Watson, the decision whisperer

At the rate you hear the words ‘big data’ and ‘analytics’ thrown around these days, you might think everyone was using them. And sadly you’d be wrong. In reality, most business folks leave insights out of their decisions because the tools to extract them are too complicated. Here’s a new name to drop. IBM Watson Analytics. Using natural language and a keyboard, anyone can go mining data for instant insights. Just ask your question and Watson can help guide you through answers. No fancy statistics degree required. Get the scoop →


They did a draw and Shindong pulled out a “designer” card and Eunhyuk ended up pulling out the…well you can see…where he would now have to pay around $1000 for Shindong design Tees. 

The total amount of Tshirts: SJ memebers (10), Managers (8), Stylists (6), Hair and MakeUp (14) = 38. 

There were 3 choices for tailor: Brand A (22,000 won each), Brand B (18,000 won each), Brand C (13,000 won each). 

The members chose Brand A. It says “Because Shindong is there,we exist.We are Super Juni-OR!” “Super Junior 7th album Mamacita(Ayaya)” and on the back of the tshirt “Look at the front of this T-shirt!” (image: 1, 2, 3

"Because I am first(?) one who pay for the Tshirts, I feel bad though." 

credit: ButtsBonBon

(maybe the members will keep doing this game and pulling out more designer/investor card to see who is next and hyuk gets the first start XD)

Audio Orbs

It seems like we’re obsessed with making speakers smaller and smaller without sacrificing power. What would the result be if we reversed our logic and started thinking on a much bigger scale? StudioTotal answers this question with their latest conceptual sound system, Audio Orbs: the speaker you can enter. Inside the sphere are 18 speakers and plenty of comfy cushions to give the user an enhanced immersive music experience!

Designer: StudioTotal

For many beginners, the task of picking fonts is a mystifying process. There seem to be endless choices — from normal, conventional-looking fonts to novelty candy cane fonts and bunny fonts — with no way of understanding the options, only never-ending lists of categories and recommendations. Selecting the right typeface is a mixture of firm rules and loose intuition, and takes years of experience to develop a feeling for. Here are five guidelines for picking and using fonts that I’ve developed in the course of using and teaching typography.

Remember this invention? 19 year-old student proposed this design to clean up plastics in the oceans. The idea was picked up by TED, and green blogs exploded with glee.

I criticized the project as ineffective buffoonery and likely illegal. And several others also panned the invention as foolish and naive. Well, now the student is back with a revised version of the plastic’s clean up machine. He’s partnered with some serious engineers and PR and he formed a new company, “The Ocean Cleanup.” Video here.

A science journalist in Germany, Sarah Zierul, interviewed me and a few other experts who also criticized the machine. Sarah’s article really got to the heart of the story and you can see researched for several months to get to the facts. She re-tells the story of the young inventor, and describes the original machine and its problems, as well as the new machine and the engineering behind it. She also interviews several critics, noting how their complaints have evolved into support.

Excellent science reporting!

Read Sarah’s excellent article, here. If you don’t read German, go here.

2014.08.13. the skully AR-1 is a safety-focused motorcycle helmet with rear camera


augmented reality motorcycle helmet by skully is set to become the world’s smartest.
images courtesy of skully systems

with an augmented reality heads-up display, skully systems AR-1 bikers helmet is ready to be launched as the world’s smartest. the screen eliminates blind spots and distractions by keeping the driver’s focus on the road ahead, whilst projecting ultra wide angle rear view camera images. the transparent frame shows critical information in the line of sight in order to give the user full situational awareness.


the AR-1 is lightweight and aerodynamic

with the installation of a high-speed microprocessor, GPS navigation is integrated on screen with the rear camera view to give timely information even in low-reception areas. this means motorcyclists are not distracted from the road whilst looking out for road signs. the helmet is also bluetooth connected, enabling hands-free calling and music streaming to the driver.


side view of the smart helmet being worn

the AR-1 is certified by the DOT (department of transport) and the EVE (economic community of europe), and features a fog, scratch and glare resistant visor. the lightweight and aerodynamic shell also supports a 3d laser cut foam interior in order to provide a perfect fit. as well, the skully is made more comfortable as perspiration is reduced by 70% thanks to using an outlast(r) lining.

demonstration of how the skully AR-1 helmet functions.
video courtesy of skully systems


the skully AR-1 is available for pre-order now and will be shipped in may 2015.


the head-up display shows the rear view, thanks to an ultra wide angle camera


GPS navigation is also projected to focus the driver on the road ahead


bluetooth connection allows hands-free calls


streaming music is also available via bluetooth


a technical specification of the AR-1 helmet




What’s up super stoners, it has been a minute since I did updated you guys via the blog about the happenings around the office.

I’ve been working the past few weeks on revamping the site, focusing on marrying responsive and sexiness. The new theme is completely mobile friendly and should be more enjoyable to browse to every user. The last few days I’ve been in a flurry of finally setting everything up. The theme is complete and fine tuned. The only task at hand is actually uploading it to the live server and various bits of administrative tediousness. Expect some downtime late tonight and possible tomorrow while I upgrade the site. Make sure to plan your purchases in the headshop accordingly.

I’ve also been concocting a new series of designs inspired none other than Disney. I’ll be experimenting with official Disney character models from print and animation to uncover their secret stoner side. It’ll also be a nice way to flex my muscles and play with colours and patterns. These designs will be printed as stickers as the series progresses.

And speaking of Disney, I just released the latest installment of “Rolling For Disney” on our YouTube. 30+ minutes of RAW rolling ganja goodness to keep you company next time you smoke a face blunt. The compilation video of our recent Not So Scary Disney trip will also be up this weekend. I finally finished editing down the 2 hours of video content to a little over 30 minutes, and it’s rendered and ready for upload. There’s also the latest podcast up where we recount our trip in a 3 hour audio format.

As always, I’m plenty busy with orders from the shop. Every purchase is always appreciated. I’m astonished at the frequency we receive them. I figured I’d saturate the market with cheap wicks and socks at some point, and every day you guys prove me wrong. We’ll be stocking new sock colours very soon for the new season, as well as restocking on rolling papers. Keep your eyes peeled!

Stay regular super stoners~


PRESS HAND JUICER by Antoine Persyn

Press is a juicer using 2 different sized reamers, perfect for lemons, limes and oranges. The juicer comes apart for easycleaning and is dishwasher safe. The challenge was to work on user scenarios, trying to improve the functions through a clever design.

The product is made of glass, plastic molded elements and stainless steel. I worked with the factory engineers and workers to understand all their constraints and then to update the design according to their technical requirements.


The beauty of having the Threadless headquarters in an enormous warehouse? Somehow we can almost always discover another patch of bare wall that could use an upgrade. When a spot in the atrium became noticeably boring and uninspired, we called in local artist Jeremiah Ketner, otherwise known as Smallaround, to treat the white wall to something special. Calling on his love for mythical sprites, mermaids, and Lake Michigan, he transformed the space into an aquatic escape under the sea. Read on to learn more about Ketner, what inspires his work, and his affection for Japanese toilets below!


Jeremiah’s finished piece in the Threadless atrium!

Where are you from originally and how did your childhood influence the art you do today?

I was born and raised in the Quad Cities, specifically Moline, IL. We lived in a small house on a bluff a few miles from the Mississippi River. There were plenty of forests, valleys, and creeks to play in, but from early on in my childhood all I wanted to do was draw. I spent hours creating comic books and sold copies to my friends at school. In fifth grade, I started getting serious about creating comics and ended up getting my work published weekly in the QC Times. Shortly after that time I was introduced to oil painting and started taking private lessons. I fell in love with painting and over time, my work has been influenced by my love for making comics and passion for painting. I would say that both mediums coincide on some level with the artwork I’m creating now.


What draws you towards painting mythical sprites or fairies?

I started making stickers of little tear-dropped sprites when I moved to Chicago in 2000. I was inspired by the paste ups and stickers plastered everywhere in the city. The characters started to evolve and became a focal point of my paintings, and eventually I created worlds that only they could exist in. I love creating my own worlds. I want to create a place for the viewer to get lost in; transporting them into an alternative state of mind free of criticism from the outside world.


Jeremiah’s painting “Staying Together” for Chicago designer toy store and gallery Rotofugi’s 10th Anniversary Group Exhibit (Image courtesy of Jeremiah Ketner)

What materials do you use to create your art?

Currently I paint with acrylics on wood panels. I was classically trained using oils, but after painting with them for several years, I find acrylics equally rewarding. When I’m at the art store, I’ll pick up colors I have never used before and try to incorporate them into my paintings. When I was in art school, I made it a point to explore every medium possible. I would say my favorite mediums are watercolor, acrylics, and pencil on paper. I keep a sketchbook on me wherever I go. You never know when that next big idea will strike.

I saw that you recently painted a wall at Nettelhorst School, the same school your sons attend. What was it like to leave your work on your sons’ school where they’ll see it every day?

The school is covered with murals throughout the halls, classrooms, and outside doors. They also have sailboats from Belmont Harbor in the halls and other really cool installation art created by parents and local artists. That was a big draw for me, and I wanted to carry on the tradition of making the school more inviting and influential for kids. This summer I asked a few of my favorite artist’s friends, Chema Skandal and J.C. Rivera, to create murals on the outside walls of Nettelhorst and they did a fantastic job - well beyond what I expected. The school is located on Broadway and Melrose if you would like to check them out.


Jeremiah’s mural outside of Nettelhorst School in Chicago (Image courtesy of smallandaround)

How has family played a role in your artistic ambitions?

My family has always been supportive of what I do, and in return, I try and to do something creative with my kids everyday. Plus, it’s really cool to play with Lego’s again. My dad is also an artist, who created several large scale memorials sculptures for police and fire departments. He runs a business making really cool sculpted motorcycle parts. So I guess you can say the artistic side runs deep in the family.

I read that you often travel to Japan, why is Japan so influential for you?

I instantly fell in love with Japanese culture the first time my girlfriend (now wife) brought me out to Tokyo. Aesthetics and presentation play an important role in the culture. Every aspect of design is carefully thought out. I remember getting into a taxi one day and the driver had his own branded sticker packs with cute characters for riders. Almost everything has a cute edge to it; even the toilets are kind of cute. We travel to Japan about once a year to visit family and I often find myself exploring new cities and discovering new aspects of the culture that later emerges in my art.


A recent work by Jeremiah, called “Panda Naps” (Image courtesy of smallandaround)

How did you hear about Threadless?

I have been a long time fan of Threadless and discovered it from a friend who was submitting designs. The retail store was a few blocks from my house. I would stop in every Friday and buy the latest designs before they went online.

What inspired the piece that you did on the Threadless wall?

Chicago has one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, and as a tribute, I created an aquatic theme. As a city dweller, it’s easy to overlook such a fantastic resource right at our doorstep. I’m also a big fan of mermaids, so I had to include one with the fishes. Overall I wanted to create something vibrant and colorful that would reflect the creative energy of the Threadless HQ atrium.  


Jeremiah’s Threadless piece begins to take shape (Image courtesy of smallandaround)

Why do you think your art fits so well with the Threadless style?

There are so many talented artists that make up the Threadless style. I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to make a mural for Threadless. I think my use of color and characters make a good match.

What has a formal art education done for you?

It gave me a taste for all types of disciplines. That’s what I enjoyed most about going to art school. If I wanted to learn how to blow glass, cast bronze, or weld something, I had those options and I definitely took advantage of the facilities. When I was studying at Columbus College of Art & Design, I fell in love with printmaking. I went on to teach various printmaking classes in graduate school. I’m glad I had that opportunity to explore new methods of making art. Without school, I would have probably discovered it eventually, but not with as much intensity. Art school also helped me develop a consistent body of work with an underlying concept. I think the thing I learned most was how talk about my art and have an openness to constructive critique.


Jeremiah makes toys, too! Like “Sleepy Kitty”. Gosh, he’s talented. (Image courtesy of Jeremiah Ketner)

How would you say your art has evolved over the years?

It has changed drastically from where I started fresh out of art school to what I am doing now. You only notice these changes until you look back at 15 or so years. I’m happy with the direction it’s going now and I’m always pushing myself to go further with my work.

Your Facebook page says you began in 2001, shortly before the social media boom. How has social media changed the street art industry?

I really began working with galleries and showing my work professionally in 2000 after graduate school when I moved to Chicago. Things picked up in 2004 when I started getting invites for solo shows and group shows from galleries in Seattle, LA, NYC,Texas, and beyond. I would attribute my out of town shows to being more active online, pushing my work on social media sites like Flickr and Myspace. This was before the glory days of Twitter and Facebook, mind you. Now social media has allowed artists to bypass the gallery and instantly curate their work for a large audience. I love how it’s progressed. I follow a great deal of artists; I think it’s really great that you can keep up with your peers and get inspired just by glancing through any social media stream.  

What’s next for Smallandround?

I keep a busy show schedule throughout the year and will be participating in a handful of group shows this fall. I’m also going to have new work at Disney’s Wonderground Gallery at downtown Disneyland in California this spring. I have been showing with them for a few years now and it’s truly a unique experience creating my own take on Disney’s classic characters. I’m also heading to New York Comic Con this October and will have new releases, custom toys, and prints at the con. There’s also this really cool convention this November in Pasadena, CA called Designer Con. It’s more fine-tuned for artists who make designer toys, apparel, urban pop art, and fine art. This year, I will have my own booth and plan on having lots of new merchandise along with original custom toys and some surprises.


Jeremiah reimagines Peter Pan’s Tinkerbell in his piece “Glitter Garden” for Disney’s Wonderground Gallery at downtown Disneyland (Image courtesy of Jeremiah Ketner)


Expecto Patronum 

(by Sara Maese)

Expecto Patronum is my very first illustration project which has the
complementary support of motion graphics with After Effects.

You can also watch this project on Domestika (ES) or my website.
* This project has been featured in Domestika.

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Skintight Spacesuits Offer More Movement, Freedom

For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, muscle-like coils. She would then plug in to a spacecraft’s power supply, triggering the coils to contract and essentially shrink-wrap the garment around her body.

The skintight, pressurized suit would not only support the astronaut, but would give her much more freedom to move during planetary exploration. To take the suit off, she would only have to apply modest force, returning the suit to its looser form.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/09/skintight-spacesuits-offer-more-movement-freedom

2014.07.08. 기막히게 멋진, 변형 가능한 모듈형 소파 룸


제목에 대해서는 양해하기 바란다. 하지만 나는 이 물건들의 집합체를 달리 무엇이라 불러야할지 모르겠다. 소형 아파트의 인테리어 디자인을 맡은 러시아 건축회사 루템플 (Ruetemple)은 “레크리에이션 공간을 위한 모바일 솔루션”을 내놓았다. 루템플의 홈페이지는 너무 엉성해서 임원들의 성도 제대로 표기되어 있지 않다. 우리가 알 수 있는 거라곤 이 회사에 “알렉산더”와 “다리아”라는 사람들이 있다는 사실 정도에 불과하다. 그리고 프로젝트 페이지에는 설명이 거의 없기 때문에 여기에서는 사진을 통해 내용을 짐작할 수밖에 없을 것 같다.

그들이 내놓은 작품은 세 개의 별도로 된 바퀴달린 인테리어 구성제품들로 이 제품들은 무수히 많은 방식으로 조립이 가능하다.









흥미롭게도 러시아어로 된 블로그를 구글 번역해서 퍼즐을 끼워 맞춰 본 결과 이 공간은 온전한 아파트는 아니고 (예를 들면 부엌이 없다) 두 명의 아이들을 위한 일종의 독립형 복층 놀이방으로 설계된 것으로 보인다.  

Originally Published by Core77 (www.core77.com)