Top 5 Archive — 20

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Before our Tip 5 there was our Top 5. These are the archived pages from our 5 weekly hot tips from yesteryear.

1: Hatsune Miku will, Hatsune Miku will rock you!

If you happen to be around Amsterdam tonight, why not drop in at Ziggo Dome to catch a “concert”/”performance”/”projection”/… of Hatsune Miku. It is a Vocaloid software voicebank developed by Crypton Future Media and its official moe anthropomorph, 16-year-old girl with long, turquoise twintails. She uses Yamaha Corporation’s Vocaloid 2, Vocaloid 3, and Vocaloid 4 singing synthesizing technologies. She also uses Crypton Future Media’s Piapro Studio, a singing synthesizer VSTi Plugin. She was the second Vocaloid sold using the Vocaloid 2 engine and the first Japanese Vocaloid to use the Japanese version of the Vocaloid 2 engine. Her voice is modeled from Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita. Miku’s personification has been marketed as a virtual idol and has performed at concerts onstage as an animated projection (rear cast projection on a specially coated glass screen).

You don’t know what we are talking about, right? We don’t really understand ourselves either. Well, we just copy-pasted this thex from Hatsune Miku’s Wikipedia page to be honest. What we understand tough, is that this is a show in Ziggo Dome tonight. We’re pretty curious if her husband Akihiko Kondo will be with her on this tour as well…

2: Pedal through

Lens°Ass Architecten created a wonderful piece of landscape architecture/art: Cycling through Water (#FDHW) for the Belgian province of Limburg. The province tries to improve recreational cycling by creating cycling attractions like this one and cycling through the Trees (#FDDB). Riding your bike through these must be cool, but it also looks spectacular. The Cycling through Water installation reminds us of Richard Wilson’s 20:50, one of the most amazing spatial artworks to visit.

3: A traveling boulder and other stuff

We just encountered our new favorite Dutch artist: Bart Eysink Smeets. We got triggered by his project The stone that returned home, which is nothing short of awesome! He documents how he returns a gigantic boulder from the Dutch village of Borger to its birth grounds in Sweden. Great humor, great photographs (click through the series), great film clips. His other projects are pretty damn cool too. Like this one, this one, this one and this one. It’s conceptually often slightly similar to Daniel Eatock’s work. Kudos Bart!!

4: Snøhettapedia

Wikipedia gets a visual identity makeover by the hardly ever failing agency Snøhetta. The process will be documented and shared through a community-wide brand network that will guide the design process. Cool!

5: Timeless Alexander

Last week we posted Dress Code’s little doc on Geoff McFetridge, but they also did a great one on Alexander Girard that is worth your attention. It is impressive to see how influential Girard has been in graphic design, illustration and art. And still is. His work for Herman Miller, Vitra, Braniff International Airways and his type designs are still considered to be incredible works of beauty. Justly so.