Light Installations Bring a Rainbow of Colors into Spaces

Artist Peter Erskine incorporates laser-cut prisms into existing spaces. He is interested in exploring the interplay of light, space, and architecture. So far Erskine’s work has appeared in and on both modern and historical spaces, with equal success.

Peter Erskine Great Trajanic Hall in Rome

Great Trajanic Hall, Rome, Italy. Peter Erskine.

Peter Erskine Milan Central Station

Milan Central Station, Milan, Italy. Peter Erskine.

Beautiful.

Because light and color can draw the eye into unexpected details and reveal new ways of looking at your surroundings. Because different points of view are what makes the humanity so amazing.

I’ll Hold Your Cane If You’ll Hold My AT-AT

An older fan couple cosplay Han Solo and Princess Leia at the 2015 Emerald City Comic Con:

Photo by Fanpup101 on Twitter. The walker with an AT-AT sign is the best!

Because also fictional characters get old, and because when we non-fictional characters getting old, it doesn’t mean we lose our sense of humor!

9-Year-Old Designs Scarf-cum-Weather-Chart

Nine-year-old Rebecca Ryan from Seattle thought the summer of 2014 was pretty and warm, not rainy and cold like the reputation of her home town implies. She came up with a craft project to track the daily temperatures in the form of a knitted scarf. She assigned a color to a given temperature range and asked her mother to knit a stripe each day in the correct color.

Seattle weather scarf by Kate and Rebecca Ryan

Kate and Rebecca Ryan; via Komo News.

Seattle weather scarf by Kate and Rebecca Ryan

Kate and Rebecca Ryan; via Komo News.

Found via Komo News, reported by Scott Sistek.

What a great combination: an article of clothing, a craft project and a colorful record of the year’s temperatures! Kudos!

Snowy Bunny Street Art in Finland

One of Finnish photographer Minna Koponen’s projects involves the unlikely combination of street art, snow and bunnies. During winters 2012 and 2015, Ms. Koponen created these adorable, cartoony outlines of face-plant bunnies out of snow and plastered them on trees, buildings and other public spaces.

Snow bunnies on trees by Minna Koponen

Minna Koponen.

Snow bunnies on a tree by Minna Koponen

Minna Koponen.

Snow bunny on the side of a building by Minna Koponen

Minna Koponen.

Ms. Koponen calls her creations Crash Test Bunnies, and aims to create good cheer and to bring something surprising and refreshing to the urban environment. There are more photos on her site.

Because art need not be stuffy nor elitistic! (And bunnies rule!)

Designing Tech at 90

At 90, Barbara Beskind, after a career in the military and years of design work from toys to inflatable devices that help children with balance issues, is still going strong – and designing away. Ms. Beskind is currently working on solutions that improve the quality of life for older adults.

Barbara Beskind. Photo: Nicolas Zurcher, courtesy of IDEO; found via NPR.

Photo: Nicolas Zurcher, courtesy of IDEO; found via NPR.

For Ms. Beskind, being a designer is a boon because “[i]t makes aging more tolerable, more enjoyable… I enjoy the age I’m in. I think it’s one of the best chapters of my life,” says she in an NPR interview by Laura Sydell.

Kudos!

 

New Tech Guy Archetype

Ann Friedman’s article on Medium.com about sexism and hiring practices in the technology industry concentrates on some of the problems women currently face in the profession. She also suggests a new IT professional archetype and lists three steps that have enabled businesses committed to more diverse hiring to find qualified, highly skilled women – and men! – for their ranks. One specific quotation stood out to me. Kellan Elliott-McCrea, chief technology officer at Etsy, states that

“[t]he men who come into our organization who are excited about the fact that we have diversity as a goal are generally the people who are better at listening, they’re better at group learning, they’re better at collaboration, they’re better at communication, they’re particularly the people you want to be your engineering managers and your technical leads”

Because why wouldn’t being open to and curious about experiences different from your own make you more receptive to new ideas and, therefore, more creative.