Archive for August, 2012

Why the Invisible Bike Helmet is cool

This. This will change the cycling world. I’ve long been complaining about the poor helmet options out there, especially for ladies. It’s hard to find the correct size and most people don’t even wear them correctly. It’s just dump design, period, with crap decoration on top of it. As if ladies must be enticed to wear helmets that have been feminized with some girly version of the logo (looking at you, Bern) or some child-like floral pattern, it’s patronizing and insulting. Smacks of dudes designing for what they think all women want, without actually bothering to ask any of us. But the invisible bike helmet is not about vanity, it’s just a better solution to the whole problem. By designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, there’s 7+ years of research and funding that have gone into the project, which I hope will continue to grow. Right now it retails for $600 which isn’t exactly accessible and if it gets deployed then you need to buy new one (though I would imagine insurance would cover this cost), but fingers crossed this will change as word spreads. Seriously, watch the video if you haven’t already. It will take your breath away.

Via Swissmiss.

Ugly Face Wednesdays

Man! I’m on a real photography bender this week! These photos are what I want to look at when I need a laugh. I discovered artist/designer Cari Vander Yacht’s Ugly Face Wednesdays series from my friend Kate Bingaman-Burt several months ago while we were in Portland. And I’ve loved it since. Cari’s project is simply just to make the ugliest – and I mean ugliest– face she can think of. There’s something so refreshing about how honest these are. Not concerned with pretty, cute, perfect is a welcome change of pace. Chad & I have taken to doing this after a long day, it’s always a welcome dose of comic relief. It is Wednesday, what’s the ugliest face YOU can muster? Bonus points if you send me a picture of it!