Time Machine

Leica Lenses

Anybody who knows even the smallest bit about cameras or photography knows that Leica is at the top of the game. That is mainly due to the fact that their optics are second to none. This video detailing the process for me just confirms what I already kind of knew. Leica is serious about their product. Putting it through thorough testing at every stage, assembled, and hand finished by specialists is just another testament to the level of excellence their product exudes.

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Dex Desk

Dex Desk is a nice simple design by Reinier de Jong. In addition to having a beautiful minimalist aesthetic Dex solves some other problems unique to our time. Where do I put my computer printer and all it’s cables? One of the three drawers is constructed as a deep tray for exactly that purpose. The finishing and details are also equally as exquisite. Nice stacked and laminated top and the touches of color on the different drawer handles.

(via Minimalissimo »)

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Tatt.ly

My friend and mentor Tina Roth Eisenberg who most of you probably only know by her moniker swissmiss has launched her newest and in my opinion most inventive project to date. Yesterday Tattly launched in beta and today it goes live for the rest of the world! An online store for “Designy temporary tattoos” as their tagline puts it carve out an awesome little niche in growing market of goods by designers for designers. The tattoos are designed by contemporary greats like Frank Chimero, Jason Santa Maria, Chris Glass, Jessica Hische and many more. Who by the way are all personal friends of Tina. Could this woman get any more impressive? Yes she can. Her other projects in addition to her blog include Creative Mornings, teuxdeux, Icebreakertags, and hopefully a whole slew of other cool projects in the future.


Taylor Black

I really love the use of old lithographic style flowers in the branding for British jewelry designer Taylor Black. The branding, collateral, and website were all designed by Interbang. Their packaging system is super simple and elegant, which really suits the companies aesthetic.

(via Design Work Life »)

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USB Card Speaker

Sound quality and volume has always been one of my foremost aggravations with laptops. The USB Card Speaker designed by IDEA International has solved those issues with a beautifully designed minimalist portable speaker. It is also compatible with the iPhone for easy campfire or beachside tunes. You can purchase this little guy over at A+R Store for, in my opinion a reasonable $74.


New Work: Beam & Barre

Earlier this year I worked with Greenwich Connecticut based dance retailer Beam & Barre to create an updated web presence and e-commerce site. After more than twenty five years in the business B&B decided it was time to embrace the new millennium and the internet. So them commissioned me to design a website that allowed them to leverage their small boutique qualities on a platform, which reached a wider audience. My friends Jackie Balzer and Brian McAllister of Hey! Guess What!? did an impeccable job on the development, WordPress optimization and Big Cartel customization.

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Sunset Cabin

A cedar slat facade and a green rooftop gives this 275 square foot cabin a nice amount of openness paired with a comfy protect space. The cabin was designed by Taylor Smyth Architects and built by Brothers Dressler with Yaan Poldaas.

(via Jetson Green »)

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Dieter Rams as Little Design as Possible

Phaidon has put out a great new book that showcases the absolute minimalist perfection of Dieter Rams seemingly endless sea of work. Named for Rams’ tenth design principle Good design is As Little Design as Possible. The design of the book itself was handled by Kobi Benezeri, and I do mean handled. For someone of the caliber of Rams the book requires a certain level of finesse. Benezeri employed a sensory mesh printing on the covers and spine of the book, and lots of impeccably printed full bleed photography.

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Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

Growing up hip-hop and rap had this innate link to skateboarding. De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest were two of the first people I started listening to. The beats and the groove just had something to them that you wanted to skate to. Through my work I actually have had the opportunity to meet and spend sometime with Q-Tip, which for me as a fan for more than half my life was truly inspiring. All that said tomorrow Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, a film by Michael Rapaport will be released in New York and Los Angeles.


Mai House

The main house was built towards the beginning of the 20th century and included several small out buildings dotted around the edge of the lot. A tall retaining wall around the entire site keeps it very private and protected, and it also offers a great deal of green outdoor space. Architects Bourbouze & Graindorge in addition to renovating and updating the main house created a single story modern extension, which connects the main house to the rest of the lot and to the outside space. Also it extends back all the way to the far wall of the lot and gives access to two of the small buildings at the back of the lot, which have been converted into work areas.

(via ArchDaily »)

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Martín Azúa

This amazing chair is part of an ongoing study, Martín Azúa of nature and it’s integration into physical objects. In the case of this chair it exists not only as a place to sit and relax, but also as a home to plant and a habitation for a small animal. We begin to see through projects like The Inner Life how proximity to nature provides a more intimate understanding of it and also a improved level of calm.

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Nonspace

Artist Emily Grundon has shot a series of photographs, which look at the architectural details and intricacies of the spaces in which art is displayed and exhibited. In Nonspace she highlights the little things most of us would miss when we are in a museum or art gallery. Busy encountering a space in it’s intended purpose we often miss the most interesting or telling details. These photos capture light and shadow, which are often in art criticism some of the most important aspects of art.

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Caravan Identity

One sign of a great branding project to me is being able to, at a glance tell that all the elements are part of the same family, but that they are not all identical. Differing layouts and designs help each piece or element to fit it’s purpose or home. The system for the wine bottles and coffee cups are particularly striking. Their minimalist design is impeccable, but they also create a level of autonomy for the very distinct drink subcategory. All the design for London based Caravan was carried out by Inhouse. If you are in London you should pop in and grab a cup of coffee. Caravan is located on a corner in Farringdon’s Exmouth Market, and their interior looks like it does justice to the overall brand.

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New Work: ArtBinder

ArtBinder is a sleek iPad app. for galleries, which is currently in a private beta release. I worked closely with founder Alexandra Chemla and COO Jeremy Galen to create the front facing promotional marketing site along with the sales flow and customer side CMS tools. Working with the iPad app already in it’s final stages gave me a unique problem. I had to create a strong visual design that was cohesive and complementary to the app’s design and function.


Happy Independence Day

Just wanted to take a brief moment to wish everybody a happy 4th of July. We are back to our normal routine this year heading to the Thimble Islands on the Long Island Sound in Connecticut. Our friends have a party every year on a wonderful little rock out in the sound. Grilled salmon, salad, beers and lemonade.


New Type York

I found this site probably about a year ago now, but never posted about it because it was in what seemed like a permanent hiatus. I happened to be looking through my type related bookmarks the other day and decided it was time to check back in and see if there were any developments, and much to my surprise. New Type York is back up and running with a “temporary” site until their new one is completed. I have to say though I am very pleased with the current design.


Google Web Fonts v2

In the web font game services like Typekit and MyFonts reign supreme, but I find as a designer working with an array of smaller clients that sticking to the open source fonts offered by Google Web Fonts is a better fit. All the fonts in the GWF library are 100% free and can be easily integrated into almost any site or web app, and is compatible with an increasingly large number of browsers. All this great stuff has gotten even better with the launch of Google Web Fonts v2. The new release has added increased search-ability, which is more necessary now because the new version currently has 185 families all including multiple variations.


Great British Identity

The third book in the Great British Design series, Great British Identity is out and now available at Index Book and Amazon. The leather bound book is a great reference catalog and archive of British identity work.

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Play With the Trash

The city of Lucerne Switzerland has created these awesome floor stickers as part of an initiative to engage people with the trash cans and get them to use them more. The playful nature of these is great and I think will truly appeal to the kid inside all of us.

(via swissmiss »)

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Mr. T

Kieser Spath’s concept for a clothing rail, perfectly named Mr. T the construction is a ultra minimal design using two wooden t-shaped verticals with a metal rod spanning the space between them. The rail is available in two sizes and can be easily taken apart and here is the real genius. It can be store flat.

(via Minimalissimo »)

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