are nice to look at, but what makes a playground fun
? Experiments in play: Snug & Outdoor
) Mcdonald's (1
) Boundless Play
posted by anotherpanacea
on Apr 22, 2007 -
Make the logo bigger.
(mp3) The fine folks at Speak Up
provide a bit more explanation
. One can only assume that the follow-up hit will be entitled either 'Split the Difference' or 'The Client Loved It, But They're Changing Everything.'
posted by ba
on Apr 20, 2007 -
The bastard child of a Mensa quiz and rattan furniture. Getting apart is probably ok, but I don't want to put it back together - particularly after drinky-poo's. But certainly a talking point - particularly at $9,890 . Via
posted by ninazer0
on Apr 19, 2007 -
Everyone needs more Kuler.
There a lot
of color pickers out there...and I generally like all of them...but Kuler takes things a step further by making a community
of color and color themes. Of course it's tied with their products but that doesn't distract from the usefulness of this free online application. It is also a beautifully designed website both in form and function.
posted by rmmcclay
on Apr 9, 2007 -
The Money Maker
:"On the 1000 guilder note, it became a “sport” for me to put things in the notes that nobody wanted there! I was very proud to have my fingerprint in this note – and it’s my middle finger!"
posted by dhruva
on Feb 26, 2007 -
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 -