30 Inspiring Examples of Knolling Photography
Photography, art, beautiful, creative, Examples, Inspiration
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:27:24 +0000
In 1987, a janitor named Andrew Kromelow was working in a fabrication shop that produced furniture for Knoll. Inspired by the angular design of the furniture, Andrew started arranging displaced shop tools at right angles. Eventually, he began to describe this routine as “knolling”. What Andrew was unaware of was that he had started a global art craze that would be popularised by his fellow employee, American sculptor Tom Sachs, who held as his mantra: “Always be knolling.” These days, knolling is becoming increasingly popular across various art forms. Many people may be unfamiliar with the term, but would recognise the execution: arranging similar objects at 90-degree angles as a way of organisation. The purpose of this art form is to grab the attention of the viewer, while at the same time presenting a vast array of subject matter. But knolling is about more than just tidying up a space with precision organisation. Although neatness plays a huge part in knolling, the space should also be an improvement of functionality – this is why similar objects are grouped together. The overall design of knolling is very 3 dimensional, so it has to be crafted with this in mind. Knolling photography can be inspiring in its artistic ability, creating portraits and patterns with the use of simple everyday objects. It’s an art form based on precision and the master “knollers” have a superb eye for detail, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Time Allocation: Why having a set schedule will make you more productive, happy, and live a longer life.
Self Development, calendar, decision making, Management, productivity, Time
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:22:47 +0000
In today’s day and age, we want to do it all. We pack our schedules so tight that we often don’t have a moment to ourselves from the time we wake up until we fall back into bed each night. In order to get the most from our day without feeling like details are slipping through the cracks, it’s crucial to allocate time for each activity appropriately. With resources like smartphones and calendar planning apps, it’s never been easier to set a schedule and feel more in control of your time. You know what to expect. When you plan ahead, you give yourself a general idea of what to expect for the day, which leaves you feeling more prepared when you wake up. Instead of thinking of the giant, never-ending list of things to do that day, you’ll be able to focus on the plan in general. Eliminates anxiety. If you are going to bed worrying about everything you didn’t get done that day, and adding it to the list of things you have to do the next day, chances are you aren’t going to sleep very well. Not knowing how or when you will accomplish everything that needs to get done can leave you feeling stressed out and anxious. By setting a schedule and planning ahead, you take the guesswork out of making sure everything gets done on time. Saves time. Everyone could use a little bit more time in their day. When you plan ahead, you eliminate idling as you try to decide what needs to get done next. Since you already know the order of the tasks at hand, you aren’t wasting time reading and re-reading your to-do list. Takes decision-making out of the equation. Today we are inundated with decisions on a daily basis. When you already know what your day looks like, it’s easier to make snap decisions that will benefit the overall plan instead of your heat of the moment craving. Increases focus. Along with the increase of options available today comes the greater chance of distraction. Set schedules help keep you on track so that you aren’t wandering off to look through the new releases at the book store when you should be picking up your dry-cleaning. Staying focused allows you to complete your list quickly so that you have the time to do the things you enjoy. Improves efficiency. When you create a to-do list, you are able to see places where you can consolidate. If the dentist is right next door to your pharmacy, you can combine those items and save yourself a trip later in the day, freeing up more of your time. Allows for flexibility. One thing that is certain in today’s world is that nothing is certain. Instead of being derailed when an appointment gets rescheduled, planning ahead gives you the freedom to simply shuffle the rest of your schedule around so you aren’t wasting any time. Meet deadlines. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you have a deadline looming ahead. When you lay out a schedule ahead of time on how you plan to get the work done, you take the anxiety out of the task which frees up your mind to focus on your project. Keeps you organized. Unless you are a computer, it’s nearly impossible to keep track of everything that needs to get done in a day. Between dentists, doctors, kids’ activities, work functions and keeping in touch with friends, it’s easy for something to slip through the cracks. Keeping a set schedule allows you organize everything that needs to get done so that you still have time for the things you enjoy doing as well. Gives a feeling of purpose each morning. When you wake up with a jumbled list of vague things that you should be doing, it makes curling up under the covers all day an enticing option. Having a plan for the next day not only helps you relax so you can sleep better, it also gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. You only have to focus on your first task of the day instead of feeling overwhelmed by the entire day’s undertakings.
Make Your Dreams Come True: 10 Outstanding Home Automation Tech Gadgets
Shop, automation, Gadgets, home, innovative, products, technology
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:12:07 +0000
With the crazy pace of life these days, we as consumers love nothing more than a product that will make our lives easier. Home automation is the epitome of this category of merchandise and it’s becoming more popular every year. But in this modern world, no matter how amazing the invention, if we can’t control it from our smartphone then it may not be worth getting. Fortunately, the ingenious designers of the following ten products all had smartphone technology in mind. 1. Nest Learning Thermometer Described as “a thermostat for the Smartphone Generation” the Nest Learning Thermometer is all about automation and ease of use. Easily controlled manually from a smartphone or tablet, the device also has an automatic function that remembers what temperatures you like and then routinely adjusts itself as needed. It saves energy by automatically turning itself down when you’re not at home and provides you with monthly reports on your energy consumption. Buy 2. Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting The Hue Personal Lighting system gives you endless lighting possibilities that can all be controlled from your smartphone through a downloadable app. You can adjust the lighting of individual rooms to suit your mood, program lights to turn on and off when you’re away on holidays or set timers to match your daily routine. Buy 3. Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Camera The Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi Wireless Video Monitoring Camera is designed for those who worry about home security but don’t want a complicated setup. The easy to install camera connects to your smartphone via Wi-Fi and begins live streaming footage in less than 60 seconds. The camera is remote controllable, comes with night vision and can be programmed to send you alerts if it picks up sound or movement within your home. Buy 4. Kevo Single Cylinder Bluetooth Enabled Deadbolt by Kwikset The Kwikset 925 Kevo program transforms your smartphone into an eKey, meaning you’re never left standing in the dark fumbling for the correct key. The Kevo Mobile app lets you assign electronic keys to friends or family, track the usage of each user and, if necessary, suspend or delete access with the touch of a button. The eKey cannot be duplicated, so it provides advanced security for your home and greater peace of mind for you. Buy 5. GE Personal Security Door Stop Alarm The GE Personal Security Door Step alarm is an incredibly simple piece of home automation. Because it is battery operated and doesn’t require a complicated installation, you can use the alarm anywhere, whether at home, the office or while travelling. The pressure sensitive alarm is simply placed at the base of any door and if the door is opened a 120 decibel alarm will sound. Buy 6. Wink Connected Home Hub Once you’ve purchased various home automation devices, the Wink Connected Home Hub is a brilliant setup that makes controlling your devices simple. The Wink HUB speaks the same wireless language that many other products use, meaning you can have a single platform to control your various devices. The Wink app is free to use and can run on both iOS and Android devices, allowing you to remote control any connected devices. Buy 7. SONOS PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Speaker The SONOS Play:1 is a wireless speaker that lets you stream music from any audio device, without the need for a wired connection. The audio technology creates crystal clear HiFi sound and is humidity resistant to ensure impeccable operation even when used in the bathroom. The whole system is controlled using the SONOS app which can be downloaded on your smartphone, tablet or PC. Buy 8. Belkin WeMo Light Switch The Belkin WeMo replaces standard light switches with a system controlled from your smartphone. Compatible with both Android and iOS, the system is easy to setup and runs using your existing Wi-Fi network. The app has been designed to take care of simple tasks, such as scheduling an outdoor light to turn on once it gets dark or programming various lights to turn on and off while you’re away on holidays. Buy 9. iRobot Roomba 770 Vacuum Cleaner The iRobot Roomba 770 Vacuum is designed to clean your house for you, saving you both time and energy. The superior cleaning head is efficient at picking up pet hair and dirt while the dual HEPA filter traps allergens and dust motes. The iRobot can be can be programmed to perform cleaning sessions at specific times or manually started as required. Using the latest acoustic technology, the iRobot seeks out dirt, as well as optically locating larger debris. Buy 10. Netatmo Weather Station The Netatmo Weather Station system is like having your own personal weather man living in your smartphone. The system uses sensors to monitor the weather conditions in your home and then transmits this information to your phone. Besides temperature and humidity, the sensors also check for for CO2 concentration, noise pollution and air quality, making it an invaluable system for monitoring your personal environment. Buy
10 Cool Things to do with Your Instagram Photos
Tools, cool, creative, DIY, instagram, photos, projects
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:44:57 +0000
1. Decorate the refrigerator with a few Instagram magnets. Whether you want to add a little life to the break room or surround yourself with your favorite Instagram shots in your own kitchen, magnets are a great way to put those photos to use. Sticky9 can turn your Instagram profile images into 2mm magnets with 9 magnets per pack for only $14.99 (shipping is free!). 2. Make a calendar. Why spend your money on a boring, generic creation when you can use your very own photos to inspire you daily with a calendar. You can create a virtual calendar or a paper calendar to hang in your kitchen, office, or bedroom… or anywhere you need inspiration. Check out Keepsy for a great company that can transform your photos into a calendar. 3. Let your photos shine. It might sound a bit strange but Million Moments offers easy DIY instructions on how to make your very own Instagram lampshade. 4. Brace yourself. Looking for a cool new piece of jewelry and a way to show off your most recently Instagram shots? Head on over to BuyMyCrap on Etsy and check out the Instagram Bangle. Each bangle features photos from Instagram, creating a custom piece of jewelry for only $40 each. 5. iPhone cases. iPhones and Instagram already seem to go hand-in-hand but now there’s an even better way to use your smartphone to show off your smart style. Casetify offers customers a way to turn their photos into a custom case for their phone with a variety of layouts. Each case sells for $34.95. 6. Instagram Necklace. Move over, lockets, there’s a new favorite necklace in town. Instagram users are now turning their love for Instagram into necklaces to wear or give to their loved ones. Find a DIY guide here. 7. Instagram Drink Stirrers. Not sure how to make your next soiree truly memorable? How about drink stirrers featuring your favorite Instagrams followers or photos? 8. Instagram cushions. What’s the next best thing to curling up next to a loved one? Curling up to a cushion with their picture on it. Relive your favorite Instagram memories by converting your pictures into one-of-a-kind cousins. Stitctagram offers customers custom-made cushions among their many available products. 9. Wall art. Proudly display your talent and knack for taking a good photo by heading over to CanvasPop. They offer plenty of options for printing your photos on heavy duty canvas in a variety of sizes. Turn your living room into the Metropolitan. 10. Send a postcard. Gone are the days of boring “weather here wish you were beautiful” postcards from summer camp. Let your loved ones know what you’ve been up to with custom postcards created from your Instagram. Postagram is a free app that allows you to build your own postcard for 0.99 each.
40 Majestic Examples of Abstract Architecture Photography
Photography, Abstract, Architecture, creative, Examples, Inspiration
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:27:42 +0000
Abstract architecture photography is different from regular architecture photography. It offers a new perspective. It allows the viewer’s imagination run wild. You no longer see the full picture. Instead, you see a small piece of a much bigger puzzle. I guess you can sort of call this a tease. The artist takes a photo and lets you decide for yourself what you see and feel. This is the exact reason why I love abstract architecture photography. You have no surrounding context to help you formulate an educated thought about the photo at hand. Instead you see what looks like an abstract painting made out of stone, metal, steel, and concrete. The lines, shapes, and angles play together to create a seductive visual experience. It’s beautiful! Below you will find forty examples of abstract architecture photography. Even is you don’t have any interest in this niche, I still think the following photos will inspire you. Enjoy! Autumn by Sebastian Weiss Sticks and Stones by SL H Concrete by Sebastian Weiss Shanghai Slaughterhouse by Georg Bodenstein Al Hitmi office building by Pygmalion Karatzas Abstract Architecture by Igor Ovsyannykov Sentinel by Kevin Saint Grey WU by Stoleac Cosmin Twist by Gary Phoon Eternal city by Gosia Czarny Perot Museum in Dallas, TX by Actions Schmactions Like a leap in time by Martin Dietrich Sex Appeal by Barbara Stumm London architecture by David Higgins STRUCTURES by Patrick van Dam Minimalism by Paul Bauer Northbound by Matthias Heiderich Walt Disney Concert Hall Tower by Graphic Wallace Between Buildings by Sam Daniels The Space Needle by Hello Goodbye studio Urban shapes by Sebastian Weiss Evergreen Point Bridge by Graphic Wallace Dark cities by Jens Fersterra La Grande Cour by Matthijs Borghgraef Dome of Washington Capitol by Ben Geier Tokyo Tower by Lina Tsutsumi Denver Union Station by Ryan Dravitz Lines by Gatis Vilaks La Pedrera by Adrià Big Bank by Igor Ovsyannykov Architectural Lines by Lauri Novak Berlin Windows by Lion Creative Brooklyn Bridge by Phil Coffman Manhattan by Magic Mint Such Great Heights by Justin Posey St.Lorenz ceiling by Hombre-cz Sharp Angles by Igor Ovsyannykov