Electric Bikes #1

Daniel Dhers, a professional BMX rider from the US, tests Daimler’s Red Dot Design Award winning brandnew smart electric bike and discovers that you can have as much fun with it, as with a regular BMX bike – or maybe even more. The test is set in Barcelona and the viewer experiences the most exciting spots of the city from a professional biker´s perspective.

Here is another picture:

According to a review on treehugger.com it works like:

The rider of the smart ebike decides how much power he wants the electric motor to deliver to support his muscle power by pressing a button on the handlebar. There is a choice of four power levels with the fourth level providing maximum pushing power. Depending on the power level selected and the manner of cycling a battery charge can last for up to 100 kilometres.

With 423 Wh the lithium-ion battery is one of the most powerful batteries in the competitive environment. It has been attractively integrated in the frame of the smart ebike. The portable battery can be charged either at a normal socket or whilst riding, with the latter offering advantages in terms of cost and the environment. The wheel hub motor becomes as a generator when the rider brakes. The braking energy is recuperated, i.e. it is converted into electrical energy and stored in the smart ebike’s lithium-ion battery. (source)

QRt – QR Codes can be beautiful!

Have you ever heard of QR codes? you may have seen them on posters, flyers or business cards. Since a while i keep on following how designers use the creative opportunities you get with error correction code written into the QR Code encoder that allows up to 30% deterioration of a QR Code while remaining readable. Basically it means, you can scratch off and redesign a bit of code here and there and it will still scan correctly thanks to the error correction technology used for QR codes.

Here are some of my favourites…

The best examples i have seen to date are how japanese designers implement QR codes into advertisement designs:

and my favourites are the QR designs by SET from Tokyo who totally raised the bar in what is actually possible designing beautiful and clever designs which are still readible by a simple phone app. an inspirational country as always…😉


and contrary to the standard quick copy&paste job banning the QR code into some corner where it is just sitting and looks boring…some other ads for well known brands are cleverly weaving QR Codes a bit more subtly into their layout as can be seen here and here.

finally, a gallery of some more examples i found on the interwebs during a google picture search, (copyrights of course belong to its respective owners and designers) enjoy!

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Shipping Containers – The Home of the Future?

Shipping Container House by Studio H:T

Just when talking (again) with some friends about some cool ideas how to combine the trends of living a technomadic lifestyle and the ongoing competition in architecture focused on the clever recycling of shipping containers i felt this is something for me.

Doing a quick online research i remembered some cool container projects which some of you must have seen as well on your travels around the hip urban metropoles in europe…

Like for instance the Platoon Project in Berlin and Seoul, the Container City at Trinity Buoy or the shiny new brand-label pop-up mall called Boxpark which opened last year in London…All quite ambitious and well designed projects i’d say…
As far as the trend goes it seems to be quite popular amongst open-minded architects as platoon would tell you in their review about the RE-CYCLE strategies for architecture, city and planet in Rome.
Even Cory Doctorow, science fiction author and co-editor of the weblog Boing Boing let one of his gamer kid heroes ship himself in a container from the states to china in his sci-fi novel For the Win. (btw, it’s a highly recommended read – find the free pdf download here)

So what’s it all about then, are Shipping Container Homes Not Just A Fad But The Home Of The Future? Matt from containerliving.net thinks it’s not just a tiny home movement but a sign of the times...and i would agree.

More on this topic… and some more links…

freitag container store zürich

Orbino by luc deleu of T.O.P. Office

Sky is the Limit

SJA / ‘The Gang’ school

Stuttgart, Vienna, London

Started the new year in Stuttgart (Germany).

Then off to Vienna (Austria) to do some Bodypainting at a Chinese New Year’s Party by AsianNight Vienna, painting the zodiac sign of 2012 – the dragon:

Asian Night Vienna

Posca Test

testing posca brush markers…

Shodo in February 2012

testing new brushes with some shodo in vienna…

Stencils

… and came back to london for a week, met some old friends and saw some cutting edge art galleries during the firstthursdays art event… this inspired me to paint some old vinyl records at the kitsite office, which were still sitting in a corner at the hackspace in london.

Dezember 2011

Vienna, 12/2011
relaxed time in Vienna – one of the best cities in europe for …errm… relaxing.

highlights: kimchi nabe and lots of drinks with friends, some d&b parties, karaoke at ramien bar, buying a present and some beers at a little graffiti art exhibition by NYCHOS and then back home to celebrate xmas with my family.

favourite and cheapest way of travelling from stuttgart <> vienna:
4x carsharing + 1 x shared train group-ticket via –>mitfahrgelegenheit.de

>>> Germany, 2011

04/12/11
“…i’d call that an epic weekend…first party at theloft and one for the road till after 6am in vienna to have a waving good bye do for my mate CRIPO. something you could call “sleep” and then off to travel down to germany to play some dancefloor smashers at a former police station turned into a hackerspace turned into a hacker’s club night. mate cocktails and prosecco…proper pa and lights…killer tunes…oh and the hell’s angels had their anniversary bash next door…and a u bahn train derailed in front of the house too > weird.😀    ”   as posted on fb

MERRY CRISIS by Niels Shoe Meulman

24/12/2011
we had a nice christmas 2011 round – with almost all of my siblings and mum.
hello everyone – it has been a while… 🙂

25/12/2011

R.I.P. Dad (1954~2011)

Death is a part of all our lives. Whether we like it or not, it is bound to happen. Instead of avoiding thinking about it, it is better to understand its meaning. We all have the same body, the same human flesh, and therefore we will all die. There is a big difference, of course, between natural death and accidental death, but basically death will come sooner or later. If from the beginning your attitude is ‘Yes, death is part of our lives,’ then it may be easier to face.     Dalai Lama

All men and women are born, live, suffer and die; what distinguishes us one from another is our dreams, whether they be dreams about worldly or unworldly things, and what we do to make them come about… We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death. But within this realm of choicelessness,
we do choose how we live.
     Joseph Epstein