As much as I dislike the MTA sometimes, I always love the New York City Subway. There is an energy and a pace to it as well as this link to a history bigger than ourselves and even greater than the city we currently live in. These photos by Carlos Fernandez capture a lot of this feeling to me. A true Gotham portrait of the subway and its riders.
For their new headquarters in the financial district of Tokyo Pasono wanted something green. Yoshimi Kono renovated a a building for them which now features a beautiful lush organic shell of green walls. The greenery or at least the growing doesn’t stop there. About 20% of the interior space is devoted to growing around 200 different plant species which are harvested and used in Pasona’s own cafeteria. A sort of Farm to Cubicle mecca like no other.
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I didn’t realize there was such a thing as a fireworks fight. These images capturing one such event during a celebration for in Tultepec in Mexico, which is renowned for its fireworks. Thomas Prior was able to capture the explosive and light spattered scene in a really enthralling way that makes me feel like I was there, while letting me watch from a safe distance.
Church of the Atom is a Gothernburg, Sweden based brewery which was conceived at the hands of master-brewer and a creative director. That may sound like an odd couple to some people, but in the beer realm it is exactly the type of team you need. They subscribe to a “nanostyle” approach to brewing and their releases are named curiosity, insanity, progression, craft and humor. Their beers feature interesting and unique flavors not frequently associated with beer which include tropical fruit, fresh herbs, spicy things and even smoked berries. Unfortunately for us this beer doesn’t seem to be imported to the states yet, but keep your eyes peeled. Good things have a tendency to get here sooner or later.
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In the context of vision I have found myself in a very blessed position. My entire life I have had unfaltering 20/20. But for those who don’t the world is a different place. For centuries now people who have needed glasses have been beholden to the manufacturers who made frames, each of which needed specific lenses. This meant that if you wanted to change your frames it would require new lenses and if your prescription changed a new set of lenses. This is old news to anyone who has ever had to wear glasses, but still it seemed like good context for this post.
Frameri has taken on this issue as the starting point for their new eyewear company. And I have to say it is truly remarkable to see what a few designers, engineers and some passionate people can come up with when addressing at a distinct problem. Their solution are a wide range of frames that share a unified lens system. Both the frames and lenses are designed for the stress of being swapped in and out over and over during their lifetimes. It is a simple solution that they have executed beautifully.
They are currently about two thirds of the way through their Indiegogo funding campaign. So head over their, watch the video and if you feel like it share the wealth. Their perks are pretty sweet. You can get yourself a pair of glasses! Or several.
I am really hungry right now, but I am pretty positive I am digging this cereal packaging for more than the fact that it sounds delicious right now. Beehive was a student project designed by Lacy Kuhn while at Western Washington University. The part I find super interesting about the design is that it highlights the region or regions where the honey was sourced along with some icons communicating the terroir of that region.
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Do you know what the largest growing waste stream in the world is? It is computer and electronic waste. So why shouldn’t we make open source platforms for these devices that help minimize this waste? The answer is we definitely should and Phonebloks is hoping to do that. An open platform with customizable and interchangeable components to both make your phone fit your lifestyle and usage, but also more importantly it is a way to keep us from having to upgrade an entire device every year or two. I am excited to see the future of Phonebloks and hopefully they can inform a revolution in tech manufacturing.
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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.
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.
The undulation of the water and music in sync in this video is extremely entrancing. Soap, ink, and water were mixed to create the visual effects of this video by Ruslan Khasanov. Just as important to the absorbing effect of this video is the music by Boris Blank, which blends into the motion of the ripples and colors.
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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).