A Farewell Message From E.D.W. Lynch, Tentacle Emeritus

E.D.W. Lynch
“Someday, little friend, I will tell you about the very first Kickstarter.”

Dear Laughing Squid readers and cephalopods:

This is my 7,240th post as Senior Contributing Writer for this esteemed web publication. It is also, I am sad to say, my last. I am leaving the mollusk media to embark on new projects and adventures.

I’d like to thank Scott Beale for bringing me on board four years ago. I’d also like to release a murky cloud of ink in honor of my co-mollusks on the Laughing Squid team. And I’d like to thank you, Laughing Squid reader, for the kind messages and comments over the years.

Through the miracle of the Internet you can keep tabs on my doings and whereabouts:

  • E.D.W. Lynch unofficial website
  • E.D.W. Lynch unauthorized Facebook page
  • E.D.W. Lynch unverified Twitter account
  • Bon voyage,

    –E.D.W. Lynch

    photo by Ivan Brown

    ‘E-Book Backup’, A Photocopied Hardbound Edition of a Kindle E-Book

    E-Book Backup by Jesse England

    In his 2012 project E-Book backup, artist Jesse England (previously) used a photocopier to create a physical copy of an Amazon Kindle e-book. England created each page of the “backup” by simply placing the Kindle on the photocopier’s scanner. The reader thus has the experience of reading a photocopied image of each digital page from the e-book. For the project England chose an e-book of George Orwell‘s classic book Nineteen Eighty-Four–as England notes the book was the subject of a controversial e-book recall by Amazon back in 2009. For good measure, England also uploaded a digital version of his paper backup to his Kindle. He does note that the E-Book backup “is best viewed in paper format.”

    E-Book Backup by Jesse England

    E-Book Backup by Jesse England

    E-Book Backup by Jesse England

    E-Book Backup by Jesse England
    “The backup is best viewed in paper format.”

    photos by Jesse England

    ‘The Key in the Hand’, An Immersive Installation Featuring 50,000 Suspended Keys

    The Key in the Hand by Chiharu Shiota

    More than 50,000 keys are suspended from a ceiling in the immersive art installation The Key in the Hand by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota. The keys, each suspended by red thread, were provided by donors from all over the world. The Key in the Hand is on display through November 22, 2015 at the Japan Pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennale.

    Keys are familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives. They also inspire us to open the door to unknown worlds. With these thoughts in mind, in this new installation I would like to use keys provided by the general public that are imbued with various recollections and memories that have accumulated over a long period of daily use. As I create the work in the space, the memories of everyone who provides me with their keys will overlap with my own memories for the first time. These overlapping memories will in turn combine with those of the people from all over the world who come to see the biennale, giving them a chance to communicate in a new way and better understand each other’s feelings.

    The Key in the Hand by Chiharu Shiota

    The Key in the Hand by Chiharu Shiota

    The Key in the Hand by Chiharu Shiota

    photos by Sunhi Mang via a href=”http://www.designboom.com/art/chiharu-shiota-venice-art-biennale-the-key-in-the-hand-05-06-2015/”>designboom

    via designboom

    Ikawa Home Roaster, A Digital Microroaster for Roasting Coffee at Home

    The Ikawa Home Roaster is a countertop coffee roaster that lets home users roast their own coffee. The roaster’s digital interface allows users choose predefined roast recipes or program their own. Green coffee beans can be roasted in three to ten minutes. The Ikawa Home Roaster is available for pre-order on Kickstarter and is expected to ship in February 2016.

    Ikawa Home Coffee Roaster

    Ikawa Home Coffee Roaster

    images via Ikawa

    submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

    ‘Clownville’, A Nightmarish Photo Series Featuring Menacing Clowns

    Clownville Creepy Clown Photos by Eolo Perfido

    In his nightmarish photo series Clownville, photographer Eolo Perfido has created a most disturbing portrait collection of menacing clowns. Note that some of the clowns are nude–menacingly nude, if that’s possible. The series was created in collaboration with makeup artist Valeria Orlando.

    Clownville Creepy Clown Photos by Eolo Perfido

    Clownville Creepy Clown Photos by Eolo Perfido

    Clownville Creepy Clown Photos by Eolo Perfido

    Clownville Creepy Clown Photos by Eolo Perfido

    photos by Eolo Perfido

    via Feature Shoot, Bored Panda

    The Grocery Store Project, An Interactive Photo Visualization of Pedestrians in Copenhagen

    The Grocery Store Project by Simon Hoegsberg

    In The Grocery Store Project, Danish photographer Simon Hoegsberg meticulously documented the pedestrians near a Copenhagen supermarket over the course of 20 months and 97,000 photographs. After concluding shooting in December 2011, Hoegsberg began crafting a photographic visualization of the pedestrians with the aid of the facial recognition feature in Picasa. The software identified 11,000 distinct individuals. Hoegsberg gave each person an alphanumeric name (A1, A2, A3…) and then created a photographic grid in which the rows and columns each represent an individual. The interactive visualization, paired down to just over 2,000 photographs, reveals the routines of individual pedestrians, as well as moments when people intersect in the same image.

    The Grocery Store Project by Simon Hoegsberg

    The Grocery Store Project by Simon Hoegsberg

    images via Simon Hoegsberg

    submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

    The Arch Wall House, Two Homes Cleverly Connected by a Shared Archway

    Arch Wall House

    Two separate homes are united by a shared archway in the clever Arch Wall House created by architect Akio Nakasa of Naf Architect & Design. Located in the outskirts of Tokyo, the twin structures house three generations of a family. A couple and their child live in the larger home, while the smaller home is occupied by the child’s grandmother. The archway covers a driveway that serves both structures.

    Arch Wall House

    Arch Wall House

    Arch Wall House

    Arch Wall House

    photos via Naf Architect & Design

    via Dezeen

    Ping Pong Door, A Custom Door That Pivots Down Into a Ping Pong Table

    Ping Pong Door

    Designer Tobias Fränzel has created the Ping Pong Door, a custom door that pivots flat to form an impromptu ping pong table. Fränzel is presently developing the door for sale.

    Ping Pong Door

    Ping Pong Door

    photos via Tobias Fränzel

    via Toxel, Neatorama

    A Montage of Designer Seb Lester Drawing Famous Logos by Hand With Astonishing Ease

    UK-based designer and artist Seb Lester draws famous brand logos by hand with incredible accuracy in this mesmerizing montage. More of Lester’s hand-drawn logos–including those of Ferrari, FedEx, Star Trek, and more–can be viewed on his Instagram account.

    Lester’s ease with typography is no accident: he trained as a graphic designer before spending nine years as a type designer at Monotype. Over the years he has created type illustrations and custom typefaces for The New York Times, Apple, and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. He has since branched out into calligraphy.

    via Colossal