Dublin is already a fast paced, energetic city but not many of us have seen it this fast! Richard Twomey’s time lapse video is quite simply…amazing! The shots he has picked for this really highlight the hustle and bustle of our Fair City, and this is contrasted by the more tranquil parts of the county, such as Dublin Bay. The colours are vivid and bring this video to life. The car lights race across the screen and even the traffic lights at 3.00 minutes seem to change to the beat of the music. As we keep saying on twentysomething, we do love a good beat and the score used in this video does not let us down! The Cinematic Orchestra piece almost seems as if it was composed just for this vid! The slow panning shots of the city show the amount of life happening in and around the capital and it’s hard to look away from the screen when the video is on.
“In the beginning there was nothing, only the idea”
As your probably beginning to see we love a good design story. As your going to see you will struggle to find a design story executed better than this one.
The History of Asics is wonderfully captured in this charming animation. The animation was created by Nordpol + Hamburg advertising studio, the origami was the creation of Mabona Origami .
Asics: Origami “In Pursuit of Perfection” to give it’s full title was launched back in 2008. For us at twentysomethingdesign it is still one the best examples of brilliantly executed animation. The animation mixes modern animation with true craftsmanship, origami. This blend of new and old strikes the perfect balance and reflects Asics harmony with their old traditions “the pursuit of perfection” and their forward thinking through their modern testing facilties. It is no surprise that the animation won a Grand Prix at the Eurobest, gold at the New York festival, gold at the London International Awards, silver at the Clio in Miami and two times bronze at ADC Germany back in 2008.
The success of the animation is largely down to the personal touch that is strikes throughout. From the beginning we are dropped into a place ( Kobe. Japan ) and a time ( 1949 ) with the founder Kihachiro Onitsuka. We learn of his ambition, that you could build something out of almost nothing, and where it all started, with the simple idea of the slice of Octupus stuck his dinner plate. The story is told effortlessly and is a joy to watch. The simple narration and the unobtrusive use of the origami allows the story to speak for itself.
Everything about the animation is so simple and humble. We enter the story with a man, his foster Dad’s desk, and his ambition. We leave the story with a man behind the Global Goliath Asics, and with his ambition still burning as brightly as when he sat as his foster Dad’s desk “But it’s the beginning of the end, when you start to appreciate your own achievements…the question comes up again what will be the next big idea”
“Origami In the Pursuit of Perfection” by mabonaorigami.com
Director: Tim Schierwater (Nordpol+ Hamburg)
Art Director: Sean Kirby (Nordpol+ Hamburg)
Producer: Florian Liertz (elemente-e Production)
Animation: André Junker, Chrisoffer Wolters (Nform)
Stopmotion: Kathrin Albers, Jim Lacy (Stoptrick)
Origami Artist: Sipho Mabona (Mabona Origami)
Jippypee’s post the other day on the history of Oakley got me thinking, since he has a slightly unhealthy obsession with Oakley, maybe a post every now and then about the history of products/brands we love may be a nice way of us sharing our product fetishes! For me, the series of headphones brought out by Dr. Dre are my unhealthy obsession. Even though Beats have only been around for three years, their combination of unrivalled sound, good usability, and aesthetically gorgeous design means they deserve their place in the design history books!
For us at twentysomethingdesign the Philco PC is what it’s all about, something different! ( #somethingdifferent was trending last night … wahey! )
The Philco PC concept is admittedly a couple of years old, but I hope you’ll agree that it’s a must see design. The Philco PC concept was designed by schultzeWORKS an industrial design firm from Pasadena, California. SchultzeWORKS designstudio was founded by Dave Schultze in 1997, some of schultzeWorks clients include Microsoft, LG, and Target.
schultzeWorks have created an iconic piece of design in our opinion. They have merged retro steampunk styling with modern materials and finishing, the complement is as close to perfection as we’ve seen anywhere.
schultzeWorks took inspiration from the Philco Predicta, an icon itself, it was designed and launched in the late 1950′s, during the dawn of the space age. It’s futurist design included a seperate and rounded viewing screen, which was a break away design to traditional tv sets at the time. The Philco Predicta was marketed as “TV today from the world of tomorrow”.
schultzeWork have gently extracted some of Philco Predicta retro design elements and married it with their own vibrant design aesthetic. The attention to detail carries through the entire design. The mix of the coiled back cable, chunky orange knobs and the aluminum front grill is magic. Unsurprisingly lead designer Dave Schultze says “The design was a total labor of love”. Dave’s ambition was to break away from the stereotypical pc “I felt so strongly that, with few exceptions, most computers are engineered eyesores”. What else can we say only that Dave Schutlze has accomplished his ambition and nailed a supreme piece of design!
We all associate Oakley as leaders of innovation, masters of design and producers of world class eyewear. But did you know that Oakley began as a BMX grip manufacturer?
The history of Oakley takes the viewer through the humble beginnings of the global eyewear giant Oakley. The piece is beautifully shot and edited by Harrison Boyce from BMX blog def grip.
Harrison takes us on a personal journey with Mike Bell a former AMA Supercross champion and an employee of Oakley who started in 1985. Mike shares with us the largely unknown stories of Oakley founder Jim Jannards triumphs and failures on their rocky road to success.
Mike opens a window into the past as we learn about Oakley’s first product the BMX grip B1B and their transition to eyewear. We learn about how they struggled with patent infringements to their success story of Oakley’s iconic and possibly most successful product the O-Frame goggle.
So sit back and enjoy this wonderfully crafted piece!
The Maglus, the magnetic stylus (no prizes for guessing where the name came from) is the brainchild of Applydea. Applydea is made up of two fellow Irish designers Noel Joyce and Andy Shaw. Having a stylus for your iPad is a great addition….but only when you can find it! This is where the genius lies in the Maglus, the stylus simply sticks to the new smart cover for the iPad2 and is there when you need it. It can also attach to the iPad itself so you dont even need the smart cover for the stylus to work. Having the stylus close to hand means you can quickly access it rather than searching around the bottom of the bag trying to find a stylus. The design of the stylus is in keeping with Apple’s design philosphy, a product that looks good and functions even better.
This clever product is hosted on the Irish crowd funding site, Fundit, and is currently 18% funded. They are looking for a target of €15,000 to get the first batch into production so if you haven’t funded yet, click on the link above and get your hands on one of these if you pledge a €15 donation (RRP €24.99). Of course if you feel more generous then donate some more and help the lads at Applydea. Since the launch of the Maglus, the guys have got some great media coverage, numerous blogs including the likes of MacTrast, CultOfMac and even Wired. They even got a mention in the Wall Street Journal! But clearly a mention on this blog is bigger than all that!!
Not only is all this coverage great for the Maglus but also for Irish design. The design talent in Ireland has an enormous potential and it is something we at twentysomething want to encourage and let the world see this talent. Knowing both Noel and Andy on a personal level, we know too that they feel strongly about this so the further they go with the Maglus, the further Irish design will be promoted. We’re sure the Maglus will be in production soon and we look forward to some more innovative products to come from Applydea.
The Spica Speaker first appeared at Tokyo’s DesignTide in 2009 and we can’t cant believe we only saw this now! These speakers take on a whole different perspective of listening to music. Not only can you hear the music but now you can see the beats resonate through the water. This combined with lights makes for a truly unique experience in audio entertainment. Designer Yuki Yamamoto has managed to combine music, water and light to make the experience of listening to music more of a visual aspect. What better way to be booming out a bassy tune on your subwoofer and seeing the water bounce to the beat.
The video below demonstrates this and you can see the cool effect of the water when the bass kicks in. Also the video has a kicking beat by Cornelius, having a good tune to accompany and demonstrate your product is vital!
If your like us at 20something and love Vimeo you should definitely check out this dude, Renan Ozturk. He is a kick ass climber and North Face athlete who travels the world on countless expeditions to some of the most remote and beautiful places this planet has to offer. We like this guy as he is combining his love for climbing with some wicked video and artwork skills.
He first caught our attention with an inspirational video called My Day “Living the Dream”. Since then we have been loving his work.
Renan’s artwork is what we like to call, “something different”, and is creating as much of a buzz as his rock climbing skills. He captures these beautiful sceneries in striking colours through sketching and water colours. Often the landscapes in his artwork are of environments of black rock and white snow, but through the colours and style he uses, he manages to express the feel and magic of the landscape. Honestly it is well worth checking it out on his site – rock monkey art.