Mediabistros Career Circus Is Coming to Town

vintage circus.jpgWhat’s better than a great conference? A great conference that gives us an excuse to use vintage circus graphics! Back by popular demand is the Mediabistro Career Circus. The second annual confab on how to build a career in the shape-shifting, possibly imploding world of media and beyond is set for Wednesday, August 4 at Comix in New York City. Repress the urge to perform your stand-up set (or at least keep it to your routine on new media business models—that’s bound to kill with this crowd) and settle in for “an immersive day of expert career guidance, peer support, and techniques for managing your career, whether you’re currently employed or hot on the job search.” Click here for all of the details and then mentally prepare yourself by perusing, our favorite online collection of vintage circus posters.

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An elegant mix-and-match faucet and shower system inspired by Henry Ford

Waterworks‘ latest range of bath and kitchen fittings, “Henry,” lends a polished look to early 20th-century utilitarian inspiration. Referencing the drawing boards of Walter Gropius, Eero Saarinen and Constantin Brancusi, the streamlined curves of the spouts and handles look distinctly modern, while the sturdy handles and hexagonal nuts harken back to the machine age.

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The arguable real beauty of “Henry” is the seamless flexibility to mix and match the hardware. The 33-piece collection, named after automaker and industrialist Henry Ford, is available in chrome, nickel or brass with accents in teak or marble. The sinks set offers a choice of a gooseneck or low-profile spout. And the shower system features a five-inch adjustable showerhead with an optional handshower on a hook. Both can be outfitted with either lever or cross-style handles and accessorized with matching pendant and mounted sconce light fixtures.


A textural alternative to tiles, Waterworks created Grove Brickworks to compliment “Henry,” glazed bricks in 13 subtle colors made from brown clay and fired in 90-year-old kilns.

Visit the Waterworks website
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The T.25 City Car

A new micro-car that seats three and averages 74 miles per gallon

Recently featured on Good, Gordon Murray’s new 74-mpg T.25 City Car—while a little slower than the MacLaren F1 supercar he’s known for—still packs in just as much punch.


With a hinged front frame that lifts up in place of traditional doors (so as not to hit nearby vehicles, etc.), the sleek little micro-car seats three people, with the driver taking front and center, no passenger seat, and a back seat built for two. Designed around a safety cell, the car is exceptionally strong despite its size—which is so small three T.25s can fit in one parking spot, a major benefit to urban driving.

Additionally, Murray spent 15 years developing a new manufacturing process called “iStream,” a system dubbed as revolutionary as the groundbreaking car itself. Set to launch in the U.K. within the next two years, the T.25 City Car will retail for around $9,000.

Hybrid City Bike


Check out this bike, designed by Peter Dudas. Not sure how well it rides, but it sure has a slick body.

The handles could use a bit of refinement, but regardless, this would be a nice bike to sport around the city.

Via: Behance

Marian Bantjes on Joy, Wonder, and Putting the Ego Back in Graphic Design

We couldn’t contain ourselves with delicately rendered glee when it was announced that graphic artist Marian Bantjes would be among the speakers at TED2010, the annual conference that began as a technology, entertainment, and design (hence, TED) confab and 25 years later has become a World Economic Forum of the mind. The theme of this year’s conference was “What the world needs now”—not so much love, sweet love, as “core ideas that will drive our quest for a better future.” Bantjes was recruited to have her say during the session on Imagination (between livestock whisperer Temple Grandin and philosophy professor Denis Dutton), and TED has just released this video of her inspirational talk. In it she explains how after making the decision to transition from graphic designer to graphic artist, she became “bizarrely popular.” Her secret? Take things personally. Says Bantjes, “The more I deal with the work as something of my own, as something that is personal, the more successful it is as something that’s compelling, interesting, and sustaining.”

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A mirror-and-showerhead-in-one eliminates fog for shaving-while-bathing needs

A simple idea easing a regular task, the new Reflect showerhead streams water from the attached mirror for a fog-free shave.

Reflect initially debuted in New York at ICFF, but I got the chance to check it out up close recently at Dwell on Design. The patent-pending shower-mirror combo is a 2010 International Design Excellence Award Finalist for its ability to fend off condensation by cleverly using the warm water to heat the mirror surface from the inside.

Reflect will be available for purchase mid-July for $295.

Pixel Casting Machine

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pAnother great material experiment for today: The Pixel Casting Machineem/em can be reconfigured by hand to create an infinite variety of pixelated ceramic vessels. The mold works like a regular slip-cast mold; the blocks are made of plaster to absorb water from the ceramic. After some time, the remaining liquid is poured out, leaving a hollow vessel. /p

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pThe machine is by designer a href=””Julian Bond/a. This one is the 2nd version, where each pixel is secured by friction. In the first version, each one was screwed in place, which, according to the designer, was a painstaking, time-consuming process to reconfigure and adjust./p

pA few words from him on the project:/p

blockquoteSlip casting molds are usually fixed. Each new design needs a new mold to be made. This project was about giving anyone the ability to engage with the slip casting technique and allowing them to create a one off design. The machine is designed to engage with the user allowing them to understand the form they are creating. This is a rapid manufacturing tool, not rapid prototyping, each piece that is made can be fired and glazed and used as a final product./blockquote

pFor more shots of the machine and the awesome results, click through the jump./p

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