*rugenius - 06.24.11 , 16:50 - 0 Notes

Sarah Wai’s Banking on Morals: RCA 2011

woodcut0.jpgJustine went to check out the incredible RCA 2011 Graduate show! Here’s a peek at what she found…

This is the Banking on Morals series by Sarah Wai. The models contemplate a new type of bank that is based on religious values and architecture, with the architecture taking on a hybrid role between sanctuary and bank. Take a peek at some of the details and models on the next page…

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*rugenius - , 10:10 - 3 Notes

Jack Smith BirdBox @ Show RCA 2011

jacksmithbirdhouse1.jpg Justine went to check out the incredible RCA 2011 Graduate show! Here’s a peek at what she found…

One highlight for me was the work of Jack Smith! My favorite of his pieces was the Birdbox, a flat packable birdhouse composed of two flat plywood pieces that assembles easily to form a cozy birdhouse. So beautiful in its simplicity, you simply must check out its pieces and how it comes together! See it all on the next page!

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*rugenius - 06.22.11 , 13:03 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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Beautiful roundup of design inspiration from NOTCOT.org. To find out more about each post, click on its own image.

*rugenius - 06.15.11 , 18:50 - 6 Notes

Jeff Waldman’s Swing Project

swinging.jpg This post is part of a NOTCOT series on inspiring, independent design thinking, brought to you by Saab. At Saab, we believe in independent thinking. It’s in everything we do. Learn more here.

Doesn’t that picture just scream: HAPPY? I bet you’re smiling right now. (If not, what’s wrong with you?) As you may have noticed, we’ve got a soft spot for swings. So imagine our delight at discovering the crazy swing installations from Jeff Waldman and the Awesome Foundation’s LA chapter. For Waldman swings are a way of “finding pure joy were from our childhood” and he picked some pretty incredible locations for his swings. Waldman’s been tracking the awesome swingification across the globe in his facebook gallery. And for a peek into some of our favorites ~ as well as videos ~ take a peek on the next page!

p.s. Can’t wait to get back to LA to go hunt a few of his down, add more of our skateboard swings around, and swing to our heart’s delight!

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*rugenius - 06.14.11 , 00:13 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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Get inspired with this stunning roundup from NOTCOT.org. This week we’ve seen yachts that turn into planes, hoverbikes, tightrope walkers and more. Find out more about each post by clicking on its individual image.

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*notcot - 06.13.11 , 02:30 - 0 Notes

Scumco & Sons ABC Decks

scumco0.jpg It’s not often you see Letterpress mixed with Skateboard art… mixed with exotic hardwoods… mixed with ABCs… especially the ABC’s of offensive rap lyrics. Amazingly Scumco & Sons seems to have managed to merged all of that… and more. Crafted in their Pittsburgh studios, Scumco & Sons have launched this one of a kind 26 piece art series of decks. Nick Teodori grabbed my attention with them in person last weekend, and i must say they are even more stunning in person! His attention to detail is hard to miss. Layer upon layer of graphics, colors, woods, and meaning for you to decipher and interpret as you wish. Can you name all of the rap songs that inspired them? Can you name the beautiful exotic woods used? Can you imagine teaching kids the alphabets off of these? Which letter would you pick to adorn your wall? The Process: Standard 7 layer maple deck with an 8th layer of 0.06 mm furniture veneer, with prints made on a Vandercook Universal III then heat transferred. The lovely photos are courtesy of Demian Aspinwall, and making of coming soon… but first, check out all of the ABC’s on the next page as well as some close ups!

p.s. While some have been sold ~ a few letters are still available from the collection… so hard trying to decide which one/s my wall needs.

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*notcot - 06.12.11 , 01:50 - 0 Notes

CoproGallery: Ledbetter and Vaux

corpro0.jpg Went gallery hopping tonight ~ so fun to pop in to CoproGallery to check out the new Joe Ledbetter Innards show and Joe Vaux’s “My Brain Made Me Do it”. Fun, cheeky, creepy, and awesome ~ take a peek at some sweet details… and a few other goodies on the next page!

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*rugenius - 06.07.11 , 00:27 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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Catch up with a week’s worth of design inspiration from NOTCOT.org. This week’s picks include water droplet installations, bouncy floors, landing patterns, book sculptures and much much more. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

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*rugenius - 05.31.11 , 00:45 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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A roundup of design inspiration from NOTCOT.org that takes you down the rabbit hole, through beautiful soundscapes and beyond. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 05.26.11 , 01:30 - 1 Notes

FruitCity ~ Public Fruit in London

fruitmap0.jpgJust in from the UK ~ Justine just checked out Clerkenwell Design Week!

Love this project, FruitCity by Vahakn Design Studio. I discovered the project at Federal Office’s Political Objects exhibition at Clerkenwell Design Week, but found so much more about the project online!

The project is all about taking advantage of a shared community resource, fruit! There is a growing map and network of all the fruit trees in public spaces in London created by the FruitCity team. Who knew you could pick your own mulberries, figs, apples, pears and more!

In addition the map, the project includes three objects for urban fruit farmers: an extendable picking arm, a picking backpack and mobile cider press and a fantastic photos series to show them off.

Such a great community project! Angelenos should check out Fallen Fruit for LA fruit maps.

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*notcot - 05.25.11 , 16:00 - 9 Notes

WeTransfer

wetransfer1.jpg I have a mesmerizing user experience crush on WeTransfer right now. If i’m going to have to wait for ages to download files ~ it might as well be fun. There is an awesomely playful and elegant experience when i land on WeTransfer, and i actually love watching it download and excitedly await the next AD coming up… in full screen mode behind the little download progress card. It’s just gorgeous. A breath of fresh air versus the ones that have the pop ups and the speedier download if you sign up and pay, etc ones with creepy text ads trying to hide themselves as useful calls to action, and the actual download link is hidden looking like a tiny google adsense text link.

Deep breath ~ enter, WeTransfer. Dear PR people, designers, and anyone else who uses third party services to send me large files ~ there’s something magically happier about WeTransfer, i’m actually even MORE excited to see your file after going through the transfer process. And it’s just so pretty. and simple. ok, so i’m done gushing now, i just adore elegant, functional, beautiful user experiences! I even watched the ads go by AFTER the file finished downloading so i could take more screenshots to share with you guys on the next page!

p.s. Thanks Nadine Johnson’s office for the HUGE file that took long enough for me to sit here and have my WeTransfer ad filled moment of zen.

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*rugenius - , 15:26 - 1 Notes

Lulu Guinness: Be A Pin Up!

pinupofficial.jpg Just in from the UK ~ Justine just checked out Clerkenwell Design Week!

Nostalgia just hit ~ remember those pin art toys from the… 80s? Just lost a little time ending up on searching for the old ones! Found info on it on Wikipedia - random fun fact? “The pinscreen was popularized in the 1985 music video for the Midge Ure song “If I Was”, which included a giant body-sized version.” They are even still available on Amazon!

But i digress… this installation from Clerkenwell Design Week is “Be a Pin Up!” from Lulu Guinness, there she is with it above (pics from her blog). The giant frame of pins is situated in front of the iconic London landmark, St John’s Gate and lets the public create full body sized portraits using the 6,000 chromed capped aluminum pins. Here are a few pics of the images created by passerbys. Check out the pics on the next page!

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*rugenius - 05.24.11 , 00:31 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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8-bit sculptures, tablet games for cats, surfboards with engines, this week’s roundup from NOTCOT.org has it all. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*notcot - 05.20.11 , 22:40 - 4 Notes

Jill Greenberg: Glass Ceiling

glassceiling1.jpg On shows that would be lovely to see in person ~ the master manipulator photographer, Jill Greenberg, has a NY show coming up ~ “Glass Ceiling” at ClampArt starting on June 16th. She “revisits her interest in feminist art for her new series (which was the focus of her senior thesis at the Rhode Island School of Design over twenty years ago). The photographs in this body of work picture female athletes and dancers underwater engaged in a variety of ambiguous and dynamic movements. The women wear colorful bathing suits and high heels in complimentary hues, forcing one to question how and why these models are immersed.” Even in times like today, so much, yet so little has changed. And it’s hard not to be reminded you’re a woman (which of course is a double edged sword… depending on how you wield it!) ~ and these pictures capture a feeling that i’m sure we’ve all come up against…. is she breaking through the glassy water tension? or is she just gasping for air? Take a peek at the stunning series on the next page…

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*notcot - 05.19.11 , 22:05 - 0 Notes

The Print Handbook

print1.jpg On fun little arrivals ~ it only makes sense that the Print Handbook is available in print! Even with an adorable website and a digital peek at the interior available online… it’s definitely a nice little resource for the bookshelf! Take a peek at more pages on the next page…

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