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.
- This is a great idea for giving a special someone (or just yourself, because you’re special and you know it) a unique gift. The Mechanical Musical Box Kit lets you create your own tune, even if you’ve got the musical sensibility of a fruit fly. The kit comes with blank paper and instructions on how to create any tune. Find at The Curiousity Shoppe: Crafts, Kits, Curios for the Creatively Inclined. (thanks Jessiena!)
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.
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.”
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 🙂
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.
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.