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Mini Mini Art Show

Have you even wanted your art displayed in an art show? Spraygraphic.com is calling on artists all over the world to submit their work, free of charge, to their first Mini Mini Art Show. There only catch is that all art must be 4 in. x 4 in. You can use any medium, from drawings to photography to sculpture (as long as it can be mounted to a wall). They are expecting gallery full of diverse, compelling, and exquisite little pieces from an international crowd (England, Croatia, Ireland, Korea, Australia, and France represent). The show’s opening will be at Arizona State’s “Exposed” graphic design conference‘s (March 5-8) featured Saturday Night Event, with the exhibit displayed at local Arizona art galleries afterward. Deadline for submission is March 5.

TokyoFlash x Juke Tower MP3 Player

There are a few shower MP3 players out there, but they’re all so ugly. They look like the junk electronics that you’d find next to the nose hair clippers in the department store’s “Gifts for Him” section. TokyoFlash just released the Juke Tower Waterproof MP3 Player, and it would look at home in the trendiest shower. The player is about the same size of as a bottle of shampoo, so there shouldn’t be any trouble finding a place to put it. It has a port under the main body where you plug-in a USB flash drive filled with music, podcasts … whale calls. There’s also an LED clock on the body to help remind you of how late you are.

The Oregon Trail iPhone App

I first remember playing The Oregon Trail back in first grade. Our screens may have only been green and black and our discs floppy, but we thought it was the coolest thing ever. In fact, it may have been one of my first experiences ever using a computer. I could ford the mightiest rivers and shoot the most squirrely squirrels–as well as the most seasoned frontiersman. Sure, I might have lost my wife and a few kids along the way, but they were dead weight anyways. You can imagine my surprise when I heard that a new version of The Oregon Trail is being released for the iPhone on February 28th. Now I’ll be able to die of dysentery and use Wikipedia to see what dysentery is, all while I’m on the go. This new version features updated graphics and game play, but I really hope they maintain the original integrity of the old-school game.

La Merde x Spring 2009

Spring is just around the corner, and it will soon be time to ditch those heavy winter coats. Of course you’ll still need a nice jacket to help you ease into the summer months. La Merde, the cheekily named clothing company based in Portland, Oregon has just dropped their new Spring 2009 line of jackets and hoodies. I am really digging their use of fine details and high-end materials. Each style has a tailored fit that I can only describe as sophisticated street fashion.

Philips Cleans Up at IF

Philips is one of those companies that has a great history of design dating back to the 1920s, and once again they really cleaned up at the annual IF product design award competition winning 22 awards. One of my favorite new award-winning products is their Wake-Up Light. It is an alarm clock that slowly lights up and gradually gets brighter until the light wakes you up. There are only a few major companies who put a lot of importance on design aesthetics, and it is nice to see that Philips constantly puts out innovative work. Take a look at this year’s winners.

via Core77

Hoverit

In 2003 the Japanese utilized magnetic levitation for their 361 mph train, and in 2008 a British company utilized it to levitate a chair eight inches off the ground. The Hoverit uses a series of powerful magnets that repel each-other (like in grade school science class) to create a “magic carpet” like experience. This clear acrylic marvel is also the world’s most comfortable credit card eraser. Each chair is handmade and can be customized to support the weight of most people. At a price of £5,875 it costs a little more than an IKEA lounger, but the Hoverit is a lot more interesting.

Raymond Biesinger

I always love seeing artists who don’t come from a traditional artistic background. The Canadian illustrator, Raymond Biesinger, is one of those people. Even though he has a BA in European and North American political history, he has become a highly sought-after and talented illustrator. His work reminds me of classic European print illustrations from 60 years ago. Everything has a gritty and unfinished feel that is absolutely amazing. I loved clicking around Raymond’s site and checking out all his great work.

GDP Insanity

Christian Broda, professor of economics at the University of Chicago, has created a map where he replaced U.S. states with countries with a similar level of GDP. With an $825 billion stimulus package on it’s way to the House floor, we get yet another perspective on America’s role in the global marketplace. It is pretty crazy that all of Canada’s GDP is about the same as Texas. More surprising was Russia’s GDP was about equal to New Jersey. And they don’t even have the Giants.

Via Clusterflock

Pretty Loaded

Ah yes, the good ol’ days of dial-up modems and preloading screens. As our Internet connections get faster, the preloading screen is quickly going the way of the Zune dinosaur. Big Spaceship , a Brooklyn-based digital creative agency, created Pretty Loaded as an online museum of sorts to document some great examples of preloading screens. It is actually pretty interesting to see how creativity added entertainment to an otherwise boring moment. Check back often because they’re constantly adding to their collection. Now when your younger family members ask what things were like when you were a kid, you’ll be able to show them what we had to endure while waiting for our websites to load.

White Fruit Radio

When most people think about the combination of wood and electronics, it often brings up memories of ugly 70s-era electronics. Designer Swann Bourotte has masterfully merged nature and technology with White Fruit Radio. The sleek music machine is constructed with acoustic enhancing sycamore and LEDs for navigation. Best of all, there are no buttons. Simply slide your fingers across the top ridges to control the volume and station selection.

Via Yanko Design

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