Archive for July, 2012
Posted in Cool Art Ideas, Cool Design of the Week, How it's Made by Courtney on July 20th, 2012

Image of wine Cork Portraits by Scott Gundersen

We’re always on the lookout for unique art and cool portraits, so when we found these Wine Cork Portraits by Scott Gundersen we got really excited. Via Colossal:

Starting with a large photograph that’s transferred to a drawing, Gundersen pins each cork to the canvas, creating a correlation between the hues of the wine-stained corks and the value of light or shadow in the portrait. His latest work, Trisha, took 3,621 corks to complete, but other works have required over 9,000.

If you’re not already blow away by this art’s immensity, check out the video below to catch a peak at how it all comes together. Meet: “Grace”:

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Posted in Inspiration, Just Cool by Courtney on July 3rd, 2012

Via The more that robots ingrain themselves into our everyday lives, the more we’re forced to examine ourselves as people. At TEDxBerkeley, Ken Goldberg shares four very human lessons that he’s learned from working with robots.

We’re always excited about robots, but we especially liked this video because we caught up on some new robotic advances while being reminded of life lessons we too often forget:

1. Always question assumptions.
2. When in doubt, improvise.
3. When your path is blocked, pivot.
4. There’s no substitute for practice, practice, practice.

Have you been humbled by technology and/or learned any lessons from it?

Ken Goldberg is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in Robotics, Automation, and New Media at UC Berkeley and holds a position at UC San Francisco Medical School where he researches medical applications for robotics.

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