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This video shows a chimp remembering the placement of nine numbers on a screen after seeing them for less than 1/4-second.

We recently worked with our good friends at littleBits to help showcase their Space Kit. Good fun at the Labour office – getting gold records, building crazy models, listening to Echoes p1/2 over and over again.

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Digital splooshes. From process, 2014.

It’s hard not to love art couple Hans and Sophie Taeuber-Arp. The two made incredible and audacious leaps into organic and geometric abstraction, dada, and Bauhaus design against a backdrop of continuous continental war and destruction. An anecdote from a time when a rejection of reality was the only way to properly respond to creeping insanity:

Arp later told the story of how, when he was notified to report to the German consulate, he avoided being drafted into the German Army, he took the paperwork he had been given and, in the first blank, wrote the date. He then wrote the date in every other space as well, then drew a line beneath them and carefully added them up. He then took off all his clothes and went to hand in his paperwork.

Longfin squid chromatophores (light-reflecting cell elements) responding to audio stimulus with watercolour effects. Imagine controlling a non-Cartesian grid of pigment with a muscle twitch.

Longfin squid chromatophores (light-reflecting cell elements) responding to audio stimulus with watercolour effects. Imagine controlling a non-Cartesian grid of pigment with a muscle twitch.

Glyphs from the IBM Selectric Typewriter, which used a golf-ball style imprinting device that allowed users to swap in different typefaces and styles. Very popular with the secretarial set.

Glyphs from the IBM Selectric Typewriter, which used a golf-ball style imprinting device that allowed users to swap in different typefaces and styles. Very popular with the secretarial set.

The sun is shining and it’s a Saturday, which means the Tom Petty megamix is underway at the Labour office. However, this video fails to communicate the most salient vocal attribute of ‘Breakdown’: Tom’s affected faux-reggae patois. How do we typographically communicate this?

Designed in 2010, painted in 2012, shipped in 2014.

Designed in 2010, painted in 2012, shipped in 2014.