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Exhibition Devoted to Harry Potter Graphic Art Opens in London

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The London-based design studio MinaLima is behind all of the graphic art in the eight Harry Potter films, from the Marauder’s Map to Ron’s Howler—and now, as It’s Nice That reports, wizards and muggles alike can get an up-close look at their work in a brand new exhibition.

The House of MinaLima, located at 26 Greek Street in London, contains around 50 props from the Harry Potter films on loan from Warner Bros. on the top two floors. Other features, according to Pottermore, are “a room-size Marauder’s Map, enough prints to fill a wizarding press room, designs that were found in Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, and a library with Hogwarts acceptance letters shooting from the fireplace.” Limited edition prints will be sold on the first floor. You can watch the four-story space being transformed below:

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, who met in 2001 on the Harry Potter set, picked the exhibition space because, Lima told Pottermore, “It’s like Grimmauld Place in there, with narrow staircases, wonky walls, and low ceilings.” Mina said that the duo wanted the space “to feel like it could have been there forever, like a museum. And as though it could disappear between the other buildings. By the time you reach the top floor, you can touch the ceiling. It’s like Harry’s cupboard under the stairs, but at the top of the building.”

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In addition to extending their partnership beyond the Harry Potter series—the duo has created artwork inspired by Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, and more. They’ve also done work on the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander and hits theaters November 18, 2016.

If you can’t make it to the exhibition, MinaLima also sells replicas of the art they created for the films on its website. House of MinaLima runs until February 2017, and entry is free.

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These LED Crosswalks Adapt to Whoever Is Crossing
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Crosswalks are an often-neglected part of urban design; they’re usually just white stripes on dark asphalt. But recently, they’re getting more exciting—and safer—makeovers. In the Netherlands, there is a glow-in-the-dark crosswalk. In western India, there is a 3D crosswalk. And now, in London, there’s an interactive LED crosswalk that changes its configuration based on the situation, as Fast Company reports.

Created by the London-based design studio Umbrellium, the Starling Crossing (short for the much more tongue-twisting STigmergic Adaptive Responsive LearnING Crossing) changes its layout, size, configuration, and other design factors based on who’s waiting to cross and where they’re going.

“The Starling Crossing is a pedestrian crossing, built on today’s technology, that puts people first, enabling them to cross safely the way they want to cross, rather than one that tells them they can only cross in one place or a fixed way,” the company writes. That means that the system—which relies on cameras and artificial intelligence to monitor both pedestrian and vehicle traffic—adapts based on road conditions and where it thinks a pedestrian is going to go.

Starling Crossing - overview from Umbrellium on Vimeo.

If a bike is coming down the street, for example, it will project a place for the cyclist to wait for the light in the crosswalk. If the person is veering left like they’re going to cross diagonally, it will move the light-up crosswalk that way. During rush hour, when there are more pedestrians trying to get across the street, it will widen to accommodate them. It can also detect wet or dark conditions, making the crosswalk path wider to give pedestrians more of a buffer zone. Though the neural network can calculate people’s trajectories and velocity, it can also trigger a pattern of warning lights to alert people that they’re about to walk right into an oncoming bike or other unexpected hazard.

All this is to say that the system adapts to the reality of the road and traffic patterns, rather than forcing pedestrians to stay within the confines of a crosswalk system that was designed for car traffic.

The prototype is currently installed on a TV studio set in London, not a real road, and it still has plenty of safety testing to go through before it will appear on a road near you. But hopefully this is the kind of road infrastructure we’ll soon be able to see out in the real world.

[h/t Fast Company]

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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

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