Remember the light brown leather X100 special edition announced by Fujifilm a couple of days ago? While those might come with a unique limited edition serial number, the look apparently isn’t as unique. As a commenter pointed out, it appears to be a covering offered by a shop named Aki-Asahi Custom Camera Coverings. There are quite a few styles in addition to that look (which is named “Lizard Ochre”), including a couple of beautiful wood coverings crafted from walnut and cherry wood.
Verena Lang of Ivy Design came up with this brilliant idea of a table that conveniently folds up into a giant picture frame when it isn’t needed. They’re built out of wood, plexiglass, and stainless steel, and cost about $2,200 on the Ivy Design site. Of course, you could always try your hand at building your own!
Picture Table (via DVICE via Make via Lifehacker)
If for some reason you hate both buttons and touchscreens, then Rotor is a camera for you. It’s a concept camera designed by Charlie Nghiem that bases its entire user interface around a stack of physical mode dials. Rotate any of the dials, and the corresponding settings appear on the screen.
charlie nghiem: rotor digital camera (via Geeky Gadgets)
Designer Miha Feuš doesn’t think the user interfaces on low-end compact cameras are very useable for the average consumer, so earlier this year he set out to create a better camera interface. After a good amount of thinking, building, and testing, Feuš made this video to share his ideas, show off his prototype, and report on his results.
His design revolves around a “touchband”, which is a one-dimensional touch sensitive area positioned next to the screen. According to his user tests, the touchband is easier to use than both traditional button interfaces and newer touchscreen interfaces. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll know Feuš as the Jakob Nielsen of the camera world.
Spotted this shirt, titled “Analog Retirement”, over at BustedTees. The design might be cute and creative, but it was obviously created by someone who isn’t a photographer. Sure the photographic film industry hasn’t been doing so hot over the past decade, but you can’t compare film with cassette tapes, VHS tapes, and floppy disks. Those technologies offer no advantages over the ones that replaced them, while analog photography does. As long as there are people passionate about shooting film, the medium should do just fine.
Light painting is sometimes called light graffiti, but who does graffiti with flashlights? Halo is a neat light-painting tool designed by Aïssa Logerot that makes painting with light feel much more natural for people accustomed to creating… less-legal forms of art. Shaped like an aerosol can of spray paint, the tool includes interchangeable LED lights for painting in different colors and a battery inside that recharges when the can is shaken.
Over the weekend, Japanese blog ktf__design published this image of what appears to be the new mirrorless camera Nikon will reportedly announce on Wednesday. If it’s just some fan-made mockup, they did a great job — the mount and sensor section looks
identical almost identical to the photo that leaked back in July.
(via ktf__design via Photography Bay)
Update: According to Nikon Rumors, the image is fake.
Here’s a weekend project idea: personalize your camera’s wrist strap by making it look like a friendship bracelet! All you need is some embroidery thread and some time. Simply repeat a simple knot over and over and your strap will magically be covered with a neat repeating pattern. Head on over to KEH for the step-by-step tutorial.
Camera Wrist Strap Cover: How-To [KEH Camera Blog]
Leave it to Leica to come up with strange ideas for special edition cameras. The company is collaborating with Japanese anime mechanical designer Kunio Okawara — the guy behind the original Gundam design — on an “Okawara Factory” limited edition V-LUX 30, which features a laser engraved design that makes it look like it’s being disassembled. Only 200 of them will be produced, with each one priced at ¥89,250, or about $1,150.
Developer Boris Smus came up with this super minimalist way of sharing his email address, Twitter username, and website URL. He writes,
I’m ordering a personal set of moo mini cards. These are small, two sided prints. One side contains an image, and the other contains contact information. On the image side, I’m putting snippets of travel photography. The other side is by default a conventional list of contact information, but moo conveniently allows it to be replaced by a custom image.
If you have an email address that lets you do the same thing, this could be a neat way to pass your contact info to prospective clients.
Minimal Business Card Design (via kottke.org)