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Alessi Kids Tape Dispenser

Alessi held a competition earlier this year for the students of the industrial design school at the University of Art and Design Laussane in Switzerland. The competition was to design a line of desktop goods. My favorite submission is this tape dispenser. The ultra minimalist aesthetic paired with the obvious functionality of it is inspiring. We have all grown used to the two common types of tape dispenser available to us. The clunky sand filled ones and the feather light plastic ones. Despite all my ill will towards it’s predecessors the elegance of this little guy cuts right through those feelings and reminds me of how good design can improve everyday things.

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The Lost Type Co-op Update

I posted about The Lost Type Co-op a few months ago here, and since then Tyler Galpin and Riley Cran have very evidently not been slacking off. When I posted about LTC before they had just launched their site and typeface on offer(Muncie). Now their selection is power packed with ten different typefaces designed by a sparkly list of collaborators and the founders themselves.

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Frank Chimero’s Recommended Reading

As we all well know one of the most influential and inspiration young designers today is Frank Chimero, and talent at every turn is found in the unique and inspiring ways he gives back to the design community. Many people of credit or attribution in our sphere are merely making things to look at while Chimero is making things to think and talk about. A small yet infinitely useful example is this photo pictured above. After receiving requests for reading recommendations from his students and the world at large Chimero decided to snap a quick photo of the books that have helped to inform and inspire him. The insight we gather from this is most definitely not limited to the titles of the books or the content of their text. It emanates out into the way the books are organized together.


Don’t Fear the Internet

Today seems like the perfect day to post about possibly the most perfect collaborative couple, and one of their side projects. Don’t Fear the Internet is a side project put together by Jessica Hische and Russ Maschmeyer in the hopes of demystifying the internet for us feeble designers and creatives. Also little side note, as of yesterday Jessica and Russ have officially announced their engagement, check out their super cute announcement site/page here. Congrats you two lovely love birds.


Gardener Folding Chair With Tools

Despite the ups and downs in the weather right now summer is coming, and this Gardner Folding Chair With Tools is exactly what I want. It would also make the perfect mother’s day gift! We all know moms love to garden.

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Method & Craft

I feel like I have been under a rock without internet for a while. Hearing about Method & Craft for the first time today makes me feel like I have truly been missing out. Now I have some catching up to do though. The interviews and approach to sharing techniques and how great designers work is not necessarily revolutionary, but I think it is a powerful resource for the younger generation of designers along with the veterans hoping to ramp up there technical skills.

(via swissmiss »)


Explorations in Typography

Explorations in Typography by Carolina de Bartolo along with Erik Spiekermann is a wonderful new book on typesetting and how type and typesetting coexist. With the amount of time I have been spending on interface design these days the only question I have after looking at this awesome layout and typesetting resource is when does the web version come out?

(via Surfstation »)


The Noun Project

The Noun Project is an awesome new project with the mission of “Sharing, celebrating and enhancing the world’s visual language”. By creating a library of symbols and icons they have created a universally accessible visual language that anyone can use at anytime free of charge. Whether you are a designer or otherwise you can download and use the images. Beyond having created a visionary idea, the UX and site design are very fun to use despite their simplicity.

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Typography Deconstructed

Typography Deconstructed fills such a necessary void in design education and equips us with general knowledge of something we designers use everyday and on average know very little about. Today there are very few well designed sources of good factual reference when you are truly in need of it. This site and accompanying poster provide the design community with a wealth of knowledge on the subject of typography. So on behalf of myself and designers every where I say thank you TypeDecon!

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A Backup System

Disclaimer: This post makes some broad strokes about a few different things, but it’s main intention was to recount a recent data snafu and to send some appreciation to a couple of fellow bloggers for being awesome.

As you read this I am recovering from what initially looked like catastrophic data-loss. My Lacie d2 Quadra 500GB hard-drive(sole file storage for most if not all of my work past and present. Yes I am a lazy dinosaur) refused to mount and was making that brushy clicking sound; said to be characteristic of collapsed brushes. It turned out to be the other common and infinitely more palatable scenario. A corrupted power source. Painless $30 fix from the nice helpful people over at Tekserve.

The comedy in all of this lies in the fact that earlier that day I had signed up for Backblaze and made the mental note to start putting together A Backup System. This initiative had stemmed from reading two insightful posts from some fellow design, web creatives Frank Chimero and Antonio Carusone of Aisleone. I really respect these two guys for their work and for the education and inspiration I get from their blogs on a regular basis. These posts about something that could be written off as trivial or something any body should be able to figure out on their own is a great resource. Inevitably we all need good information on a particular subject at some point. So why not get that info. from someone you have learned to trust?

It is really great that people in our field have the compulsion and platforms available to them, like never before, to share their experiences, ideas and tools for doing what it is we do.


House of Buttons

Collections of things are always insightful, and this collection of UI button types from all over the web is fantastic. Apptly named House of Buttons, this blog is edited by Jason Long a developer and UI designer from Columbus, Ohio.

(via swissmiss »)

Posting from the road for the second time. I am currently in Antigua, Guatemala on a trip around central America.


New Polaroid?

I remember a time when Polaroid film was abundant and digital cameras still took blurry distorted photos (not on purpose). The feeling of immediately holding and being able to touch a crisp new print maybe coming back. Polaroid, on December 2nd, released an image teaser of the upcoming product release to Engadget. They have doctored the image in their post to reveal more details of the product, but I somewhat prefer the mystique and surprise of the obscured.

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Tiger-Stone

Tiger Stone is a machine that cannot be better described than by saying it is a brick printer. I would love to see this tool in the hands of some artists and designers. This machine could be used to make some insane patterns and murals. Using it to make type or inset lettering into could be super cool as well.

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Calculator: Alexander Hulme

I love to see beautiful designs applied to everyday objects that really revitalizes them. I always recall from school that the calculator was a jumble of buttons with little heirarchy that was sure to change between manufacturers and models. This design by Alexander Hulme is a nice simplification of the calculator that marries form and function with usability. A minimal calculator like this is something I could see using everyday. If only apple could take a couple hints when designing their version on the iPhone and iPod.

(via Minimalissimo »)


Beautiful Modeler

It seems like everyday there is a new technology or software that really blows my mind. This Beautiful Modeler is one such entity. This interactive 3-D modeler is an incredibly simple idea perfectly executed. It takes an easily accessible set of tools and links them together through programming or in my language magic to make a completely marvelous, and useful invention.

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PSD (Photoshop Dexterity)

“Photoshop dexterity (PSD) is a skillset acquired by proficient users of Adobe Photoshop, the world’s most ubiquitous digital tool for creating visual ideas. Qualities of PSD include supernatural powers of imagination and an overwhelming desire to constantly make the world more beautiful. PSD affects people from different walks of life. In fact, there is a high probability that you have PSD.”

Hyperakt seems to make some of the most enticing and fun side projects around. Whether it is a 2010 World Cup bracket poster or this short film showing “PSD” (Photoshop Dexterity) in someone’s morning routine, the folks over at Hyperakt seem to be able to infuse some good old ingenuity into it.

(via swissmiss »)


Leica M8 White

For all those designers and cool cats who love Leicas this is a pretty sleek machine. Definitely adding this to my “when I win the lottery” wish-list.

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Desk

I had been saving this post for a rainy day so to speak, or at least a day where nothing else jumped out at me to post. This video is simply amazing and doesn’t need much an introduction. I hope most of you reading this have seen it, but whether you have or have not it’s worth watching.

The desk is the physical platform we as creatives use to dive off into projects, new ideas, and create change. So as the tools of design adapt, and the problems change that we as designers face does the desk adapt or go the way of the polar ice caps?


Ommwriter Dana

The new updates for Ommwriter 2.0, referred to as Dana, aren’t revolutionary in their own respect, but they definitely add some value to what is already an awesome application.


Citrange: by Quentin de Coster

The Citrange juicer designed by Quentin de Coster is a beautiful response to the truth of fruit and juicing it. The axis at the center juices the fruit and simultaneously directs the juice into the funnel, which strains out the seeds. The color and shape are both beautiful and appropriate to it’s purpose and make it a simple tool to recognize among other utensils.

(via DesignAddict »)


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