Category Archives: Inspiration

The First Earth-like ExoPlanet


No one knows what the planet Gliese 667Cc looks like. We know that it is about 22 light-years from Earth, a journey of lifetimes upon lifetimes. The planet is bigger than our world, perhaps made of rocks instead of gas, and within its star’s “habitable zone” – at a Goldilocks distance that ensures enough starlight to make liquid water possible but not so much as to nuke the planet clean.


Cymatics – Nigel Stanford

Cymatics is the first single from Nigel Stanford’s new album Solar Echoes. It was shot in 6k resolution on Red Dragon cameras, and finished in 4k / Ultra HD.

The team went through months of research, testing, and development to make sure the experiments – including a Chladini plate, speaker dish, hose pipe, ferro fluid, Ruben’s tube, and tesla coil looked great in the final film.

Cymatics is the study of visible sound co vibration, a subset of modal phenomena. Typically the surface of a plate, diaphragm, or membrane is vibrated, and regions of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, paste, or liquid. Different patterns emerge in the excitatory medium depending on the geometry of the plate and the driving frequency.


Why good leaders make you feel safe

What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek suggests, it’s someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust. But creating trust and safety – especially in an uneven economy – means taking on big responsibility.


The Drinkable Book

A team of scientists and engineers from carnegie mellon and the University of Virginia have developed ‘the drinkable book’, a life saving tool that filters water and teaches proper sanitation and hygiene to those in the developing world. Designed by New York-based typographer Brian Gartside for non-profit organization Water Is Life, each book is printed on technologically advanced filter paper capable of eliminating deadly waterborne diseases, as it is coated with silver nanoparticles, whose ions actively kill diseases like cholera, typhoid and E.coli.


Lytro Illum light field camera

Lytro’s approach to photography is to capture as much data from the field of light as possible – instead of focussing on one particular setup to capture the moment. The multi-dimensional image is captured with an array of micro-lenses. This wealth of data then gets translated to an interactive ‘image-scape’ where you can redefine the focus freely, as many times you want.

Does money make you mean?

It’s amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.) But while the problem of inequality is a complex and daunting challenge, there’s good news too.


Beauty of Mathematics

“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music.” – Bertrand Russell


15 Sorting Algorithms in 6 Minutes

Sorts random shuffles of integers, with both speed and the number of items adapted to each algorithm’s complexity.

The algorithms are: selection sort, insertion sort, quick sort, merge sort, heap sort, radix sort (LSD), radix sort (MSD), std::sort (intro sort), std::stable_sort (adaptive merge sort), shell sort, bubble sort, cocktail shaker sort, gnome sort, bitonic sort and bogo sort (30 seconds of it).


“What Screens Want”

What Screens Want is an essay interpretation of Frank Chimero’s talk from Build, 2013, discussing the evolution of technology and what it means for designers. He talks about methaphors as assistive devices, and draws some interesting metaphors on his own.



“Sound of Threads”

An exhibition in Reykjavik, Iceland in june 2013 by Bertrand Lanthiez, where visitors interacted with the immersive work by both feeling and creating music. Visualizing music onto thin strands of Icelandic wool, the black and white piece translates different rhythms through light waves, enabling the sound not only to be heard but also ‘seen’.


Clarity: See-through brains

Scientists have come up with a way to make whole brains transparent, so they can be labelled with molecular markers and imaged using a light microscope. The technique, called CLARITY, enabled its creators to produce the detailed 3D visualisations you see in this video. It works in mouse brains and human brains; here the team use it to look into the brain of a 7-year-old boy who had autism.

Random International

Founded in 2005, Random International is a collaborative studio for experimental practice within contemporary art.

Taking science as a means to develop a new material vocabulary, their work invites consideration of the man/machine relationship through explorations of behaviour and natural phenomena, with the viewer an active participant.

Random International is led by founders Florian Ortkrass and Hannes Koch, who met at Brunel University before going on to study at the Royal College of Art. Ortkrass and Koch led the creative direction of the studio alongside cohort Stuart Wood until his departure in 2015. Based in London, with an outpost in Berlin, the studio today includes a wider team of diverse and complementary talent.