a tiny home that’s part wooden chestnut and part stained-glass cathedralDesigned and constructed by sixteen students, the OTIS (which stands for Optimal Traveling Independent Space) is an aerodynamic, pod-shaped design, made to be towed on a standard 5 by 8 foot trailer and a four-cylinder vehicle. It has its own rainwater collection system that feeds into the indoor plumbing, in addition to the 120-watt solar panel system to provide electricity. To handle human waste, the OTIS uses a composting toilet.
Scarfs for Autism
Leo Chao, a student at Emily Carr University, designed the Beagle, a scarf that people can wrap around them. Texture, sounds, and even smells create a calming cocoon that will distract and soothe an autistic person when they’re feeling over stimulated. It’s the electronic version of a blankie that has actual health benefits.
2.5 Ton Carved Marble Manhattan
Using Google Earth, photos, and helicopter rides over the city, Sone created a vision of Manhattan that is at once majestic and almost biological in its complexity. The incredible level of detail invites one to get lost among the streets just as you might get lost in Manhattan itself. Each building, each bridge, each tiny street are all represented faithfully in this intricate carving.
Full Stop, Silence, and Replace All
These experimental typography applications make word-processor style formatting effects available during casual web browsing. “Full Stop” hides all semantic content on the page, revealing only punctuation and negative space. “Silence” also hides all content, instead showing only empty boxes where text or images would ordinarily appear. “Replace All” indiscriminately substitutes enthusiasm for meaningful language.Looking forward to spending some time with this Ben.
The results convey a sense of visual and semantic structure that would not otherwise be easily discernible. The variability of results suggests the extent to which the web remains an evolving medium for design.
In a more polished form, I imagine these tools being used by students, designers, and developers as part of a structural exploration of type and information design.