The articles and stories put out by The Great Discontent, since it launched in 2011 have always captured insightful and beautiful portraits. They interview and write about the people we are inspired by and those we share our creative pursuits with. So when I have the opportunity to participate in a project of theirs at Brooklyn Beta in 2012 the answer was a resounding YES! Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I am a bit of a talker, but film interviews have never really been my favorite. Despite that I am happy to have been a part of the Two Minutes with TGD project. A big thank you to Ryan and Tina, and if you haven’t seen their TGD Magazine Kickstarter you still have 14 days to back it.
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For all the time we spending using calendars, todo lists, and organization tools both digital and analog. It is very apparent that most of them force the user to bend to the will of the program and its capabilities. Peek offers a “more human” approach that includes smile intuitive touch interactions paired with fun sounds and a shake for a recommendation of sorts that is the delight calendars have been missing. Some of the things that a user may encounter could help make you a better friend or make you enjoy life a little more fully. Kudos to the folks at Peek for taking a different approach to a, usually mundane digital product. Pop over to the App Store and give it a try.
Both my parents have collected matchboxes from their travels, near and far for all my life. Somewhere along the way I started a collection of my own. The design and function matchboxes as an object are usually distinctly separate and usually intend to convey the brand or message of the place they are from first and accomplish the task of creating fire second. Strike is a collection of reimagined matchboxes that come in fun colors and a variety of sizes. Clara von Zweigbergk and Shane Schneck teamed up to design the set for HAY, the Danish product design studio.
The common matchbox is used almost exclusiving for advertising while the intricate red phosphorus pattern along the sides are secondary to the advert. Strike honors the activity of creating a flame.
This San Francisco Loft renovation is particularly breathtaking. The design is not over the top and intern has a nice comfortable sort of quality. The loft started out with some really gorgeous elements which Line Office Architecture allowed to persist through their renovation such as exposed brick and a Douglas Fir beam structure. One of the most striking parts of the resulting design is the broad format of everything. The wide stools, expansive counter tops, gigantic refrigerator and cabinet doors all combine to create a nice simple sort of grandeur.
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Well we love jotting down notes and ideas, and of course we like eating and drinking local. So the “Drink Local Series” from Field Notes is a brainer for us. Head over to their site and get your own. If there are any left. Depending on your preference of drink and color they come in quite a few different combinations like Ale and Lager, Amber Ale and India Pale Ale, and my favorite Pilsner and Bock. Grab your preferred writing implement, a pack of these and hunker down for a few rounds at your local watering hole of choice. Also make sure to order something brewed or distilled less than 25 miles away.
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Paper and collage art has always been one of my favorite mediums. Either sculptural or two dimensional works, I think it is the art form most similar to graphic design. Louis Reith the Amsterdam artist repurposes out book cuttings, maps and other old sheets of paper into amazing little pieces. The map pyramids are by far my favorite, but I also really like the abstract pieces, which have some interesting textures and compositions. Head over his site to check out more of his work.
Maybe it was the lake freckled landscape where I spent my childhood or the surrounding prep-schools, but rowing has always been in my consciousness. We spent quite a bit of time on the water and in it as kids. I was even lucky enough to have a wood craftsman father so by the age of five I had helped build a row boat from hull to oars. It was a far cry from a rowing shell, but maybe one day one will find its way into my life. The WMS Boathouse on the Chicago River makes me want to hop up from my desk and head to the closest rowing center and take out a skull. Designed by Studio Gang, the building and dock features some really smart and intriguing elements. My favorite part by far has to be the indoor water pool rowing simulator.
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Branding goes a long way in the food industry. It can immediately establish trust and convey the genre and, the cuisine and the culture of a restaurant and the inverse can happen even more quickly. The rebranding of Harry’s in Kansas City’s Union Station exemplifies this idea. Tad Carpenter’s attention to detail and craft are of the sort that all designers should apply when designing for a restaurant. Harvey House Diner original opened in 1914 and has been a fixture at Union Station ever since. Carpenter was able to maintain a classic look while also catapulting Harry’s into the 21st century.
Print design and printed matter in general seems like a bit of a rarity these days. Especially for those of us who work predominantly in the digital sphere. Despite that the stuff I do find on seems to be very highly refined. The pieces here are by Swedish graphic designer Oda Haugerud and they feature really interesting and unique printing, binding and covering techniques which help to elevate the overall pieces. I definitely have to say my favorite piece is the top image of a series of illustrations entitled Meteorit, which came out of the near impact of a meteorite in Malmö, Sweden this past February.
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The illustrations of Hannah Warren caught my eye quite a while ago, but I only recently came across this map she did. It highlights the Nordic region of Northern Europe and has a beautiful texture and style, which is perfectly demonstrative of the geographical area it portrays. Craggy rocks, birch and pine trees, and a cold palette of grays are a few of the recognizable regional elements that are used to make up the landmasses in this map. This map was commissioned by Phaidon for a book on a restaurant in Denmark by the name of NOMA.
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The fall season is always one of my favorite times of year. Despite the influx of colder weather and the trees shedding their leaves it has a nice feeling to it. I especially love all of the harvest time and autumn vegetables. Christopher Dina has captured some squash and other related fall bounties in the two “Autumn Gourds” prints available in Dina’s shop on Society6.
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We at campsite are huge fans of Naoto Fukasawa and his designs. The Demetra Table Lamp for Artemide is no exception. This utilitarian design is easily adjustable and is very flexible and could work anywhere from an office desk to a living room end table. Operated by an LED the light is extremely efficient and has a dimmer and sensor built into the head of the lamp. No awkwardly placed cord switches here, thankfully.
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FiftyThree has had such a great trajectory and continued success since they launched Paper, which was their first product. It went on to be named App of the Year by Apple and even lead to a collaboration with Moleskine to deliver their second product ‘Book’. Now in a way they are trying to complete the circle or at the very least round out their product offering with the beautifully crafted wooden styles. Simply called Pencil Stylus. The implement both improves the user experience of the Paper app and makes the tactility of using the app far more pleasing. Not to mention the Pencil Stylus is made of a beautiful wood with a very visible grain and a rich dark varnish. Also make sure to watch the video after the jump.
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Inspired by plant and animal forms the Makino Botanical Museum is punched overlooking the city on the back side of Mount Godai. Designed by Naito Architect & Associates the structure features a melodic flow with easy transitions from inside and out. The roof has to be one of my favorite parts with the beams connected in the fashion of an extremely long and intricate spinal column. The resulting form is a unique undulating outcropping of roof which creates a visual stunning result both on the interior and exterior spaces.
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I think it is pretty obvious that we lean towards the minimalist end of things whenever possible. So when I saw Coin for the first time last week you can imagine how excited I was. Being able to easily put the entire mess of different debit, credit and loyalty cards onto one simple and durable card is a dream come true. Of course I went ahead and pre-ordered one! The other thing that really stood out to me was how succinct their entire product and marketing strategy is. Can’t wait to see what they do in the future.
The importance and necessity of smartly strategized and crafted social campaigns has become an important marketing channel for even small businesses. The Company You Keep created an exemplary campaign for Builders Arms Hotel to engage their customers and guests throughout the year. One of the strongest elements, which immediately jumped out at me, is the consistency across all the platforms. From the physical cards, to Facebook, and Twitter the campaign maintains a recognizable look and feel.
(via Design Work Life »)