Alright, I don’t really even pretend to be into cars. I kind of even hate having to own one in all honesty. I wish I lived in a city where I didn’t need one but there is maybe a handful of cities like that in the whole U.S. With that said, this new concept car from Audi did still manage to turn my head. It looks like one of those cars you would see in some movie about the future like Minority Report or A.I. I really thought the design was stunning and it would be pretty interesting to see something like this out on the road.

Here is a little more about it:
“The 2008 Audi O concept was designed by Ondrej Jirec, a design student from the Czech Republic who is beginning studies at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California in 2008.

The Audi O concept was designed to fuse a powerful and innovative audio system with a stylish and sporty four-seat hatchback. The exterior design uses several Audi trademark styling themes, especially at the front where the square grille sits neatly between the LED headlights. The doors feature glass windows running along the bottom edge which provide an interesting shape to the profile of the car. At the rear of the car the pullout door echoes the design of the squared off Audi grille.

The styling of the Audi O was influenced by a variety of sources including the Audi Shooting Brake concept from 2005, the Apple iPod and music.”

You can read more about it and see more images here.

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I have to admit, I never know what to expect with online art and design magazines but I was really surprised by the quality of the work and the curating by the editors of Digital Temple Magazine. It’s a great flip through and there is some really spectacular work for both design and photography there that is ready to inspire. It was nice to see some artistic nudity and some racier work as well that isn’t afraid to go out on the edge. It is liberating to see artists being unafraid to express themselves and not being censored as a result.

You can check their back issue here as well.

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Geoff McFetridge has finally launched an official website that chronicles some of his work at Champion Don’t Stop. A lot of people have been waiting a long time for him to gather some of his work on an actual site and here it is.

If you want to see the images larger, be sure to click the ‘download’ button.

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Dan Tobin Smith is another highly talented individual that I was certain I had written about but hadn’t. His work is almost hard to describe because he is so talented at so many different things. His primary emphasis is photography but he has some exceptional art on his website as well. It’s all good though and it’s all inspiring.

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The ever talented Sam Gilbey has updated his body of work with some new material. Sam has been at it for a while and was active on Pixel Surgeon for a long time. I was very sad to see Pixel Surgeon go but I am just as happy to see Sam still working hard. He’s a nice guy and a hard worker. You can’t miss employing him as an illustrator.

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Some nice work for both motion and print at the new website of Los Angeles-based designer/director (I want to be a designer/director too) Anthony Furlong.

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The new Mad In Spain website is live. They already have a roster of speakers.

So, how do you get invited to speak at one of these conferences anyway? I want to speak at one of these. I’d be happy to leave my job and go somewhere amazing and talk about my obsession. Hook it up.

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As part of my ongoing attempt to post at least one TED Talk every week, I have selected Yves Behar’s recent talk about some of the iconic objects he has been responsible for designing. I thought Behar’s work was a little more closely akin to the nature of the blog. I hope you enjoy it. Copied directly from the TED website, you can read a little about the talk and Behar below:

About this talk

Designer Yves Behar digs up his creative roots to discuss some of the iconic objects he’s created (the Leaf lamp, the Jawbone headset). Then he turns to the witty, surprising, elegant objects he’s working on now — including the “$100 laptop.”

About Yves Behar

Yves Behar has produced some of the new millennium’s most coveted objects, like the Leaf lamp, the Jawbone headset, and the XO laptop for One Laptop per Child. Read full bio »

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Allan Chochinov of Core77 gives an interesting talk about why shit matters in design. The talk was given this year at the PSFK Conference in New York.

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Bert Simons is a Netherlands-based Designer/Programmer who has created some very unusual sculptures. Using a 3d modeling program he maps portraits of people, including himself as pictured above of over a wireframe model. He then breaks the image down into a series of geometric shapes and outputs the pieces. He cuts them apart and then after what I could only imagine would be a lengthy and trying bit of time manages to glue them together to create the striking papercraft sculptures above. Yes, that’s right they are made out of paper. Ah will the wonders of technology never cease. So bizarre but utterly fascinating, if not the least little bit disturbing.

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For the unfamiliar The Museum of Modern Art’s unique exhibition titled, Design and the Elastic Mind explores the reciprocal relationship between science and design in the contemporary world by bringing together design objects that marry the most advanced scientific research with attentive consideration of human limitations, habits, and aspirations. The exhibition highlights designers’ ability to grasp momentous changes in technology, science, and history – changes that demand or reflect major adjustments in human behavior – and translate them into objects that people can actually understand and use.

In short it is an utterly fascinating exhibition with a fresh premise. The exhibition is now available in full at MOMA’s website and keeping in theme with the exhibition itself, the website offers up some interesting usability features. If you are low on inspiration, plan on spending a little time there because it will definitely recharge your batteries in full.

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There has been some fantastic work poured from the minds behind Formavision. Since it’s inception in 2003 they have generated campaigns for brands like Coca-Cola and Diesel. The word, ‘impressive’ doesn’t really do justice to what all they have done, but it comes close. Spend the time it takes to look through their work, it is worth it and the browsing is accompanied by enlightening interviews with the people behind the creative.

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There are some beautiful things for sale for the aesthetically inclined at Greener Grass Design, including the Cube Clock featured above by Constantin Boym. Be sure to spend some time digging through their catalog because it is a treasure trove of well designed clothing and gadgets. There is even a little something their for the design-conscious pet owner.

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Chris Grey from The Amazing Shape is embarking on an ambitious adventure to design 30 different shirt designs in 30 days. So far his efforts are pretty entertaining. I would wear some of those bad boys for sure. It would be nice to see someone step forward and offer to print some of them, Threadless anyone?

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There is a wealth of colorful and slick design work in the portfolio of Brazilian Nitrocorpz. I would kill to do some work for Stussy. I wore the hell out of Stussy clothing as a teenager and have always had an affinity for that brand.

Is it just me or do Brazilians have some kind of unique approach to color where they are just unbound to go out on a limb and do something unexpected? There has been some really interesting design emerging from Brazil lately.

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