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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

REEBOK TIMETANIUM



John Maeda, renowned mathematician, graphic designer and professor at MIT's Media Lab teamed up with Reebok to release a line of original footwear, launching Tuesday, Nov. 13. The collaboration, Reebok's Timetanium shoes, feature original graphics by Maeda.

Although he's designed "skateboards, tables, chairs and clothing, but never a sneaker," this project, like all the rest, was designed completely by Maeda from scratch. Instead of relying on pre-packaged design software, Maeda came up with original mathematic algorithms and codes that resulted in the multi-colored Spirograph-like exterior. And that's not all – the interior of the shoe is printed with Maeda's hand-written calculations that were used in its creation. "I spend all my time sketching out computer codes and algorithms on paper, so those are the same codes I hand-wrote to design the shoe," says Maeda.

Reebok plans to only release a limited amount of the shoe candy, a mere 100 pairs (and be prepared to drop some serious coin for the shoe – one pair will run you $150) and only through the Rbk Custom site. However, if you miss your chance to score a set, Maeda hinted that a new design would follow soon after.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

ΔLΡΗΔΒΣΤ

...making progress with my handwritten lettering style alphabet. Almost satisfied with it although as a commercial font some letters might need a few alterations.

ENVY GREEN CUSTOMS

My old NIKE AIR MAX reborn with the DR.Z custom flavour...



and incase you were wondering how I put it together...two words..."CUSTOM !NV@$!ON"

Friday, October 19, 2007

TAG EVOLUTION



For the first time in my 10 year career...I'm actually becoming content with the way my signature tag is beginning to look. The former "zulu237" has evolved into a simplified "DR.Z" with a the ® circled like a registration symbol, with technique in a kind of brushed on zen style. There will be variations just to make it interesting but the foundations finally seem solid enough to develop it as an actual logo...comments welcomed!

Monday, September 17, 2007

BLADERUNNER RAZORWIRE X DR.ZULU

First was the all-over CHEMICAL print... now the knife resistant RAZORWIRE HOODY and T-SHIRT is the second design collaboration I have done with BLADERUNNER UK manufacturers of KEVLAR® lined apparel and protective gear. PRE-ORDERS from SHELFLIFE STORE or email contact@shelflife.co.za







Wednesday, September 12, 2007

JB CLASSICS x SNEAKER PIMPS x DR.ZULU (V2)

This is the second JB CLASSICS/ SNEAKER PIMPS collab release where my graphics have been incorporated...featuring Snake Skin embossed leather and toe vamp & quarter with perforated nubuck leathers. The collar and tongue panel wrapped in Micro NuBuck, pebbled textured in black kicked off with the Black Sneaker Pimps® lace lock & oval black laces as the 1st lace option and 2nd lace option Red oval laces. The side quarter & tongue panels are embossed & printed with the SP x DR.ZULU Chain-Link Fence graphics in white with the inner lining sublimation print of speckled colors on black base color. The black outsole sidewalls with its speckled colors white rubber bottoms. The inner footbed’s print with the Australian map, which marks the day 1 location of the beginning if the Sneaker Pimps world tour.







Friday, September 07, 2007

BIOSTEEL®

The next generation protective fabric technology is not far off! Visions of wear-resistant shoes and clothes, ropes, nets, seatbelts, and parachutes; and rustfree panels and bumpers for automobiles make for a research scientists wet dreams! So do improved sutures and bandages, artificial tendons and ligaments, and supports for weakened blood vessels. Soldiers and police are holding out for lightweight bulletproof vests made of spider silk!

BioSteel® is Nexia's recombinant dragline spider silk program and is based on using Nexia's transgenic goat technology. Spider silk has long been admired by material scientists for its unique combination of high-performance properties including toughness, strength, lightness and flexibility. Nexia has exclusive worldwide rights to broad patents covering spider silk genes and proteins and is in the process of developing a commercial spinning process for BioSteel®.

In order to construct ®, Nexia claims that they take a spiders dragline gene and genetically alter it and inject it into a goat embryo. From there, Nexia allows the goat to be born and fully develop. Next comes the milking process, since the dragline protein can only be found in Goat milk they can only extract the dragline gene from female goats. Nexia takes the goat milk and separates the milk from the silk concentrate.

β-spiral models for relaxed and extended protein conformations in spider capture silk

spiderweb & representation of sythetic spider silk fibers
microscopic image of a spider's silk spigots