Archive for the ‘Art and Beauty’ Category

I Will Return A Man

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

One of my favorite albums of all times. It belongs to Vama Veche and it’s roughly translated “I will return (as) a man”. The entire album is organized like a story, following a timeline. With a mostly rock and soft rock orientation (or at least that’s my classification, if you have a better one for the musical direction on the disc, please write me), the album captures the story of a young 18 year old boy, who believes he still has his entire life in front of him. But as it used to be a couple of years ago in Romania, once he turned 18 he was drafted, leaving his family and girlfriend behind. In the army, he is confronted with an extremely aggressive commander, who pushes him to desperation and turns his colleagues on him, as well as with a letter from his girlfriend who is breaking up with him. The boy, Andrei, finds some consolation in the arms of a caring prostitute, who shows him what love can truly be. Suffices to say that the commander finds out, and decides to go to this prostitute and find out for himself why Andrei cares about her so much.

I will stop with the story here, I wouldn’t want to spoil the ending. But just a final note: it’s based on a true story.

Beautiful Close-Up Timelapse

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Just some breath-taking timelapse scenes of plants growing:

Design In 5 Dimensions

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

It’s a simple and powerful idea, but many designers forget about it: design for all the 5 human senses.

How Should I Live?

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013


[Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter]

Colors On Wheels

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Car color preferences

The figure represents the colors that were, respectively are used in car manufacturing. It made me think: who killed green? One of my absolute favorite colors for a car is British racing green (although it is a very dark green, so I’m not sure it actually counts as green at all).

What else do you notice? Maybe the future is bright, but it’s not so colorful. This is good and bad at the same time. On one side, vehicles seem to be produced in serious, plain colors. On the other hand, most of these colors stand for simplicity, and have been in vogue for centuries. My only question at this point is whether these colors are really dictated by customer preferences or if it’s more of an Apple experience, where the companies are creating the trend?

The Life And Works Of Antonio Gaudi

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

I must admit, when I visit places that I already know details about and that are very famous, I’m usually quite difficult to impress. I’m not sure why. Maybe knowing the sights you’re going to see through the pictures, videos and Google Earth views takes away part of the excitement of discovery for me. However, this was totally not the case during my recent visit to Barcelona and some of its impressive sights. And when I say sights, I’m referring primarily to the works of Antonio Gaudi.

Certainly, the works of Gaudi are not the only elements that make Barcelone a lovely city. However, I must say that I instantly well in love with all that Gaudi ever designed once I entered the Sagrada Familia. So, here is a little background information about Gaudi, his works and Barcelona:

As you might know, the Sagrada Familia is not yet finished. The construction has lasted over 100 years since it started, but an end is now in sight:

I also felt that Casa Milá was particularly impressive, through its shapes, its 1900s atmosphere and its position in the city.

What do you think about this design inspired by nature and mathematics?

EDIT:
I thought I would add to this post a couple of clips with the sights that are worth seeing in Barcelona.


[this one is in German]

Tesla’s New Touchscreen Dashboard

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Tesla Model S Dashboard

Let me make this clear: the new Tesla Model S comes with an entirely touchscreen-based dashboard. No buttons, only touch displays. One behind the steering wheel, and one as the center console.

While it looks astonishingly good, I can’t help to wonder how they solved the issues of positional memory and tangible feedback. Many drivers are able to learn where various buttons lie on the dashboard so that they can manipulate them without looking. More precisely, if you learn over a matter of weeks or days that my volume button is approximately over here on the dashboard and that when you touch it, you immediately recognize it based on its shape, texture, etc., then you don’t need to look at the dashboard anymore in order to activate various functions. I wonder how one can compensate for this when employing touchscreen interfaces.

The Photoshoot

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Is this how professional photographers work? Well, it seems so. What I find particularly exciting are the insights about the dynamics of the process. I always considered photography to be much more… static. Oh, how wrong I was.

iPhone 6 Concept And Making Of

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

It’s very nice to put such concepts on the table. To have an idea, and use some relatively inexpensive equipment and software to put everything together and make it look professional. Thumbs up, both for the implementation of the videos and the concept of the device 🙂

And now we go behind the scenes:

In A Monologue With Octavian Paler

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Octavian Paler, a famous Romanian writer and philosophier, talks about his life in the following clip (Romanian).

And now I would like to ask you: What is your approach? Do you believe in being a philanthropist, a misanthropist or neither?
Leave your comments bellow.