface  information  infographics  visualization  pingmag 
january 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - Things I know about Harmen Liemburg
"Harmen Liemburg is an artist/graphic designer/educator from the Netherlands. He is a natural image maker, creating challenging posters and printed materials that bring together a unique sense of form, collage, color, and composition."
graphics  art  design  interviews  pingmag 
january 2007 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about "Design and Making Things" » Archive » Crap Hound: Clipart mania zine
"His zine Crap Hound, is an insane (no, sorry, pathologically obsessed) collection of unique clipart culled from innumerable sources through the DIY grapevine."
zines  graphics  art  magazines  illustration  interviews  design  pingmag 
december 2006 by robertogreco
PingMag - Vertical Garden: The art of organic architecture
"Patrick Blanc overgrows the vertical surfaces of buildings in the most beautiful way. What he creates is far away from any fancy horticultural show, his Vertical Garden could rather be called eco-art, or greener architecture consisting of a variety of pl
architecture  art  botany  design  plants  nature  pingmag 
december 2006 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about "Design and Making Things" » Archive » Welcome to the amazing world of pop-up books!
"When you open this special book all the characters and the background instantly pop up. Almost if as the world in the book suddenly turns into the real thing."
books  art  design  3d  children  pingmag 
november 2006 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about "Design and Making Things" » Archive » Kabul Matters: no bombs but art in Afghanistan
"Luis Berrios Negron, after recently finishing his studies in architecture at the MIT, went to Kabul to do a workshop with art students in Afghanistan. The Puerto Rican ended up doing an architectural performance involving the remains of a huge swimming p
urban  art  architecture  fabric  afghanistan  glvo  cities  pingmag 
november 2006 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about "Design and Making Things" » Archive » Kids love you! Storytelling Man
"I was walking down the street the other day and saw a group of kids and adults laughing in the park. I was very curious to find out what was happening, so I walked up towards them and realized that there was a storytelling man!"
japan  stories  tokyo  design  art  children  storytelling  culture  candy  comments  pingmag 
november 2006 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about "Design and Making Things" » Archive » Run Wrake: Involuntary Darkness
"Run Wrake is known as an animator and illustrator, who has collaborated with Howie B and created visuals for U2’s Vertigo tour. His latest short animation “Rabbit” has been very successful at many film festivals all round the world and Run Wrake hi
animation  illustration  film  visual  art  pingmag 
september 2006 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about "Design and Making Things" » Archive » Clacking with your Japanese wooden clogs
"The other day, I heard the sound of wooden clogs - or geta in Japanese - behind me: “cur-run-ko-ron, cur-run-ko-ron” - that is as close as I can get to discribing the wooden melody."
culture  clothing  japan  pingmag 
september 2006 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about "Design and Making Things" » Archive » Wooster Collective & Street Art
"As far as this subculture goes, Wooster Collective is the definitive place for your work to reside online. The website is the handiwork of New Yorkers Marc and Sara Schiller, documentarians of street art from all over the world. The kids took some time o
art  design  japan  streetart  cities  graffiti  web  internet  culture  pingmag 
september 2006 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about "Design and Making Things" » Archive » 10 Questions with a Joystick Master
"Roger Ibars‘ project entitled “Hard-wired Devices” uses familiar input devices for unfamiliar purposes. Whether he is making a Nintendo controller program the time on an alarm clock or an old-school retro joystick control a game of Snake on a Nokia
design  games  interface  videogames  input  devices  joystick  electronics  interaction  tactile  pingmag 
september 2006 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about "Design and Making Things" » Archive » Game Boys for Play Girls! games & gender by Babsi
Barbara ‘Babsi’ Lippe enjoyed a typical postmodern childhood filled with cartoons, action figures, comics and video-games. The latter in particular had a great impact on her life: she has just finished a 1000 page PhD thesis about Games and Gender! Pi
videogames  design  art  illustration  games  play  japan  us  comics  cartoons  animation  gender  asia  europe  west  girls  nintendo  women  pingmag 
august 2006 by robertogreco
PingMag - The Tokyo-based magazine about "Design and Making Things" » Archive » Staying in James Turrell’s House of Light
"Way out in the depths of Niigata prefecture, there’s a house unlike any other in Japan. James Turrell’s “House of Light” is a modern-built, traditional-style Japanese house where people can stay to experience light in a variety of specific condit
art  japan  housing  light  Architecture  design  pingmag 
august 2006 by robertogreco
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