October 16, 2007

The Edit Aesthetic

I just finished a small stationery re-design for a non-profit association that, in their best interest, will remain anonymous. The back of the letterhead features a list of all the board member names which require annual updates. Herein lies the subject of this post. This particular client constructed an elaborate and aesthetically satisfying piece of her own by listing the edits in a Mind Map-ish sort of way. I love the look of it and in spite of the visual complexity, I understood it all.


October 9, 2007

Kinetic Artwork

As a kid I had a fascination with the incredibly complex and always whimsical devices I would later come to know as Rube Goldberg Machines. Although in my youth I simply though of them as really cool ways to make breakfast (Pee-Wee's Big Adventure) or open your front gate (The Goonies). There is a great DIY aesthetic to the engineering of these devices that commands our attention no matter what age we are. And they remind us that the tangible world of physics, chemistry, engineering and sheer dumb luck still offer spectacles that computer graphics and super-slick art direction can't beat.

These are some of the more noteworthy Kinetic art pieces I've come across. Included are two works by Theo Jansen, a Dutch sculptor who creates large kinetic machines that can be set into motion by slight forces, such as a gust of wind or a gentle push.

The Way Things Go - Peter Fischli and David Weiss

Honda Ad

Theo Jansen - BMW Ad

Theo Jansen - Animaris Rhinoceros

Japanese Rube Goldberg Machines

October 8, 2007

Studiostein Has Arrived

If you've spent any amount of time exploring this blog, you've likely been directed toward a rather sub-par holding page at studiostein.com. Well, I'm happy to say that the site is now complete—ish. Over the next couple of months I will be making minor updates: creating a flash image scroller on the "Work" page; updating the portfolio; adding case studies; and more. Take a look around. If you come across any typos or grammatical errors—and you probably will—please let me know.