unconventional design

Indeed, the lashing out is beginning to look less and less fearsome, and more and more impulsively buffoonish and self-defeating. And there’s a broader pattern developing here, one that undermines a key narrative about the Trump presidency, in which Trump is pursuing strategic disruption and breaking all the old rules and norms to further an unconventional presidency that is designed to render the old way of doing business irrelevant. It’s obvious that all of this is now actively undermining his own designs, on multiple fronts.

Donald Trump is suddenly looking like a very weak autocrat

This is just going to make him even more dangerous than he already was.

Words to Learn, Part 4

💁🏻 Here are example sentences for each word:

  • The new rule will increase the minimum spending threshold from $50 to $200. 💸
  • Everyone on the court sensed the animus between the lifelong rivals. ⛹🏿
  • Spending six hours with my loquacious nephew 👦🏻💬💬💬 left me with a massive headache.
  • The English professor pointed out the sense of cynicism that pervades the author’s novels. 📚
  • In the dystopian novel, the people were brainwashed into believe in political and historical doublethink.
  • Henry’s favorite estival activity is having a picnic on the beach. 🏖
  • The billionaire’s sui generis furniture—each piece commissioned for himself—reflected his preference for unconventional designs and materials. 🛋
  • Nan expostulated about the new proposed law that would ban coffee shops from providing free Wi-Fi. 👩🏻‍💻☕️

There’s something I noticed about “No One Mourns the Wicked”… Glinda refers to Elphaba as “you know who”. I feel that she did that because she couldn’t bare to call her the “Wicked Witch” after watching her die. Actually, throughout the whole song, she never says it’s the witch who’s wicked. She could be thinking of Madame Morrible and the Wizard.

An Unconventional Recycling

Project Runway
Season 16, Episode 2

The Challenge: Team Challenge/Unconventional Challenge - the designers must create a high fashion look out of recyclable materials, as part of a cohesive mini-collection created by their team.

{ Prelude }

Tondy: I do love an unconventional challenge, but this seems pretty early for one. This should be very interesting.  

Bolo: I kind of love that they’ve combined two already difficult challenges into one for this episode, and again, hitting the ground running!

{ The Workroom }

Tondy: I think the designers are slightly thrown by having new models! Shawn is having a meltdown and she seems totally lost! Tim seems to be concerned about cohesion with all of the teams. As he leaves, he says that he is worried!

Bolo: Despite the extra challenge, the workroom wasn’t nearly as hectic as I’d expected. Shawn, however, was more thrown off by having a “curvy” model than by the materials she had to work with.

{ The Runway }

Team Wabi-Sabi ~ Margarita

Tondy: This is an OK look, it’s not my favorite. The materials look like they were from recycled, and the design is lacking for me. Score: 2.5

Bolo: It’s all right, but I don’t get the roll on the back at all. Is she carrying a telescope in there? Score: 2.75 

Team Wabi-Sabi ~ Kentaro

Tondy: I thought this little dress was adorable, but I wish he hadn’t added the 6-pack rings. They didn’t do anything for this design. Still, I do love the dress. Score: 4.25

Bolo: I actually really loved the 6-pack rings, and I loved the sheen created by the clear plastic overdress. Score: 4.5

Team Wabi-Sabi ~ Deyonte

Tondy: This was just OK. Again, I don’t think the design rose above the materials. I liked the back better than the front. Score: 3.0

Bolo: I thought this was a really cool look–“paper-shredder chic” if you will. That he managed trumpet sleeves with this material is a miracle! Score: 4.25

Team Wabi-Sabi ~ Kudzanai

Tondy: I liked this, but he should have stopped before he added the clear plastic cape. I thought the top looked a little too stiff. Overall a good design. Score: 4.0

Bolo: I agree–I think this would have been better without the outerwear. Still, really well done and goes well with the last look. Score: 4.0

Team Wabi-Sabi ~ Michael

Tondy: Another design that I would have liked better without the clear plastic. I guess they were using clear plastic to show cohesiveness. It didn’t work. I did like the decorations on the front. Score: 4.0

Bolo: I have to say that, once again, I really like the use of the rings here. I just can’t decide if I like that with the confetti collar Score: 3.75

Team Tsunami ~ Sentell

Tondy: I get where he was going, but this looks like it was made out of green plastic trash bags. Oh, wait, it was. I did not like this one at all. Score: 2.5

Bolo: He definitely wasn’t able to elevate the materials to something more expensive looking, but the asymmetry is nicely done. Score: 2.75

Team Tsunami ~ Samantha

Tondy: I liked this one a lot. I think she actually transformed the trash bags into a pretty cool top. The belt, like the one that Sentell’s model wore, looks great here. Score: 4.0

Bolo: That top really turned out amazing, and the belt definitely looks better with this look. I’m ambivalent about the skirt, but overall the look is great! Score: 4.0

Team Tsunami ~ Amy

Tondy: I like the skirt a lot, but I don’t care for the leather-look cape. It just, again, looks like “Hey, let’s add a little more recycling to this outfit, whether it goes or not!!!” However, the lace-up back was cool. Score: 4.0

Bolo: I actually really like the cape on its own, especially the back. I’m just not sure it goes well with the skirt, which is cool in its own right, but unfortunately still looks like recyclable materials to me. Score: 3.75

Team Tsunami ~ Shawn

Tondy: This turned out better than I thought it would. I liked the belt and the top, and the back was nice. It was flattering on the model, too. Score: 4.0

Bolo: For all her whinging, this did turn out reasonably well. Despite her inexperience designing for average-sized women, she used color blocking in a way that made the look even more flattering. Score: 4.0

Team Tsunami ~ Claire

Tondy: This was just so-so for me. I get where she was going, but I don’t think it got there. It was not very flattering on the model, and it was another one that did not transform the material at all. Score: 3.5

Bolo: I *kind of* like the asymmetry of the skirt and the way it hitches up to show the clear underskirt–although she did something similar last week. The fit of the top could have been better. Score: 3.5

Team Ballin’ on a Budget ~ Batani

Tondy: I loved this dress. It really did look high-end. It had it all: flattering, well-made, material transformed!!! Score: 4.5

Bolo: This look is amazing! It could have come down the runway in a conventional challenge and I wouldn’t have blinked. I love the design, colors, cohesiveness, the back! All of it! This is the Batani I was excited for! Score: 4.5

Team Ballin’ on a Budget ~ Aaron

Tondy: This is actually pretty cute. The model loves it, and it fits really well.  I love the back! Score: 4.0

Bolo: I completely agree. It’s super cute, looks good on the model, and it doesn’t necessarily look like recyclable materials. Nicely done! Score: 4.0

Team Ballin’ on a Budget ~ Kenya

Tondy: I think this is just adorable. It fits the model beautifully, and the skirt and puffy sleeves look so cute together! Instead of being made from recycled newspaper, it looks like the fabric was specifically designed for this dress. Score: 4.5

Bolo: This is easily one of the cutest looks I’ve ever seen on Project Runway, and maybe THE cutest unconventional challenge look. I agree–it looks like a newspaper print fabric, not actual newspapers! So lovely! Score: 4.5

Team Ballin’ on a Budget ~ Brandon

Tondy: I liked this design, and kudos to him for making the fabric. I liked the back a lot. Score: 3.75

Bolo: Brandon did a great job with this look. It’s flattering, it’s cool, the materials are transformed. I love it! Score: 4.0

Team Ballin’ on a Budget ~ Ayana

Tondy: I thought this was gorgeous.  I am usually not fond of ribbons hanging around the skirt, but in this case, I think they really made this look. Score: 4.5

Bolo: Fringe looks are hit or miss for me, but this one is a big hit! There are a lot of things going on with this look, but it all goes together well. It’s not busy at all. The back is absolutely stunning! Score: 4.5

{ The Results }

Judges’ Winning Team: Ballin’ on a Budget
Our Winning Team: Ballin’ on a Budget

Judges’ Losing Team: Team Tsunami
Our Losing Team: Team Tsunami

Judges’ Winning Pick: Ayana
Our Winning Pick: Three-way tie: Ayana, Batani, and Kenya 

Judges’ Losing Pick: Sentell
Our Losing Pick: Tie: Margarita, Sentell

Um… Tondy? Is that two wins in a row for us?! Well, there’s a first time for everything!

{ Afterthoughts }

Tondy: Well, Bolo, this episode goes down as one of my favorites. It had it all, drama, hysteria, meltdowns, and a whole lot of throwing under the bus, but most of all, it had Ballin’ on a Budget’s designs. I truly think that this was the most cohesive team challenge in the history of PR, and it was an unconventional challenge! Amazing! 

Bolo: This really was one of the best episodes yet, and certainly the best unconventional challenge I can recall. With the exception of a couple looks on Team Tsunami, I felt like these were some of the best unconventional looks I’ve ever seen. So much of what came down the runway looked like it could be just regular high fashion. It’s super impressive and speaks to the talent of this group.

Looking forward to tomorrow’s episode! Until next week,

anonymous asked:

you think you could talk a bit about hoshi, his mindset, and his feelings towards others? I hope this isn't too annoying of a request, but i feel like he isn't really discussed a lot. which is a shame because he's so interesting

Don’t worry anon, it’s not annoying at all! I really love Ryouma—he was actually the very first character I ever got an ask about on this blog, and I still think back sometimes to the fact that being able to write meta about him was kind of what sparked this whole thing and encouraged me to keep writing even more meta this whole time.

Despite his development and role in the story being mostly limited to Chapter 2, Ryouma’s a really excellent character. His FTEs and bonus mode content are extremely illuminating into his mindset and behavior and enjoyable, and his simultaneous desire to die while also still wanting to find a reason to live on make him one of the most relatable characters in the game.

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anonymous asked:

They probably figured kids would piss themselves if they saw it.

…Anon I’m really sorry, but I’m gonna go on a rant here, so bear with me

Starting off with an anecdote, when I was five, I was watching the show Catscratch and saw this episode where one of the characters turns into a broccoli monster (because apparently he was allergic to it-it’s become rather infamous but anyways). This, safe to say, scared the ever-loving SHIT out of me, having cats myself, being a cat fan, it being my first time seeing something like that…you get the idea. 

I wasn’t exactly easy to scare growing up, so when something scared me, it was going to be something like this:

THIS is Peter Meechum from Generator Rex-He fucking gave me nightmares back in the day because of his ability (zombifying people through touch-said people got a bunch of green growths on them and a nuclear bomb was considered at one point to kill him because of his ability and how dangerous it was).

Also, these:

(Two more things, but anyways)

Stuff like this obviously scared me, but I watched again later on and better able to handle it. For an example, I now draw Meechum regularly and he’s one of my favorite EVOs on the show for the very ability that used to scare me so badly.

And another thing? These things, frightening as they were, sparked my curiosity and even aided in me becoming so appreciative of creature and character design, particularly unconventional designs. They helped me get more interested in animation and design as a whole (hell-even science on some levels). 

Things like Star Vs., Gravity Falls, Adventure Time, Over The Garden Wall, even some Disney scenes-those all have moments that terrified kids, whether it’s the Beast and his glowing eyes in OTGW or the Shapeshifter in Gravity Falls, or the Demon Cat or the Lich in Adventure Time. May be frightening, but they do help with setting the stakes high and (in some cases) hammering in the severity of the situation.

For me, the fact that something terrifying is IN a “kids show” is a sign that the staff of the show don’t underestimate kids intelligence and maturity. When it doesn’t, it’s a sign that it doesn’t want to take risks and may have a “please everyone” viewpoint. And at worst? DOESN’T respect said intelligence and maturity. 

And this not being included, Steven just befriending it and causing it to bubble itself, just shows me that the Crewniverse simply didn’t seem to want to take any risks or didn’t know what the hell they were doing when it came to the arc.

ALSO, they had already showed some shit like Pearl getting stabbed, the prototypes for the Cluster (including one who was screaming for Rose apparently), multiple Gem monsters, Steven getting eaten, Steven nearly getting drowned and smashed by Lapis and Peridot, Steven turning into a cat monster when his shapeshifting abilities go out of control, FRYBO, GEM SHARDS, Steven nearly aging himself to death, and plenty of other things I’m sure I missed

Crewniverse failed hard if they really thought they shouldn’t include it because “it would scare children”. 

I really don’t think “it was going to scare kids” was the reason for it not being included. 


Help I had an idea for a picture approx. twelve thousand years ago and I got stuck designing weird bioluminescent shit for Ralph to do with his body

He rarely comes up with this sort of thing on his own, it’s always Hestre flinging Wikipedia articles and nature documentaries at him. “How the Hell are you so disinterested in yourself?!” she hisses from a pile of books. “Educate yourself.”


Monday (ahem) Update.

Mech #18.

This one was gonna be real fast - and on Friday it went pretty quickly - but then I had some ideas for it, and those would take time. I wanted a slightly unconventional look and design angle for it. This was originally just going to be for the shoulder and hip joints, but then tried at least allude to it in the rest of the mech.

I really wanted a sort of ornate way for the shoulders to work - rather than the usual circular motors and actuators of most mechs - and went with regular old human shoulder bones. It is a weird-ass joint. Also, the lower torso and hips were based off of the human lower spine and pelvis (although I fudged the actual leg joint to be more similar to the shoulders).

Overall, while it went way overtime, this is another drawing that I’m quite pleased with.

For the remaining mechs, I super-hyper promise they will be really fast, short, more sketch-like drawings than the above. Wanna finish this freakin circus by Friday.

talesfrommidgard  asked:

What did Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name do to scam and manipulate people? I remember seeing it advertised at conventions, so now I'm curious...

Oh gods.

Ok lemme see if I remember this all correctly. 

Hanna Is Not a Boy’s Name was a beautiful urban fantasy webcomic with unconventional panel designs and skinny white men being homoerotic with each other.  

It was very popular. Like, goddamn, it was everywhere around 2009-2011 as I remember. 

And then the artist Tessa Stone just … vanished. Without a word. No updates, no contact, no nothing. Not even a message saying “hey I’m going on hiatus.” After a year, people were holding fucking vigils for her on her deviantart page, thinking she was gravely ill or possibly dead. Rumors flew. Her publishing company was accused of shady dealings. People who’d ordered custom sketches never got their sketches, or their money back. I think there was a fundraiser for a book release that people donated to, and that never materialized. Eventually the publishing company paid the angry fans back for the books that never materialized. Tessa didn’t pay them back with the money they’d sent her, the company paid back her fans back with the company’s money. 

This absence went on for FOUR. FUCKING. YEARS. (… was it five?!)

Then all of the sudden Tessa went on to work for a new company and make a new comic for them. Her fanbase largely followed her, overjoyed that she was ALIVE … but confused about what the hell had happened. 

Understandably a lot of fans felt rather upset by all this, burned, confused, or scammed. There has never been closure, no statement, no nothing. There were rumors of some kind of lawsuit between Tessa and her original publishing company, but that was disproven. For a lot of fans, who were rather young, this was a very exciting and cool series, and then all of the sudden it just … stopped. Some had their money taken, no explanation. That’s hard enough for anyone to deal with, but especially so for a bunch of teenagers new to fandom and fandom life. 

I mean, it’s not Dashcon levels of illegal but I’d call that a fucking scam. And she got away with it too! She has a career, a fanbase, never had to pay anyone back the money she took in exchange for the promise of sketches and books down the line. 

So … *shrug* I was quite upset at the time. I remember seeing this unfold and thinking “wow, I’m glad I never sent her money” because there’s a good chance I’d have never gotten it back. It’s a shame the story itself never got resolved, it ended in the middle of a very tense situation, and lots of future plot elements had been teased. I’m more annoyed that she basically stole from her fans, many of them young, left them thinking she was sick or dead for years, and has yet to release a statement explaining what on earth happened. 

tl;dr: webcomic artist takes money from fans for the promise of future art and books, vanishes off the face of the Earth for years, reappears at a new company with a new comic, never pays back her fans, never explains wtf happened, did not let them know if she was alive or dead for years. 

Project Runway: Every Unconventional Materials Challenge Ever
  • That One Designer: Uh, I've never used unconventional materials.
  • That One Designer: Designers just DON'T do that.
  • That One Designer: I just wasn't expecting this.
  • That One Designer: I'm just going to glue stuff to some muslin fabric....even though I was specifically told not to do that.
  • That One Designer: This isn't fair.
  • Me: Have you ever actually watched the show?

If you don’t know about it already, you’ve got to start paying attention to 5ivepillars, an incredible streetwear brand that’s inspired by Islam

“We were discussing different ways to give back to our community, in both conventional and unconventional ways,” designer Farrukh Ershad tells Refinery29. From there, he launched the first T-shirt of the collection: “I (crescent and heart) Islam,” a twist on the classic “I heart NY” tee. The effort was both successful and charitable, donating profits from more than 100 shirt sales to Helping Hand for Relief and Development, a global humanitarian organization that responds to human suffering after emergency situations.

Photos: 5ivepillars



Stridsvagn 103 (Strv 103)

The Stridsvagn 103 (Strv 103), also known as the S-Tank, was a Swedish post-war main battle tank. It was known for its unconventional turretless design, with a fixed gun traversed by engaging the tracks and elevated by adjusting the hull suspension. Turretless armoured fighting vehicles are usually classified as assault guns or tank destroyer, but the Strv 103 is considered a tank because of its gun laying ability and its designated combat role matches those of other tanks. It is the only main battle tank and the only tank of any kind since the World War II era to dispense with a turret.

The Strv 103 was designed and manufactured in Sweden. It was developed in the 1950s and was the first main battle tank to use a turbine engine. The result was a very low-profile design with an emphasis on defence and heightened crew protection level. Strv 103s formed a major portion of the Swedish armoured forces from the 1960s to part of the 1990s, but have since been removed from service in favour of the Stridsvagn 122.


Bomberg is a young Swiss company that makes a great, military-style watch. Reinventing the classic timepiece, they create and sell an array of modern watches of exceptional quality that cater to the modern man.

Bomberg introduced the Bolt-68 watch in 2014. The year 1968 represents the roots of the brand and is in reference to one of the most significant years of the 20th century, one that saw great social change and innovation. The term “bolt,” emphasizes the strength of the collection and its unconventional design. This watch is unique because it was designed with the patented bayonet system giving the option to also turn it into a masculine pocket watch. To do so, twist the watch face counter clockwise. The watch face pops off and has both a clip and a substantial chain attached to the back of it. This is an interesting spin to a modern timepiece that’s exclusive to Bomberg. The Bolt-68 is available in two models and a variety of cases, while the Bolt-68 Skull is a limited edition with a black chain representing skull and crossbones.

This watch was simple to pair with my already established fall wardrobe. I mixed it with a classic brown, blue and white gingham spread collar shirt fromCotton Brew, a crested buck tie from J. Crew and a wool navy blazer also from J. Crew. The Bolt-68 by Bomberg is a big, bold timepiece that needs no other accessory.  Pairing classic wardrobe pieces with this innovative watch design is definitely a conversation starter.  


A playful looping picnic table designed by artist Michael Beitz. The green dining surface is the latest in the artist’s line of functional sculptures, offering a whimsical take on standard pieces of furniture. The sculptor’s collection of works, which are inspired by the “social, personal, and material functions of furniture,” present conventional furnishings in an extremely unconventional way.