Charged: Jim Campbell in NYC

The artist brings his sculptural LED "light films" to New York, taking over museums, galleries and ballets

While the boundaries between contemporary art and technology have grown increasingly blurry—thanks to everything from biologically-inspired knitted structures to oil that “defies” gravity—there are, surprisingly, only a handful of artists who delve deep into the specs and circuits of light technology. One of them is Jim Campbell. Equipped with a degree in electrical engineering and mathematics from MIT, the San Francisco-based artist employs video, light …

Cool Hunting Video: Empire State Light Show

World famous lighting designer Marc Brickman on his incredible installation at NYC's iconic building

On the 86th floor of New York City’s Empire State Building, we had the chance to talk with the man behind the structure’s elaborate light shows—world-renowned lighting designer, Marc Brickman. His most recent installation unveiled an extra 200 feet of LED lights, reaching the tip of the building’s massive antenna. Displaying up to 16 million colors, Brickman’s spectacular computer-programmed lighting design gives new energy to …

Sparse

A new, minimal bike light that's hard to steal

Sparse, a start-up brand of cycling lights based in San Francisco, makes a clean and refined product that truly lives up to the company name. The ultra-simple Sparse comes as a tail light and a front, spacer light that replaces a headset spacer to lie just under the stem. To build the brand idea and push the concept into production Sparse launched a Kickstarter campaign …