Inventables is a webstore where anyone can buy samples 

of innovative materials for experimental design.

"We sell materials that designers, artists, and inventors use to develop new products and push the boundaries of what's possible."

some examples:

Shape-Retaining Plastic

Form-Holding Sheet

Gerd Arntz

If you're interested in pictograms
I think this book is a must:

a collection of the works of Gerd Arntz:
"As a politically engaged graphic artist and designer Gerd Arntz (1900-1988) portrayed the world in wood and linoleum cuts. During the 1920s, he conveyed his vision on social wrongs and the rise of Nazism in Germany in his prints. He did this in such a simple, direct style that anyone - regardless of their education and nationality - was able to understand his images."
(from the editor's website)

there's also a Gerd Antz memory application for iPhone.

The Uniform Project

How a daily routine can kickstart a social movement

the case:

"The Uniform Project™ started in 2009 when a young woman realized she was drowning in the doldrums of an advertising career. To counter the uninspired demands of the corporate world, she came up with an unusual creative challenge; to wear the same dress for an entire year – but, and this is where the real challenge came in, she'd have to make it look unique every single day and do so without buying anything new. The challenge was also designed to be an online fundraiser, raising money to send underprivileged kids to school."

the mission: 

"Revolutionize the way people perceive ethical fashion and place social responsibility at the center of consumer culture. Use fashion as a vehicle to make acts of charity more inspired and playful, enabling individuals to rise as role models of style, sustainability and social consciousness."

the trailer:

Sheena Matheiken at GoogleTalks:

some links:

Gum Art

Italian sculptor Maurizio Savini making art out of chewing gum:

Dionisio González

"The brutality of utopias" an art report by Vincenzo Latronico about Dionisio González's photographic cycles on Domus Magazine

Bicycle Film Festival 10th anniversary

This is the video for the Bicycle Film Festival 10th anniversary
more about the festival here

Papercraft Masters

These are some of the most incredible papercraft pieces I've ever seen.
Made by the russian studio People Too

The State of Wikipedia

"The State of Wikipedia not only explores the rich history and inner-workings of the web-based encyclopedia, but it's also a celebration of its 10th anniversary. With more than 17 million articles in over 270 languages, Wikipedia has undoubtedly become one of the most visited and relied upon sites on the web today. "

from JESS3 vimeo page

We are Makers

An inspiring talk by Dale Dougherty who founded MAKE magazine and created the world's largest DIY festival, Maker Faire.

On the TED website this talk led to the discussion topic "Are Educational Institutions responding to the challenges of teaching and learning in the 21st Century?"

"The Digital Age offers all sorts of opportunities for learners ranging from the formal to the informal, from the Web to the classroom and the studio. Why do educational institutions continue to rely on traditional models of learning? Why have schedules, disciplines and departments remained the same as in the 20th Century? Why has the architecture of schools changed so little? How have learners changed?"

The Flaming Lips Release New Single, Divided Into 12 YouTube Videos

The Flaming Lips released their new single divided into 12 tracks to be played simultaneously, and the 12 tracks are into 12 different videos uploaded on the band's youtube channel
so if you want to play the song you have to form a group of 12 people with a web connected device and play simultaneosly the different tracks that form the song.

The Flaming Lips are not at their first trial in this experimental field, in 1997 they released

"Zaireeka" the album consists of four compact discs and "was designed so that when played simultaneously on four separate audio systems, the four CDs would produce a harmonic or juxtaposed sound. The discs can also be played in different combinations, omitting one, two or three discs".

Flaming Lips web page
Flaming Lips on Wikipedia
Zaireeka album on Wikipedia

Faith47 interview

Faith47 is a painter and street artist known best for the giant murals that adorn the city of Cape Town.

Here's her website:

Everything is a Remix

As Wesley Fryer recently said on his inspiring post

"Creation Requires Influence: Understanding Remix Power in Star Wars"

"Creativity doesn't follow a formula, but it often exhibits patterns..."

these are two of a four-part documentary about "standing on the shoulders of giants"

Crossing Lines

"Crossing Lines" is a short film that documents Irish artist 
Conor Harrington trip to Tel Aviv, Israel and Bethleham, 
Palestine in May 2010



"We’re bringing together hardware hackers, artists, garage biologists, forward-thinking researchers, and other makers together for an amazingly productive weekend. It's not a conference - it is a hackathon, with an emphasis on producing useful output."

The Ice Book

Projections on a pop-up book, that's basically the idea behind this incredible video by Davy & Kristin McGuire

Pencil Vs Camera

These are some examples of the "Pencil Vs Camera" 
collection by Ben Heine
check the rest of his works here
and his blog here.