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Seeds of Africa

March 4, 2018

Seeds Of Africa

If you get the opportunity head over to instagram and check out Seeds of Africa and this brilliant pictorial. The photo’s have been edited by us, but you can see the glorious originals on their page shot by @DAWITTIBEBU_

DESIGN: BASKETBALL COURT

October 3, 2017

When we think of design, when we think of beautiful places how often do we think of spaces to play – public spaces? Around the world we neglect our public spaces and many play areas feel tired and unloved. In Ethiopia there are so few public places which is why this is important. If you are to create spots why not invent places of mystery, places of fun, places which are more than practical, but art.

Artist Katrien Vanderlinden has painted colourful shapes inspired by toy bricks onto a basketball court in the Belgian city of Aalst.

Vanderlinden’s Ezelsplein mural is based on a children’s mathematical reasoning game named Logical Blocks, which comprises squares, rectangles, triangles and circles, in different shapes, sizes and colour.

 

Inspired by these shapes, she added triangles, circles and rectangles in between the traditional court markings – creating spaces for the local children to play other games.

Block colours in hues of blue, yellow and pink were chosen to fill in the shapes, as an “ode” to the bold and graphic Memphis art movement.

“I was inspired by an image of a box of building blocks. I loved the simple lines and shapes – squares, rectangles, circles, triangles of all sizes –  that all fitted in this box,” Vanderlinden told Dezeen.

“I like the fact that you can play the basketball game and that this design creates extra spaces for children to make up their own games.”

Vanderlinden‘s mural takes inspiration from similar inner-city basketball courts, also known as hype courts, which have been spruced up with colourful makeovers.

The ongoing trend has previously seen artist Kaws paint his signature motifs across two basketball courts in New York City and Willian Lachance create a giant mural across a series of basketball courts in a St Louis.

As with these earlier projects, Vanderlinden wanted to breathe new life into an inner city area quickly and cheaply. She proposed the idea to Aalst City Council who then assigned her with the city’s grey tarmac Ezelsplein court next to a home for refugee children as her blank canvas.

“It’s a very simple way to give a neighbourhood a facelift,” Vanderlinden told Dezeen. “These Hype Courts bring different domains together: sports, art, culture and youth.”

“When you walk down the street everything is grey: the streets, the facades of the houses, even the sky is grey,” she explained. “The fact that you can bring colour in the everyday life of people is just amazing.”

The Ezelsplein court paintwork was completed within two weeks, thanks to the help of 10 volunteers from the local community.

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T E C H : apple iPhone X unlocks with facial recognition and charges wirelessly

September 13, 2017

apple has unveiled iPhone X — an all-glass design packed with a host of new features, including wireless charging, a 5.8-inch super retina display, and face ID. Labeled ‘the future of the smartphone’, the device is the first iPhone capable of being unlocked using facial recognition. iPhone X will be available for pre-order from October 27, and will be in stores by November 3, 2017.

‘for more than a decade, our intention has been to create an iPhone that is all display. the iPhone X is the realization of that vision,’ said Jony Ive, apple’s chief design officer. ‘with the introduction of iPhone ten years ago, we revolutionized the mobile phone with multi-touch. iPhone X marks a new era for iPhone — one in which the device disappears into the experience.’

apple iPhone X introduces an all-screen display that follows the curve of the device to its rounded corners. Designed to be water and dust resistant, a seven-layer color process allows for precise hues and opacity on the glass finish, while a reflective optical layer enhances the colors. Rather than the traditional home button, iPhone X users can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to return to the home screen.

All saved facial information is protected by the secure enclave to keep data extremely secure, while all of the processing is done on-device and not in the cloud to protect user privacy,’ explains apple. ‘face ID only unlocks iPhone X when customers look at it and is designed to prevent spoofing by photos or masks.’

Working with A11 bionic, the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone, the TrueDepth camera captures and analyzes over 50 different facial muscle movements, then animates those expressions in a dozen different ‘animoji’ — including a panda, unicorn, and robot. Available as an iMessage app pre-installed on iPhone X, users can record and send messages with their voice that can smile, frown and more.

The glass back design enables wireless charging solutions, which can be done via two new charging mats from belkin and mophie. iPhone X will be available in silver and space gray in 64GB and 256GB models starting at $999 (USD).

iPhone X is packed with incredible new technologies, like the innovative TrueDepth camera system, beautiful super retina display and super fast A11 bionic chip with neural engine,’ added Philip Schiller, apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing. ‘iPhone X enables fluid new user experiences — from unlocking your iPhone with Face ID, to playing immersive AR games, to sharing animoji in messages — it is the beginning of the next ten years for iphone.’

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T E C H N O L O G Y – SONY’s new A4 tablet

April 15, 2017

Despite the countless new note-taking devices that technology throws at us, there’s something about the tangibility of putting pen to paper that makes us not want to let go of the writing tools we know and love the most. until now, no ipad, laptop, or smartphone has managed to electronically recreate the experience of writing. With that being said, SONY have set out to create a digital alternative to replace the piles of a4 sheets currently littering our desks, that still creates the same satisfying sensation. enter the large DPT-RP1 e-paper tablet, already the world’s thinnest and lightest digital device, measuring just over half a centimeter in thickness and equipped with a high-res electronic paper screen.

The e-paper tablet is the successor of SONY’s first digital paper device, the DTP S1. following customer feedback, the new device is designed to take the concept of an e-paper display and turn it into a device that actually looks and feels like a sheet of paper. SONY shed pounds from the device to make it even more lightweight, and adds a newly-developed non-slip panel onto the e-ink screen to give the same sense of resistance as writing on real paper.

The usability of the DPT-RP1 is designed around the writing experience, with the home buttom and micro USB terminal conveniently placed at the top of the device, to stay out of the way of the user’s hands. even the back of the device is finished to a texture that feels exactly like paper. the A4 tablet can hold about 10,000 PDF files, making it equivalent to the biggest notebook you’ve ever owned. the combination of a newly adopted electrostatic capacitance type touch panel system and a rechargeable stylus pen even allows detailed writing to the edge of the screen, just like a real sheet of paper.

In the future. SONY wants to continue with its mission to make paper obsolete by creating a ‘digital paper collaborative server software’ that will allow companies to send forms straight to the e-paper tablet, saving any need to print and fill them in by hand.the DPT-RP1 is set to be released on june 5th 2017 in japan.

M U S I C : AFROPUNK LONDON

September 20, 2016

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AFROPUNK LONDON : SOON COME

FULL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR AFROPUNK LONDON – INCLUDING GRACE JONES, LAURA MVULA, KWABS, THE NOISETTES, LOYLE CARNER, GOLDLINK, SOULECTION : JOE KAY, THE WHOOLIGAN, HANNAH FAITH, EDEN HAGOS, MNEK, LADY LESHURR, SKINNY GIRL DIET AND MUCH MORE – “POWER TO THE PARTY”

TICKETS : http://gigst.rs/APLDN16

MORE INFO : afropunkfest.com/london/

With AFROPUNK’s September 24th date edging closer, the festival that celebrates multiculturalism and diversity announces a fresh bill of talent, with one of the most iconic performing artists of all time headlining: Grace Jones. Joining Grace are Laura Mvula, Kwabs, The Noisettes, Loyle Carner, Goldlink, Joe Kay, The Whooligan, Hannah Faith, Eden Hagos, MNEK, Lady Leshurr, Skinny Girl Diet, Jorja Smith, Big Joanie, Nova Twins, The Connectors, Mikel Ameen and more across the day. On top of this, there’ll be the SpinThrift Market hosting traders who make bespoke goods, crafts, and textiles, plus a curated food truck rally, pop up restaurants, arts and more.

An icon at the heart of the art, fashion and music worlds across four decades, Grace Jones will headline the first AFROPUNK London with a cosmic performance. Since the seventies Grace has carved her path as a true creator. Birmingham signer / songwriter Laura Mvula joins, her rich tones set for a soul-searching show. Neo-soul comes from South-London boy Kwabs, and ener- getic indie-punk from The Noisettes reunion. Rising star Loyle Carner adds a thoughtful, un- plugged element, whilst rapper Goldlink’s electronic-infused hip-hop sounds make a welcome US addition.

Soulection members Joe Kay, The Whooligan, Hannah Faith and Eden Hagos all step up to represent eclectic hip-hop beats, plus super-producer and London local MNEK will bring a twist of all things electronic to Alexandra Palace. One of the leading lights in the MC game, female rapper Lady Leshurr brings bars for days, then punk spirit shines through on Stage Three with Skinny Girl Diet, Big Joanie, Nova Twins and the The Connectors plugging in across the day. Also an- nounced are emerging London songstress Jorja Smith, and rap protege Mikel Ameen. All this on top of the already massive bill, including SZA, Akala – B.A.D, Dreadzone Riddim Section – Don Letts, Benjamin Booker, GAIKA, Ho99o9, Purple Ferdinand, NTS Radio + more.

AFROPUNK’s message is about “POWER TO THE PARTY,” encompassing education, political awareness and self-empowerment. Respect, breaking down stereotypes, and celebrating individu- ality are key to the AFROPUNK ethos, and it’s a ‘safe space / no hate’ zone for creativity. Lon- don’s first edition will welcome souls from all cultures and backgrounds for a day of positive energy and next-level entertainment. Get a feel for the AFROPUNK spirit by checking the video here.

Party is an oxymoron, it’s a gathering of many for a shared purpose and it’s also an outcast indi- vidual, it’s a lively social occasion as well as a gang – and the story of any party is never over, be- cause like naked cities and the metaphysical “I”, there’s always another take.

Power to the Party means trusting the friction, the transference of great capacity to the free spirit, belief in the high-heeled spark of the assembly, and the group mind’s ability to choose a glorious path. This isn’t about getting elected, or being protected; it’s about staking a claim. Join the party and feel its power.

A special homecoming for Hackney born AFROPUNK founder Matthew Morgan, London’s edition is one that’ll be significant for the festival organisers. On top of the music across the day, Alexan- dra Palace will play host to a vibrant space filled with artists, designers, exhibitions and food vendors, who’ll host a full agenda of extra activities. Attendees are encouraged to jump in and become a part of the AFROPUNK community through on-site pop-ups, art and stalls – it’s about creating an extended family of AFROPUNK with a united voice to be heard and celebrated. Part- ners for the UK’s first year include pioneering radio station NTS Radio, CRACK and a special stage partner TBA. On-site arts, stalls, food, DJ sets and extra’s to be announced in the coming months. Learn more at the AFROPUNK website: afropunkfest.com/london/

Freedom of expression, whilst honouring the power of individuality is encouraged. POWER TO THE PARTY – SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER – SOON COME
TICKETS : £55 from http://gigst.rs/APLDN16

New additions : GRACE JONES – Laura Mvula – Kwabs – The Noisettes – Loyle Carner – Goldlink – Joe Kay – The Whooligan – Hannah Faith – Eden Hagos – MNEK – Lady Leshurr – Skinny Girl Diet – Jorja Smith – Big Joanie – Nova Twins – The Connectors – Mikel Ameen

FULL LINE-UP

Grace Jones
Laura Mvula
WORD SOUND POWER feat Akala, B.A.D/Dreadzone & Don Letts SZA
Kwabs
Benjamin Booker
The Noisettes
Loyle Carner
Goldlink
NTS Radio
Soulection
Joe Kay
The Whooligan
Hannah Faith
Eden Hagos
MNEK
Lady Leshurr
GAIKA
Ho99o9
Skinny Girl Diet
Jorja Smith
Purple Ferdinand
Big Joanie
Youth Man
Nova Twins

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The Connectors Mikel Ameen
+ much more TBA

Saturday September 24th
Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY Maps : goo.gl/maps/4wEozHJntw12

 

D E S I G N : THE ONE

December 27, 2015

THE ONE UNITES FASHION, INNOVATION, SPORTS MOTION, AND FUNCTIONALITY INTO ONE, SEAMLESS DESIGN. WE USE THE WORLD’S FINEST LEATHER TO COMBINE YOUR EVERYDAY LIVING NEEDS WITH A FUTURISTIC LOOK. YOUR STYLE AND MOOD ARE CONSISTENTLY CHANGING. NOW YOUR BACKPACK CAN TOO WITH ANY OF OUR UNIQUE, COLOR SHELLS. THE ONE LETS YOU CUSTOMIZE YOUR BACKPACK FOR YOUR BEST LOOK.
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$1 Cash Money Clip

December 20, 2015

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We love this idea. They say the best ideas are often the very simple ones. This is just that – using money as a money clip.  The clip is the same size and feel as the cash it holds.No clutter.  No extra pocket bulk. Use the money clip as currency when low on cash. Available in 5, 10, 20, 50, and $100 denominations. Euro banknotes too! Each bill has its own unique United States serial number. You can even get the kit and use any note including those out of circulation.

The DIY kit contains

– Circular Steel Plates (2)
– Neodymium Disc Magnet (1)*
– Sealer (2)
 
*thin w/ the perfect strength
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D E S I G N : Three Bamboo and Carbon Fiber Bikes

October 18, 2015

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The ‘Bamboo and Carbon Fiber’ bicycles by the Spanish company, bambu campos bikes, form a collection of models: fixed, single speed and urban, that are completely customizable. Choices such as different colors, geometry and sizes can all be chosen and then added to the hand-crafted two-wheeler. The frame which has a commemorative, unique serial number, utilizes the natural lightness and vibration-dampening characteristics of bamboo. The sustainable wood is joined together using carbon fiber – opposed to the common practice of using aluminum – in order to ensure the structure is even more lightweight and stiff.

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T E C N O L O G Y : Polaroid Instant Print Camera

September 7, 2015

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As much as we love the images that come out of our DSLRs, or the convenience of our phone cameras, there’s still something to be said for the instant print gratification that we remember from the days of Polaroid. Recalling the whole point, shoot, print experience isn’t going to be that difficult anymore because, like all things retro, Polaroid is back with a new instant camera that they’re calling Snap. Designed to merge the nostalgic Polaroid experience with modern technology, Snap saves images shot with the 10MP camera onto a Micro SD card (up to 32 GB) then prints them onto 2×3″ prints using ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology. You get to keep or share the physical prints, but also upload any pictures for sharing without having to find a scanner. Snap will be available later this year in black, white, red and blue.

D E S I G N : KISS COFFEE

August 26, 2015

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Now you can get intimate with the kiss coffee lid. Korean designer Jang Wooseok ‘kiss’ coffee cup lid brings a human touch to the action of drinking. Users experience the sensation of kissing via the full lips and protruding nose which makes for awkward incidental contact, just like the real thing!Never has a good morning kiss tasted so good.

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