Month: December 2014

Tire Concepts sponsored by Hankook

Hankook Tire partners bi-annually with transportation design students from global universities. This year they have unveiled a set of concept tires at the 2014 Essen Motors Show in conjunction with the University of Design, Engineering and Business in Pforzheim, Germany. The theme ‘A Great Challenge for a Great Change’ produced the Boostrac, Alpike and HyBlade concepts to tackle extreme desert, snow and rain.
[Video by NESIAC]

Logo Design in 15min

Aaron Draplin from Portland and an advocate of “blue collar” design takes the logo design challenge, creating a dozen iterations of a logo for a fictional construction company. Along the way he is providing tips for freelancing, finding inspiration, and providing clients context for logos. [start@ 1:30min]

BPG = half the size of JPEG


BPG is brand new image format developed by French programmer Fabrice Bellar.

BPG (Better Portable Graphics) produces compelling quality improvement over JPG when images are heavily compressed. Its images demonstrate a lot less color banding and aliasing along the edges, plus unlike JPEG – BPG can handle transparency.

Currently, BPG files require a 55 kilobyte Javascript decoder to be embedded in a website before they can be displayed. Since BPG is based on HEVC video compression technology patented by MPEG LA, its owners could charge royalties = making it a risky for popular web browsers to support the format.

Wind Tunnel: Disc vs. Rim Brakes

The Win Tunnel: Disc vs Rim Brakes
In this episode of “In the win tunnel” Chris and Cameron of Specialized answer the question of what the aerodynamic differences are between rim and disc brakes. It’s not as much as you might have thought…

Ride motorcycles in upcoming game

“Ride” Video Game to Feature 100 Real-World Motorcycles
The makers of the officially-licensed MotoGP and MXGP video games is producing an all-new racing game featuring more than 100 real motorcycles from various manufacturers. Developed by Milestone and published by Bandai Namco, Ride will be released in Spring 2015 for Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PCs.
Ride offer motorcycles in four different categories: Superbikes, Supersports, Naked and Historical. The virtual motorcycles will offer their real-life specifications , with several options for customizing their engines, transmissions, brakes, suspension, wheels and paint scheme.
The developers are slowly revealing some of the motorcycles to be featured in the game on its official YouTube page. As of this writing, Milestone has announced the Ducati 1199 Superleggera, KTM 1190 RC8R, Kawasaki Z1000, Yamaha FZ-09…