Tag Archives | Shape

…The Splinter is real?


Remember the Splinter, the all wood supercar that looked like nothing more than a clever design mock up?

Apparently it’s quite a bit more than that, as Joe Harmon Design has begun fabrication, and the body is already starting to take shape.

The car’s frame and driveline are based on a central rigid tube section with the suspension and other necessary parts from a C4 Corvette mounted to it. However, as much as possible will be kept in wood form for authenticity’s sake.

The engine is a Northstar V8 run backwards, with the exhaust and intake sides switched around. Intakes sit underneath the cylinder banks, and two roots style superchargers feed air in through individual intercoolers

The wooden component fabrication process includes building a mold/frame, and then laminating layers of veneer into the desired shape.

Check out the site for more details, including live webcam shots and a building blog.

[Joe Harmon Design – Splinter]

[Building The Splinter]

[Via: Jalopnik]

…The Icon Watch is classically chic?

Icon WatchShow off your love of design with an Icon Watch from the MoMA Store.

The shape is supposed to look like a computer icon, and the dot matrix/8-bit look will definitely get some attention, so it’s an easy way to label yourself a designer.

[MoMA Store – Icon Watch]

[Via: Acquire]

…Apple icons are blue?

Blue Mac Icons

Subtraction recently noticed something interesting about Mac programs: Everything’s blue!

Apparently blue is the go-to color for icon designers, with circles being the predominant shape, and yellow and orange (blue’s complements) being the predominant accent color.

Perhaps Apple designers are just a tad on the sad side?

[Subtraction – Blue In The Interface]

…The Amazon Kindle needs more bookishness?

Amazon Kindle

When Amazon designed the Kindle, they wanted it to have “an aura of bookishness”.

Unfortunately, these bookishness dreams did not transfer over into the actual design, as the Kindle is filled with style for the sake of style, unusual proportions, senseless shapes, and a general lack of bookishness.

Click the link for a full breakdown of how Amazon missed the mark, and how they can change it for Kindle 2.0.

[Well… – Bookishness]

…Floppy drives can survive?

Batch Totem - Trunkeret & IkoniskUsually the music is the message, but Batch Totem (Jonas Olesen) decided to be different, and has gone with the medium for his latest album.

By releasing the album, called Trunkeret & Ikonisk, as a 1.4MB file on a 3.5” floppy disk, “the idea is essentially to release an album on an almost obsolete medium that fits very well with the music on an aesthetical level”.

“Secondly, the scope of the project is to use heavy compression as a feature that shapes the music, instead of a limitation that reduces sound quality.”

I guess this at least helps prevent bootlegging.

[Batch Totem – Trunkeret & Ikonisk]

[Via: Boing Boing]