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Project Runway becomes Wii Game

 

'Project Runway' will become a Wii game. "Atari Inc. is developing a video game based on the popular reality TV
fashion competition. The game, set for release next year, will cast players as aspiring fashion designers tasked with creating designs and outfitting models. 

Gamers will then be able to showcase their virtual fashions while walking down a catwalk using the Wii Balance Board controller. "

A major video gaming company working with fashion is not necessarily news; there are many games with fashion design such as Sims and Second Life and who doesn't love Sorority Life on Facebook? However, taking on the fashion powerhouse that is Project Runway is something altogether different. I look forward to seeing this project unfold, more to come...

- Via Associated Press and Project Rungay on Facebook

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NY Times Before & After

I shared my redecorated living room with the NY Times recently and am really happy with the results.

Before the transformation my living room didn’t have much of a spark. In fact, for months it looked like a space I just moved into, and lacked any personal style. As a designer, I just had to do something about it.

Photo by Ryan Collerd for The New York TimesPhoto by Ryan Collerd for The New York Times

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The beauty of Visualizing Sound

The visual results of scientific exploration can be absolutely beautiful.

Today, after watching this inspirational video talk on Cymatics, the process of visualizing sound, by Evan Grant. I was inspired to learn more. I did a search for artists and designers who are making sound a part of their aesthetic and what I found is just plain cool. I suspect there are many more working wtih sound out there, but here are a few to start:

Artist Katie Davies created these 3D Sound Prints, which transforms sound into a three-dimensional form using a combination of different specialiized software.

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Digital Textile Design Book

Vogue China: Scientific Glamour

Marc Jacobs Fall 2009 Collection

Tom & Lorenzo have put together a great review of the “Scientific Glamour” editorial for Vogue China’s August edition photographed by Greg Kadel.

What I love about the word "scientific" in this instance is that the combination of shiny coated-fabrics, unique prints, and architectural silhouettes can only be accomplished by today's advanced fabric technologies. Like most all techy high-end fashions, we are reminded of Paco Rabanne's 1960's concoctions of industrial plastics, metal, and paper. However, what makes these different is the fact that the fabrics are soft and wearable even if they look somewhat intense. So don't feel too bad for this model, if there is any discomfort, it is purely due to her melodramatic posturing.

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The Light of Invention


[Music Room at Edison National Historic Site]

I recently had the opportunity to have a private visit of the Thomas Edison National Historic Site in West Orange, New Jersey. Its Thomas Edison’s laboratory complex and it is currently being renovated. The complex is where he created the first films, recorded some of the first music records, manufactured light bulbs and phonographs and many other gadgets that changed our lives forever. Since I was there as part of team of fabricators who were helping with the renovation, I didn’t feel it was right for me to take too many pictures, but I did get this one shot of the machine shop in the early afternoon. 

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Flashback Fashion Tech

This charming flower is not costume jewelry but actually a hearing aid device made in—1802!

If you think that integrating useful technology into clothing and accessories is something new, think again. Without fail, we can always look to the past for seeds innovation to stimulate our own creation. Below I've put together a number of fun inventions from the bygone days and compared them to some of their modern day counterparts.

 

1972: Panasonic Toot-A-Loop Radio R-72

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Second Skin Exhibition in San Francisco

If you are in San Francisco, be sure to stop by the Exploratorium and see the Second Skin: Imaginative Designs in Digital & Analog Clothing Exhibition. The show runs from April 29th to September 7th, 2009. For those who are unable to attend, watch this video and experience it vicariously:

 

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Send me an Angel!

Angel ChangAngel ChangI'd like to give a shout-out to my good friend, Angel Chang , for competing on Bravo TV's The Fashion Show! Angel is truly a fashion forward designer who embraces technology. Her bio on the show's website says it well: "Angel creates versatile dressing solutions for worldly women on-the-go...

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SXSW 2009 was Twittastic!

Things have been wonderfully hectic and I have been Twittering away with my few friends from the SXSW Interactive and Film Festival. While I like to Tweet, this was Twittering at its best to keep up with the latest news, best panels, and parties. If you were not on Twitter, you were missing out. Here is a super quick post SXSW update. 

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