Great Political Yard Signs
on the Ohio Lawn of Dischord co-founder/Minor Threat drummer Jeff Nelson. I've always enjoyed his design work, and these are just really cool and worthy of sharing, methinks.
's been making lots of stuff lately, but I didn't know he was producing shoes for Puma
until today (flash site features an odd naked guy you can make jump and walk). Clean and sleek, but they're fetching $200+ a pair which is kind of outrageous. Another bunch of freaky expensive wacky shoe designs I found are from Fessura
. Click through their gallery
to get an idea of what they offer. Medium
continue to be my personal favorite shoes, but I'm always on the lookout for more interesting things to wear. If you've seen any interesting shoes lately, do share.
Utopian Christians, despisers of all ornament, in some rough sense protomodernists, the eighteenth- and nineteeth-century millenarian cult known disparagingly as the Shakers
has had an impact on the history of design far in excess of its size. (At most, there were only ever a few thousand, and it's easy to understand why, given their emphasis on "perfection" to the point of celibacy.) Key to the Shaker world view was the perfectability of the material world
- its purgation of all decoration, artifice and frippery - as an act of worship. This ethos of design, summarized in these theses
toward the improvement of the domestic environment, has gifted us with a legacy of highly esteemed craft objects
. None has been more celebrated than that canny apotheosis of domestic utility, the Shaker rail
, which survives here
in a particularly nice contemporary interpretation. If only half the artifacts we're currently offered were as thoughtfully designed...
Some of the results from the city of Vancouver's Art Underfoot
contest. "The competition invited anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Vancouver to submit design ideas for new manhole covers..."
Following a long history of innovative designs
Apple has created a loyal following. Today they released their newest
into the wild.
Follow the Rhinos
Weblog tracking two white Rhinos as they travel next month to the Phoenix Zoo. Nice looking site (via CSS Vault
). In related news, poachers have killed about half of the world's population of wild white rhinos in the last year (more here
Fictional Products. The Karmaphone, the Live Cigarettes and more
An overview of Athens' branded olympic experience.
Considering how many brand geeks we've got, I thought this link to a style overview from the Athens Olympic Committee would be of some interest.
Art, Music, Photography. Visit the gallery, listen to the radio, enjoy.
The title screens
of hundreds of your favourite movies
Allmusic for Windows
Clicking on some deep links into allmusic.com tonight turned up this- Notice: You are accessing allmusic.com with a browser that is not currently supported. The appearance and functionality of the site could be impacted. allmusic.com is optimized for Internet Explorer 5.5 and above for Windows.
347 square feet?
Hyper-efficient living space.
Un-Fold. (quicktime clip)
City Magazine asked 9 designers, from 9 cities across the world to design a chair in 90 days. Oh, and it had to fit in a FedEx box. Pics
about the designers and the project.
"Don't just do good design; do some good."
An initiative to promote socially-responsible projects as initiated within the design community, in small and large scales. And on a tangent, activism has certainly come a long way since Lennon.
The wisdom of crowds
and the miracle of aggregation
, arguably, are the reasons why markets
work as well as they do. As New Yorker
James Surowiecki explains in his new book
, "consider the show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
. When a contestant on the show is stumped by a question, he has a couple of choices in asking for help: the audience or someone he's designated as an expert. The experts do a reasonable job: They get the answer right 65% of the time. But the audience is close to perfect: It gets the answer right 91% of the time, even though it's made up of people who have nothing better to do than sit in a TV studio and watch Regis Philbin." The new, new tipping point?
Virtual tour of the new Seattle Central Library.
Built from a critically acclaimed
design by Rem Koolhaas, this library opens Sunday. The design makes me want to paint my staircase bright yellow, or maybe move to Seattle.
It's New Blogger,
launched today at 3pm, with a retooled interface, more rounded corners, single entry archives, comments, user profiles
, more template tags, mail-to-blog, knowledge
, and more. (Farewell, good ol' black.
We'll miss you.)
, design guru
, and designologue
several corporate sponsors (ATI, nVidia, and others) are offering up $15,000
in prize money for the best GUI skin any designer can come up with for a few applications. while i think it's great to push for newer and better user interfaces, who do so many
of the designs seem to be pushing complexity over useability? wouldn't a better use of a GUI design prize be to encourage people to improve on a design rather than make it unintelligible? maybe the people pushing the designs need to take this quiz
Designs on the White House
-- an online design contest, judged by designers, celebrities, and activists. Winning designs will be available for resale on T-shirts and other products, and all proceeds after expenses will benefit the John Kerry Presidential campaign.
Impressive list of judges, including (so far) Milton Glaser, Chip Kidd, Ed Schlossberg, Atrios, and Tom Tomorrow. Designs will be online throughout May, with your votes determining the finalists. (Kerry's official shirts are
lacking, imho) Maybe campaign memorabilia always has been?
If I Ruled Design.
Haven't you always wanted to knock out Milton Glasier? Now you can. Via Little Fluffy Industries.
is a new effort by Paul Baron
(recently profiled in Wired.com
) and Paulus Dreibholz
which "documents the influence of the internet on print design." Although only a few weeks old, discussions on the site include the use of web fonts in print
, barcodes linking to online content
, and other topics in that milieu.
"Whether it is an impressionist masterpiece, or just wallpaper, if you take the colour juxtapositions and their proportions from nature, you won't go far wrong." Choosing colours for web pages
If you ever want your home to look like you're a super spy that lives in a 1960s supercomputer center, Lensvelt
has the pefect thing for you: monolithic filing cabinets that look like mainframes
. How cool would it be to have a living room that looked like this
, or an office that was this clean
? [via mocolo
Got rid of their colored tabs, added Froogle and lost DMOZ on the front page, and tweaked the search result pages
with a new layout (sans colored boxes) for Google's AdWords. Still using font tags and with minimal use of internal CSS.
To top it all off, Google Labs
adds personalized Web search
and Web alerts
Survey of design salaries 2003 - how do you compare?
The American Institute of Graphic Arts and Communication Arts team up to offer a white paper summary of national and regional salaries and benefits for web designers and developers, copywriters, art directors, print production managers, freelancers, and related positions. The survey is based on responses from 3,184 people in 17 job categories. (28 page PDF)
The Movie Alphabet Game
is harder than it looks. I'm stuck on C, O, U, and X. When you're through with that, try the second one
Rejected 9/11 Memorial Designs
are now online. All 5,201 of them. My favorite is the apple on a spike.
of designs that use ghostly jet planes, pez dispenser-like structures
or giant red question marks
as motifs. Luminaries such as the inventor of the artificial heart
and Marky Mark
participated. Maybe there's an overlooked work of genius
in here. Or maybe not.
Revolution by Design: The Soviet Poster
Amazing examples of graphic design from the masters of propaganda. For those of you feeling a little revolutionary this weekend!
Gender bias? Priority problems? The drab wallpaper of the book world?
These may be the least of problems for a new NYTBR
executive editor Bill Keller wants far worse
. Keller plans to favor non-fiction and potboilers over literary fiction. Sayeth Keller, "I love that Chip championed first novels. But why take up 800 words when a paragraph will do?"
Found Typography ... and if you liked that, please also try Hundreds of Thousands, both from Itchy Robot
What makes for a great champagne chair?
Design Within Reach sponsored a holiday contest
to design a chair constructed from the cork and wire cages of champagne bottle. Judges had a difficult time deciding from the 400 entries
that poured in. (via Buzz.)
Government haven for Nuclear Winter
(nytimes reg) Photos of the West German government's secret sanctuary/hidey hole built during the sixties and early seventies. The article talks about the cold, oppressive feel of the accommodations, but it's pretty cool looking in a Danish Modern or Clockwork Orange sort of way. Better than the cheap motel
look that Washington had planned
The Vos Pas
is an apartment that it's owner has lit entirely with LEDs. More here.
New York City Lights Design Competition
). What are the existing examples of urban illumination that impress? Are there unused designs or interesting ideas from art and movies floating around?
cool information design
from ben fry at MIT (via newstoday.com)
... anyone else have any links to share of particularly good
information designers/design? merry x-mas all.
Extensive collection of airline sick bags.
You have been disciplined all your life :::: Nothing Changed - Nothing Will
Words of encouragement from Piotr Szyhalski's Electric Poster Series (Animated gif images)
. Artist's web site here