Posts Tagged ‘designers’

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Ada Lovelace Day is an international blogging event instituted to draw attention to women who excel in the area of technology. Who is Ada Lovelace? From here:

Ada Lovelace was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums.

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Dram lamp by Propellor, made from vintage tumblers

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

This fantastic new pendant lamp or chandelier is by my friends Propellor, an award winning collaboration of three Vancouver designers whose ridiculously beautiful studio is a few blocks from mine. The lamp was publicly launched today and while I’ve liked their Red Square chandelier for a long time, and would like to install it in my studio, I like this one just as much.

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Dazzle painting

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

“Dazzle painting,” devised in Britain during WWI, was based on the theory that complex optical patterns would confuse enemy naval rangefinders by disguising a ship’s speed and direction. It employed a number of visual tricks including the painting of false bow waves on rear portions of the ship rather than the prow. There’s a fascinating explanation of how it was meant to work here.

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Cynthia Maxwell, cool science design nerd girl

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Cynthia Maxwell, who is not only a mechanical engineer who has just finished a PhD on “Sound Synthesis from Shape-Changing Geometric Models” at Berkeley and has been part of the audio group at Apple and has worked for NASA, she also has a great eye and a sense of humour.

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