Cash on Hand

Another great student project – Sophie Kemp, a Graphic Communication student at Bath School of Art and Design has come up with a novel gift idea. I am sure most people are familiar with giving or receiving a tenner in a birthday card. Kemp has found a way to turn this often lacklustre gift into something to treasure – jewellery made from cash! She has used origami techniques to turn notes into rings which can be worn and treasured.

I love this idea and I would be pleased to receive it as a gift, although admittedly the temptation would be high to unfold it and put it to another use…

Brand Toys

BrandToys.co.uk hails itself as ‘the  world’s first brand visualisation tool’.  The site creates characters, or ‘toys’, which represent the brand based on quantative data. Their diagram explains it like this:

You can view toys for specific brands, which come with a chart of their characteristics and qualities:

And you can selct multiple brands and compare them:

The thing I like about this project is that the characters are not thought up by someone who will (maybe even subconsciously) have preferences and prejudices towards certain brands, they are created using data, so they are accurate and comparable. It is a very interesting project and certainly is more lively than spreadsheets and sales records.

Charting the Rich List’s Careers

CHI & Partners  created posters for the Sunday Times Rich List which charted the highs and lows of individuals’ careers with points on graphs which followed the shape of items in their pictures. It is a great idea and it reminds the viewer of the lives of the people in the list, thus sparking more interest in buying that week’s Sunday Times. My one critiscism is that the graphs do not appear to be accurate, but I don’t think that matters as they are informative in the text rather than the (non-existent) figures.

Here’s Alan Sugar’s famous ‘You’re Fired’ finger showing the growth of his career:

38 million deaths in 25 conflicts

100 Years of World Cuisine have created a 3D data visualisation showing the number of deaths in different conflicts around the world in the last 97 years.

The piece is informative and the red jam(?) illustrates the bloody concept. A striking piece. The three graphs in the top right (which admittedly, I failed to notice at first glance) put the numbers further into perspective.

The Gift Of Life

US student, Stephanie Kuga has created a range of unique ‘gifts’ to raise awareness of organ donation. I think it is great to see other students producing beautifully finished, well-designed work – it inspires me to push my projects further.

The gifts are 3D fabric hearts in boxes printed with information about the organ and reasons to join the donor register. They make their point well and I think it is a worthy cause as apparently only 30% of Americans are on the register!