the 2007 IDEA winners have been announced, and having just gone through all categories, i must say my favorites are in the Packaging & Graphics category. As you can see from the winners, transparency seems to be the winning theme… from Jawbone’s gorgeous floating box display to Panasonic’s Headphones that have a mix of image of the headphones and transparent side of the box showing the real thing! And i love Cargo’s new liquid foundation packaging that makes it much easier to get every last drop out, and less packaging to dispose of. Also noteworthy - congrats to Belkin! Exciting to see my favorite Surge Protector take bronze in the Consumer Products category… and their N1 Router in the Interaction Design.
The Little Know-It-All: Common Sense for Designers. Published by Die Gestalten Verlag, June 2007. Knowing just those two pieces of information and seeing the cover, i already desperately covet this potential designer’s bible.
So what is this little book? “The Little Know-It-All provides the fundamental information designers need to know to thrive in their growing field of practice. It is an indispensable manual of the knowledge currently required of designers as the evolution of media redefines their role and expands the disciplines in which they must be competent.” Shots of some pages below… and it’s only 29$ at Amazon.
Luck. Is it a cosmic balance kind of thing? “One man’s good luck is another man’s bad luck + feel guilty when you get lucky”… regardless of what you believe, like all Alice Wang projects, i love this one on multiple levels this Saturday morning. Her simple infographic snippets and diagrams are brilliant, and just complex enough. See her full manifesto here… but wait. There’s more! To further exemplify this view of luck, she has also designed the 50:50 Radio.
The radio is sold as a pair, however, only one radio can be controlled at a time.
The person in control can tune the radio by twisting the antenna while the other radio’s antenna will be down. The person with no control over the radio can listen to what the other radio is tuned to and does not gain control until the other radio is switched off.
It may seem like luck at first, but once either user discovers each other’s routines, patterns are then revealed.
Imaginary Foundation show opened at the Stussy store on Haight tonight, so i stopped by on the way to Magnolia. Here are some pics to give you a feel for the show… my favorites were their sculptural pieces (see that floral gramophone, the cup in the store window, and the magritte like door)… the shirts and prints didn’t blow my mind as much as i’d hoped.
On inspiring and amusing collaborations, Colour Lovers and Mojizu teamed up to show us the color palettes of some crazy monsters and “dubious creatures”. See more of them below and for the full list click here.
Sarah (yes our Delicious Life & TasteSpotting Sarah) just linked me to this gorgeous (and thematically oh so LA) painting by Shannon Bonatakis… Atelophobia: The Fear of Imperfection is the title… and it really resembles any tabloid shot of most actresses these days. Also, browsing through her sketches, found some amusing Harry Potter themed pieces as well (see below!) which seemed appropriate for this week.
Click the pics to see more! This week showing you some of the more naturally inspired pieces on .org… the themes are wood and nature and water and then there’s just that incredibly cool oven i couldn’t resist showing anyone that missed. Yes, it is kind of like an elevator oven?
Perhaps the most honest or realistic portrayal of the future of humanity… by our brutally/cheekily honest Diesel campaign of the season: Human After All. They have hit on some of the underlying oh so human things that probably wont change… (if history has anything to say about it)… like the boyf/girlf fights with clothes being thrown out of an apt, flight delays, balls breaking things they shouldn’t, pancakes sticking to the ceiling, cars breaking down, and of course… (wtf?) putting ikea furniture together? Well, personally i hope that ikea retires that terrible coffee table by the future (i think ive known too many people with that table!). (thanks, alex)
Playground ~ is it a magazine? is it art? is it a dripping rubber box? Apparently it “is an unbound collection of fashion + art in exclusive numbered limited editions”… “is a means for free, spontaneous plays between famous and emerging artists, fashion photographers and illustrators from all over the world”… “is not a magazine, but a personal gallery encrusted in custom designed collectible box.” SO, there you have it, it explains everything and nothing?
However, the launch party will be at Anna Kustera in NY tomorrow night, so maybe someone can go take a peek for us and shed some light on what’s really inside that white Dror Benshetrit box that “characterizes the movement of liquid dripping in a tactile and plastic form”. There are only 250 sets, and they are $600… and there is quite the list of who’s who thats part of the secrets in the box!
Woohoo! The infamous Coke Spoon collection (well #1 and #2 anyhow, poor left out #3, what were they thinking?) as well as the Play Boy Swizzle Stick of Tobias Wong and Ju$t Another Rich Kid by Citizen Citizen are going into the permanent collection at SFMoMA. It’s nice to hear that larger institutions are quickly embracing these playful pieces which recontextualize the way you perceive things as simple as a McDonald’s stirrer, or a bic pen cap… gold clearly does amazing things. As does naming.
Opening day of the much anticipated Skirball Cultural Center’s Noah’s Ark Exhibit today, and i managed to stop by before drive up to SF. It is essentially an interactive, extremely hands on, low tech space filled with creatures made from more recycled goods than you can imagine… built to withstand anything kids can do to them. In essence, i haven’t quite felt like i was 5 in a long time (particularly when one of their edutainment ladies actually asked me in that kindergarten teacher voice “have you seen what happens when you spin the barrel?” and “did you find this giraffe’s partner yet?”). Three phases, in three rooms, you experience the loading of the ark and exploring the environment, the interior of the ark during the flood, and the rainbow that concludes the space. It’s a fascinating and playful space full of pulleys, wheels, sounds, textures, rock walls, and creatures that will truly be loved by kids of all ages. There are also “happenings” filled with musical instruments and stories for all to play and experience together.
Every have one of those days where the world (read: internet) is trying to send you a message? A message like “go workout”? Or maybe its just some of the great design i found over at the Brandon Blog this morning. He has these gorgeous ads from a Brazilian Gym. The copy says: 1) Give your slender body a chance to get rid of you 2) Find your slender body hidden somewhere in your scale 3) Get rid of your weight off your shoulders. And below i also have the Nike+ ad that i can’t stop laughing from… “I’m not a runner… i don’t enjoy breathing heavy like a pregnant walrus… how can anyone be addicted to this? There’s no way around it, running sucks. But you know what sucks more? MAN BOOBS.” So true.
What’s in your pockets? Face Your Pockets is a great scanner art project scanning the faces and pocket/purse contents of people… its one of those fascinatingly voyeuristic pieces that you can’t stop browsing through, and the style of the imagery takes the whole “what’s in your bag” themed photo groups to a whole new level. via Evasee.
You too can contribute your face and pockets: “The process. Place the objects on the scanner. Place your face/part of it on the scanner as well. Aaaaand scan it! Send us the picture you’ve got to: firstname.lastname@example.org — (Don’t forget to mention your name and occupation. Also the email should include the list of objects you’ve scanned - keys, granny’s photo, gum etc.) & Attention! During the scanning process it is recommended not to open your eyes. If you feel that you can handle it and open them, DO NOT follow the light on its move! The authors of this project didn’t find any side-effects on themselves. However, the authors do not bear the responsibilty for possible consequences. At your own risk :)”
From ORG #4877, i discovered the typographic genius of Jeremy Pettis… and his zoological MIAD Senior Exhibition: Twenty Six Types of Animals, and i am obsessed with them. Brilliant fonts each reflecting the letter and characteristics of the animals. All bound into a gorgeous book with behind the scenes of the typography. And check out that carpet he took the pics on?