Inspiration via Instagram
One might say that Instagram is on the cusp of a tipping point: Their iPhone app is adding 130,000 new users a week, which is staggering for a company boasting only two employees. Though popular among design enthusiasts, some photographers may turn their nose up at Instagram; however, I find it very Warholian. Everyone with a phone can make art and put a unique treatment on the images they're documenting. The entire process—from shooting to processing to sharing—is easy and fun. I really like the Inkstagram website that creates images galleries of culled from Instagram. Sorted by hash tags, one can search for "modern", "design", "tattoos", or even "Saarinen" to yield an impressive array of inspirational imagery. Unlike traditional web searches for images using Google, these photos are new, user-created, and free of corporate stamp and photographer fuss. Check out some of the photos I found via Inkstagram along with the hash tag search that led to the discovery.
Note: Dwell is now sharing visual inspiration on Instagram—follow us under the username "dwellmagazine."
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- Daniella Zalcman is a photojournalist who has worked for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and National Geographic, among other outlets.
- First, if you're not following @dwellmagazine on Instagram, what are you waiting for?
- Our favorite finds from the week include a Droog-designed hotel, a new use for pay phone booths, a spoof on Instagram photographers, and more.
- A tongue-in-cheek design guide, the world's first biodegradable water filter, a concrete camera DIY tutorial, Instagrams of North Korea, and more. Welcome to this week's Friday Finds! Happy Friday!
- Did you know that you can search the archives of Life Magazine via Google? Take a look at what we used to consider a modern kitchen–the Kitchen of Tomorrow presented in Toledo Ohio in 1943.
- I finally joined the cult of iPhone a few weeks ago and overall I'm thrilled with my new gadget.
When charting architectural development, it generally follows that architects build upon the generation that preceded them—from modernism to postmodernism to deconstruction and so on. Not so for Louis Kahn, who defied categorization by stretching back centuries in search of inspiration. In ancient ruins and great buildings of the past, Kahn found recipes for a different path forward—based not on how buildings looked but rather how they made you feel. This massive tome—now in bicep-friendly paperback—explores Kahn’s epic oeuvre (including rather convincing digital images of his unbuilt work) to prove he was that rare architect who worked for all mankind.
Does your pulse race at the sight of a Scrabble match in progress? Heart beat fast when Boggle is near? Is Words With Friends cutting into your real live social life? (ed note: Yes to all of the above) Bananagrams might be just the game for you. The little yellow sack contains 144 lettered pieces, but there's no need for a board, cube, or iPhone to play; It's just a matter of arranging—and rearranging—the tiles into words, any which way you can. Would be great fun for an afternoon in the park or a rainy eve at home with pals.