Luigi Colani, Biomorphic Designer
— This prolific master
has been creating organically streamlined planes
, and other wonderful stuff
the kitchen sink
) for some 60 years
. Wherever you need to go
, you can reach your final destination
in Colani style. More designs here
, and here
[Brits and touristas take note: London's Design Museum will host a Colani exhibition, Translating Nature, from March 3 to June 17, 2007. Bibliophiles can check out the book Colani: The Art of Shaping the Future.]
posted by cenoxo
on Feb 18, 2007 -
Designing With Microsoft?
Evidently this is Microsoft's attempt at competition
with 'Macrodobe', the strange, hybrid beast (lumbering?
) that is the combined Macromedia/Adobe merger. Microsoft has launched
a full suite of products taking aim at Dreamweaver, (is it better?
) Illustrator-Photoshop and Flash
. For many designers who pretend to be developers (or vica versa) Microsoft's new "Expression" will be 3 or 4 orders of magnitude less relevant than that old Corel Suite. The central issue seems to be one of credibility: Can Microsoft escape the seemingly permanent "FrontPage" stigma, not to mention even more recent
design community letdowns?
posted by thisisdrew
on Jan 23, 2007 -
design that saves mucho energy, does not require air conditioning, does not require heating even when outdoors it's 10 below!
Since, for example, more than 30% of energy consumed in the UK is for homes and 82 per cent of that is space and water heating, [Monbiot, "Heat,"chapter 5, "Our Leaky Homes,"] changing our standards of home design is important. Diagram
shows that basic solar design concepts are well understood and technically easy to implement in new construction. [If only my house could be turned 45 degrees!] Possibly through ignorance, and partly through the desire to cut corners instead of doing things right, we do not make these wise concepts a priority. There are lots of cool alternative
building techniques, many of which are traditional and being revived
. This leading design standard saves 90% of energy used in the home
. Here in Canada it's called the net zero energy home.
posted by Listener
on Jan 14, 2007 -
Some people keep track of their receipts. Others keep track of their goals. And then there's Nicholas
, an artist/designer and DJ who chronicled his 26,059 iTunes tracks played, his 859.5 social drinks (including 293 Stella Artois) consumed, his 30,724 airmiles traveled, and, yes, his 49 cat photos in his own personal 2006 Annual Report
. (via Coudal
posted by Alt F4
on Jan 10, 2007 -
is an organization that integrates science, photography, and design to create standardized methods of photo-documenting plants
, for use in print and web field guides, educational exhibits, and conservation campaigns.
posted by owhydididoit
on Nov 9, 2006 -
, known also as The Ten Books of Architecture, is an exposition on architecture by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio. Originally in Latin, here it is translated into English.
posted by nthdegx
on Nov 9, 2006 -
aka Furniture Made With Frickin' Lasers. Swedish designers use motion capture technology to draw chairs and tables with light in mid-air. Their sketches are then built out of plastic by a laser into real pieces of furniture. Honestly, either one of these things would amaze me. I'm starting to like living in the future. (via bb
posted by Riovanes
on Nov 1, 2006 -
Celebrity Baby Blog
explains Babywearing, how to do it and what could be the best way to do it for you and your baby. "Wearing your baby is one of the best things you can do to promote healthy bonding and attachment between you and your little one. Did you know that babies that are worn cry less and are easier to soothe? There are four main types of soft baby carriers: wraps, mei tais, slings and pouches. All are excellent for different types of carries and or different aged children."
posted by k8t
on Oct 30, 2006 -
is an all too brief Flickr Photoset of Penguin Book cover designs from decades past. For those interested, this book
is highly recommended.
posted by jonson
on Oct 24, 2006 -
"What is it? A cottage? A Trailer? A Home? All of the above. Technically, the miniHome is classed as an RV - or recreational vehicle (yes, it is on wheels!) but it is designed to work as a comfortable, year-round dwelling in extreme climates. While we see it as the future of sustainable housing and urban infill, it is ideally suited as a ski chalet, cottage, vacation retreat, guest cabin, a place for the kids or family - basically as a luxurious yet simple home-away-from-home." Welcome to life off the grid in Ontario.
posted by heatherann
on Sep 30, 2006 -
History of the Button
, a weblog devoted to 'tracing the history of interaction design through the history of the button, from flashlights to websites and beyond'. This presentation [4.5MB .pdf] provides a quick-fire pictorial history of the things we push to do stuff.
posted by jack_mo
on Sep 22, 2006 -
An open letter to John Warnock.
"Please consider releasing eight to twelve core fonts into the public domain. The amount of revenue lost from a small core set of fonts surely can’t have a significant impact on Adobe’s bottom line."
posted by DrJohnEvans
on Aug 30, 2006 -
Design Times Square: The Urban Forest Project
"brings 185 banners
created by the world’s most celebrated designers, artists, photographers and illustrators to New York’s Times Square. Each banner uses the form of the tree, or a metaphor for the tree, to make a powerful visual statement. Together they create a forest of thought-provoking images at one of the world’s busiest, most energetic, and emphatically urban intersections
." Including work by Milton Glaser
, the Walker Art Center
, and many, many others. Via Speak Up
posted by tpl1212
on Aug 29, 2006 -
— best known for their work on... well not much
really — recently had the opportunity to bid on the interactive account for Subway
Restaurants. Their idea was to create a pitch video (embedded youtube)
showing them brainstorming for ideas for the pitch video. They posted it online hoping to make it go viral, but the only viral thing about it really was that it used the word viral
in it as many times as possible and tried to show how hip
— best known for sponsoring matches of Photoshop Tennis
... although the archives of past matches are currently down... they spawned legions of copycats
, — decided to post their own Unsolicited Response video (embedded quicktime)
which in turn is much funnier than the original.
So what makes a lame attempt at viral video
actually GO viral
? With so much discussion on advertising forums
saying it isn't, all the attention it has been getting is ensuring that it is.
posted by skrike
on Aug 3, 2006 -
) is a man of many talents. His own site
(flash/sound) is fun (often funny) and chock full of agreeably wacky sounds, but can take some time to navigate. Reichel hasn't made it easy for you if you happen to be in a hurry. You may well get stuck somewhere and just give up. That'd be a shame, though, cause you'd miss getting acquainted with the guitars
he makes and plays. Or how he designs fonts
. The mixing board
shenanigans are not to be missed (once you get past those curious little fellows in the brown hats), plus you can sorta kinda play his daxophone
yourself. And of course conduct your own little ensemble of meercats
when one of them finally comes out of hiding and says "Hallo! Play with me".
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Aug 3, 2006 -
the man who once said, "there is nothing more aerodynamic than a wiener," created the iconic Wienermobile ,
but was also responsible for many other innovations in industrial design. He put the first window in a clothes dryer
, built a land-yacht and streamlined train
, developed an important precursor to the SUV
, and designed the wide-mouth peanut butter jar
and an aerodynamic vacuum cleaner
. More lastingly, he also created the idea of planned obsolescence
, the "desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary."
posted by blahblahblah
on Aug 2, 2006 -
The Jackie Robinson of architecture.
An orphaned African American boy from downtown Los Angeles, Paul Revere Williams
wanted to be an architect, and when he mentioned his career goal the high school guidance counselor ”stared at me with as much astonishment as he would have had I proposed a rocket flight to Mars... Whoever heard of a Negro being an architect?
”. Therefore, Williams learned to read and draw upside down -- he knew that white clients would not sit next to him -- graduated from USC
and in 1924 became the first certified African American architect west of the Mississippi. In a 50-year long extraordinary career,
he designed landmarks like the Theme restaurant
at Los Angeles International Airport
(with Welton Becket
), the LA County Courthouse
, the Hollywood YMCA
, Saks Fifth Avenue
in Beverly Hills
, restored the Beverly Hills Hotel. Some of his most interesting buildings, like the La Concha Motel
in Las Vegas
have either been razed
to the ground
or, like the "Batman house
", aka 160 S San Rafael mansion
in Pasadena, have been destroyed by fire. Now, Williams' historic Morris Landau House
has been cut into 21 separate pieces
and sits in a Santa Clarita storage yard, rotting away
. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Jul 2, 2006 -