With so much information readily available–and literally at our fingertips–it would be reasonable to assume that we’d be one of the most learned generations in recent memory. As empirical evidence might suggest, though, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Barcelona-based design studio Big Lazy Robot highlights this paradox, poking fun at our intellectual decline at the height of technological innovation.
Robin Yu’s series, “”Adventures with Flint the Fabulous Pomeranian”, is truly demonstrative of the joy and happiness a dog can bring into a person’s life. Coming into Yu’s Portland home when he was only nine months old, Flint is now six and still retains the same spry, cheerful demeanor that tends to disappear as dogs (and humans) get older. Says Yu, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen him grumpy…he brings all sorts of joy to my life.” For more Flint photos to brighten your day, be sure to visit Yu’s website.
With superstores, mega malls and big-box retailers filled with thousands of items for conspicuous consumption, modern-day consumers rarely stop to think about how certain products originated. Here’s a few that might surprise you:
Paper Or Plastic?
Because it’s so lightweight and cushiony, Bubble Wrap has become today’s preferred choice for packing material (sorry old-fashioned excelsior and messy Styrofoam popcorn). But for many people, Bubble Wrap is as much a stress-reliever as it is a package protector. There’s just something so cathartic about popping those compressed little pockets of air and listening to the pleasantly staccato noise they make. But just how pleasing would those pockets be if they were permanently ensconced on your walls?
A failed experiment by engineer Alfred Fielding and his partner, Marc Chavannes, Bubble Wrap first came into being in a 1957 New Jersey garage as a space-age, textured wallpaper. Perhaps aghast at discovering their lack of interior design savvy, the duo altered their vision and realized that the bulbous material would be better at protecting fragile items during shipping than it would at adorning the home. They received a U.S. patent for the technology in 1960 and founded Sealed Air Corp. which still exists and holds the trademark on Bubble Wrap and other packaging products.