Hope everyone has, or had a good New Years. Thanks for tuning in to campsite and we look forward to seeing you in 2011.
I posted about Lisa Congdon and this amazing project, ‘A Collection a Day, 2010′, back in May and now as she has posted what is presumably going to be the final post. I thought some congratulations were in order. Pictured above is the 365th collection along with another personal favorite, which happens to be yesterday’s, number 364. This project similarly to Daily Drop Cap, is a massive project covering a long period of time, but with a beautiful and varied result. Lisa has also been lucky enough to have placed the book with UPPERCASE and is available for pre-order now and will release sometime in the spring.
This is a highly creative solution by Jågnefålt Milton that took third place in a design competition to develop a master plan for Åndalsnes, a city in Norway. Their plan was to create a series of prefabricated units that could take advantage of the existing railway systems around the city and thus could be mobile. Allowing occupants to relocate as the seasons and weather both permitted and require. The renderings to illustrate this idea create very beautiful and slightly surreal scenes with small structures popped into otherwise very natural environments.
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This morning I came across this post by Giorgio Biscaro on Klat and was very taken with the simple way he talks about the details of color on the Dieter Rams design for the Braun T1000 as they pertain to function. Without using any buzzwords or tech talk Biscaro points out the subtle use of color in this device that really elevates the usability and the users understanding of it’s functions.
“I personally like the use of colours when they help identify a specific function, or when they underline a specific performance, or behaviour.”
I think this does a great job to encapsulate the understanding and practices of design that went into the T1000. This radio and the other sound products released by Braun during this period went on to define standards of design and precedents for the interface designs of technology, which spanned far beyond stereos and household electronics. These days you hear a lot of talk that Jonathan Ive of Apple has taken many design cues from Dieter Rams and his work for Braun, and my response to that is, how can you blame him?
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This is a great little mini-documentary by Middle Mind Project about the awesome socially responsible mission of the girls from The INDO Projects, a Chicago based duo that designs window displays, and sculptural installations from discarded paper.
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This is a pretty nifty little creation that could revitalize almost any monitor. Personally I have never been very big on screensavers, but this DROPCLOCK is definitely one I could get into. It illustrates the current time with Helvetica numerals dropping into water in super slow motion . I would love to see some behind the scenes stuff on how they shot the footage and coded it.
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I first posted about the photographs of Ktinka back in July, you can look at the post here. Aside from the nod to the George Clooney movie Up in the Air whether intentional or otherwise, this set of photos pulls forward a great deal of nostalgia and feelings of a simpler time when air travel was envigorating and new. The narrative of her trip is also very clearly and cohesively presented in this set of images.
This great quote below is very clearly represented in this mind blowing stop motion video by Chateau Vacant.
“Our way of doing graphic design is focused on using simple media. We want to make, to build, and try to get free from the computer.”
The effects the use to simulate the characters boarding and exiting an elevator kick ass and the soundtrack is successful eary. Check out more of their work and their rad website here.
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I just wanted to share some images by Alvaro Sanchez-Montañes from a set entitled Landnemar, which in Icelandic means settler. I love the calm feeling in these photos as well as the interesting colors highlighted.
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The guys at House Industries have done it again. Adding another fabulous piece to the collection of children’s block sets they have designed. This particular one was commissioned for Herman Miller Japan. The sets of 8 basswood blocks will only be available for purchase at the new Herman Miller showroom store in Tokyo. You can read more about this over at the House Industries’ Blog. For more information about the production check out the makers Uncle Goose and Advance Packaging both in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Christoph Neimann has a knack for communicating great ideas with simple means and materials. His new piece for his New York Times Blog: Abstract City reminds me of his earlier project turned book, I Lego NY. Which illustrated areas geography, objects, landmarks and an array of other things that define New York City to New Yorkers.
Let It Dough! takes on some fun mildly holiday oriented ideals through cookie dough. Pretty genius right?My two favorites have to be the West Village one and the Eternity one both below. Hilarious truisms.
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I can’t really find much information about this structure beyond these photos, but I am totally intrigued by this grownup’s toy room in Hokkaido, Japan. Jun Igarashi Architects were commissioned to design this awesome building to store some beautiful cars and other fast things. See more photos of the Asahikada Garage here.
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I have always admired the previous designs Antonio Carusone of AisleOne did for Buddy Carr Skateboards. However, this new design really blows those ones out of the water. I have already told Antonio that I expect a heads up for when this will release so I can grab one before they all get scooped up.
The collaborative efforts of Nils Vik and Thom Fougere, collectively known as Vik & Fougere, are a Tour de Force of functionality and minimalism in simple house hold fixtures and furniture. The favorite of mine has to be their light hook pictured below, which is a nice update to the infinitely boring light switch plaques seen in American homes. In addition to the aesthetic update Nils and Thom have added a nice little hook in the corner for keys, some type of ornament or anything else that your heart desires.
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At an AIGANY lecture Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summer gave in the spring I caught a glimpse of this self initiated project. They were still unsure where they were going to take it, but had gotten through the making of a personal brand a business card design for each of the amazing characters in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece The Great Gatsby. These beautifully crafted calling cards have been masterfully laid out into 18 x 24 inch four color letterpress poster. This has definitely been added to my svpply and should also enter the record as one of the coolest self initiated design projects ever. The Heads of State gets a powerful double thumbs up for this one!
Another perfect design from Naoto Fukasawa. This modular shelving system was designed for Artek in 2009 to be debuted at milan design week in 2010 as the finish company was celebrating their 75th birthday. The system was developed based on the modular L-system designed by Alvar Aalto.
“I have always associated (alvar) aalto’s furniture designs, which highlight the graciousness of plain wood, with square building blocks. the basis for this design lies in the image of a plain wood cube with slightly rounded edges. the sections where the shelves and support brace meet affords the design a gentle feel, the kind of feeling that can likewise be attributed to a stack of building blocks with rounded edges. the intersection of the x-shaped brace is fashioned from cast aluminium and has an unadorned, rough feel to it.” – Naoto Fukasawa
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The photographs of Terry Evans combine interesting vantage points and highly contrasted colors. They capture both natural landscapes and areas of manufacturing and industry, which remind me alot of the work of Edward Burtynsky.
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I have always been intrigued by small spaces and the value of organization to make them work. Also lately I have been researching and sketching a lot of ideas on how to build highly functional, inexpensive small structures. This little oceanside getaway called Beach Chalet designed by Studiomama really fulfills almost all of my criteria and does it beautifully. I could definitely see giving up all my extra junk and permanently relocating to a cozy little place like this. All the great photos of this little wonder are by awesome English Ben Anders.
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Naoto Fukasawa has always been one of my favorite industrial designers. His designs are so refined that they exist in a perfect balance of simplicity and serenity, always with a high regard to function. So when I saw this watch designed by Fukasawa for Plus Minus Zero I immedietely had to post it. This watch hints at alot of my favorite parts of old military watches and specificaly old Timex watches, but side steps the predictable designs they often employ for the faces and bodies of their timepieces.
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