My friend claims this is more a House-tree than a Tree-house. But no matter what you call it, its pretty amazing… from the MIT Human Ecology Design Team in 2003, they too have been nominated for this years Index Awards 2005. I will build one someday, and i guess it will be ready many years later. Build one for the grandkids!
While i believe all design should improve life, INDEX: awards those who truly do. While all of the projects nominated are inspiring and innovative [and i love that they overlook the age of the project], the one to the right especially caught my eye. The Hippo Roller was designed to assist those impoverished towns and people who must walk long distances to a water source and carry it back (often in buckets on their heads). The Hippo Roller is a low cost plastic drum that can be rolled back and forth carrying far more water in one trip.
Every now and then, and example of innovative intelligent design like this reminds me of how much potential there is for designers to really make a difference.
Patent Room: The Art of Industrial Design It is not an easy feat to find unique and inspiring image resources and those at CPH127 have done just that. While rereading many of their posts, giving my brain that jump start of design and the future of its role in innovating, i came across this site filled with wonders of early 20th century industrial design from original US Patent applications… and i stare in wonder at what could have been, and why these fascinating objects aren’t around now. Check out this Bicycle Handlebar Gun…
Book covers based on student survey results. The surveys asked the participants to draw outlines of countries to the best of their abilities. Each book cover features drawings combines with the actual country shapes.
More imagery following… so funny. go take a pen to paper and see what you can do. Also Online.
Little slow on the new money, i guess we’ve moved from quarters to special nickels? I flinched as i ran to the meter pumping it with coins before running off… and for a split second i noticed the shininess of a nickel and a boat on the back… I guess i was in too much of a hurry, but as i ran off i realized that the boat just didnt seem right.
So here’s what it was, and as i researched it on the web to see if i was nuts, the first link said it could be worth 20$ (assuming it was the S-type proof).
Incase any of you missed out too… last year started the Westward Journey Nickel Series, two a year for 2004 and 2005, and depictions of Monticello and Thomas Jefferson return to the nickel in 2006.. And this year’s two are pretty sweet and the first time in 67 years a new likeness of Jefferson. And the spring one has a BISON on it! So i’m on the lookout for that one now that i’m in the know. More images following…
The British Butterflies of Tracey Bush are part of the new acquisitions at the architectural wonder: Yale Center for British Art. These little die cut pinned butterflies change the way you approach entomology and lepidoptera and combine it with the “old” tradition of paper letter writing and stamps and books. There’s something truly touching/confusing/nice about her pieces… and the real thing is worth a look.
Many pictures following. I love the look in old cigar boxes. Nice touch.
Yay! Boondocks are going to be animated and brought to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim! I just found this out from LAist.com even though looks like it was announced back in January. A great comic, with witty smart ideas combined with the psycho playful Adult Swim. I can’t wait.
Half of my problem with the “world”. My biggest pet peeve in the world is with regards to the world of design and usability/HCI/engineering/programming/etc. This is the first part… Creatives: it needs to be FUNCTIONAL. Usability/manufacturers: there is NO REASON for it to be ugly. I think i may have ranted a bit at UCSD cogsci HCI kids (i say kids, but i think they were all my age or older… and i was chatting about my design school experiences to an HCI class)… i keep getting the feeling some of them are too excited about making it usable, and forget that aesthetic is crucial too. Balance, people, balance. And nice find Core77 with this great dilbert epitomizing half my plight.
Well, I’m sure you’re all overwhelmed by the plethora of E3 articles this week, but trust me, THIS ONE has got to be the best. Maybe I’m naive, but I always thought that video game voices were just tweaked normal voices. I was glad to find out that I was wrong! Check out this article from the SF Chronicle and meet (and hear) the voice of Mario!
The executives talked about vehicles as a point of comparison. A Hummer had the same wild, architectural sense as the Xbox. On the mild, organic end was the Porsche 911, which had a well-evolved and distilled feel. That’s the look the group eventually settled on. Apple Computer’s iPod is mild, executives said. Mild will still look fresh five years from now. Wild and aggressive will seem dated.
When people there were asked what company might have made the console, they guessed Sony or Apple. That thrilled Microsoft executives.
Ok those were my favorite quotes. Now go read. Go.