Double Takes: The Ride Journal

The Ride Journal is a compilation of 148 pages filled with writing, art and photography all about bikes and the act of riding them.

“The idea was to create a journal of personal stories. Bikes have changed people’s lives in so many ways and we wanted to gather a small selection of these tales.”

Furthermore, to prove the creators are truly passionate about cycling, they’ve pledged to donate profits from the journal to Re-cycle, an organization that arranges to have reconditioned bikes sent to Africa to help give families a means of transportation.

(Found via We Heart Stuff)

Double Takes: NYC Bike Racks: David Byrne

David Byrne, best known as the former front-man of the Talking Heads is the master mind and designer behind New York City’s newest installment of bike racks. He teamed up with the New York City Department of Transportation and New York art gallery PaceWildenstein to produced nine new racks which will be placed in various locations throughout the city. Each one is an iconic representation of the neighborhood it’s located in. They’ll be in use throughout the city for a year before going on display and up for sale at PaceWildenstein. Visit to view more images and see a map of locations.

(Found via Intelligent Travel)

Double Takes: Train Car Project

The Train Car Project is comprised of 60 artists from around the world who were asked to furnish train car illustrations. After their designs were received, they were given full-reign over a provided blank canvas–a train car.

The final products will be on display in October at Papa B Studios in Brooklyn, New York. If anyone lives in the area and plans on going, I’d love to hear about it.

(Found via Computerlove)

Double Takes: Stop…In the Name of Love

Oak Lawn, a Chicago suburb near where I grew up, decided to take a different approach to stressing the importance of obeying stop signs. They added clever slogans to 50 stop signs around the town.

Said of the project, “We have to take the work seriously, but it’s OK to smile and to be creative in enforcing a serious message.” Unfortunately, the Chicago Tribune has reported the signs are coming down, as the Illinois Department of Transportation has determined they violate the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. Personally, I think they’re great. What do you all think about the signs?

(Found via Fogonazos via Sumi Sumi)


double takes: Bus Home

Bus Home is a bus station in Ventura, California. Dennis Oppenheim, one of many architects and artists who worked on the project said this of the station:

“The work depicts the metamorphosis of a bus becoming a house. This frozen animation of one image into another takes the form of a looping corkscrew entering the ground and coming up again. It slowly transforms from a bus to a house… For the tired and often alienated traveler the experience of waiting wished to be intervened by the realization that the transaction will be complete. The passengers will arrive at their destination. They will arrive home.”

I’m so impressed with the concept and artistic consideration put into something as simple as a bus stop. I simply love it! Has anyone else seen anything like this before?

(Found via Crooked Brains)

Double Takes: Cellphone Workshops by Teenagers for Adults

The Dutch company Bellendoejezo (roughly translated to “this is how you make the call”) has organized cellphone workshops for adults that are taught by teens.

“While you may never be too old to learn, when it comes to gadgets, you can never be too young to teach. A Dutch initiative is taking advantage of kids’ innate cell phone proficiency by training them as ‘phone coaches’ and getting them to transfer their skills to older users.”

While the program benefits adults through increased cellphone knowledge, it also strives to benefit the teens by boosting self-esteem and providing them with work experience.

(Found via Springwise)