Perfect Pitch vs Perfect Kerning

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The type on Annie Leibovitz’s new book is total bullsh*t.

Normally I wouldn’t bother with this, but it’s not like a piece of cheap direct mail. It’s a hardcover monograph for a stellar artist and cultural force. If junk design is done for junk, who cares? But Random House and Annie Leibovitz should be in another class. If these folks can’t get their typography to even a basic standard of professionalism, then who will?
(Via DesignNotes by Michael Surtees)

I wonder what’s more difficult (((painful?))), to have perfect pitch in a mostly tone-deaf world, or to have eyes so precisly tuned to the fine art of type-design?

Plug-in Hybrid Goes On Sale in China

GM is Weeping: BYD F3DM Plug-in Hybrid Goes On Sale in China, 3 Years Before Volt : TreeHugger
Is the Future of Transportation Coming from China?

We’ve been keeping track of BYD for many months now (see our previous articles on the BYD E6 electric car, and BYD F3DM and BYD F6DM plug-in hybrids), and we’re not alone. Warren Buffet’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings has bought a 10% stake in the Chinese firm for $230 million.

In this video Luigi Colani predicted that Chinese cars would come on strong in the next couple of years.


Biomimetic shatterproof ceramics

Biomimetic shatterproof ceramics
The MIT Tech Review published an article last week on a new type of engineered ceramic from UC Berekeley that is tough and resilient instead of the usual brittle stuff that allows cracks to propagate.  They did this by engineering the structure to be more like that of mother of pearl found in abalone shells.  While they laud it for its high performance applications, we are quite interested in it as a long lasting material for the 10,000 Year Clock. We already plan on using engineered ceramics for bearings and other wear components, but the elimination of ceramics only real drawback, that it can shatter, really opens up the engineering possibilities.
(Via Long Views)