Lucida Dreams Come True: Kickstart a 21st-Century Version of a 19th-Century Optical Drawing Aid

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When I used to work for an artist who specialized in photorealistic portraiture, I remember watching the assistants use a projector to draft the preliminary pencilwork for his medium-to-large scale (30”×40”+) paintings. Since we were working with digital compositions, it was a simple matter of lining up the image with the canvas or archival paper, then painstakingly tracing the photograph and background onto it.

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Now that software has democratized and simplified the tools of creating images, I imagine this is a common practice in artists’ studios. But what about drawing from real life? Most everyone has seen or at least heard of camera obscura, but it turns out there’s a somewhat more, um, obscure tool that draftsmen of yore had at their disposal.

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Pablo Garcia and Golan Levin (Art Professors at SAIC and CMU, respectively) note that “long before Google Glass… there was the Camera Lucida.” The device is a “prism on a stick,” a portable lens-like device that is affixed to a drawing surface, allowing the user to accurately reproduce an image before them by hand.

We have designed the NeoLucida: the first portable camera lucida to be manufactured in nearly a century—and the lowest-cost commercial camera lucida ever designed. We want to make this remarkable device widely available to students, artists, architects, and anyone who loves to draw from life. But to be clear: our NeoLucida is not just a product, but a provocation. In manufacturing a camera lucida for the 21st century, our aim is to stimulate interest in media archaeology—the tightly interconnected history of visual culture and imaging technologies.

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According to the well-illustrated history page on the Neolucida website, the device was invented by Sir William Hyde Wollaston in 1807, though the Wikipedia article suggests that it was actually developed by Johannes Kepler, whose dioptrice dates back to 1611, nearly two centuries prior.

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Pure Capsule Collection by Jean Nouvel for Ruco Line

Pure Capsule Collection by Jean Nouvel for Ruco Line

French architect Jean Nouvel entered into a unique collaboration with high-end Italian sneaker brand Ruco Line to launch a capsule collection of sneakers called “Pure.”

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The shoe is true to its name, being both pure and simple with its minimalist design bringing the architect’s aesthetic into the fashion world for the first time. Scaling back and taking away any unnecessary adornment, only leaving the sleek form of the sneaker.

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Each pair of shoes is stamped with a serial number (that will never be repeated) giving it somewhat of a graphic element.

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The sneakers are made from fine leather and come in black and white versions, as well as bright fluorescent yellow and fuchsia.

Pure Capsule Collection by Jean Nouvel for Ruco Line in style fashion Category

Pure Capsule Collection by Jean Nouvel for Ruco Line in style fashion Category

Pure Capsule Collection by Jean Nouvel for Ruco Line in style fashion Category

Pure Capsule Collection by Jean Nouvel for Ruco Line in style fashion Category

Pure Capsule Collection by Jean Nouvel for Ruco Line in style fashion Category

Pure Capsule Collection by Jean Nouvel for Ruco Line in style fashion Category

Pure Capsule Collection by Jean Nouvel for Ruco Line in style fashion Category

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More Vizzy Videos: ‘The Art of Making’ by Deep Green Sea

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Maybe I shouldn’t have been so blown away by the so-called “must-see video” that I posted yesterday: commenter Peanut pointed us to a manufacturing video with a similar visualization treatment by a Greek film production company called Deep Green Sea. It turns out that “Alma Flamenca” is but one episode of an ongoing series of videos called “The Art of Making,” which are essentially poetic (and well-executed) takes on the tried-and-true how-it’s-made vid.

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Food Pyramid Storage + Other Furniture by FridayProject

Food Pyramid Storage + Other Furniture by FridayProject

Any design team named FridayProject sounds like a fun bunch. FridayProject is the Italian duo of Luca Boscardin and Valentina Raffaelli who are living and working out of Amsterdam. They have some tasty new products launched at SaloneSatellite.

What looks to be a simple bookshelf is actually food storage that gives food the proper amount of space. Instead of throwing everything into your refrigerator, this product allows you to store food with an educational purpose – it’s organized based on the food guide pyramid. Therefore, it gives more space to what we should eat more, and less to other products.

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Food Pyramid Storage + Other Furniture by FridayProject in home furnishings Category

Food Pyramid Storage + Other Furniture by FridayProject in home furnishings Category

The structure is made on painted steel with a mosaic of materials that correspond to different functions: wooden drawers for bread, pasta and cereals, dark spaces for potatoes and onions, a terracotta box for fresh vegetables, shelves with spaces for eggs, aromatic herbs, spices, etc.

The open structure and the palette of materials, are a way to show and communicate what we have at home, suggesting combination and inspiring recipes. All the products are displayed with a specific sequence and logic, in order to understand immediately how much space we should give to cereals and vegetables instead of cookies and sweets.

It’s a way to bring in the house an educational system for our diet. It’s an instrument to show the food we have at home, and to push people to combine it in an healthy way.

This piece is part of a series of objects, named “graphic furnitures” that they launched during Milan Design Week.

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The series also features a lamp named Flamingo. It’s a simple construction and, as the designers explain, “There’s nothing hidden in the construction, it brings to life the spontaneous and colorful intention of a child drawing.”

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People is a a set of stools, tables and planters with a simple shape but they have specially-designed feet that look like they’re about to run away. So cute!

Photos by Alessio Campagnaro.

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NeoLucida – A Portable Camera Lucida for the 21st Century – Kickstarter

NeoLucida - A Portable Camera Lucida for the 21st Century - Kickstarter

19th-century “disruptive” optical drawing tool updated for the 21st century by Pablo Garcia & Golan Levin. Own a piece of media archaeology.

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dave cole: music box, singer + knitting machine

the artist re-appropriates existing tools–from a sewing machine to a steamroller to excavators–giving new purpose and function to the industrial machines.

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