It wasn’t until after I filmed this that my boss mentioned to me that this particular hair dryer was designed by Dieter Weiss, not Dieter Rams. So I can’t tell influential designers apart, so what? My boss stays up all night bidding on old womens’ hairdryers and no one has anything to say about that?!
The Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam is known for being a “platform for creativity and innovation” because it’s the place to host cultural, art, design, and media events. From monthly events such as Beamlab, which focuses on storytelling through projection, to one-off events like the KesselsKramer Book Presentation for ‘A New Kilo’, this converted refrigerated warehouse has a never-ending list of things to see and do.
Because these events are so important to the client, I designed a grid that acts like a visual calendar for all their events from the top to the bottom level. It makes it quick and easy for any one to find what they’re looking for, but more importantly anything (or anyone) similar they could be interested in.
- Pakhuis De Zwijger, Mediamatic Lab
At the a Mediamatic Social RFID Hacker’s Camp we give a bunch of nerds the AnyMeta driving wheel and let them create games that can be played in the real world based on your social network. This year at Picnic ’09, we had eight fantastic installations which the pitted the power of one convention goer’s popularity against the other.
Just because I’m best friends with the small screen doesn’t mean I don’t like to mingle with the big one from time to time. I had the pleasure to help friends and founders, Yasuo Kishibe and Dirk Zschunke, view and write summaries of the Japanese films presented at their festival which plays annually in both Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
All you really need to know about making this or other kinds of lamps is what color wire is live and which one isn’t. This can differ from country to country.
This group of guys aren’t just a bunch of developers huddled in a dark room, (although looking back on it, you could practically print some 8×12’s in the joint – more to do with Dutch weather than a love to bathe in monitor glow I think). Over in Utrecht, I met up with two of the co-founders of Ronimo Games, Jasper Koning and Fabian Akker who sat down and had a chat about their new Nintendo WiiWare game, Swords and Soldiers. Inspired by the ending to Super Moine and the Flash game, Age of War, Swords and Soldiers is kind of like a mutant cross breed between Worms and Civilization. It takes flat style illustration and couples it with strategy as well as the love for senseless, repetitive violence. You make them better. Faster. Stronger.
Not only is this game coming while the company is practically still in diapers (they just graduated last year from HKU), but they’re Dutch, and trying to do comedy all in a $10 game. I personally would have attached some string to a ball and called it a day, but everyone has their thing.
They’ve made the most out of what their education and country has to offer. According to Jasper, they were able to secure some subsidies for their company (albeit not a whole lot, but enough to keep them and their game independent). In fact, when they first started they quickly grew out of building that housed collective artists but were able to get the digs they are currently using for their company alone with the help of the government. Talent definitely has its rewards.
Just because they get a little help doesn’t mean that they have to answer to anyone. Swords and Soldiers is the result of a collaborative effort between everyone at Ronimo whether it was a designer, a programmer, an animator, or that weird guy in the corner (they’re all in corners – HA!). They even got some local high school students to test out the game with high marks from those who like strategy games. I give the boys high marks for being funny and creative. I mean, how long have I been saying there should be a game about barbecue sauce?
Probably not the first one to think of it in a desperation of carpal tunnel.
- Completely adjustable both vertically and horizontally
- Collapses in convenient and discreet buckets
- Adjust to the height of any chair
- Create your own look in your own time
*Might be a little hard to clean. I guess you could always put new bricks to cover up the crumbs.
Every week I find myself buying a replacement part for something the Dutch don’t feel necessary to put installation instructions on. You can search the box and the backside of the packaging all you like, butif you weren’t born with the know how then you are really shit out of luck. I even tried to find some instructions on Google, but because the Netherlands still uses “archaic” technologies (meaning cheap, affordable, and simple), I often only found overly-complicated tutorials for specialty hobbyists. I just wanted to fix the light on Zach’s bicycle before the politie arrested him on the Kloveniersburgwal since they’ve been handing out tickets every night this week!
- Bicycle Dynamo – Bought at Hema for about €5, this piece of equipment generates electricity by rolling against either the front OR back wheel tire.
- Headlight – Bought at Hema, this lamp happen to come with wire already attached
- Socket Wrench
- A wrench or nose pliers
- Allen wrenches (only if you want to take your bicycle apart to thread the wire through the frame)
Note: Our Dutch bikes come with stands for the dynamo and the headlight pre-installed. Check to see if your bike has each stand and where they are positioned before making your purchases. Buy extra accessories like wire or electrical tape if needed.
Common sense is the name of the game on this project. It’s actually extremely easy to install this system, it’s all about keeping the area free from wires and being careful to mount everything in the correct position.
Your dynamo will in one way or another have a mechanism in it that makes it possible for it to be in two positions: 1) Away from the wheel, and 2) Touching the wheel. Before you mount the dynamo, push it into the “touching the wheel” position (the more inward position). Then, place the dynamo on the stand so that the rotating part of the dynamo physically touches the rubber part wheel (this is easier with a second person holding the dynamo in position). Screw it in gently, and test how close the dynamo is riding on the tire. If it’s not making too horrible of a sound, then screw it tight. When you push the dynamo into it “out” position, it should no longer touch the wheel and therefore, your light (which will be installed second) will not turn on.
There a ton of different kinds of lights out there, but here in Amsterdam, we tend to go with the product least likely to look shiny and pretty to a crack addict. You can either feed the wire of the light through the frame of your bike (which means taking apart your bicycle), or just carefully wind it down the outside of the frame and secure it with twisty ties. I recommend the latter if you are parking your bike outside as the elements and people tend to destroy the exposed wire, meaning you have to rethread the entire system every single time it breaks.
Connect the wire to the dynamo by having the raw part of it make contact with metal part of the dynamo. Most of the time, there will be a sliphole you can put it in and then tape shut. Use electrical tape if possible. Twisty tie, and you are done.
And there you have it. Eventually I’ll be fixing the rear light whose wire is threaded through the frame as well as the bell. But for now, just the one bicycle light working is enough to dodge a traffic ticket.
Finally some one appreciates how I can harness the raw power of my horrible drawing style with my weird interpretation of metaphor.