Blockhead

No Comments January 2, 2017

The MacBook charger has always been known for being very bulky, especially when comparing it to standard appliance plugs. The Blockhead turns this problem on its head by offering an option to plug in your charger from the side instead of having it sticking out while also adding a splash of colour.

As the plug adapter is a universal size it can be used with any large MacBook chargers, medium iPad chargers in addition to small USB chargers. At $19.95 for one or $34.94 for 2, it’s not expensive but also not cheap, it’s all a matter of whether having a bulky charger sticking out from your wall is a big enough problem for you to want to spend the money on the Blockhead. Personally, if there was a UK version of the adapter I would consider it but I’m certainly not in any major rush to get one.


Migrant Business Show

· No Comments September 12, 2016

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Run by fellow Ravensbourne incubatee and founder of Mi-Hub Rafael Dos Santos the Migrant Business Show is an event where migrant entrepreneurs showcase their businesses to people in hopes of receiving future business opportunities.

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While not being a migrant entrepreneur myself it was fascinating to see the broad range of businesses on show from a new and innovative storage service all the way to IT solutions for large companies.

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The event also doubled as a party for the launch of Mi-Hub’s new office space in Aldgate. By day the space will not only be a place for Mi-Hub and its operations but a place where migrant entrepreneurs can develop their own businesses, network with like-minded people and work in the heart of London at an affordable rate.


Subtleties of Czech Culture: Prague Metro Stations

· No Comments September 10, 2016

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While living in Prague I found that quite a lot of things people consider to be a boring part of their everyday lives are actually pretty interesting to those who haven’t experienced them, one such example is the design of the Metro stations in Prague.

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The use of anodised metal to make patterns and signage is quite striking especially when you realise that every station has a distinct colour palette that has a lot of hidden design detail embedded into it.

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Beyond the front-facing aesthetic layer if you know what to look for you can actually read the patterns in shapes and colours to see where you are in relation to the city centre and what lines connect to the station you’re currently at.

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The best example of this can be seen at Mustek, Muzeum and Flora stations where the mass number of concave domes indicates the density of the area they reside in, central Prague.

prague metro - 5With clever use of colour, people can also identify which lines can be connected to via the current station. While the Green line uses domes to show these different lines have methods such as the red lines use of rectangular tiling.

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Due to the level of design detail being so subtle it wouldn’t surprise me to find that even few of the local residents know of this little life hack, but if you’re ever in Prague and need a little help navigating just remember to look at the station’s walls and you might get a hint.


Timeless

· No Comments September 9, 2016

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As we all know a woman’s eggs and a man’s sperm only stays effective up until a certain point (usually late 30s to early 40s) but what if there was a way to not have your body hinder your ability to create life? Earlier on in the year I came across a pop-up exhibition based around fertility in the not so distant future and a conceptual way of how women can freeze their eggs.

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By collecting several batches while women are still fertile and preserving them in a ‘frozen-like’ state women can take comfort in knowing that they can have a baby whenever it’s convenient for them, not their biological clock. How this differs to current freezing technology is that the eggs are preserved in capsules that are made to look like perfume bottles and women have the ability to keep them at home as a way of reminding them that they are in charge of their own bodies.

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While the technology behind this still remains a concept it’s a concept that isn’t too far away from coming real, whether it’s adopted by society as a new standard is a different question but one that the exhibition aimed to start a dialogue about so we’re prepared when the technology and thus the choices emerge.


BrushKnob

· No Comments July 1, 2016

If you’ve ever tried to create fluid drawings and illustrations on the computers you will have noticed pretty quickly that a mouse is not the right option and instead opt for a stylus/tablet combo. While this might suffice for some people, having to switch from natural drawing with a stylus to structured clicking around menus can make the creation process feel a bit disorienting.

BrushKnob is an Indiegogo project by industrial designer Wataru Kami that makes your creation your workflow more seamless and intuitive simply twist the knob to increase the size of your selected brush or press it down to change to another brush. BrushKnob doesn’t need any specials protocols or drivers in order to, simply plug it in via USB and you’re ready to get started.

While the device may seem rather limited in functionality, for digital artists that need that extra boost to their creation workflow no other device can offer such a simple, easy to use and aesthetically pleasing solution.