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Cast concrete seaway sections mimic mangrove structure, dissipating wave energy and providing more surface area for habitat. KU architecture professor Keith Van de Riet's baby, and in this context, his work with students on reproducing Prairie School architectural ornament makes a lot of sense.

"Mangrove Reef Walls are tidal habitats that increase habitat, dissipate wave energy and
​increase the value of your waterfront property."
sustainability  water  construction  design  biomimetics  KeithVanDeRiet 
7 weeks ago by JJLDickinson
Lovepop | Magical Pop Up Greeting Cards
Manufacturer of clever die-cut cards sold at Hiromi Paper. Inspiration for laser cutter and printing projects!
paper  printmaking  Japanese  design  card  calendar  HiromiPaper 
january 2020 by JJLDickinson
good morning inc. 株式会社グッドモーニング
Manufacturer of clever die-cut cards and calendars sold at Hiromi Paper. Inspiration for laser cutter and printing projects!
paper  printmaking  Japanese  design  card  calendar  HiromiPaper 
january 2020 by JJLDickinson Printable Ruler
Printable ruler for easy and accurate measurement of e.g. jars and bottles, part of label design.
marketing  design  printing  label 
december 2019 by JJLDickinson
Best Sticker Paper Materials + Cut Settings -
CriCut cut settings for OnlineLabels stock. From the website:

...[A] handy settings guide for most of the popular cutting machine brands and products on the market. We tested all of our materials personally, to save you from wasting time and valuable sheets when testing yourself!

Included in the tables...are various settings to produce kiss-cut and full-cut stickers. They vary for each paper cutter and material
making  label  CriCut  design 
december 2019 by JJLDickinson
The Aesthetic Union: Custom Letterpress Print Shop
Letterpress / design studio, gallery, collaborations. Represented at the 2019 International Printing Museum Printers Fair.
printing  printmaking  SanFrancisco  art  design 
october 2019 by JJLDickinson
Lessons from Design School for Software Engineers - Stack Overflow Blog
Lessons from design critiques, applied to code review. (Applying them more broadly to engineering is left as an exercise for the student.) The semantic specifics could be very useful.
design  softwareDevelopment  projectManagement  coding  engineering 
october 2019 by JJLDickinson
Jtek Engineering United Kindom
"...quality, thoughtfully designed products that provide elegant solutions to interesting cycle control problems."
cycling  engineering  design  bicycling 
september 2019 by JJLDickinson
Jim Thompson Fabrics: Official Site - Jim Thompson Fabrics
Silk textiles and wallpapers for interiors; per Haryn de Leon, whose thought was that the silk paper layer used in the wallpapers would be an excellent print medium.
shopping  design  silk  fabric  textile  paper  printmaking 
june 2019 by JJLDickinson
Jim Thompson - Official Site
High quality, well-designed silk goods; per Haryn de Leon.
shopping  clothes  textile  silk  design 
june 2019 by JJLDickinson
Free Alternatives to Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Audio/Video Editing Software, and Music Notation Software - YUKI KATAYAMA
Nice summary of the best options c. 2016; and how quickly does this space turn over? There's an occasional seismic event, I guess. Meanwhile, for one example, Photoshop still rules its corner, and the GIMP is still the FOSS contender, as far as I know.
openSource  freeware  Photoshop  illustration  graphics  design  software  audio  video  music 
june 2019 by JJLDickinson
Workholding Equipment & Automation Tooling Solutions | DESTACO
Manufacturer of many clamps and work-holding and positioning devices. Brought to my attention by a catalog in my dad's stuff, probably dating from his time at Steel Fixture Manufacturing and Delta Designs. From the website:

DESTACO is the industry’s leading global supplier of high-performance automation, workholding and containment solutions. Focusing all of its talent and resources on helping manufacturers improve precision and productivity. Our product line — the industry’s most comprehensive — comprised of  end effectors, grippers, indexers, manual and power clamps, and remote handling, allows DESTACO’s insightful engineering experts to develop creative, custom solutions that competitors simply cannot match.
design  manufacturing  machining 
march 2019 by JJLDickinson
Small Mechanical Components: Precision Gears, Timing Belts, Gear Assemblies, Timing Belt Pulleys, Couplings, Bearings and much more - SDP/SI
If I'm not mistaken, a "Whole Earth Catalog" recommended Stock Drive Products as a source of hardware components for mechanical prototyping: gears, belt and chain drive parts, bearings, couplings, whatever. I found their Master Catalog 757 in my dad's stuff. And how about that! They're alive and well!
hardware  design  engineering 
march 2019 by JJLDickinson
Colorizer - Color picker and converter (RGB HSL HSB/HSV CMYK HEX LAB)
Move back and forth between digital color representations. From the site:

Color picker, calculator and generator with high precision and contrast test. Converts also RGB, HEX, HSL, HSV/HSB, CMYK and CIE-LAB colors and lots of other formats. In the Hex-field, you can write a known color name, too.
reference  color  art  printmaking  ink  design  calculator 
march 2019 by JJLDickinson
Welcome | PLaSM | Alberto Paoluzzi
Open source parametric CAD, per Wikipedia. See also OpenSCAD.
CAD  design  openSource 
february 2019 by JJLDickinson
Xometry: CNC Machining, 3D Printing, Die Casting, Sheet Metal, & Injection Molding Manufacturing On Demand
Service bureau for 3D printing (in over 50 materials, including metals!) and other manufacturing techniques.
manufacturing  prototyping  3DPrinting  design 
february 2019 by JJLDickinson
Möbius und Ruppert - Spitzer, Zeichengeräte, Scheidemaschinen und Kosmetikspitzer
Very nice old school drawing equipment (e.g. pencil sharpeners, including those ubiquitous brass and magnesium blocks with replaceable blades).
drawing  pencil  design 
december 2018 by JJLDickinson
Monica Leal
Artist Mónica Leal Cueva offers her myriad talents to other artists.
design  photography  websiteDesign  socialMedia  marketing 
october 2018 by JJLDickinson
Metal 3D Printing - 3DEO - Metal Additive Manufacturing
From the website:

3DEO makes high quality metal components with our proprietary metal 3D printers. We specialize in manufacturing low/medium volumes on demand, which means there’s no need to worry about long lead times, minimum order quantities, or high tooling/setup costs.

3DEO helps organizations of all sizes bring product ideas to life with precision engineered metal components. Customers come from virtually every industry – consumer electronics, automotive, medical/dental, aerospace, firearms, oil & gas, power generation, and many others. Every customer that works with us benefits from our breakthrough metal 3D printing technology that has redefined the industry. It’s why today 3DEO is the go-to supplier for 3D printed metal parts.
design  3DPrinting  Gardena  SouthernCalifornia 
october 2018 by JJLDickinson
Manufacturing & 3D Printing Services - Prototype & Production since 1994
Additive manufacturing capabilities include direct metal laser sintering (DMLS).
design  3DPrinting  SouthernCalifornia 
october 2018 by JJLDickinson
Fritzing Fritzing
This is why everyone's Arduino diagrams look the same: Because they're drawn with this application, which presumably set the standard; or with other tools which imitate the look, e.g. TinkerCAD. A quote from the website compels me to use Fritzing for the purpose, as a point of honor:

Fritzing is an open-source hardware initiative that makes electronics accessible as a creative material for anyone. We offer a software tool, a community website and services in the spirit of Processing and Arduino, fostering a creative ecosystem that allows users to document their prototypes, share them with others, teach electronics in a classroom, and layout and manufacture professional pcbs.

But then there's this, in the forums:

The unfortunate truth is that Fritzing is dying. It started as a funded research project which is how it got this far. When the grants ran out it went open source but the support hasn’t been there to keep it living and the developers have (presumably) moved on to other funded projects. There is a project to move it to javascript in its early stages but development on the current implementation of Fritzing has pretty much died (the javascript project is seen as the only way forward). I’m poking at bug fixing, but its a large, largely poorly documented project and even getting a development environment running has been difficult.

So crap.
electronics  design  CAD  Arduino  openSource  software 
october 2018 by JJLDickinson
Silicone Molding with FDM Patterns
FDM, or fused deposition molding, is beside the point, as far as I'm concerned. What interests me about this document is the rules of thumb for silicone part design. Most of these apply generally.
From the document:

Silicone molding, also known as room temperature vulcanized (RTV) molding, is a fast and affordable solution for prototyping and short-run production. Offering lead times of three to seven days at just a fraction of the cost of an aluminum tool for injection molding, silicone molding is an attractive alternative for the production of plastic parts.
reference  silicone  manufacturing  design 
october 2018 by JJLDickinson
Large Scale Rapid Prototyping | Make It BIG
LuBan helps decompose large 3D printing projects into smaller components which can be assembled.
software  CAD  design  3DPrinting 
october 2018 by JJLDickinson
Bolt Depot - Fastener Information - Terminology, Measurement, Materials and more
Who HASN'T been confused by fasteners? (People who've never used or shopped for them?) Bolt Depot is here to help. Tools include printable files, which if printed without scaling, can be used to identify particular fasteners by eye.
reference  tutorial  fastener  screw  design  DIY 
october 2018 by JJLDickinson
"Processing is a flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts. Since 2001, Processing has promoted software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology. There are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning and prototyping."

It also happens to be the source of the Arduino IDE. Per Gabe Gaete.
programming  art  softwareDevelopment  design  video 
september 2018 by JJLDickinson
Designing for Silicone Molding, Rubber Molding | Albright Technologies Boston, MA
Best practices for designing parts for reproduction in silicone molds (and thus for master design).
3DPrinting  urethane  plastic  casting  manufacturing  design 
july 2018 by JJLDickinson
10 Heuristics for User Interface Design: Article by Jakob Nielsen
This post pulls a lot of experience and doctrine together in one summary.

"Jakob Nielsen's 10 general principles for interaction design. They are called 'heuristics' because they are broad rules of thumb and not specific usability guidelines."
usability  webDesign  design 
july 2018 by JJLDickinson
Riese & Müller | E-Bikes, E-Cargo Bikes & Folding Bikes
Innovative electric bicycles, cargo bicycles, and folding bicycles.
bicycle  design 
july 2018 by JJLDickinson
The Sky Hive Is a Towering High Rise for Bees in Downtown Maastricht | Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building
"Bee Collective’s Sky Hive is a towering yellow urban beehive located in downtown Maastricht. The prototype was created to help support urban beekeeping, while keeping the bees safely out of reach from passersby. The adjustable beehive stands atop a tall pole, creating a presence at a public park, while being far enough away to mitigate fears of bee stings."
design  beehive  beekeeping  urbanBeekeeping 
may 2018 by JJLDickinson
Beekeeping with the Warré hive -- Lifts
"As the Warré hive is normally extended by nadiring boxes, i.e. inserting them under the growing brood nest, some heavy lifting can be avoided by making a mechanical lift according to one of the designs shown on this page. The originator of the Warré hive lift is Marc Gatineau (France) who used an action essentially the same as the guillotine formerly used for executions in France. More recent designs, though closely similar in principle, are less obviously guillotine-like."
Good thing. Urban beekeeping has enough PR problems as it is.
beekeeping  design  beehive  engineering 
may 2018 by JJLDickinson
The Paton Group | Education Through Innovation
Paton Group is a Value Added Reseller 100% focused on education
technology in areas of design, prototyping, advanced manufacturing
and fabrication serving institutions in California, Nevada & Hawaii.
Our products include industry-leading manufacturers of CAD/CAM
Software, CNC mills & lathes, laser engravers, robotics, reverse
engineering/CMM and 3D printers. Available with each product
are project based curriculum and certification options to further
enhance the value of the purchase and the success of users.
CAD  CAM  design  software  education  3DPrinting  Altadena 
may 2018 by JJLDickinson
Rhino 6 for Windows
Rhino CAD software and its visual scripting language are popular among architects, designers, etc.
CAD  design  architecture  industrialDesign  3DPrinting 
may 2018 by JJLDickinson
Energy analysis for Rhino and Grasshopper - Formsolver
ORAMBRA's idea is a plug-in for popular architectural CAD software, to optimize structural shapes. "Here soon" since c. 2012.
CAD  architecture  energy  sustainability  design  software  plugin 
may 2018 by JJLDickinson
ORAMBRA - The Office for Robotic Architectural Media & Bureau for Responsive Architecture
From the website:
Their projects include interesting application of tensegrity, but seem to have petered out in 2011-2012.
architecture  design  Chicago  energy  sustainability  tensegrity 
may 2018 by JJLDickinson
You Can Invent: Words of Wisdom from Alan Adler
Some coaching from the engineer who designed the AeroPress coffee maker. Alan Adler teaches inventing to seventh graders every year. I like this guy!
AlanAdler  intellectualProperty  science  design  patent 
march 2018 by JJLDickinson
Tinkercad | Create 3D digital designs with online CAD
Lightweight CAD by Autodesk; used by the Long Beach Public Library for its 3D printing workshops.
prototyping  CAD  design 
march 2018 by JJLDickinson
Geodesic dome resources. Seems not to have been updated for about five years, as I write this.
sustainability  geodesicDome  construction  design 
march 2018 by JJLDickinson
Common Ground
One of several possible gems turned up by a search for "gui pattern language," after thinking about a way to constrain or to help generate good GUI designs which would be useful in ways style guides and wireframes are not.
design  softwareDevelopment  GUI  patternLanguage  usability  HCI 
march 2018 by JJLDickinson
Experiences -- A Pattern Language for User Interface Design
One of several possible gems turned up by a search for "gui pattern language," after thinking about a way to constrain or to help generate good GUI designs which would be useful in ways style guides and wireframes are not.
design  softwareDevelopment  GUI  patternLanguage  usability  HCI 
march 2018 by JJLDickinson
Microsoft Word - AUIC2004UIPatternLanguages.doc - 80bf07e964908e40ead37e6f022861f0d723.pdf
One of several possible gems turned up by a search for "gui pattern language," after thinking about a way to constrain or to help generate good GUI designs which would be useful in ways style guides and wireframes are not.
design  softwareDevelopment  GUI  patternLanguage  usability  HCI 
march 2018 by JJLDickinson
Bret Victor, beast of burden
Victor says that he pursues a principle of reducing the constraints our tools place on the realization of ideas. Per David Ricciardelli.
visualization  design  softwareDevelopment  GUI 
february 2018 by JJLDickinson
Michael's Pens
Meticulously machined pens with the heft of the metal billets they're carved out of; somewhere between steam- and cyberpunk. Discovered these at the 2018 Los Angeles International Pen Show.
design  machining  metal  pen  fountainPen  writing  shopping 
february 2018 by JJLDickinson
Von Moos Pens of Switzerland
Bespoke pens with a selection of beautiful woods and some clever ideas. Most of the examples have too many jewels and too much other crap on them, which may be hard to resist if you're spending this much money. Per the 2018 Los Angeles International Pen Show.
pen  fountainPen  design  wood 
february 2018 by JJLDickinson
Tension Series - Garden Bench: 6 Steps (with Pictures)
This bench design articulates tensional elements in an interesting way, but the instructions gloss over this.
DIY  woodworking  design  furniture 
february 2018 by JJLDickinson
Mogics │ Moving Magic
Cleverly designed power strips (not really "strips"--that's what's clever!), speakers, lights, other small electronic odds and ends. Per John Menninger.
design  power  hardware  light  speaker 
february 2018 by JJLDickinson
[ Eyewears, bikes and skateboards made in France out of wood. ] [ In'Bô ] - [ In' Bô ]
The bicycles with bamboo frames are amazing. I'd feel terrible if I bought one and crashed.
design  bamboo  woodworking  bicycle  French  shopping 
february 2018 by JJLDickinson
Awkward Engineer - Home
This guy hasn't figured out a unified esthetic, and that's probably not the point; but he's got something interesting bracketed. Per Rich Denos.
shopping  design  clock 
november 2017 by JJLDickinson
Hand-built bicycles, per Archival Clothing.
bicycle  shopping  design 
november 2017 by JJLDickinson
American Pen Company
Modern, American-made pens exploiting high-tech manufacturing techniques; per the 2/2017 "Pen World."
pen  fountainPen  shopping  design 
september 2017 by JJLDickinson
Tuff Writer Pens
If you must have a ballpoint pen, might as well have one that doubles as a weapon, right? This is the pen that guys who need a writing implement in what they call their "EDC" (everyday carry) would have: guys who know what "paracord" is. Per the 2/2017 "Pen World."
pen  shopping  design  martialArts 
september 2017 by JJLDickinson
Successful Screwing - Popular Woodworking Magazine
All about drilling pilot holes and countersinking wood screws: a hot topic as I finess my approach to beehive construction.
I'll bet clicktracking would show that this article's title makes it very popular.
wood  woodworking  screw  design  manufacturing  beehive 
july 2017 by JJLDickinson
Q & A: Why Predrill Screw Holes?
The distinction between clearance and pilot holes. This is currently of interest for building hive boxes.
wood  woodworking  screw  design  manufacturing  beehive 
july 2017 by JJLDickinson
The influence of pilot hole diameter on screw oullout resistance
I'm not too surprised that it's harder to pull screws out of wood when the pilot hole diameter is less than or equal to the inner screw diameter. Why do I care? Finessing beehive construction details.
wood  woodworking  screw  manufacturing  design  beehive 
july 2017 by JJLDickinson
Sports cars, vintage sports cars, restoration, a thing for the classics, and elegantly designed stuff for sale; per Commodity Coffee's owner/barista.
car  automotive  automobiles  design 
may 2017 by JJLDickinson
We found Jeanne and Don Cassanova at a Long Beach First Friday and bought earrings made of translucent light green beach glass and silver wire for my mother. They turned up when my mother died a month later, and I turned them into a story eulogizing her.
jewelry  design  shopping  fashion 
april 2017 by JJLDickinson
David Trubridge - Home
David Trubridge's Beauty Matters project "is a deliberate subversion of consumer orthodoxy." I watched him build a very lightweight wood and epoxy windsurfing board at the 2017 World Wood Day event.
woodworking  windsurfing  wood  design  sustainability  WorldWoodDay 
march 2017 by JJLDickinson
Data Visualization, Design and Information Munging // Martin Krzywinski / Genome Sciences Center
Visualization of large data sets. It assumes a biological domain, but why? Includes a tasty poster, as a PDF file. Per Dave Ayer.
data  information  design  visualization  biology  graphic 
march 2017 by JJLDickinson
Octane Seating | Home Theater Seating | Theater Chairs
Home theater furniture manufacturer. Co-founder and CEO Peter Goldstein contacted me through LinkedIn 11/8/2016 to ask about Harvest Franco / HVST.echnology transducers.
HVST.echnology  audio  audioExciter  furniture  design  business 
november 2016 by JJLDickinson
Roy Fielding's blog, unfortunately moribund since 2010. (As I write, at any rate. That could change at any time; but Fielding will be the first to tell you he's a busy guy. Or would have been the first to tell you, c. 2010 or before....)
REST  blog  web  architecture  design  RoyFielding 
october 2016 by JJLDickinson
Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures
Roy Fielding's UCI Ph.D. thesis initially articulated the Representational State Transfer (REST) architecture.
design  architecture  REST  HTTP  Internet  RoyFielding 
october 2016 by JJLDickinson
Home | Open API Initiative
Organization championing the OpenAPI REST API standard, based on the donated Swagger specification.
design  API  OpenAPI  standard  softwareDevelopment  Swagger  REST 
october 2016 by JJLDickinson
Swagger – The World's Most Popular Framework for APIs.
Supports implementation of OpenAPI-compliant RESTful APIs and document generation. Per Steven Paz.
design  API  REST  standard  softwareDevelopment  Internet  framework  OpenAPI  Swagger 
october 2016 by JJLDickinson
The International Printing Museum
An easily overlooked, bite-sized gem of a museum--if letterpress printing does anything for you.
museum  letterpress  printing  typography  art  design  history  printmaking  Torrance 
august 2016 by JJLDickinson
Recycle Across America, Standardized Recycling Labels
Recycling works better with standardized labels. This group's mission is to provide those labels.
recycling  sustainability  signage  usability  design 
february 2016 by JJLDickinson
4 benefits of using an Aeron chair - Office Designs Blog
A blog post by discount retailer Office Designs cites Herman Miller's assertion that the Aeron chair is 94% recyclable--but the associated link simply goes to the online catalog's Aeron screen, rather than providing background to this claim. Warranty replacements of big hunks of plastic material (seat and back) have gotten me wondering about this, and about how to improve it.
design  industrialDesign  Aeron  HermanMiller  sustainability  recycling 
january 2016 by JJLDickinson
Home – Centre Pompidou
I accept Stewart Brand's point that the Piano and Rogers-designed building is incredibly dysfunctional--but that doesn't mean it isn't also incredibly cool. As are many of the artifacts shown there. And don't plan a visit without checking IRCAM's schedule.
architecture  art  design  Paris  contemporary  museum  CentrePompidou  travel 
october 2015 by JJLDickinson
Skeuomorph - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"...a derivative object that retains ornamental design cues from structures that were necessary in the original"; or, more broadly, "a physical ornament or design on an object made to resemble another material or technique." One justification for skeuomorphs is that they provide "perceived affordances," helping users tell what something does based on its appearance--as pointed out by Donald Norman, the "Norman" of Nielsen Norman Group. From Kate Meyer's articles on minimalist web design, for Nielsen Norman Group's website. Of course Wikipedia has better coverage of this concept than Wiktionary.
design  webDesign  minimalism  usability  English  vocabulary  skeuomorph  culture 
july 2015 by JJLDickinson
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