While we might not (yet) be flying around the city en route to the office or mall in our flying cars as was 'promised' in the last century, one thing is certain; technology has and continues to change the automotive industry. While working for close to ten years in branding and marketing in the automotive industry, I got to witness international motor show debut concept vehicles make it to the local showroom floor as well as how technology has impacted virtually every square inch of any new vehicle on the road today.
From engine design to driver assist aids, safety features to interior furnishings, all have been impacted by advances in technology. These advances have also meant that once necessary or highly desirable accessories are simply becoming obsolete in new vehicles. Here are just five such examples of near obsolete car accessories.
The launch and immediate success of the 'Dark Souls - The Board Game' crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter made me incredibly happy and equally optimistic about the current (and future) state of strategic board games and tabletop gaming in general. With over 18 000 backers and 1.8 million British Pounds (3.8 million Namibian Dollars) raised mid way through its campaign, 'Dark Souls - The Board Game' is gearing up to be one of the most successful tabletop projects on Kickstarter and, in my opinion, one of the most significant of the last few years.
While it is probably safe to say that very few crowdfunded tabletop games will ever compare to the success of 'Exploding Kittens' (having raised over U$8.7 million from 200 000+ backers), 'Dark Souls - The Board Game' has already etched its way into third spot in terms of the number of backers for tabletop games on Kickstarter and will, most probably, finish with the second most backers. This is huge, not only for the game itself (and subsequent fan base), but it is a big deal for tabletop gaming across the board.
The Ice Age francise is by far the largest non Disney or Pixar animation franchise. First releashed in 2002, the Ice Age franchise has since released three more feature animation films, numerous short films, video game titles, soundtracks and even a theatrical presentations. This year Blue Sky Studios is releasing yet another film, the fifth in the series titled "Ice Age: Collision Course" and from the trailers, it looks set to be another great watch if you enjoyed the previous films.
I am an animation fan and I generally get excited about just about any animation film and 2016 has shaped up to be a great year for animation studios creating films. Will films like Ice Age: Collision Course, Zootopia, Moana, Kung Fu Pands 3, Finding Dory, Ratchet & Clank and The Secret Lives of Pets (to name just a few) this sure is going to be a good year for animation fans the world over.
As a child I loved creating things and modeling with paper and card. I thoroughly enjoyed cut-outs and making pop-up cards and while I never studied origami, I would often take a piece of paper and try to fashion it into a recognizable object. Taking a piece of paper and folding, cutting, rolling, gluing, tearing and embossing it until it becomes so much more than just a flat, formless sheet of paper is not only creatively satisfying, but also very relaxing.
I never considered it an art form and without the exposure to the vast array of paper art being created, what I did was nothing more than just a way to pass time. I recently discovered some incredible paper art and artists and, I think you will agree, their work is spectacular and most certainly takes paper art way beyond origami.