LAB = people.

This text analysis wordCAKE of the last 8 years of LAB-zine.com interviews visualizes the most frequently used word: people. Followed by: work, art, think, up, now. Apparently, LAB = people. And LAB = work + art + carpe diem. (wordCAKE data visual created by Carrie Roy)

WordCAKE is a plugin for a free 3D modeling application, SketchUp. The latest version can be downloaded here.

The WordCAKE plugin can be downloaded here.

LAB 8 is out.

LAB 8 is out! What’s in LAB 8? Pharrell Williams and his tank chair, Music DNA, and Mahieu Lehanneur’s Boom Boom wireless speaker. Highrise shoes by REM D. Koolhaas and Hovding’s airbag helmet for cyclists. Glitch blankets and cosmic scarves. Lita Albuquerque makes an expedition to the Antarctic to place 99 blue spheres in Stellar Axis, and Brandon Martin-Anderson puts 300 million dots on a map for the US Census Dot Map. What else? Petal fashion, paper flowers, and 3D paper patterns from Maud Vantours. A reconfigurable studio and a stunning art installation by DGT. LAB 8 closes with a massive solar flare captured by NASA SDO in extreme ultraviolet. Front cover: Maud Vantours. Back cover: image courtesy of NASA.

Sculptural animation by Takeshi Murata

Takeshi Murata’s latest sculptural animation, Melter 3-D, featured on Creator’s Project:

Melter 3-D is by definition a zoetrope, a device that produce the illusion of motion from a rapid succession of static pictures, but it’s tangible. In other words, the installation is a sculptural animation. The 3D-object itself spins, creating a kinetic effect (with the help of some strobe lights) that makes it look as if it’s melting into itself.

More here.

Future Memories

Future Memories is a series by Catherine Nelson. Each image is made up of hundreds of photos of the same landscape, creating a panoramic effect. From the New Yorker feature:

In 2010, while strolling through a snowy landscape in Ghent, Belgium, Catherine Nelson, a visual artist based in Sydney, decided that she wanted to capture the feeling of the entire walk in a single image. “I wanted my work to tell a lot of stories, not just one moment, but the passing of time,” she said.

Color Theory book from 1692

271 years ago, an artist known as “A. Boogert” created this 800-page book of color formulas. From Colossal:

Spanning nearly 800 completely handwritten (and painted) pages, Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau, was probably the most comprehensive guide to paint and color of its time. According to Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel who translated part of the introduction, the color book was intended as an educational guide.

You can view the entire book online in high resolution here, and a description can be found here.

(via Eric Kwakkel)