Dean West is an amazing emerging photographer from Australia, who has a highly conceptual and thought provoking style of contemporary portraiture. In this post I selected some of his work which is absolutely amazing. For more from Dean West visit deanwest.com/ and behance.net/deanwest.
Davide Bonazzi is an illustrator from Bologna Italy. He mixes digital techniques with textures of scanned found objects, in order to give his bold conceptual illustrations a warm and evocative atmosphere. Check them out! For more from Davide Bonazzi visit davidebonazzi.com and behance.net/dbonazzi246b32.
Concept Cars always have been a fascinating subject for us to get inspired for the future. What will be the next coming? Today, I am showcasing this concept car by Hussain Almossawi and Marin Myftiu from Skyrill.com, I hope you guys will enjoyed it! The XKX Jaguar is a new generation electric roadster, aimed at pushing both performance and power efficiency to a new level. This concept tries to revive the glorious design lines of the brand, combining fresh solutions, a unique, new aerodynamics, tailored around the electrical elements of the power system as well as cutting-edge energy feedback. Inspired by the e-type from 50 years ago Sketches One of the main challenges during the concept drafting was avoiding the heaviness associated with many of today’s muscle cars, including actual Jaguar models. Like with the models of the golden era, we wanted to recreate a thin, elegant profile, but still showing off all the extra power and technological improvements. The solution was dividing the volume into two separate perceptive entities: one that “floated over” and transmitted the characteristic veil-like feeling, and another, below this layer, that spoke of all the power and adrenaline this car was capable of, which was translated into ample front and rear openings at the sides. The morphology of the lower part was the most important and is obviously the most distinctive compared to current roadsters; the delicate equilibrium of the large curves of the air intakes had at the same time to transmit aggressiveness, but still appearing light and ephemeral, giving the adequate perceptive lightness to the upper curves. This, is partly due to an intricate array of reasons, but in large part it’s also the very nature of those stylish cars of the ‘70s; the minimalistic, flowing lines of the E-Type, are maybe the very perfection of an automobile, almost entirely deprived of all the subtleties and excessive detail, they have very little to be improved. Just like the sculptural representations of Konstantin Brancusi, the E-Type represents somehow the very essence of an automobile, with almost total smoothness, the perfect balance of muscle and elegance, all embodied in a dreamlike shell that seems to stay afloat, hovering on some dense, invisible fluid which also shaped it’s very being. Given the circumstances, is somehow a paradox to try to follow an evolutionary path that leads to something “better” than these masterpieces. However, a new, in depth study of some glorious Jaguar models, was in our view a chance to find that path again, looking for distinctive DNA traits of the model through the years. And applying current styling trends and standards, especially in the view of new body-forming techniques and new technologies, we started to envision the very successor of the E-Type and XK8 Jags, applying similar, stylish curves that run harmoniously from nose to tail, some of them uninterruptedly.
The electric cars always have been a fascinating solution to a new way of living among the growing green society around the world. Hopefully, one day the electric cars will be part of the majority of cars on the planet. Let me share with you this BMW i Concept cars that might give you a new way of thinking about the future. BMW i stands for visionary vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability. With BMW i the BMW Group is adopting an all-embracing approach, redefining the understanding of personal mobility with purpose-built vehicle concepts, a focus on sustainability throughout the value chain and a range of complementary mobility services. Copyrights to BMW For more information about the BMW i Concept cars, you can visit their website at BMW-i.com. Images Courtesy of BMW-i.com Images Courtesy of BMW-i.com Images Courtesy of BMW-i.com BMW i 3 Concept Images Courtesy of BMW-i.com Images Courtesy of BMW-i.com Images Courtesy of BMW-i.com Images Courtesy of BMW-i.com BMW i 8 Concept Images Courtesy of BMW-i.com Images Courtesy of BMW-i.com Images Courtesy of BMW-i.com Images Courtesy of BMW-i.com Images Courtesy of BMW-i.com Images Courtesy of BMW-i.com
Concept cars have an unique way to make us dream of the future. That's exactly what the Astrum Meera does: puts you in a world where technology and design walked a long path and found perfect balance. The Astrum Meera is a proposed concept car possessing several distinctive features that play a unique role in safety, sustainability, and practical design. The exhaust of the car has built-in sensors that track the level of CO2 emmisions and alert the driver when it exceeds the normal range. The wheel rims work through magnetic levitation, like train wheels, making the car lighter and faster. The side mirrors are hidden when parked and roll out of the body once the engine starts. The mirrors have a built-in camera system that allows the driver to clearly see outside from inside the vehicle without opening windows in the rain or turning your head around. Car Design and Sketches: John Baltazar - http://www.baltazar.tk 3D and Visualization: Hussain & Ali Almossawi - http://www.skyrill.com ID Presentation Sketch by Tim Tsai - http://www.changtingtsai.com/ This is the whole process from start to finish, showing a few highlights from each phase. Sketches Concept Logo Plans Clay Renderings 3D Renders Details The wheel rims work through magnetic levitation, like train wheels, making the car lighter and faster. The exhaust of the car has built-in sensors that track the level of CO2 emmisions and alert the driver when it exceeds the normal range. The mirrors have a built-in camera system that allows the driver to clearly see outside from inside the vehicle without opening windows in the rain or turning your head around. This is an animation showing how the side mirrors work. Matt Paint Interior Final Renders Backgrounds are courtesy of Evermotion.
For some, conceptual photography might not say much, but for me, the idea of conceptual is just the opposite. It is an open door to imagination, for free thinking and birth of ideas and concepts. Matthias Heiderich has taken some really beautiful conceptual pictures of Berlin, and I find these really inspirational: the colors, the geometrical forms, they all tell us so much. Anyways, I hope you enjoy these, and for more of this amazing work, you may visit his portfolio. Cheers! ;)
Michael Johansson definitely has a very distinctive style that's apparent in the majority of his works. I discovered him on Booooooom a few days ago, and knew this was something I had to share with you guys. I love the crazy amount of thinking that must go into making these fairly simple pieces. He makes it seem so easy with his clever concepts. Johansson was born in Trollhättan 1975, took his MA at the Art Academy in Malmö 2005, where he still lives and works. In his playful installations and sculptures Michael Johansson puts the qualities from daily life objects in opposition to their field of application. By repetition, displacement of scale, and new function, he questions the receivers interpretations of the unique. Head on over to Michael's portfolio for more and let me know what you think via twitter! TOYS'R'US, 2006 A boat and related equipment are joined together in a welded metal frame. Everything is painted in a unifying plastic layer to resemble the surface of a model kit. The real boat is transformed into a model of itself, and its original purpose has given way to something else. Ghost II, 2009 White objects. Engine Bought Separately, 2007 Everyday objects from mid-20th century housewives are taken apart, sorted, and repacked in an equally outdated boydream esthetics. These two worlds are merged together and the objects are frozen in their new shape - while the function is displayed, the functionality is taken away. He had been packing all night, 2005 “He had been packing all night” is a work following simple rules of replication. Five rectangular masses, the same shape and size, sit in a row. Each structure follows the pattern of the previous structure, but each shape is made up of more and more individual boxes – the first mass is a single box, the second two boxes, and so on. The idea is similar to a Russian doll, but in this case it’s the outside format that constitutes the unifying factor throughout the series, not the fact that they actually fit inside each other. Hair Formula 1, 2005 A Formula 1 racetrack constructed from hair dryers, hair curlers and hairpins. When the audience pushes the red button all the dryers start simultaneously, which results in a massive sound reminiscent of the roar from cars at a racetrack. The ping-pong ball follows the current of air around the track, and the guardrail of rollers helps it to survive the “hairpin bend”. Particularly placed/Placed particularly, 2007 As the first exhibitor in the transformed tool shed at the Arnstedt & Kullgren gallery, I wanted to remind the viewer about the previous function of this space. A carpenter bench is located in the middle of the room defining the limit of the stacked objects that are beneath its shape. The everyday articles have been altered into a sculptural form that encourages the visitor to try to visualize the tool shed as it was before. Tetris, 2009 Objects from the storage room at FACT Liverpool.