Homeless Sims

With ‘The Sims 3’ released just the other day, Technology blog Techcrunch have an interesting interview with Rob Burkinshaw, a game designer who created an experiment called Alice and Kev, which essentially tries to simulate homelessness in The Sims.

The results are quite astounding as you will find, and it is this quote that has stuck with me from the Alice and Kev website:

“What does it mean when a character you’ve created makes you re-examine your own life through their astonishing selflessness?”



Holy hell, this is the sexiest clock I’ve ever seen. Qlocktwo tells the time in a human readable format and looks mighty fine while it’s doing it.



E15 is a research project by MIT which will attempt to allow you (as the user) to visualise web content in any way that you see fit. This can be accomplished in a few ways, either by providing a visual hierarchy to the elements which form a web page, in a three dimensional space or by rendering these items through an image processing engine to create a visual of the site. Looks really interesting, can’t wait for a public release.


Light tunnels in Tel Aviv

Wooster Collective have uncovered a great project by Tel Aviv street artists who have been altering the public lighting in underground street tunnels. They say their source of inspiration was the Wizard of Oz although it feels to me a lot more like scenes from The Abyss or 2001: A Space Odyssey. (via PSFK)


Subway poster gets the photoshop treatment

Subway posters in Berlin have been getting the photoshop treatment by some (unknown to me) German street artists. Brilliant idea to remind people of how much re-touching goes into these photos to make them into some sort of ‘human ideal’. The same artist(s) have also been getting their hands on magazines too. (via Gizmodo)


Virtual Tour of New York

What an amazing use of technology! Pixelcase, an Australian company specialising in hi-definition virtual tours have put up this excellent aerial tour of New York.


Aaron Koblin

Aaron Koblin’s infographics are amazing. Taking social and infrastructure data and examining it to find cultural and emergent patterns, his work has been shown Ars Electronica, OFFF, TED and more.


Knowbotic Research

Knowbotic Research are an art group based in Zurich, that experiment with urbanity, construction of knowledge and political representations in mediatised public spheres. (Above image from the KRCF project — Newborn – Undeliverable?)


Shaw House

Yes, that’s right. It’s a swimming pool floating over the entrance to Shaw House, an amazing piece of architecture by Vancouver based Patkau Architects. (via Design Crisis)


Buamai & iPhone

Design image bookmarking site Buamai (which translates to ‘Are you bored?’) have released an iPhone app which randomly selects images from the Buamai database to display on your iPhone, to try and kill your boredom. Nice idea. (via QBN)

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