Posts Tagged ‘design

  • If you’re looking for some different/challenging pumpkin carving patterns, check out these politically charged designs at Campaign-O-Lanterns.


  • Love this product and what it communicates: Create your own message with the DIY Screenprinted LCD Card. 4 lines of 5-character fields lets you personalize your digital greeting. Cards are printed on 100% recycled paper. 5 for $15. From San Francisco shop Yellow Owl Workshop

I’d previously been resisting posting only links, but lately I find myself tossing out links like a madwoman on Facebook…so, here. Have some linkage…a bit old, but take a peek. 

“Are Oates, Updike too American for Nobel?”

“Strippers, armadillos and the power of the human mind inspire the 2008 Ig Nobel Award winners”

Decaf Launch Graffiti Lamp at 100% Design London

Art, Design and Technology for Obama

“Our psychology helps politicians bend the truth”

Bruxe Bags Holiday 2008

Inhabitat is one of my favorite places to discover new and inspiring design ideas. Just a minute ago, I saw the Facebook Inhabitat group has announced that they’ve been nominated for a Cooper Hewitt People’s Design Award. This award was founded by the prestigious Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and the competition gives people a chance to vote for their favorite examples of good design.

Inhabitat says “We’re honored to be nominated and we think it’s important to spread the word that good design is green design.”

Vote here and see all nominees here.

Would love to attend this – 6th Design & Emotion Conference: Dare to Desire. (It’s in Hong Kong, too far for my wallet.)

via future perfect

This solar-powered streetlight would be perfect for lighting in city parks, plazas, and sidewalks. The leaf-shaped lights, designed to be interwoven among tree branches, gives off light during the night from the energy it has stored during the day time. Not only is this concept sustainable, its design works with the tree, the ‘faux’ lamp stand.

The Seoul, South Korean designer of the light, Jongho Lee, says, “I’d like to make something naturally from our daily life and the way we respond to the world.” Like a lot of designers do, Lee finds inspiration from observing people. What really caught my eye in her bio was her further explanation of inspiration: “In their [people] life where joy and despair coexist, design is my way of conversing with them. I wonder where, in this lighting project, she found an element of despair. Was she thinking of the ugliness of typical street lamps clashing with the beauty of a park? Or did she consider the every-day ‘despair’ of energy-wasting technology?

I would love to see these lights illuminating Minnesota’s many parks and lake paths, but they would probably get more usage in a state that sees more yearly sunlight 🙂

via Inhabitat

Toyota is doing something that is a great example of a brand listening to their audience. At Scionspeak.com, you can create your own car logos, which you can save to the gallery, print, our (for $) have applied to your car. Sounds pretty cool. I played around with the designs today and I don’t even own a Scion. (Toyota is focusing on building brand affinity with current Scion drivers, but if non-drivers start thinking about the Scion differently from this new user-designed oriented experience, I’m sure Toyota would welcome this.) Also see a full article from the New York Times.

My logo/crest “Lady Poet The Explorer”633419675149041763.jpg

Also, Jinal at Constant Beta reminds brands of the importance of listening. While she calls out the value of the web, her point hits upon the general relevancy of brands being good listeners.

Lately I’ve been tempted to start posting links, as so many throw up ‘Links of the Day’ posts…but before I get addicted to that (as I’ve heard it is), let me today post a link to a new site I came across a few minutes ago:


A quick click through told me it’s a design site (online store with lots of goodies) geared for parents who wish to pass down values of sustainability to their children. Using organic fabrics, sustainable materials, and producing their creations in Earth-friendly ways, they aim to be “the starting point for parents to share the joys of good design with their children”.

Aside from offering cribs, strollers, lamps (adorable, in animal shapes and various colors), they also offer albums, featuring lullaby renditions of The Beatles, U2 and Coldplay most dreamy and gentle tunes. The albums’ descriptions sound so sweet, you may want to purchase some for yourself if you need help relaxing after a long day at work.

The Beatles lullaby renditionsColdplay lullaby renditions


In a city like Minneapolis, where space can be found and design culture is not quite edgy enough to be avant-garde, I can’t see architect Neil Denari’s house for useful + agreeable fitting in. (However, it would be an inspiring touch if I ever saw something like this perched delicately on a corner in the Warehouse District or Northeast Minneapolis.) The vertical abode is “a pre-designed mini hi-rise that has been conceived for a variety of uses in different climates. The u+a house can be used in the context of small-lot or cluster housing, remote vacation property and rooftop penthouses among other possibilities”, via MoCo Loco.


Here you see the house in a potential setting, the view from the top (complete with terrace), and a cutaway look at the interior. One comment on MoCo Loco questions the “extreme vertical approach”. These images may not represent the entirety of the design, so it is difficult to see where the living space resides. I also do not see the bathroom, but assume it’s there somewhere. The lower level seems to be the office, though perhaps it’s multi-use? I appreciate the smooth starkness of the exterior (what is it made of? how mobile is it?) but wonder how cozy it is. Even in small spaces, I believe warmth is important.

The house represents “smart design = luxury” according to Denari. As a space-saver, it gets points for being smart. And any time design serves a specific purpose (here, saving space), there is a certain kind of luxury being offered.

Upon visiting useful + agreeable, I find myself curious as to what they do, and how they came up with their name. I’m drawn to companies/agencies/etc that have a story behind their name. It says so much more about their attitude and culture vs. those who go only by the founding partners’ names.

useful + agreeable defines themselves as a smart luxury, travel and design broadband tv station and publication. The group’s name has roots in the philosopher Voltaire’s Candide who sought useful and agreeable things found in the world. u + a began as a magazine, then went into travel guides and eventually the broadband tv station. After poking around for a bit, I watched clips of various hotels, resorts, wine and fashion under “tv”. These were all nice and pretty, but for now I wonder what exactly is the real tie to showcasing these apparently ‘useful’ and ‘agreeable’ things, and what the company aims to do in the long-run? When I think of these words, related to design, travel, and even luxury goods, I immediately think of sustainability and the idea of green as the new luxury. Founder James Culham, aims to present a useful + agreeable world. Fair enough. But what does this really mean? Who is his main audience? How does he choose the content? What is it based on? Is it all for the sake of enjoying some design eye candy, or is there something deeper going on? Maybe I should dig in and ask him myself?

For a run-down on what’s cool for the new year, per The Washington Post, take a look at this lengthy yet highly informative list.


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