Time Machine


Simple idea for an alphabet made up of letterforms created by layering images of vintage toys. Illustrator Viktor Koen has a portfolio full of wonderful pieces that feature an awesome collage and color sense. Toyphabet as it is named has to be one of the coolest though.

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Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment

Kevin Roche has made his mark on New York, which is something that can be said by only a select number of Architects. The original exhibition Architecture as Environment was presented at Yale School of Architecture and has been expanded for it’s current venue at the Museum of the City of New York to cover his work and what it has done for New York City. The exhibit includes original drawings, models, photographs and ephemera from more that 40 years of work, and opens on September 27th running through January 22nd 2012.

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Hip Hop Logo

This is one of those self initiated projects that cuts through all the client less clouds and kicks serious ass. Designer Christopher David Ryan created this logo for the nice broad mock client Hip Hop. He really nails it with the layering of the two component words, and the execution is all there. The letters just meld together into an unbreakable type mark.

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World Geographic Atlas

From the days when print was God comes this little gem. This amazing World Atlas, scored at a thrift store, was designed by Herbert Bayer, along with Harry Gardines, Martin Rosenzweig, and Masato Nagagawa.

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Roundy Residence

Of all the architects I have come across in my life Miller Hull Partnership has to be by far the best. Their aesthetic so perfectly blends comfort and function with modern and industrial. I really love this house specifically it really blends into it’s surroundings perfectly. The design itself has a protected central unit with longer glass space spanning off of it in two directions.

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Previously posted on campsite: House Forest Design, Tillamook Forest Interpretive Center

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Purfina Petrol Station

Designed by Sybold van Ragesteyn, this 50′s modern gas station in Arnhem reminds me of Ed Ruscha’s Standard Station, Amarillo Texas. The abrupt perspective lines of Ruscha’s painting look so similar to the angles of the facade of Purfina Petrol Station. It’s also really fun to look at the good image search for this building. The results include so artworks inspired by the building, along with some historic shots showing it with different color schemes and uses throughout the years.

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38 Feet Tall, 8400 Mosaic Tiles

The subway posters designed for SVA always amaze and delight. In this case the original poster design by Louise Fili was transformed into a 3 story mosaic. A transformation that may be miraculous, but not quite mystical, since the original poster was designed in a the style of a mosaic. However the final billboard size boasts 38 vertical feet and 8,400 tiles. Quite a stretch from the paper versions stuffed into displays throughout the MTA. An additional fact that I found to be pretty coincidental is that the arrow on the poster points to both the School of Visual Arts building on which it is constructed as well as Louise Fili’s own studio.

Tillamook Forest Interpretive Center

Tillamook State Forest in Oregon is home to a mind blowing new education center. The 14,000 plus square foot space is dedicated to educating visitors about the history of the Tillamook Burn, which consumed an area greater than 355,000 acres around 60 years ago. My favorite detail of this center designed by Miller Hull Architects is the 250 foot suspension bridge, which spans from the site to an existing camping area.

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Parc de Bombers

Almost anyone could tell immediately that this firehouse is most definitely not a civic building in the United States. This fire station in Montblanc France shows the foresight that we are only beginning to see in small scale civic structures on our shores. The team behind this cool fire house is Arriola & Fiol Arquitectes, which enters into their portfolio of unique works.

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Coromandel Beach House

This utilitarian beach getaway in New Zealand was designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects with a subtle rustic exterior and a magnificently crafted interior. The design also really maximizes the view with an aircraft carrier scale deck and a broad opening from the living space of the house directly out on it.


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Hengki Koentjoro

Self proclaimed amateur photographer Hengki Koentjoro from Indonesia has a portfolio stocked full of rich textural images. Koentjoro shoots on a broad array of hardware including a Nikon D700, a Canon 5D Mark II and a 120mm film camera. He has this amazing thread throughout a great deal of his work that is the human relation to the water and how that is captured.


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Parking Garage Herdern

The beautiful mountainsides of Switzerland provide the perfect canvas for built in structures. I have seen this demonstrated both in unique hobbit like dwellings all the way up to ultra modern luxury lofts dug into a hillside. Here we see probably the pinnacle of garage design in the entire world. Kunz Architektur has used to the ground to enclose and also frame parking for a clients car collection. Part display and part storage the juxtaposition between the grass and wild flowers, and the concrete glass and steel of the cars is awesome.


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If more packaging was beautiful the world would be a more enjoyable place. This example designed by Gabriel Morales is the branding and packaging concept for latex glove manufacturer Foil. Some people argue that a product’s packaging must reflect it’s use and sensibilities, but sometimes making the landscape a little less ugly could be a good goal.

Hans Mauli

Graphic designers always have an interesting eye for capturing images. Swiss born designer Hans Mauli worked with Herb Lubalin and had worked as an advertising photographer in Paris for many years.

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Just My Type

Who would have thought you could put 999 fonts in a 60 second video clip, and actually make it look good? This promotional video for Simon Garfield’s book Just my Type does exactly that. The book itself brings readers into the world of typography and even takes about many historic typographers and the affect their work had on typography in general. More than just a design resource this book raises the awareness of the power and importance to typefaces and the work that it takes to create and maintain them.

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House in a Forest Nagano

Architect Go Hasegawa is known for his approach of investigating the connection and play between a houses inside and outside spaces. Here the house and it’s design create a massive protected concrete deck to entertain a large group of friends and family. The design itself also mimics the slender trees of it’s surroundings

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Co-working spaces seem to be one of the hippest new trends, and with spaces like this one designed by Fabric Urban Design Office why shouldn’t they be. FS2 as it is called was an unused warehouse, which was converted into a unique co-working space.

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Museum of Natural History Berlin

Now when an architect is contracted to restore a building that has been damaged by time and especially historically relevant circumstances such as WWII. It is important that the restoration does not mask or cover up the history that has become a part of that building. Diener & Diener’s approach was to use a high-tech process of creating silicon molds from the parts of the exterior, which were conjoined and used to cast concrete from that to fill in the damaged gaps. The resulting walls are a beautiful patchwork of old an new that gives visitors a distinct picture of what the building is meant to look like, but also exactly to what extent it was destroyed.


London Aquatics Centre

The experimental work of Zaha Hadid has never been my cup of tea, but this amazing aquatics center for the 2012 London Olympic games is awesome. In a massive public arena like this her touch with the flowing expanses of concrete, metal and glass make for a magnificent space.

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How I Give Presentations With the iPad

Self proclaimed “writer who draws” Austin Kleon has made this fun little illustration to demonstrate how he uses his iPad in place of a laptop when giving presentations.

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