infovore + lego   25

Kinetic Sculpture Blends Bizarre Mix of House Beats and Lego Bricks | MAKE
Alex Allmont's "Play House" is brilliant. I'd seen his Clunky Drummer, but this is lovely - really like the emphasis on analogue, from contact mics onwards, and on making it as legible as possible. Also, his work-in-progress videos are lovely.
lego  modularsynthesis  electronics  house  music  alexallmont  kinetic  sculpture 
april 2014 by infovore
Learning From Legos - NYTimes.com
"When my brother and I wanted a new toy, we cannibalized whatever we’d made before, which had been made of all the things we’d ever made before that. So of all those years of guns and starships, I have only that Wrightian feeling for form in the fingertips — and the sound, somewhere between rustling and clinking, of a thousand plastic pieces tumbling from an overturned bucket into a disorderly pile, rippling away from a seeking hand." As Paul M pointed out, that sound is very, very visceral for many of us. This is a lovely article about what Lego does to the head.
lego  design  making  writing 
march 2014 by infovore
The Lego Movie (2014) — Art of the Title
Great interview on the end titles for the Lego Movie, which, unlike the rest of the film, were actual stop motion. From designing in Lego Digital Design, through digital previz, and into manufacture, lots of details shared and cunning insight; motion controller stereoscopic stop motion isn't easy, you know. Very much symptomatic of all the detail throughout the film.
design  motiongraphics  animation  stopmotion  lego  legomovie 
february 2014 by infovore
Lego’s “moments of truth”
"Three design principles from Lego CEO Jorgen Vig Knudstorp: When it’s advertised does it make a child say: ‘I want this!’? Once he opens the box, does it make him go: ‘I want more of this’? One month later, does he come back to the toy and still play with it? Or does he put it on the shelf and forget about it?" Useful for things that aren't toys, too.
lego  design  interactions  play  longevity 
august 2012 by infovore
styledeficit bits and bobs
"This is so nice, I’d kind of like a print of it for my wall." Yes please. (Looks like an original patent of the lego block, to me).
lego  patents  illustraton  technicaldrawing  gorgeous 
april 2011 by infovore
YouTube - Lego Hello World
Microcontrolled Lego printer, running off some kind of postscript driver, I guess. Properly awesome - and, of course, the most important thing is all the little chaps that keep it working.
printer  lego  hardware  electronics 
june 2010 by infovore
Yoshi AKAI - Lego Step Sequencer
"The Lego Step-sequencer is 3 channels 8 steps sequencer. The different coloured Lego pieces each have their own sound. Connecting the Lego three-dimensional makes complex sound. This is building sound more than playing sound."
music  lego  stepsequencer  hardware  electronics 
march 2010 by infovore
A Common Nomenclature for Lego Families by Giles Turnbull - The Morning News
"Every family, it seems, has its own set of words for describing particular Lego pieces. No one uses the official names. “Dad, please could you pass me that Brick 2x2?” No. In our house, it’ll always be: “Dad, please could you pass me that four-er?”" So true. I'm trying to recall our own nomenclature.
language  lego  nomenclature  slang  argot  families  building  making 
november 2009 by infovore
PrairieMod: Frank Lloyd Wright LEGO Sets
"The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced today that The LEGO Group is now the exclusive licensed manufacturer of Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® LEGO Architecture sets." Hmn. Not sure what the market for these is, beyond curios; they're not particularly high-resolution, for starters.
lego  architecture  franklloydwright  toys  construction 
may 2009 by infovore
A LEGO Orange : Man Bytes Blog
"This is not intended to be a fun game. It has all the trappings of a LEGO game. It has the forgiving game mechanics. The ease of control. But it uses these elements to create a cognitive dissonance between the ease of the actions and the terrible nature of their real world counterparts." Corvus hypothesises what A Lego Clockwork Orange might look like. Thoughtful stuff.
games  literature  lego  anthonyburgess  clockworkorange  roundtable  whatif 
january 2009 by infovore
Classic-Space LEGO: content / greebling: a closer look
A detailed look at various techniques for greebling Lego models.
lego  construction  space  model  design  greebling  greebles 
september 2008 by infovore
Lego-based time-tracking - data visualization & visual design - information aesthetics
"an alternative way to represent time schedule tracking by stacking different lengths of Lego blocks as a way to convey different sequential time periods. stacking hourly rows on top of each other builds up the whole day, while color represents the different projects at hand. a whole week of time tracking is created by setting up a series of rainbow-colored days." Awesome.
lego  timetracking  projectmanagement  management 
august 2008 by infovore
The Lego Secret Vault: Lego Secret Vault Contains All Sets In History
"...visiting [Lego's] secret vault guarding almost every Lego set ever manufactured—touched me in a way I didn't expect. This wasn't amazement or simple awe... these were tickets to ride a time portal to emotions and simpler days long forgotten."
awesome  article  play  toys  lego  blog  archive  historiography 
june 2008 by infovore
LEGO Universe Details | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
"The more you play, the more you get to build things" Which is only how it should be.
lego  play  mmo  building  creation 
may 2008 by infovore
Why We Banned Legos - Volume 21 No. 2 - Winter 2006 - Rethinking Schools Online
"With these three agreements — which distilled months of social justice exploration into a few simple tenets of community use of resources — we returned the Legos to their place of honor in the classroom." Wonderful article about education.
play  society  culture  politics  economics  personal  lego  construction  teaching  children 
february 2008 by infovore
Interview: Bjarne P. Tveskov, Classic LEGO Space Designer - Boing Boing Gadgets
Joel Johnson interviews a designer of some "classic" Space Lego, from c.1990. I had a least one of these sets - it was one of my favourite Leg sets to build; really well thought through.
lego  design  product  physical  interview  boingboing 
february 2008 by infovore
The Brothers Brick - LEGO Blog » Blog Archive » I call dibs on Norman Mailer’s LEGO
'Apparently, Mailer built “a vast Lego city, incorporating some 15,000 pieces, known as the city of the future, seeming to take as much pride in it as in any of his other creations.”'
lego  writers  normanmailer 
december 2007 by infovore
RussellBeattie.com - Lego Rocks (Redux)
Wow. Just wow. Phenomenal print adverts for Lego, that manage to sum up the brand so well.
advertising  branding  graphicdesign  lego 
september 2007 by infovore
No Starch Press Home Page
"Build the Models Your Parents Warned You Against". Sounds awesome!
lego  hacking  construction  making  engineering 
august 2007 by infovore
Imperial Star Destroyer - a photoset on Flickr
Cal bought a Lego Star Destroyer. It is *huge*.
starwars  lego 
july 2006 by infovore
Wired 14.02: Geeks in Toyland
Lego 'hired' Mindstorms geeks to help them develop a next generation of Mindstorms system. This Wired article explains what happens. Fun.
lego  mindstorms  wired  article  programming  robotics  amateur 
february 2006 by infovore
The Goldfish Online
Mechanical logic gates executed in lego. beautiful.
computing  gates  lego  logic  logicgates  mechanical 
december 2004 by infovore

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