WALL-E – Creation of a Lovable Robot

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All of us might have seen the romantic film WALL-E- the simple love store story of the maintenance robot WALL- E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class) the last one on the planet cleaning the earth from garbage and EVE (Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator), a sleek, ergonomically advanced robotic probe whose main function is to locate plant life in order to determine whether the Earth is capable of supporting human life.

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The director and screenwriter of this film is the famous Andrew Stanton (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille and the sound designer is the extraordinaire Ben Burtt (Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark). These two men have been responsible for some of the most loved creations in cinematic history including R2-D2, Nemo, Buzz Lightyear and Indiana Jones’ crack of the whip.

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Mad World of Mi-Zo

Bright decorations, dynamic and tough graphics, unexpected lightning, the great feeling of color and peculiar humor- all this is expressed in just 4 letters- “Mi-Zo”. In the amazing images created by Tokyo-based duo Mi-ZoВ  protography combines with graphics and collage technic. Japanese lady Minori MurakamiВ  has a diploma of Los Angeles Otis College of Art and Design while the Germain photographer Zoren Gold has studied the art himself.

They met occasionally in Los Angeles in 2000 and 2 years after that they moved to Tokyo where they create their works of art till now. Their special style became recognized after design of a music disk for the popular Japanese singer Ua. The first book of the Mi-Zo (“Object that Dreams”) was published in 2006 on Japanese and German. Among the clients of Mi-Zo we can noteВ  Canon, Dreamworks, Elle, EMI, Honda, Neo2, Nylon, Qvest,В  Sony Music, Style & The Family Tunes, Warner Bros.

You can find the fill collection of Mi-Zo works on their website at www.mi-zo.com

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Amazing Illustrations for a great mood and creativity

All the artists present their works in a different way. It rarely happens that a true creator doesn’t have his own style and copies the works of art by other designers.В  Today we tried to prepare a small collection of illustrations by different designers where you can obviously see how different they are.

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Vince Fraser is a freelance digital illustrator/designer living in London with 10 years experience. He has worked for various clients including British Airwaves, PC World, BBC and T-mobile.

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Collection of Grape Logos- first on the web

I love grape, I really do. I was sitting at home eating grape after my morning cup of coffee thinking about infinity when it suddenly came to my mind, if Mac is using the apple as their logo, why wouldn’t some company use the grape as their one? Grape is not bad at all and definitely a more complicated thing than an apple if consider the number of circles in both these fruits. So I decided to make a small investigation.

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More of Nobuyoshi Araki

I can’t say that the photos below are typical for Nobuyoshi Araki photography, simply because there are no naked bodies. I love all of his works and that’s a bit sad that I can’t post most of them here because of their content. They are different, they are beautiful, they are passionate, they show you something that is not allowed.В  Many of his book were printed by Taschen and will definitely buy some of them for my own collection.

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Flowers by Nobuyoshi Araki


Born in 1940, Nobuyoshi Araki is arguably Japan’s greatest living photographer, and certainly its most controversial. His inexhaustible creative energy is attested to by the more than 300 books he has published in the last four decades, while his work, which often challenges social taboos surrounding sex and death, has drawn critical attention both at home and abroad.
Flowers by Nobuyoshi Araki, the naked beauty, the hint of sexuality, so tender so unprotected.

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31 Russian websites that can inspire you

Today I would like to present you a collection of 31 Russian websites that can inspire you. For a long time during 1990s the countries of the former USSR were excluded from WWW world and it’s only lately that a separate community has been formed named Runet. All the designs have their special touch. The distinctive feature of every Russian design is its uniqueness. There are no standards, no precise definition of the styles and what’s most interesting- there are not many websites yet, so for every project there’s place for creativity.

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The History of Web Design

According to some resources the first website (or at least something that can be considered a website) was published back in August 1991. That seems to have been so long ago but yet compared to other human inventions the Internet is still a baby. Let’s shortly review the history of website design science and technics.

I guess all of us would agree that we can’t speak of design at the very early stages of development back in 1990s. The websites were built using very basic HTML tags that a nowadays developer would definitely consider as something that can’t be used to build a website.

Taking into account that the hypertext concept was invented in the 1960′s by Ted Nelson ( wow!!!) I wonder why it took so long for people to make some use of it? In the 1980′s (did anyone know about it?) something similar to Internet in its present understanding was “created” in Europe by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau and then pretty rapidly the mark up language spread around the world. In the 1990s the NCSA team developed the Mosaic and Netscape browsers and so here we are.

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The wind of change

Hey Everyone! Nice to meet you guys and gals of DesignFloat community:)

Just a short introduction of myself, I’m Anastasia and I’ll be..hmm…well let’s call it the editor of this blog. I wonder what I have to do to keep you healthy, wealthy and happy? Any ideas might be of a great help so if anyone would like to give me some guidance, you are more than welcome!

I’ve been involved in website development business for about 7 years now and yet I have to tell that I don’t know even 30% of what’s going on in this mad world of design. New talents and companies come on arena every other day with fresh ideas, new achievements, unique approach and their own special feeling of what’s called design. Apart from personal perception of designer and uniqueness of his work, we need to make people love our little online design creatures and thus we need to take into account what majority thinks, feels, finds interesting, funny and takes for unique. In this blog we’ll try to keep track of newly coming design events, review and discuss works of art, speak about different design styles and invent new ones. We’ll be posting interviews with some well known personalities of this design world as well as simply have fun. Cheers and see you soon!

Ooops …I’m almost forgot, I’m gonna be the God at DesignFloat. No sacrifice needed, just NO SPAM please.

Sincerely Yours,

Anastasia

Whoops, we ran out of disk space!

Well, sorry for the nearly 8 hours of downtime yesterday evening. Turns out we ran out of disk space which caused MySQL to shut down. We’re going to begin the process of giving the database it’s own server which should not only speed up the site a little, but keep this from happening again. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Update: After we got the server up yesterday evening, it appears a huge influx of traffic around 4:30am caused our cache to exceed the applications memory limit. I’ve just added a fix that will prevent the cached files from getting as large as they had so we should be able to better handle influxes of traffic in the future.

I guess this is all part of the growing pains. Traffic has been at record highs the past 2 weeks and apparently the server configuration we were running couldn’t keep up. Sorry guys!