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29 Dec 11:52

Space saving Skull-saver

by Sarang Sheth

We’ve all seen the collapsible paper helmet. It’s sturdy, and folds into an unsuspecting flat piece of board that can be carried and unfolded and worn again. However, not many people feel comfortable putting their trust in paper to protect something as precious as their skull. The Fend takes what’s best about the paper helmet, its fold-ability, and breathable design, and puts it into a conventional helmet, creating something that is volumes better in shock absorption, but still manages to be foldable.

The design doesn’t deviate from regular helmets in material choice. Made out of ABS and with an EPS Foam lining, the Fend feels like any other helmet. It’s only when you’re packing it away that you marvel the wonderful folding interaction. The entire design collapses into a mass not more than 110mm wide. That’s enough to not just fit into a laptop bag, but even a regular purse! Gives a different meaning to ‘carrying protection with you’, doesn’t it?!

Designer: FEND
















21 Dec 12:51

Comic for December 21, 2016

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20 Dec 01:56

Oferta de empleo: se busca traductor de "emojis"

Sofía Henao

@David Pelaez

Una agencia de traducción londinense recluta a un empleado de un nuevo tipo: "un traductor especialista en emojis", esos ideogramas tan populares en mensajería instantánea.

Con sede en la City de Londres, la agencia "Today Translations" publicó la oferta en su página web para "reforzar su equipo de 3.000 lingüistas con experiencia en 200 lenguas".

"La traducción de emojis es un campo emergente regido hasta ahora por programas informáticos insensibles a las diferencias culturales. Por ello, buscamos una persona excepcional capaz de aportar un toque humano", dice el anuncio.

04 Dec 19:23

Comic for December 04, 2016

Sofía Henao

@David Pelaez

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03 Dec 12:04

An ‘Infinite’ Galaxy Puzzle That Can Be Built in Any Direction

by Christopher Jobson


The team over at Nervous System recently designed this fun Infinite Galaxy Puzzle that tiles continuously in any direction. Pieces from the top can be removed and added to the bottom, and likewise from side to side. So regardless of where you start the puzzle can continue in a seemingly infinite series of patterns. Each puzzle is printed with satellite imagery obtained from NASA and includes a few themed pieces like an astronaut, shuttle, and satellite. Apparently the puzzles were wildly popular and are now available as a pre-order for 2017. (via My Modern Met)






27 Nov 22:09

“Son otra herramienta de mercadeo”: incineran en Londres grandes recuerdos del punk

Sofía Henao

@David Pelaez

El hijo del representante de los Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren, y de la diseñadora Vivienne Westwood prendió fuego a un conjunto de valiosos recuerdos punk el sábado, como protesta contra los planes de celebración del 40º aniversario del movimiento.

Joe Corre quemó los artículos, cuyo valor se calcula en 5 millones de libras (6,2 millones de dólares, 5,9 millones de euros) en un barco en el río Támesis, en Londres. 

"El punk nunca, nunca tuvo por finalidad ser nostálgico, y tú no puedes aprender cómo ser uno en un taller del Museo de Londres", dijo a los observadores. 

"El punk se ha convertido en otra herramienta de mercadeo para venderte algo que no necesitas. La ilusión de una elección alternativa. Conformidad con otro uniforme". 

El conjunto de recuerdos quedó reducido a humo, junto con fuegos artificiales y efigies de líderes políticos.  

Anteriormente, Corre había dicho que le disgustaban los planes de Londres de celebrar los 40 años de la subcultura punk. 

El programa, que incluye actos, conciertos y exposiciones, está respaldado por el alcalde de Londres, la Biblioteca Británica y el Instituto del Cine Británico, entre otros. 

Corre afirmó que quería destacar "la hipocresía que hay en el corazón de este robo de 40 años de 'Anarquía en Reino Unido'", el icónico sencillo de los Sex Pistols, lanzado el 26 de noviembre de 1976.

"El 'establishment' ha decidido que es el momento de celebrarlo. Está tratando de privatizarlo, de empaquetarlo, de castrarlo", declaró Corre, citado por el periódico The Times. "Es el momento de prenderle fuego a todo esto". 

Un barco del servicio de bomberos ayudó a extinguir las llamas. 

18 Nov 12:25

New Modernist Sandcastles Constructed by Calvin Seibert

by Christopher Jobson
Sofía Henao

@David Pelaez


Artist Calvin Seibert spent part of the summer on Rockaway Beach in Queens where he made quick work of erecting several of his trademark geometric sandcastles that we’ve admired for years here on Colossal. Seibert is a professional sculptor who relishes the challenge of building these temporary sand structures inspired by brutalist architecture and aspects of modernism. He shares about his process:

Building “sandcastles” is a bit of a test. Nature will always be against you and time is always running out. Having to think fast and to bring it all together in the end is what I like about it. I rarely start with a plan, just a vague notion of trying to do something different each time. Once I begin building and forms take shape I can start to see where things are going and either follow that road or attempt to contradict it with something unexpected. In my mind they are always mash-ups of influences and ideas. I see a castle, a fishing village, a modernist sculpture, a stage set for the oscars all at once. When they are successful they don’t feel contained or finished. They become organic machines that might grow and expand. I am always adding just one more bit and if time allowed I wouldn’t stop.

Seen here are a number of his designs from the last year but you can explore hundreds more over on Flickr. (via Laughing Squid, Adam Savage)











16 Nov 11:38

A Tiny Hex Tool To-Go!

by Troy Turner


For those times when you need a hex bit but don’t have your tools handy, the Key-Bit can be a total lifesaver keychain attachment. Lightweight and small, it’s an unobtrusive addition to your keychain and uses a magnetic quick release making it quick and easy to access. It uses two rare-earth neodymium magnets with a separation force of 6.48 pounds. Perfect for a secure carry while giving you a quick tool release.

Designer: Bobby Davis




29 Oct 12:28

Overview: A New Book of High-Def Satellite Images Capturing How People Have Changed the Earth

by Christopher Jobson
Sofía Henao

@David Peláez


Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant / 37·560755°, –5·331908° / This Overview captures the Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant in Seville, Spain. The solar concentrator contains 2,650 heliostat mirrors that focus the sun’s thermal energy to heat molten salt flowing through a 140-metre-tall (460-foot) central tower. The molten salt then circulates from the tower to a storage tank, where it is used to produce steam and generate electricity. In total, the facility displaces approximately 30,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year.

In December of 2013, an Instagram account called Daily Overview began to catalog a wide spectrum of satellite images that capture the many ways people have transformed the face of Earth, for better or worse. The account is run by Benjamin Grant who uses imagery taken from DigitalGlobe, an advanced collection of Earth imaging satellites that provide data to services like Google Earth. The project gets its title from a phenomenon experienced by astronauts who spend extended periods of time in space and what they describe as a “cognitive shift in awareness” as they continuously view the world from above dubbed the overview effect.

As Grant’s Instagram has swelled to nearly a half million followers, some of the best images from the project have been gathered into a new 288-page hardcover book called Overview. The book includes images of our collective impact on Earth, a collection of interlinked systems often too difficult to grasp including aspects of industry, agriculture, and architecture.

All images © 2016 by DigitalGlobe, Inc. from Overview by Benjamin Grant, published by Amphoto Books. Used with permission. (via Twisted Sifter)


Tulips / 52·276355°, 4·557080° / Every year, tulip fields in Lisse, Netherlands begin to bloom in March and are in peak bloom by late April. The Dutch produce a total of 4·3 billion tulip bulbs each year, of which 53% (2·3 billion) is grown into cut flowers. Of these, 1·3 billion are sold in the Netherlands as cut flowers and the remainder is exported: 630 million bulbs to Europe and 370 million elsewhere.


Olives / 37·263212°, –4·552271° / Olive tree groves cover the hills of Córdoba, Spain. Approximately 90% of all harvested olives are turned into oil; the remaining 10% are eaten as table olives. With rising temperatures and phenomenal weather variations in growing regions, olive groves on high hills or slopes will probably suffer less, but groves located on low altitude areas or plains could become totally unproductive.


Moab Potash Evaporation Ponds / 38·485579°, –109·684611° / Evaporation ponds are visible at the potash mine in Moab, Utah, USA. The mine produces muriate of potash, a potassium-containing salt that is a major component in fertilisers. The salt is pumped to the surface from underground brines and dried in massive solar ponds that vibrantly extend across the landscape. As the water evaporates over the course of 300 days, the salts crystallise out. The colours that are seen here occur because the water is dyed a deep blue, as darker water absorbs more sunlight and heat, thereby reducing the amount of time it takes for the water to evaporate and the potash to crystallise.


Marabe Al Dhafra / 23·610424°, 53·702677° / The villas of Marabe Al Dhafra in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates are home to approximately 2,000 people. Located in one of the hottest regions of the world, the record high temperature here is 49·2°C (120·6°F).


Port of Singapore / 1·237656°, 103·806422° / Cargo ships and tankers – some weighing up to 300,000 tonnes – wait outside the entry to the Port of Singapore. The facility is the world’s second-busiest port in terms of total tonnage, shipping a fifth of the world’s cargo containers and half of the world’s annual supply of crude oil.


Ipanema Beach / –22·983606°, –43·206638° / Ipanema Beach is located in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Recognised as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the sand is divided into segments by lifeguard towers known as ‘postos’.


Nishinoshima Volcanic Activity / 27·243362, 140·874420 / Nishinoshima is a volcanic island located 940 kilometres (584 miles) south of Tokyo, Japan. Starting in November 2013, the volcano began to erupt and continued to do so until August 2015. Over the course of the eruption, the area of the island grew in size from 0.06 square kilometres (0.02 square miles) to 2·3 square kilometres (0·89 square miles).


15 Oct 12:34

by Adam Ellis

23 Sep 12:38

La remota isla de Canadá que ofrece trabajo y tierra a quien desee emigrar allí

Sofía Henao

@David Pelaez

Cape Breton, una pequeña isla ubicada en el oriente de Canadá, más exactamente en la provincia costera de Nova Scotia, ya no sabe qué hacer para atraer personas a sus tierras. La primera invitación que se hizo masiva fue cuando ofrecieron los terrenos de la isla a los estadounidenses que quieran irse de su país si Donald Trump es electo presidente. Y aunque en ese entonces podría parecer una broma o parte de una campaña contra el candidato republicano, la oferta era real: Cape Breton necesita personas.

La nueva propuesta para repoblar la isla viene de un pequeño negocio que opera en la aldea Whycocomag. El Mercado Campesino de la Hija del Granjero, nombre de la empresa, tiene dinero, tiene puestos de trabajo, tiene tierras y hasta afirman que tienen una gran proyección. Lo único que no tienen es personas. La razón del desespero de los pobladores de Cape Breton son sus 150.000 habitantes, o un poco menos, que vendrían a ser la mitad de lo que tiene un pequeño barrio de una gran ciudad colombiana. Y cada día son menos pobladores. Cada día la isla se ve más vacía de personas, algo que sin duda ha preocupado a los habitantes, que tomaron la decisión de anunciar al mundo su “soledad” y sus deseos de compañía.

La dueña del negocio que impulsa la repoblación de Cape Breton ofreció empleo y una tierra, sin costo, a los interesados en transformar su vida y emigrar a un país como Canadá. Los habitantes de la isla pueden estar tranquilo, pues al menos aspirantes no faltarán. Tras el anuncio, más de 3.100 personas de todo el mundo han anunciado su deseo por mudarse a la retirada región y empezar una nueva vida. Saben que al menos no les faltará trabajo y dónde vivir.

Pero no todo es tan fácil y hay una restricción que no pueden superar los 3.100 interesados. Pese a las miles de solicitudes que recibieron los habitantes de la isla por parte de sus potenciales nuevos vecinos, los aspirantes deben hacer todo el trámite migratorio que exige el gobierno de Canadá. Un permiso al que pocas personas acceder, debido a que evalúa la educación del solicitante, la experiencia laboral, la adaptabilidad al país y, lo más importante, el dominio del idioma.

Cape Breton no tiene más de 10.000 kilómetros cuadrados de área. En la isla domina la cultura celta, por cuenta de los escoceses que emigraron allí durante el siglo XIX. Siempre las fuentes de ingreso fueron el turismo y las actividades marítimas. La pesca y otras industrias han ido decayendo, a medida que menos personas quieren dedicarse a ello. De hecho, una de las razones de más peso para la paulatina despoblación de la isla, es la cantidad de jóvenes que prefieren irse a las grandes ciudades a hacer su vida, pues consideran que la isla es demasiado rural y apartada del ajetreo de las capitales. Se estima que la población de la isla ha venido cayendo de manera creciente desde 2006.

Pese a lo sorpresivo, la idea de los isleños no es muy original. Ese tipo de ofertas ya la han hecho países como España, Rusia, Senegal, que cuentan con territorios apartados y que se están quedando sin humanos. En todos estos casos la promesa es similar: estudio, trabajo, tierra, vivienda, o una gran ancla que motive a cualquier persona a dejar su vida y empezar una nueva en lugares remotos.

09 Sep 11:21

Masterfully Designed LEGO Animals by Felix Jaensch

by Christopher Jobson
Sofía Henao

@David Pelaez


German artist Felix Jaensch has an uncanny ability to translate the ruffle of parrot feathers or the lumpy fur of orangutans into lifelike LEGO sculptures. He shares many of his original designs on Flickr and a few pieces including the red fox are available is DIY kits through MOC Nation. He’s also trying to get support on LEGO Ideas for his guinea pig design. (via Matt’s Brick Gallery)









17 Jun 10:45

Upright Cupright!

by Sarang Sheth


The Camping Cup is one innovation step short of levitating in mid-air. Its ingenious design allows it to perch itself on any surface, no matter how uneven, and still stay upright! A bag filled with ball-bearings at the bottom allows the cup to settle onto any rugged or slanting surface. The ball-bearings adjust themselves, taking up the necessary shape and forming a flat platform for the cup’s base to rest on. Absolute genius!

The Camping Cup is an honorable mention at the Red Dot Design Awards for the year 2015.

Designer: Wang Jiaxin






22 Apr 10:48

Treepod Hanging Treehouse

by estellah
april 2016
08 Apr 10:46

Massive Black Hole Found in Remote Part of Universe

by Matthew Roth
Behemoth Black Hole Found in an Unlikely Place

NASA has recently published a simulated image of a massive black hole weighing 17 billion Suns. This beautiful image demonstrates that black holes may be more common than previously realized and that they aren’t always located at the center of large galaxies.

Learn more about the discovery here and be sure to follow NASA on Flickr for more astonishing imagery.

12 Mar 15:26

The Chart of Cosmic Exploration Elegantly Details 56 Years of Human Adventures into Space

by Christopher Jobson
Sofía Henao

@ David Pelaez


We’ve long been fans of the data-rich illustrations produced by Pop Chart Lab, and this new print is no exception. The Chart of Cosmic Exploration documents every exploratory endeavor into space spanning Luna 2 in 1959 to DSCOVR in 2015. The elegantly dense chart not only depicts the flight paths and orbits around planets, moons, comets, and asteroids, but also takes pains to illustrate some 100 exploratory instruments. The result is a shockingly clear overview of an immensely complex topic. The print is now available for preorder and begins shipping next week. (via Mental_Floss)





18 Jan 11:07

One Magical Instant

by Blog Import

At one magical instant the page of a book –
that string of confused, alien ciphers – shivered into meaning.
Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; At that moment, whole universes opened.
You became, irrevocably, a reader.
– Alberto Manguel

We read to know we’re not alone.
–  C.S. Lewis


Hong Kong, China

Havana, Cuba
A great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought,
deep freighted with truth and beauty.
– Pablo Neruda


New York City, New York

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.
They are the destination, and the journey.
They are home.
– Anna Quindlen

Hong Kong, China
Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily,
often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.
– Joyce Carol Oates

Rome, Italy


Reading is everything.
Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something,
learned something, become a better person.
Reading makes me smarter.
Reading gives me something to talk about later on…
Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.
– Nora Ephron

Paris, France
I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
– Jorge Luis Borges


New York City, New York



13 Dec 20:18

Expandable Garage Shelves

by raluca
25 Nov 08:20

Everything but the turkey!

by Leticia Roncero
Sofía Henao

@David Pelaez

24 Nov 16:04


by Doug
Sofía Henao

Ultimamente siento que todos las caricaturas las están haciendo basándose en mi vida. ¿Qué querrá decir eso? confused

18 Nov 07:35

Surf’s Up

by Leticia Roncero
Sofía Henao

@David Pelaez

18 Nov 01:21

NASA Releases the Images of the Antares Rocket Launch Failure

by Leticia Roncero
Sofía Henao

@Davis Pelaez

NASA recently uploaded remarkable photos of the Orbital ATK Antares rocket launch failure on October 28th 2014 to their Flickr account.

The images document the explosion in the Antares Main Engine System that caused the vehicle to lose thrust and fall back toward the ground. According to NASA, the Cygnus spacecraft onboard of the rocket was filled with supplies slated for the International Space Station, including science experiments, experiment hardware, spare parts, and crew provisions.

Explore this and more images from NASA HQ’s photostream and be sure to follow them if you want more updates about the space agency.

18 Nov 01:20

New Portraits Drawn on Maps and Star Charts by Ed Fairburn

by Christopher Jobson
Sofía Henao

@David Pelaez (este si lo escribí bien, lo que significa que no lo hice antes de acostarme :P )


English artist Ed Fairburn (previously) uses vintage road maps and star charts as canvases for drawn portraits. Cross-hatched patterns and shaded regions inside roads, borders, and rivers assimilate into the contours of faces, as if the images had always been secretly hidden in the map’s topography. “In his hands, both built infrastructure and natural phenomena echo the organic human form,” shares Mike Wright Gallery. “National highway systems become capillaries, and the tangle of Paris’ alleyways become the wrinkles that give the face history and individuality.”

Fairburn opens a new show of work alongside artist John Wentz today at Mike Wright in Denver.









08 Nov 07:39

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Sofía Henao

@David Pelaez (aunque creo que no lo entendí... stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye)

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for November 08, 2015
28 Oct 11:19

George Miller recibirá premio en San Sebastián por "Mad Max"

Sofía Henao

@David Pelaez. Tocó vérsela... Yo ya la tengo por aquí :P

El director australiano George Miller recogerá el premio Fipresci 2015 a la mejor película del año en el Festival Internacional de Cine de San Sebastián por su cinta "Mad Max: fury road", informó este martes la organización del evento.

"Mad Max: Fury Road (Mad Max: Furia en el camino) ha sido elegida como la mejor película por los miembros de la Federación Internacional de Críticos de Cine, FIPRESCI", anunció el certamen, que se celebrará del 18 al 26 de septiembre en esa ciudad vasca.

"¡No salgo de mi asombro! Es maravilloso que este gran grupo de críticos reconozca de esta forma nuestro esfuerzo colectivo", afirmó Miller citado en el comunicado.

El director australiano recibirá el galardón en la gala inaugural del Festival el próximo día 18, uniéndose a una nómina de cineastas que integran nombres como Pedro Almodóvar o Jean-Luc Godard, desde su creación en 1999.

"Mad Max: Fury Road", que se presentó en mayo pasado en la sección oficial fuera de concurso del Festival de Cannes, volvió a traer a la gran pantalla al héroe que se mueve por un panorama apocalíptico y cuya primera versión, protagonizada por Mel Gibson, dirigió el propio Miller en 1979.

En esta nueva entrega, Mad Max, encarnado por Tom Hardy, y la Emperatriz Furiosa, que interpreta Charlize Theron, se enfrentan a Immortan Joe, un señor de la guerra que los persigue. (Video Charlize Theron y Tom Hardy explican la reinvención de "Mad Max"). 

02 Oct 11:41

A New Book Celebrates the 200 Most Beautiful and Innovative Cabins Ever Designed

by Kate Sierzputowski
Sofía Henao

@Davvis Pelaez


Built as retreats for solitude and reflection, cabins are typically found in remote areas, tucked into the forest-filled corners of civilization. Due to their remote nature, they are often secreted from the public eye, unless you know the right path to explore. However, as a group of friends (including co-founder of Vimeo, Zach Klein) began to collect inspiration for cabin building projects, they discovered a vast array of outdoor structures and tree-houses with unique architecture on the backroads of America and around the world. They quickly began to document their discoveries online, and the Cabin Porn site was born.

Cabin Porn grew over the course of six years to amass a following of over 350,000 on Tumblr and became a visual bastion for architects, camping aficionados, and anyone craving an escape with a collection of over 12,000 cabin designs. The site has now been transformed into a printed book by the same name, Cabin Porn, a collection that adds narrative to the spaces first documented online to include interior photography, new homes, and advice from cabin makers that touch on subjects from how to live underground to crafting an off-grid bunkhouse.

The book narrows down its sprawling inspiration to just 200 cabins and hopes to not only present the aesthetic of these cabins, but the feel they elicit in their construction. “Inside each of us is a home ready to be built,” says the book’s website. “It takes a supply of ambition and materials to construct a cabin, but the reward is handsome: a shelter for yourself somewhere quiet, and a place to offer warm hospitality to friends.”

Cabin Porn can now be found on Amazon. Take a peek inside the book, and watch a lovely trailer below.









01 Oct 06:23

The Ornate Mosaics and Colorful Tiles of Parisian Floors Shared Through Photographer Sebastian Erras’ Instagram Account

by Kate Sierzputowski


Photographer Sebastian Erras‘s Paris-based project has only one perspective—down. This vantage however, never fails to delight as it is captures the ornate mosaics of Parisian floors, brightly patterned tiles and scenes that exist underfoot. Each shot within Parisian Floors (@parisianfloors) is uniform, a cropped image of Erras’s own shoes and the surrounding tile decorations. This repetitive shot ensures we keep our focus on the tiles, highlighting the exquisite forms that make their way below the photographer’s feet.

Inspiration for the project began when Erras took a trip to Morocco, bringing his love of mosaics back with him to France. Here he became aware of the beautiful floors that graced Paris, coming back to the city with a fresh eye to start his Instagram-focused project.

“After a while being in Paris and wandering around the city, the main attractions and sights become a given,” Erras told Colossal. “Now looking down more often I get to see a whole new side of this city! It has been a good motivation to rediscover Paris again.”

Placing the project on Instagram also allows Erras to map the city of Paris through geotags, building comprehensive map of images and allowing the photographer to see which areas of the city he has yet to discover. (via My Modern Met)











14 Sep 09:30

writingbox: A very useful demonstration of the importance of...

Sofía Henao

@David Pelaez


A very useful demonstration of the importance of sentence length.

09 Sep 21:04

Bamboo Brilliance

by Sarang Sheth


They say that if you spend 10,000 hours practicing something, you can perfect it. That’s all that comes to mind when I look at Taiwanese Designer Cheng-Tsung Feng’s work with bamboo. In its modern design style lies age old practices. The kind that absolutely glorify Bamboo as not just a material, but also a source of inspiration.

Cheng-Tsung Feng learnt to work with bamboo traditionally, in the old craftsmanship style. This, along with his young age and relatively fresh outlook on life resulted in a a stunning merge between traditional material treatment and modern aesthetic and application.

If you’re as gobsmacked as I am, and you happen to be in Paris, drop by the exhibition in Maison and Objet to check out Cheng-Tsung’s work. I guarantee you’ll never look at bamboo the same way again!

Designer: Cheng-Tsung Feng













09 Sep 04:06

on such days like today (dark, chilly, melancholy, windy, stormy, cloudy, and rainy as hell) I...

Sofía Henao

@David Pelaez, aunque también le aplica a Juan Pablo Salazar :P

on such days like today (dark, chilly, melancholy, windy, stormy, cloudy, and rainy as hell) I understand why I chose to study translation. nothing cheers me up better than the thought that one day maybe won’t really need to go out on such days, because all I’d need will be my computer, my sweatpants, and a cup of coffee.