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Westfalia Verdier

French-Canadian designer Alexandre Verdier is aiming to revive the spirit of the original Volkswagen Microbus camper vans.

As with the original Westfalia and the hippy culture, the new Westfalia Verdier Solar Power is part of a new culture with its own rituals. It is based on green energy and the pleasure to be self-sufficient. This new culture also believes that technology should allow people to understand nature and its power.

Features:

– A system of intelligent solar panels called “Sun Tracker”. This system makes it possible to provide electricity to the on-board accessories while the vehicle is in a stationary position. An on-board computer and a GPS (Global Positioning System) calculate the optimal position for the Sun Tracker.

– A pneumatic suspension, which lowers the vehicle and sets its structure on the tires for improved comfort and a better stabilization in a stationary position.

– The sliding half-door on the passenger side has an integrated folding staircase, which makes the second stage area accessible from outside the vehicle.

– The passenger seat is transformed mechanically into stairs, so that the second stage area can be easily reached from inside.

– A swivel cooking range makes it possible to cook outside as well as inside.

– In the second stage area, a dividing wall with a sliding door and multiple windows is made of a thick and expandable fabric.

– And of course, a multi-media computer with a wireless Internet connection is also useful where the communication technology is available.

snow globe

The beautiful snowglobes of Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz.

Via FFFFOUND!

Water Dress

A great selection of the best in creative advertising from around the world can be found here at Dark Roasted Blend.

I thought the old blog was looking a bit tired so have given it a bit of a style makeover. Nothing too major, just a bit of attention to typography and some minor layout tweaks.

Not checked it in internet explorer yet – saving up that miserable experience for later..!

UPDATE: Having worked into the early hours on my blog makeover I woke up this morning and decided I preferred the original so have reverted back to it. There is a moral in there somewhere..!

FURTHER UPDATE: After playing around with the layout a bit more I am now happy with the new version and have decided to run with it..!

Creeps

Image source: FFFFOUND!

Shaolin

Shaolin: Temple of Zen is a book by Justin Guariglia depicting the Shaolin Monks, their beliefs and the incredible martial arts skills they possess.

Via hyt.

Spin business card

On Yongō is a site dedicated to what people have on their business cards – go there for inspiration, to see some notable examples of business cards and even upload your own.
The name comes from the term Yongō which is an ancient paper size (91 x 55 mm) used in Japan as the standard size for Meishi’s – a Meishi is a Japanese business card.

Dan Tobin-Smith

The amazing photography of Dan Tobin-Smith.

Netsight Christmas wreath

Netsight Christmas wreath comprising:

75 metres of assorted network cables
10 broken circuit boards
2 dot-matrix LED displays
Half a roll of duct tape
2 metres of fairy lights

Nice little piece taken from TIME on the secret of Apple’s success. OK so it’s over two years old but still noteworthy I reckon.

Ask Apple CEO Steve Jobs about it, and he’ll tell you an instructive little story. Call it the Parable of the Concept Car. “Here’s what you find at a lot of companies,” he says, kicking back in a conference room at Apple’s gleaming white Silicon Valley headquarters, which looks something like a cross between an Ivy League university and an iPod. “You know how you see a show car, and it’s really cool, and then four years later you see the production car, and it sucks? And you go, What happened? They had it! They had it in the palm of their hands! They grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory!

“What happened was, the designers came up with this really great idea. Then they take it to the engineers, and the engineers go, ‘Nah, we can’t do that. That’s impossible.’ And so it gets a lot worse. Then they take it to the manufacturing people, and they go, ‘We can’t build that!’ And it gets a lot worse.”

When Jobs took up his present position at Apple in 1997, that’s the situation he found. He and Jonathan Ive, head of design, came up with the original iMac, a candy-colored computer merged with a cathode-ray tube that, at the time, looked like nothing anybody had seen outside of a Jetsons cartoon. “Sure enough,” Jobs recalls, “when we took it to the engineers, they said, ‘Oh.’ And they came up with 38 reasons. And I said, ‘No, no, we’re doing this.’ And they said, ‘Well, why?’ And I said, ‘Because I’m the CEO, and I think it can be done.’ And so they kind of begrudgingly did it. But then it was a big hit.”

Apple employees talk incessantly about what they call “deep collaboration” or “cross-pollination” or “concurrent engineering.” Essentially it means that products don’t pass from team to team. There aren’t discrete, sequential development stages. Instead, it’s simultaneous and organic. Products get worked on in parallel by all departments at once — design, hardware, software — in endless rounds of interdisciplinary design reviews. Managers elsewhere boast about how little time they waste in meetings; Apple is big on them and proud of it. “The historical way of developing products just doesn’t work when you’re as ambitious as we are,” says Ive, an affable, bearlike Brit. “When the challenges are that complex, you have to develop a product in a more collaborative, integrated way.”

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