“time/bank is a platform where groups and individuals can pool and trade time and skills, bypassing money as a measure of value. time/bank is based on the premise that everyone in the field of culture has something to contribute and that it is possible to develop and sustain an alternative economy by connecting existing needs with unacknowledged resources.”—
Certainly something to keep an eye on. This project by Autodesk allows you to quickly and easily create 3D models based on photos. Photofly allows anyone with a digital camera to create near accurate 3D models from photographs using the web.
Inspiring stuff from the Department of Advertising and Graphic Design, MOMA’s in-house design studio. Combine their great work with a truly cross-media strategy and a considerable budget and you get close to advertising heaven.
If you’re in NYC soon, make sure you don’t miss Paola Antonelli’s (and her overly talented female team) new exposition Talk to Me. Talk to Me is an exhibition on the communication between people and objects, and how designers write the initial script that enables the two parties to communicate effectively and elegantly. Some interesting people like Rob Faludi, BERG and Jer Thorp have mentioned they’re also collaborating. After the fantastic and avantgarde Design and the Elastic Mind in 2008 this should be the must-see exhibition this year.
The exhibition hinges on an important development in the culture of design (and in culture at large), a shift from the centrality of function to that of meaning. From this perspective, all objects contain information that goes well beyond their immediate use or appearance. Whether openly and actively, or in subtle, subliminal ways, things talk to us, and designers help us develop and improvise the dialogue.
Talk to Me will focus on objects that involve a direct interaction, such as interfaces, information systems, visualization design, communication devices, and projects that establish an emotional, sensual, or intellectual connection with their users.