Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Salone Satellite

Today I'll just post a link to designboom's photo gallery of one of the parallel exhibitions (salone satellite) during the Milan fair, a couple of weeks ago. Enjoy.

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Anonymous Hooper said...

Guess you were right:
-Chinese LOMO copy = US$ 6.00
-UPS Parcel service= US$77.75

You better go and buy another Campbell's soup can, and make yourself a 35 mm Warholian-LOMO snapbox (snapcan)

Either way is sitll cheaper than the real one ^_^

1:29 PM  
Blogger Fernando Vallejo said...

I told you! Thanks anyway. The problem with the campbell's can is to put back the lid. But I guess that is why some of Warhol's pictures are kind of out of focus, he, he.

I solved the problem with the "jericallas"... I cooked the first batch in "Juana's bath" instead of "Mary's bath"... I mean, I cooked the containers on a pan with water, instead of puting them in the oven.

The second batch was perfect... almost like jericallas from San Juan de Dios!

Have you downloaded the "delivery" movie yet? It's 40MB but it's worth it.


3:37 PM  
Anonymous Hooper said...

Problems with the lid??
Wait...I know, you can use one of those Planter's brand of canned peanuts, they got a resealable lid.... and it would be the height of Kistch to take the pictures trought the little guy's monocular!

You can copy the label with your scanner and print it on to magnetic vinyl, so you can put the magnetic shutter over the can without losing the planter's image... mate I'm a genius.

By the way and speaking of industrial design... I'm toying with the design for a shade to use on my camera's TFT screen, you know how on sunny environments it´s almost unusable?...

...Well I built a nice shade with a few polystyrene scraps, black EVA foam and some copper wire. It even folds-up so you can put the camera on it's holder without removing the shade.

Problem is... you can't remove the sahde, for the design calls for the shade to be glued on to the back of the camera, a thing that nobody --sane enough-- will do. (at least I won't)

So I'm strugling with the way to attach the shade to the camera, and aside from using some unsightly rubber bands or PostIt glue, I'm way out of ideas.

Want me to mail you a blue print of the device so you can help me device some solution?

If the design is good, we may be able to sell it.

If is not good, well... we may --at least-- take pictures with ease under the sun.

...Matta ne!

BTW: I did download the movie "delivery". Nice made but I'm comenting on it latter, for I want to show it to a friend first.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Fernando Vallejo said...

Or I can use a "pringles" can to take panoramic pictures.

My sister wrote today and asked me if I wanted something from Mexico. You know her husband works at FedEx and he gets discounted courrier shipments. Let me ask her, if she plans to send me something soon.

I see your problem with the shade... maybe if you use the screw hole at the bottom of the camera (the one you use to put the camera on a tripod) to fix your device. You know, like the rapid winders. Maybe if you use that a platform, you could also make your shade adjustable to the different heights and horizontal position of the screen.

Sound like a good idea. We have some friends in Vancouver that make "rapid winders" for Leica. It started as yours, just a "one of" and now is a good business.


9:51 AM  
Anonymous Hooper said...

If I remember correctly, Pringles tubes are made out of cardboard with a light metal or plastic lining, they may or may not hold the shutter ^_^.

As for the shade, I've been thinking lattely of make them from GBPlack (the plastic stuff they use for wire-o binding covers) and PostIt glue in order to make them disposable --You know it's better to have them coming for more-- and sell them in 10's packages, instead of making them to last forever.

I hate this "american" way of thinking, but since most available solutions use some sort of expensive bellows to shield out the light (and ask you to glue velcro straps to your beloved camera)...

Not only are they cumbersome but expensive too... but what if you just produce one little piece of plastic from your camera bag when you need it, slap it on to the camera back and rip it apart once the shooting is over?

Nice isn't it?

...Matta ne!

5:00 PM  
Blogger Fernando Vallejo said...

If it's disposable, you might like to think about sustainability i.e. don't think plastic, think paper. You can use thermoformed cardboard like the egg's containers. If it's plastic it shouldn't be EVA or any other thermoset.

What about using an old pet bottle? These are not the best examples, but just to give you an idea:

Green hope lamp
Truly yours

From the Macef re-cycle competition.
Maybe you could use coloured pet bottles (like dark green). That would be a price winner design!

Or maybe it's not "one time only" but also recyclable (spell?). I mean, it could be a hard shell of polipropilane sheet. Like the leather cases for SRL cameras; something that you just fix to the camera using the tripod screw or with straps... and when it wears out, no problem because it's recyclaeble...(aaagghh!).

Believe me, on this times the eco factor is a must.


12:07 AM  
Anonymous Hooper said...

A shade too convenient

I finally completed the camera shade project. In the end I had to make several changes to keep with the idea of make it disposable, cheap and non-invasive to the camera.

The end product is perhaps a tad too well done and since I made it from plastic, it'll last forever (a very bad thing, my ecologically incined mate Peyo would say) and of course no bussiness comes from everlasting goods.

The end product may be best made out of black cardboard (album cardboard is an ideal --albeit expensive-- solution) perhaps rhododendron cardboard 'cuz it's a bit less expesive but the stiffness is good enough.

In any case the prototypes I made for my camera and my sister's are perfect in GBplack --it even has this rugged leather-like finish

Mine (first prototype) has a little lip in the borders where the shade touches the camera, making a better light seal and helping to avoid any warp in the shade --But it also makes the shade awkward to fold when you put it away.

A second prototype (Marcela's) proved that the border can be eliminated and the shade folds beautifully, the warping was sucessfully eliminated by changing the angle at wich the bands hold the shade... voilá

I'm sending you a couple of photos so you can see the finished product and comment on it.

...Matta ne!

PS.The main technical problem was to learn the scientifical lingo involved in the purchasing of the raw material, the black elastic band proved impossible to find, until I learned that the proper name was "mouse tail elastic" suddenly every lace store in town has a couple of miles of it in ev'ry dandy colour you might like.

I still don't know how to call those little metal "T" you put at the end of the bands to hold them in place, and nobody seems to know, so I have to make a knot on every end of every band.

6:07 AM  

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