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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Long time friend and inspiring Berkshire chef Jeremy Stanton was recently featured in this Food Curated video piece talking about his catering business, his new venture The Meat Market, and his thoughts on creating a better food system. In addition to being a major proponent of the local and slow food movements Jeremy also through approach supports an open and more transparent outlook on food. His catering business of ten years does everything roasted over open flames right in front of the eaters. This has been adapted and evolved in his new butcher shop restaurant into a very open space where the entire operation can be viewed from the perspective of the patron.
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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Having lived in New York City for 8 years now combined with the fact that I have had an iPhone in my pocket for the past 6 the concept of maps doesn’t entice me that much. However, Janette Sadik-Khan the Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner brought in a power team to work on the project made up of Pentagram, CityID, Billings Jackson Design, RBA Group, and T-Kartor. Together they created WalkNYC a street map and way-finding system focused on assisting the city’s pedestrians.
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During the 20th century air travel accelerated to the forefront of travel both in comfort and technology. That acceleration slowed towards the close of the century and then seemed to come to grinding halt after 9/11. British Airways and Designworks are shining a little light on the gloomy tech starved air travel industry. Together they have created the first electronic bag tag. The tag will allow you to track your bag at all times during your journey. Despite the promise of this smart little gadget, due to the disarray of the global airline industry it is highly unlikely that it will ever be put into use industry wide.
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It can be difficult to find a soccer ball these days that hasn’t completely sacrificed any connection to its predecessor to make room for new technology and a futuristic look. Designed by Maxim Bykov this ball skirts the line between modern simplicity and the more traditional spheres of the sport.
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Summer is the season of beer festivals. Maybe its refreshing feel of those cold suds on a blistering day or maybe its just the best time of year to surround your self with great people and taste some delicious brews. I am super keen on the identity Maddison Graphic designed for the Elysian Beer Festival in Cambridgeshire, UK.
We took a work field trip yesterday intending to visit the Rain Room at MoMA. After arriving and to find out that the wait time during the special members viewing time was over two hours we trekked a little further uptown and settled for seeing the James Turrell exhibit at the Guggenheim. When I say we settled for the Turrell exhibit I mean it loosely as I have always been a huge fan of his work. These installations, albeit more subdued than some of his other work do not disappoint. The simplicity and scale and often the absence of things or the negative space created by his works are some of my favorite attributes.
This video is a rare behind the scenes look at the images Tolleson developed for Adobe to promote the release of Lightroom 5. Deep in the woods of Northern California amongst the redwood and moss a complex arrangement of LED tube lights were architected to create an other worldly space. The resulting images of the sculpture are meant to communicate how light can alter how we see or perceive things.
Cast iron skillets and pans have always been one of my cooking essentials. That said it is one of those utilitarian objects we have all grown accustomed to and that has been given very little design attention in recent history. In a small veggie oiled powered workshop way out in Syracuse, NY a pair of cousins are giving the beloved skillets a much needed update. In addition to a more contemporary look Borough Furnace’s pans are sporting a 100% recycled scrap iron base which is a nice added bit of forethought.
Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic is the name of this rad little documentary about how DFA records came into existence and all the action that has taken place during their first 12 years. Directed by Max Joseph and produced by Red Bull Music the documentary captures the culture and intrigue behind the independent record label. Their roster includes many of the greatest electronic music acts of the last decade and if you haven’t heard of at least one of their acts you probably need to clean out your ears.