Saturday, November 1, 2014


In Britta Riley’s own words, “Annoyed with the direction I saw social media and tech taking, I made a pact with myself more than a decade ago: "If you don't like it, fix it." That has led me to a career as a technology designer. Whenever she poses herself the question: Why is this done this way? She gets fascinating answers about the whole idea of innovation. She has successfully built a world community that is involved in “Window Farming”.  Her was named one of the top 100 businesses to watch in 2010 by Entrepreneur Magazine. Windowfarms makes vertical hydroponic platforms for growing food in city windows along with an online citizens web platform of over 16,000 community members worldwide.


Friday, October 31, 2014

creative work

Anything creative is joy from inception itself. Yet if that creativity meets passion and hard work the result is sheer magic. Pixar and Walt Disney are the true magic weavers that enthralled audiences for years. This clip is a small insight into the creative process of making a film. The amount of collaborative work, research and hard work that goes into producing a product of this calibre is great inspiration for anyone in the creative field. A sheer joy comes at each and every stage between inception to completion of the product.

Thursday, October 30, 2014


The artist in focus today has truly shown how CAN’T is not a word that belongs to art. Hirotoshi Ito belongs to a family that has been manufacturing grave stones for over 130 years in Japan. His family of stone masons have given him a legacy that allows him to create marvels through stone. He majored in mixed media which means he incorporates his experience with ceramics, pigments and metal in his works. His art pieces have humour one of the hardest emotions to capture in art. His inspiration is Salvador Dali and RenĂ© Magritte. He collects stones from his walks along his neighbourhood’s riverbed and then carves and combines them with other materials to express a sense of wonder and humour. In his own words he says, “Although I work with various kinds of stones, most of my work consists of optimizing a stone’s original shape.A smile on the beholder’s face is the main motivation for my work.”


Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Bully, a humorous Frenchie, is the one of the few pieces in the series with abstract elements. The idea started with a bell which Nirit was eager to incorporate into the collection, and the French bulldog seemed most appropriate. Bulla, the female version, was made as a companion to Bully.

Metal gear parts, which are round and allow air to move through them, were the perfect material to capture the graceful and fragile appearance of the Saluki. Nirit became fascinated with the breed, which is also known for its strength and intelligence, after playing with a friend's hound on the beach one afternoon.

Lola is an adorable little mutt near and dear to Nirit's heart - a replica of Nirit's sister's beloved dog Lola. Real-life Lola is known for her wit and good looks. Nirit calls her The Super Model.
Nirit Levav is a multidisciplinary artist; a sculptor, fashion-designer, jewellery-maker, potter.
Text and photos from artists website.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


The process of creating typography is an art in itself. It needs to be carefully executed letter by letter or intricate details of a word have to be incorporated. Typography is widely used in modern art and design in print, media and on the web. Typography can create a statement in a very deep, profound and impactful sense. Type can abstract the shape of objects, and it communicates something in a very creative and ingenious way. Typography is a beautiful art form with a spectrum of uses from merchandise to creating brand identity.
Illustrator Lex Wilson  puts a new spin on perspective and type in his series Anamorphoses. More images and type formats can be seen on his website.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Renowned classical Indian dancer Ananda Shankar Jayant was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. She tells her personal story of not only facing the disease but dancing through it, and gives a performance revealing the metaphor of strength that helped her do it.


Sunday, October 26, 2014


One country that has shown commendable resilience is Japan. Be it natural calamities, bombings, war or any disaster and destruction, Japan has always emerged a survivor. The whole idea of not focusing on wounds but on healing is the mantra that Japan has given to the world. This monument dedicated to the people who lost their lives in the horrific bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is a testimony to the same. Designed by Architect Kenzo Tange it’s a stoic and beautifully respectful symbol of paying tribute and respect to the souls of the victims.