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Forest Bath in Nagano

A triangle form cut right into the side of the house creates a perfect protected patio to enjoy the forest. Kyoko Ikuta Architecture Laboratory created this light and open yet private summer residence for the clients to experience the trees and outdoors.

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The Ui Toolkit

The UI Toolkit is definitely one of those things I have been waiting for. Both simple and comprehensive it is far more than a texture pack, but also leaves plenty of space to be creative with the elements. The toolkit is the debut product from the wonderful folks over at UI Parade, so make sure to purchase a copy to help support their awesome site(it’s only $8 dollars).


Onepager

Onepager seems like a great solution for smaller non-techy businesses who need to get online.


The Wallee

The Wallee iPad case manufacturers have now released a headrest mount that easily integrates with their case. So if you aren’t one of those distorted people with an Escalade with monitors in the back of all your headrests. Now you can easily turn your iPad into a headrest monitor for your children or any passengers riding in the back seat.

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Baker D. Chirico

Currently I am sitting at my desk infatuated with the brand identity and retail space for the Baker D. Chirico an artisan bakery with a handful of locations in and around Melbourne, Australia. The branding and collateral work was all done by Fabio Ongarato Design, and the as far as I can gather the store interior was designed by March Studio. There is a wonderful juxtaposition happening between classic and collage elements, and modern components such as the organic undulating skeletal shelving which doubles as design and product display.

(via Design Work Life »)

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Proof iPad App and Tasting Kit

The folks over at Zeus Jones applied an unique approach and relevant background to create this outstanding iPad app and accompanying tasting kit. They liken the app more to the user experience of a board game over another specific technology precedent. Proof is both beautiful and intuitive, and the physical component of the tasting kit ties it to an experience outside of the app which only helps to strengthen it’s value. I really love this physical companion model for digital products. Wacom’s new Inkling pen is a slightly different, yet related example of this type of intersection.

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Burd Haus

Bird houses are definitely an over looked area as far as design goes. I don’t really think birds are discerning about the shapes and forms their dwellings take, but color must definitely have a deciding factor. I would love to spice up my yard with one of these colorful modern little residences by Burd Haus, and hopefully get one or two flying little critters zipping in and out.

(via Design Work Life »)

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Burton Kramer

After the release of the Burton Kramer Identities Book earlier this year it became abundantly clear that Burton Kramer’s ideas and approach to design deserved to be captured in a documentary. Kramer talks about how design is more the sum of our output, but extends to the products and objects we elect to surround us and the homes we live in. Design for Kramer has been both a way of life as well as what his life has been defined by.

(via Surfstation »)


Fruita Blanch

To emphasize their new product line of 100% organic and self harvested canned goods Fruita Blanch has paired up with Barcelona based Atipus to create an new identity and packaging system. The resulting labels are of a single universal size, meant to fit any jar size without obscuring the contents, which are the most delectable part.


Tangram United States

Midnight Umbrella created this fun colorful illustration of the United States using only tangrams. The result is this nicely textured atypical map, which is definitely better as decoration than for direction, but cool nonetheless.

(via Pitch Design Union »)


Project Moon

Seeing a branding project in a portfolio can often be pretty bland. But when it is accompanied by something such as a sketch or photograph capturing their process or mode of creating the finished identity it adds so much more value and power to the work. I am definitely not trying to devalue powerful and creative logo and identity work, but for creatives I think it is just more interesting to know where they started or how they go to their solution. Like a mechanic or a computer engineer we want to see under the hood. Ideas don’t have moving parts, but there are things that make them tick, and those little components are never seen again after the final product is polished vectorized and set in the correct PMS color.

The logo here was designed by Emily Kane was designed for a group she helped found during her masters studies in graphic design. The group’s goal is to promote the current ambitions for our space programs through creative and visual means.

(via Identity Designed »)


37 Signals Holiday Gift

Similar to their products, when 37 Signals dreams up a holiday gift they really come up with something highly innovative and unique. This year they asked the team at Simple Honest Work to concept, design, and execute a beautifully printed and interestingly assembled holiday gift for their clients and friends. Each one is a different vintage book, which has been hollowed out and turned into a box to hold the perfectly bone folded Map of the World. Every single minute detail was accounted for and carried out so perfectly. Down to something as simple as a wax stamp closures for the envelopes and rustic craft paper wrapping.

(via Surfstation »)


GP House

Use of a classic material like wood shingles for the entire exterior of a house is awesome especially when it is juxtaposed with super modern windows. Designed by Italian architects Geza did a great job of creating something that is modern and unique, yet still blends in with the vernacular architecture of the surrounding area.

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Work Experience

James Edmondson shares his insight on why he does what he does, and why he finds such enjoyment in it. Working with letterforms for him is a way of continuing to play the way we do as children, tapping into that powerful state of imagination to create things. The background for this monologue is a process video of James taking some letterform sketches on paper and turning them into a beautiful typeface called Ticonderoga.

(via Lost Type Co-op Blog »)


Geo Washplane

I am torn between two worlds right now. The past and the future. I love the texture and history of objects that have been used over and over. Simultaneously the future is painted so interestingly by the design of fixtures, architecture, technologies, and everything else in the physical world. Designed by Omnivo the Geo Washplane so beautifully illustrates this futuristic design.


Lost Type Co-op Shop

Yesterday the amazing gents from Lost Type Co-op launched newest tentacle of their successful “pay what you want ” type foundry. A store for all of us free loaders to support them and purchase beautiful goods made from and with their amazing typefaces. The first two products they have launched with are a set of LTC pins and a limited run of type specimen books. Get in there and buy yours today as the book was printed in an edition of only 300.

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Jens Risom Prefab

Better know for his furniture design, Danish American Jens Risom is credited with being one of the first designers to bring Scandinavian design over from Europe. This house was built for Risom and his family in 1967 as a summer retreat on a secluded lot out on Block Island. Using a somewhat standard post and beam prefab structure from a local builder and added some design touches of his own. The one main accent which made the house so iconic is a fenestrated facade spanning from the peak of the roof right down to the porch. A glass wall like this ushers in a huge amount of light and also provides an unobstructed view out to the ocean from almost anywhere in the house. In 1967 just after completion the house was featured in LIFE magazine and these two photos are from group, which accompanied the article.

(via Dwell »)


Symmetry

Another amazing collaboration between Radiolab and Everynone. The video features fabulously mashed up clips, which create this juxtaposition, which really begins to define language and life.

(via Surfstation »)


Tattly Promo Video

Tattly keeps coming up with fun inspiring new temporary tattoos, and now they have a brand new promo video, which does not disappoint. The super talented guys from Made By Hand filmed and edited 52 seconds of smile generating magic from what must have been a grueling 10 hour shoot. The track was put together by composer Nathan Rosenberg and I have to say, together with the rhythmic editing really gives the whole video a strong beat.


Urban Wineworks

Normally when I find myself in a wine shop I tend to be more trusting of wines, which have a classic timeless design. Labels that feel like they could have been the same for nearly 100 years. But every once in a while I come across a vibrant modern design that makes me rethink that. This branding for Urban Wineworks by the extremely talented Foundry Collective is a perfect example of this. Their design rethinks what parts and faces of a label need to accomplish specific tasks. Instead of sticking to any existing label convention they have turned this label in to a simple organized puzzle of rectangles containing type, graphic or texture.

(via Design Work Life »)

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