Coming from an art school background I have a love hate relationship with the X-acto blade. It has extracted a surprisingly large amount of blood and removed a weighable amount of skin from my finger tips over the years, but I still could not think of a better tool short of a laser cutter to accomplish the tedious tasks so many late nights during my undergraduate days. Designed by Njoki Gitahi, The Blade Necklace pays a nice homage to the real thing while also becoming a beautiful wearable object.
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Every printer I have ever used always has an annoying way of loading paper and also has so many seemingly useless parts and pieces. Mugi Yamamoto‘s Stack design really pairs it back to the bare essentials. The inkjet printer sits right atop the stack of paper and uses gravity to feed the paper.
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The architectural models of Josep Ferrando are really eye catching. Employing a similar materials palette to his actual buildings, Ferrando creates prototypes that are infinitely more descriptive. It also makes for a beautiful standalone sculpture in addition to conveying the intent of a concept. You can see more details from the House in Sant Cugat over on Ferrando’s site.
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RoandCo Studio has recently launched a new project titled RoandCo-llaborators, which is going to be an ongoing series of videos profiling the creative folks they work with to make many of their projects so uniquely amazing. The second video in the series captures both the passion and ethos of floral designer Taylor Patterson the talented stem tamer behind Fox Fodder Farm. I am very excited to follow this series as it evolves.
For those of us who enjoy great coffee and the outdoors Poler and Stumptown Coffee Roasters have collaborated on a little coffee survival kit that you will really enjoy. The collaboration consists of a custom Poler pack with 2 branded enamelware mugs, Porlex JP-30 Burr Grinder, AeroPress Kit, and a 12 ounce bag of Holler Mountain Coffee. Any camping trip or beachside vacation would be drastically improved by purchasing and packing one of these kits. It also wouldn’t be too shabby a gift. I know there are quite a few birthdays in the not so distant future, wink wink.
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Short and simple, this 5 second animation by Irish designer Max Halley is a delightful little countdown. Each second is has been turned into a small face with an adorable expression. The transitions are impeccable. Each number shifts in and out of one another flawlessly.
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Grand Theft Auto has been one of the most successful video game franchises of all time and they are going to continue their domination by releasing GTA 5 “Online” this September. From the released gameplay preview above it can already be established that the new saga will only share name and basic plot tenets with its older siblings. The structure of the new GTA will be “a dynamic and persistent online world for 16 players”. Guess I am going to have to go out and buy an Xbox.
Now that we all have smart phones in our pockets the usefulness of a compass has been severely diminished. Designed by Simon & Me this compass is a beautiful object. You can pop over to Heldth and pick one up.
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My close friend Gregory Topscher launched a Kickstarter project for Shipwreck Letterpress his handmade cards and cut paper designs. With sixteen days left to go he is over three quarters of the way to his $2000 funding goal. Head over to KS and take a look at all the great pledge benefits that are on offer.
If you studied design it is more than likely that you are familiar with Josef Albers, and his Interaction of Color. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the classic Yale University Press, with the help of Potion has released The Interaction of Color iPad app. The app features all the original color studies from the book and in addition there is commentary from a range of experts on both Albers’ work and theories as well as some interactivity that would have been difficult to achieve in the physical book.
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Historic stone farmhouses always make an amazing base for an architectural renovation. This specific one in Serra de Janeanes, Portugal is absolutely stunning. The original stone structure is accentuated by expanses of white, glass, and light wood. Carried out by João Branco the update to this house has created some unique spaces and beautiful rooms, which would have been impossible to create in a new construction building.
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Tom Donhou of Donhou Bicycles, inspired by the speed seekers on the Salt Flats in the 1960s, built a fixed gear bike with the sole intention of testing the limits of speed. This video by Spindle Productions captures Donhou’s insight into the process of building the bike as well as riding it and going for speed. Donhou also collaborated with Royce to to create the drivetrain for the 100mph Bike, which features a 104 tooth chain ring(that’s really really huge).
I have never walked the streets of Tokyo during the day or at night, but I can definitely signify with how hypnotizing and captivating it can be to walk through a city at night listening to music. Tao Tajima said “As I walk home at night listening to music I would imagine shapes moving to the sounds” when explaining where this project came from. This video captures and enhances the mesmerizing effects of walking through the city at night with neon shapes jumping around and interacting with the spaces. Tajim is a designer at Tanagram the Tokyo-based film and visual design studio.
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The word hydroponics usually brings up thoughts of your Greatful Dead enthusiast friend in high school trying to grow pot in his mother’s basement. Very few people realize that hydroponic growing techniques can be used for a wide range of different plants. Even then normal gear for hydroponics are far from attractive. In steps 10¹² Terra with these nice minimalist terrariums perfect for bringing a nice little water plant into your home or office.
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Dry cleaning is one of the business types that gets very little attention from the designers. Nordic House is a beautiful exception to the rule. Their branding by Anagrama is a thoroughly considered and organized system, which allows them to keep track of garments, customers, and clean everyones clothes with some serious style.
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From the outside Summerhouse in Lagnö, Sweden is a series of geometric concrete shapes, but once you are inside it gives way to a open, light and airy space. Muted tones are punctuated by crisp expanses of natural wood and deliberately placed pieces of black furniture. The house was designed by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter and these amazing photographs were shot by Lindman.
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I have been taking a break from drinking for a while now, so posting things for Beer Friday seems a little humorous. In the light of that I thought this cheeky beer packaging concept designed by Peter Jostrand would make a perfect post. Prescription Beer builds in strength as the week progresses leading towards Sunday the day of rest.
Meet Weathertron. Ok, so the name really bums me out, but I have been waiting for a weather app like this for such a long time. The name makes sense since it aggregates real time data from 16 different sources. The data is then composed into an infographic of the days weather.
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I think each and every Gothamist is dreaming of their own special getaway right now during this heatwave. These logo concepts designed by J Fletcher are helping keep the dream alive for me.
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Hot or not, I have been spending a lot of time on my bike. Bicycle design and especially the branding and collateral for cycling companies is one of my earliest memories of design. Even now it is always something I look at when purchasing or even checking out bikes and gear. This branding for Højmark Cycles, designed by Ineo Designlab really caught my eye. I like the simplicity and the geometric forms all the typography is constructed from.
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