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Sagmeister streams live from their studio

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By Greta Hoffman in Cool Websites on Saturday 11 December 2010

I suppose it should come as no surprise that Stefan Sagmeister, renowned graphic designer, has done something new and brilliant. But that should almost go without saying. The new Sagmeister website features a live webcam streaming footage of the New York studio from above, with the menu literally printed on vinyl and stuck to the floor.

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Google Zeitgeist

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By Greta Hoffman in New Trends on Friday 10 December 2010

I’m about to reveal my true, nerdy colours to you all. The recently released Google Zeitgeist 2010 gives a fascinating overview of what the world was thinking this year by showing us what it searched. Oh World, Justin Bieber? What were you thinking?

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Google Street Views: capturing life for real

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By Greta Hoffman in Cool Websites on Thursday 2 December 2010

Jon Rafman’s much talked about Google Street View’s project brings together accidental moments, beautifully captured at random by the unknowing Google street cars as they document our big, old world house by house, bared bum by bared bum. The photos capture rare snippets of everyday life in an eye opening, beautiful, sometimes disturbing, often hilarious way.

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Speed Creating: a month-long creative project

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By Greta Hoffman in New Trends on Wednesday 3 November 2010

A pop-up train tray, swing chair, footie smoothie, pencil shelf and 26 other random projects are all in a months work for Dominic Wilcox. Speed Creating is a month-long creative project in which Wilcox will make something new everyday. Sound exhausting? That’s okay. When the going gets too tough, he can just lay back on his beach ball chair and eat one of his bread lamps.

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The Johnny Cash Project

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By Greta Hoffman in Cool Websites on Thursday 14 October 2010

This global collective art project asks users to show their take on the man in black in a hauntingly beautiful interactive project. By re-drawing single frames from Johnny Cash’s Ain’t No Grave, the site then rebuilds the video frame-by-frame, creating a unique perspective of the music legend and a stunning video piece.

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I Just Made Love

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By Greta Hoffman in Cool Websites on Wednesday 6 October 2010

A stupidly addictive site that tracks who’s doing the business in your area, I Just Made Love comes complete with positions, comments and a postcode search. Yes, this site takes voyeurism to the next level. After spotting quite a few pins floating in the ocean, I now have mental images of retirees on cruise ships […]

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Vivian Maier’s lost Chicago photos

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By Greta Hoffman in New Photography on Tuesday 5 October 2010

What do you do when you happen upon 100,000 negatives at a furniture and antiques auction? You blog about them, of course. John Maloof stumbled upon the photography of Vivian Maier at an auction in Chicago. Vivian, an unknown photographic gem, documented the streets of Chicago from 1950-1990 purely for her own enjoyment. With an awe-inspiring eye for the camera, her photos feel like the kind you should see mass produced, laminated and sold along tourist strips next to vintage French posters and pictures of Marylin.

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Unicorn Being A Jerk

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By Greta Hoffman in Cool Websites on Saturday 28 August 2010

He feeds bacon to pigs, ignores homeless people, denies the holocaust, and puts kittens in the microwave. Yes, he’s a jerk, but what an entertaining jerk he is. Check out C. W. Moss’s aptly named Unicorn Being A Jerk for some not-so-wholesome tales of its unlikely hero and his daily antics.

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Aides Zizi Graffiti

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By Greta Hoffman in Video on Thursday 12 August 2010

Raising awareness for Aids in France, this gorgeous animation tells the story of a lonely doodle (in more ways than one!) and his plight to find friends amongst the graffiti on a bathroom wall. It’ll change the way you view public loos forever.

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Faile Temple

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By Greta Hoffman in Cool Travel on Monday 9 August 2010

Disguised in the streets of Lisbon as just another old relic lies the latest work from Faile, the Brooklyn based street art collective. The newly constructed Faile Temple transforms modern typography, stencils and print into mosaics, carvings, and ruin in one of the largest modern art projects ever to take place in Portugal. Bringing together […]

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Pinterest

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By Greta Hoffman in Cool Websites on Monday 9 August 2010

Somewhere between the likes of Ffffound and your own personal blog lives the beautiful new visual and social bookmarking site, Pinterest. A great tool for healthy procrastination, the site allows you to collect and collate inspiration found on that world wide interweb thing we’ve come to love so much.

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Slinkachu’s little people

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By Greta Hoffman in New Art on Saturday 7 August 2010

I’m only 5’1 in height, so have a special affinity with ‘little people’. But the works of Slinkachu are so creative and endearing that it would be hard for even the tallest of you to resist their charms. The British artist takes hand-painted train model characters and places them in somewhat familiar, yet always slightly disrupted, scenarios that are cute, clever, funny, and intriguing, all at once.

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Sweden’s remarkable Tree Hotel

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By Greta Hoffman in Architecture on Thursday 29 July 2010

Next time you feel like you need to get away from it all, disappear into Sweden’s new Tree Hotel. That’s right, literally disappear, into an invisible mirror cube hung from a tree trunk that only birds can see. The quirky eco-hotel launched this month with six rooms designed by five different architects, transforming the idea […]

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SodaStream: get busy with the fizzy

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By Greta Hoffman in New Trends on Monday 19 July 2010

SodaStream, a status symbol amongst children of the seventies and eighties, is making a comeback. Environmentally-friendly, economical, and fun(ish), these home carbonation contraptions have had a complete overhaul.

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Consollection

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By Greta Hoffman in New Design on Monday 19 July 2010

Patrick Molnar’s personal and extensive collection of consols ‘through the ages’ make up this nerdy and nostalgic gold mine. Check out the summary pages for details and if you’re lucky, photos of the original retro packaging.

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