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Let there be light switches - from dark living rooms to dark ecology
It means the resilient light switch, like the door handle, reveals the accumulated touch of all those gone before, a patina of presence. Juhani Pallasmaa said that the doorhandle is the handshake of the building; is the light switch the equivalent for the room?
design  light 
5 days ago by terry
Confessions of a letterhead collector
The design of blogs owes much to the letterhead (and, perhaps more obviously, to the newspaper masthead). Blog posts are, after all, public letters “to whom it may concern”
design  paper 
5 days ago by terry
Welcome to the bold and blocky Instagram era of book covers
None of these titles is available yet, but anywhere you find them online will likely direct you to preorder on Amazon. In fact, their covers are designed to ensure that you will. At a time when half of all book purchases in the U.S. are made on Amazon — and many of those on mobile — the first job of a book cover, after gesturing at the content inside, is to look great in miniature. That means that where fine details once thrived, splashy prints have taken over, grounding text that’s sturdy enough to be deciphered on screens ranging from medium to miniscule.
design  graphicdesign  books  amazon  instagram 
15 days ago by terry
Nixon refreshes a decade old design with Dork Too watches
Hardly anyone younger than twenty years old will likely remember ever having to use an answering machine (believe it or not, they still manufacture and sell the devices). But even so, Nixon’s reissue of their decade old Dork Too digital wristwatch design taps a nostalgic note, harkening back to an era when micro-cassette tapes were required for recording voicemail and “texting” was an alphanumeric pager skillset.
watches  design  retro 
21 days ago by terry
A Postcard Writing Rube Goldberg Machine in a Suitcase
As the sun regrettably sets on the art of letter writing, the inventive folks at design studio HEYHEYHEY have pieced together a clever contraption that promises to keep the art of travel postcards a thing of the present. Kind of. Melvin the Traveling Mini Machine is an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine that fits in a pair of suitcases that executes the simple task of “writing” and stamping a postcard of your choice, that is, if the absurdly elaborate sequence of steps goes off without a hitch.
design  art  humour  postcards 
22 days ago by terry
“Something illegible still has something to say”: Eliott Grunewald on his type designs
“I’ve been more interested in display typefaces, for their expressiveness and ‘voices’; like type as an image more than the design of a text typeface,” he tells It’s Nice That. “So I guess, sometimes, it does result in letterings which are formally too intense or even illegible. But something illegible still has something to say, to show or to promote, I don’t feel that even if you cannot read the word, you cannot get anything from it.”
fonts  typography  design  graphicdesign 
23 days ago by terry
Why San Francisco
We got our first glimpse of Apple’s new sans-serif typeface, San Francisco, when the Apple Watch was unveiled in September of 2014—a new typeface designed specifically for legibility at small sizes on a tiny, high-resolution screen. Big news for type nerds and Apple fans alike.
apple  design  fonts  typography 
26 days ago by terry
A brief rant on the future of interaction design
There's a reason that our fingertips have some of the densest areas of nerve endings on the body. This is how we experience the world close-up. This is how our tools talk to us. The sense of touch is essential to everything that humans have called "work" for millions of years.

Now, take out your favorite Magical And Revolutionary Technology Device. Use it for a bit. What did you feel? Did it feel glassy? Did it have no connection whatsoever with the task you were performing? I call this technology Pictures Under Glass. Pictures Under Glass sacrifice all the tactile richness of working with our hands, offering instead a hokey visual facade.
design  future  interactivity  ui  ux 
26 days ago by terry
Everybody dance! Bauhaus hits 100
A century after its birth, the great German art school’s influence is still being felt.
photography  design 
27 days ago by terry
Modern, artist-designed yoga mats from Society6
For so long, yoga mats came in a rainbow of solid colors, but now, you can get practically any design you wish… whether you want to meditate on a botanical print, an Aztec-inspired pattern, or dogs doing yoga poses.
design  yoga 
4 weeks ago by terry
The Sidekick Notebook conveniently wraps around a keyboard, iPad, or book
With its angled spine, the notebook opens up to an L-shape that wraps the corner of any keyboard, iPad, or book. In position, it becomes a convenient spot to jot down notes, make lists, or sketch ideas you might have while online or reading a book.
design  paper  notebooks 
4 weeks ago by terry
This Swiss company has created a bonkers anti-Apple Watch
The Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black from H Moser & Cie is high-end horology designed to look like a smart watch on standby. But with no dial and no hands, how does it tell the time?
apple  watches  design  time 
4 weeks ago by terry
Historic topographic maps pushed Into 3D
What really sells it is the shadows cast by the topological part of the map onto the borders; it’s particularly evident in the Teton and Acadia maps. I’d love to see an animated version of the mountains pushing up from the flatness of the map.
design  maps  geography 
4 weeks ago by terry
iPhones are hard to use
Observing what are dismissively called “normal people” (or “users”) for more than a decade, the one thing iPhone owners are proud they know how to do is force-quit apps. They also know how to set a ringtone and choose atrocious wallpaper.

And that’s it. But they aren’t to blame.

People kind of don’t know that they can swipe up or down from top or bottom of screen. As an example, I certainly almost never see anybody turn wifi on or off that way (it’s almost always through Settings). They certainly don’t know what Control Center and Notification Center are by name. (They also don’t know what their iSight camera is. They don’t know what Springboard is, and shouldn’t have to. But do they know what the home screen is?)
apple  ios  iphone  design  accessibility 
6 weeks ago by terry
Joe Clark
I’m a journalist, author, and editor – more concisely, a writer – in Toronto. I have a huge portfolio of published newspaper and magazine articles. I literally wrote the book on Web accessibility for people with disabilities, plus a second book on Canadian English. (Book № 3 is underway.) I go back more than 30 years in typography ﹠ graphic design.
web  accessibility  typography  design 
6 weeks ago by terry
Designing your site like it’s 1998
Strange as it might seem looking back, in 1998 we were also certain our techniques and technologies were the best for the job. That’s why it’s dangerous to believe with absolute certainty that the frameworks and tools we increasingly rely on today—tools like Bootstrap, Bower, and Brunch, Grunt, Gulp, Node, Require, React, and Sass—will be any more relevant in the future than <font> elements, frames, layout tables, and spacer images are today.
html  design  webdesign 
6 weeks ago by terry
Review of the Year 2018: Top 25 News
From Burberry getting a new logo courtesy of Peter Saville to Marina Abramović promising to electrify herself with one million volts in the name of art, via Taylor Swift butting heads with Spike Jonze over allegations of copy-catting, and the release of a new typeface that claims to be able to boost your memory, a lot has happened in the creative world since we said hello to January back in, well, January.
art  design  illustration  photography 
7 weeks ago by terry
Why so many brands on Instagram look the same
“I think history has proven itself over and over again that when sameness hits a saturation point, it plateaus. I also think it’s kind of shortsighted on the design profession’s part to underestimate millennials–that their taste level is so inherently limited that they’d be satisfied forever with a reductive palette and a single formula,” points out one branding insider to me via email. “We’ve seen young people rebel against the status quo, and I think they’ll react to the sameness in the brand landscape. It’s a matter of time.”
design  marketing  socialmedia  instagram 
8 weeks ago by terry
It's Nice That's Review of the Year 2018
Well, 2018 was a year, wasn’t it? Between us, we’re quite glad that it’s (nearly) all over. Now’s the perfect time to reflect on creativity flourished in yet another turbulent 12 months on a topsy-turvy planet.
art  design  illustration 
8 weeks ago by terry
The trouble with designing a book when its author is in jail
Janet Hansen on creating the cover for Nico Walker's Cherry
books  design  graphicdesign 
9 weeks ago by terry
Evelyn Berezin, 93, Dies; Built the First True Word Processor
In an age when computers were in their infancy and few women were involved in their development, Ms. Berezin (pronounced BEAR-a-zen) not only designed the first true word processor; in 1969, she was also a founder and the president of the Redactron Corporation, a tech start-up on Long Island that was the first company exclusively engaged in manufacturing and selling the revolutionary machines.


“Why is this woman not famous?” the British writer and entrepreneur Gwyn Headley asked in a 2010 blog post.

“Without Ms. Berezin,” he added enthusiastically, “there would be no Bill Gates, no Steve Jobs, no internet, no word processors, no spreadsheets; nothing that remotely connects business with the 21st century.”
technology  tech  historyoftechnology  typewriters  design 
9 weeks ago by terry
Secondhand armchairs and loveseats reconstructed into dripping multi-media sculptures by Nina Saunders
Danish artist Nina Saunders creates sculptures that drip, tip, and spill what appears to be amorphous contents onto the ground, turning domestic objects of comfort and kitsch into sculptural pieces unintended for practical use. Her works typically involve secondhand furniture like armchairs and love seats, with the occasional melting piano thrown into her multi-media practice. Floral fabrics run from chair to floor, while the shiny black exterior of a piano seems to leak from its position on the balcony of a busy mall.
design  furniture  sculpture 
9 weeks ago by terry
Information is Beautiful Awards 2018: The Winners
Let's raise a glass to dataviz that pushes boundaries, illuminates truth, and celebrates beauty. Thank you to everyone who joined us on the Information is Beautiful Awards journey this year - now see which entries took home trophies at tonight's spectacular ceremony.
data  datavisualisation  charts  design 
9 weeks ago by terry
The 75 best book covers of 2018
But it is December, and therefore I am inclined to ask: which book covers were the best? As I did last year and the year before that, I asked the experts: book designers. This year, I asked 27 designers to share their favorite book covers of the year, with a bit about why—and they came back with a whopping 75 different covers of note.
books  design 
9 weeks ago by terry
Budweister hates the Holland Tunnel's decorations too
“We stand with @WhosCory. This is what our Newark Brewery will look like until they #MoveThatTree. #TunnelNotTonnel,” the Missouri-based company tweeted Wednesday, along with an image showing a wreath placed on top of the “U” in its Budweiser sign and a triangular tree slapped above the “E.”
christmas  design  sign  mentalhealth 
9 weeks ago by terry
Petition: Move the Christmas Tree on the Holland Tunnel from the N to cover the A
The entrance to the Holland Tunnel (One of the busiest enterance ways into America’s most populated and famous city) is a majestic site of architecture and history.  A site that should be celebrated.  However, every Holiday Season it is decorated with 2 wreaths and a Holiday Tree.  But for some reason the tree is over the letter N in the word Holland instead of the letter A where it would fit perfectly.  This one small thing triggers anyone with the slightest hint of OCD every time they enter the city.   On top of that, it’s just unsightly and ruins the holiday festivities for people to enjoy on such a great piece of architecture.
christmas  design  sign  mentalhealth 
9 weeks ago by terry
Holland Tunnel's Christmas decorations are 'OCD nightmare'
“I look at it and it makes me itch. It gives me anxiety and anger — why wouldn’t they just put [the tree] in front of the A?” fumed Cory Windelspecht, 38, of Tribeca, whose petition notes that between one and three percent of Americans have obsessive compulsive disorder.

“One guy told me he avoids it completely and takes the Lincoln Tunnel because of the decorations.”
mentalhealth  christmas  design  sign 
9 weeks ago by terry
ATTENTION: Public warning signs by April Soetarman engage the emotions of unsuspecting pedestrians
Designer and artist April Soetarman has been producing and anonymously hanging custom street signs around her hometown of Seattle since 2016. The practice started as a way for her to diversify her art-making, which had previously been more architecture-based, in addition to working through some feelings she was processing at the time. After her original “NOTICE: I Never Stopped Loving You. Hope You’re Well” sign became viral, she began producing other rewrites of classic street and warning signs and adding them to her website Weird Side Projects.
art  signs  design 
12 weeks ago by terry
Vintage book covers spring to life via hypnotic, geometric animations
In his Covers series, the German animator Henning M Lederer envisions a world where classic book covers spring to spectacular and satisfyingly geometric life. [...] With appropriately minimalist music by Tilman Grundig to accompany the twisting and spinning of the sparse designs, the viewing experience is perhaps even easier to get lost in than a good read.
books  video  animation  design 
12 weeks ago by terry
From ignored ubiquity to design classic: the art of the blank VHS tape
When the company he worked at acquired a commercial printer with a scan bed on top, Jones began to scan tapes. Looking around on Google, he saw hardly any high-resolution images of these little pieces of everyday ephemera. There were plenty of horror and VHS box art scans, “but no love for the lowly home recording tape box that had been part of so many homes and families.” From this realization, the Vault Of VHS was born, a blog dedicated to the design of retail VHS packaging for both home and pre-recorded tapes.
video  design 
12 weeks ago by terry
How strategic cropping of session photos joined with the creative use of typography visually defined jazz
In the second chapter in her mini-series about American Jazz, video producer Estelle Caswell of the Vox series Earworm, explores the fascinating history of the specific design features most associated with jazz albums with the help of legendary archivist Michael Cuscuna.
music  design  typography 
12 weeks ago by terry
The iPod click wheel was the pinnacle of purposed hardware design
It’s a small thing, but a significant one. Today’s devices demand our constant attention: they’re almost impossible to use without it, in fact. Look away from your phone, and you’re aimlessly tapping a featureless glass slab with no landmarks or guides to light the way. As Steve Jobs pointed out when Apple first launched the iPhone, a device without buttons can have an infinite number of them. But they’re transitory; they only exist when you’re looking at them.

The click wheel is the polar opposite. Instead of an infinite array of buttons, the wheel gave you five, plus the dial, located in positions you’re always aware of. Raising volume, skipping a song, playing or pausing — these are all things you can do passively, without taking your iPod out of your pocket or lighting up the screen. It let you add music to your life without demanding that you give your life back to the iPod.
apple  design  ipod 
12 weeks ago by terry
A sharp look at the surprisingly complex process of pencil manufacturing by photographer Christopher Payne
The photographer, renowned for his cinematic images that show the architectural grace of manufacturing spaces, shares that he has held a lifelong fascination with design, assembly, and industrial processes. “The pencil is so simple and ubiquitous that we take it for granted,” Payne tells Colossal. “But making one is a surprisingly complex process, and when I saw all the steps involved, many of which are done by hand, I knew it would make for a compelling visual narrative.”
technology  photography  design 
november 2018 by terry
Jony Ive's latest design is the ultimate diamond ring – made only of diamond
Creating a ring-shaped diamond is no small feat; the diamond block will be faceted with several thousand facets, some of which are as small as several hundred micrometers. The interior ring will be cylindrically cut out for the desired smoothness using a micrometer thick water jet inside which a laser beam is cast. The finished ring will have between 2000-3000 facets which has never been seen before on a single piece.
design  jewellery  apple 
november 2018 by terry
The Android back button and why we cling to redundant features
The lack of physicality means we’re losing the ability to interact with these devices in a predictable way,” says Sarah Wiseman, a lecturer in computing at Goldsmiths College, University of London. “When I set my oven, I know I can whack the dial around to the left. Those dials are always there and they’re not going to change. You lose that with touchscreens.
design  ui  phones  technology 
november 2018 by terry
You know you want that wallpaper from Samsung’s One UI
Anyway, I was sneaky enough to highjack it from Samsung’s display units that are running the beta for One UI, so here you go.
phones  design  wallpaper 
november 2018 by terry
How to take the stress out of online design
A new study in 2018 (the largest known study of stress levels in the UK) revealed that 74% of respondents had experienced ‘overwhelming stress’ in the past year. For me this highlights that catering for stressed out customers is something most digital designers now need to build into their work; considering how stress influences the end user (both mentally and physically) during the design process is more important than ever.
design  stress  mentalhealth  health 
november 2018 by terry
The little-known reason pencils are yellow
Amidst this myriad of spectacles was a rather less dramatic—but no less influential—innovation from a Czech manufacturing company named Hardtmuth Pencil. Its latest creation was formed, as all pencils are, of a graphite core housed in a protective wooden sheath. What stood out was its color—Hardtmuth’s “luxury pencil” was painted yellow.
design  colour  history 
november 2018 by terry
Meditative geometric shapes doodled on old ledgers by Albert Chamillard
Though each monochromatic pen-wrought work is undeniably flat, the artist’s careful use of cross-hatching creates a sense of volume by contrasting more- and less-saturated areas. Chamillard uses found and deadstock paper, especially vintage ledgers, and engages the papers’ subtle blue and red writing rules to frame subtle zig-zag patterns within each imagined plane, which further enlivens his seemingly simple drawings.
design  doodles  paper  drawings 
november 2018 by terry
The Mummy: the story of the world's most expensive movie poster
Auction house Sotheby’s is currently accepting bids for one of three remaining original posters of 1932’s The Mummy. It is expected to sell for somewhere between $1-1.5m, making it the world’s most expensive movie poster. It’s a scary amount of money.
art  design  movies 
october 2018 by terry
SOL Motors Pocket Rocket Is a 50mph urban "Noped"
Making its official debut at the INTERMOT International Motorcycle Fair in Cologne, the SOL Motors Pocket Rocket’s unusual large aluminum tube design is functionally driven, encompassing the noped’s removable 220V battery power source and an internal computer compatible with both iOS and Android apps. Each end is capped by LED lights: a 6-bulb headlamp up front, and a circular array of rear brake lights and turn signals in the rear. The design is reminiscent of Vanmoof e-bicycles, sharing a similar large tubular top tube design, exaggerated even further into artillery-sized proportions.
design  vehicle  bicycle  motorbike 
october 2018 by terry
This vintage anti-distraction helmet looks like a creepy horror show prop
Distractions are all around us, whether it's ambient noise or the colorful items around you, and it's sometimes extremely difficult to concentrate on the task you need to finish. A 1920's anti-distraction helmet, known as the Isolator, was invented to address this issue.
productivity  gadgets  history  design  strange 
october 2018 by terry
Open offices have driven Panasonic to make horse blinders for humans
At what point do we just give up and admit we’re living in exactly the dystopian nightmare speculative fiction warned us about? It probably ought to be these horse blinders for people, which look like something straight out of a Terry Gilliam movie.
technology  offices  gadgets  design 
october 2018 by terry
Can good design erase the stigma around going to therapy?
“The prejudice and discrimination of mental illness is as disabling as the illness itself,” says psychological scientist Patrick W. Corrigan, who co-authored a 2014 report about the negative attitudes around mental health treatment in the US.

“A big part of our mission is to think about mental health in the same way we think of physical health, or in the same way we think about preventive healthcare generally,” says Ritter. “Why is it important to take care of your heart, [but] not take care of your mind?”
health  mentalhealth  design  therapy 
october 2018 by terry
Casino design and why the house always wins
Pay close attention the next time you step into a casino and you may find that every inch of your experience is being controlled or influenced by the house. From the rules governing the games to the music playing on the sound system to the colour of the carpet underfoot, casinos are carefully designed with the sole aim of getting customers to part with as much money as possible.
casinos  design 
october 2018 by terry
Lots and lots of control panels
This blog collects examples of control panels, analog and digital. The site’s tagline reads “in praise of dials, toggles, buttons, and bulbs”.
design  interface  machinery  computing 
october 2018 by terry
The Sony FES Watch U's main function is fashion
Although Apple and Android watches permit a degree of customization, the Sony FES Watch U raises the stakes to a notable degree by allowing wearers to upload and convert nearly any image from their smartphone via a compatible Sony Closet App to crop and position into a monochromatic design that stretches from watch face all the way across the length of the straps. This bit of customization magic is all made possible thanks to the same display technology found inside the Amazon Kindle e-reader.
design  watches  fashion  time 
october 2018 by terry
Analog Watch Co. designs a watch with wine-dyed cork bands
When you think of wristwatches, your mind probably doesn’t go to wine, but that will change after taking a look at The Somm Collection. Designed by Analog Watch Co., the same brand that created watches out of wood, marble, and plants, the collection of watches feature real cork bands that were dyed with actual wine – cabernet and blueberry wine to be exact.
design  watches  wine  drink  time 
october 2018 by terry
At the Newark Public Library, shopping bags carry local history
he Newark Public Library in Newark, New Jersey, has an unusual collection that can’t be found in its stacks. Stored in the library’s Special Collections department, in one filing cabinet and 61 archival Solander boxes—some of which are so full their latches barely close—are over 2,000 shopping bags. Meticulously cataloged by geographic location, size, and theme, the collection records the history of graphics, culture, and everyday life from the mid-20th century to the current day.
history  design  shopping 
september 2018 by terry
These are the painstaking tricks Bodyguard used to make its sets ultra-realistic
To get approval from Google, it requires a synopsis of the production, description of how its name will be shown, a script with relevant parts highlighted and visual mock-ups of how things will look. "We couldn't have a link that wouldn't be on the standard search form," Clark says. "It seems minor, but there was so much finessing to get it cleared by Google."

But the finished system is far from a functioning search engine. "We'll design it all to look exactly like Google and then I will add a bit of programming so that whatever key the actor presses, it types the pre-determined search term in the search box," Gibbons says. One key press will type one correct letter, even if the wrong letter is pressed on the keyboard. It's impossible to do something that isn't already prescribed in the software.
television  google  computers  design 
september 2018 by terry
In 1988, Acid House swept Britain. These fliers tell the story.
Mr. Little started doing sleeves for a friend’s record label, which led to the work on fliers. The Spectrum job did not pay well, he said — “I think about £100 and free entry to the club for life” — but he put a lot of effort into its fliers. He was told that the design had to feature an all-seeing eye, and he tried to give the flier a direct link to ’60s psychedelia, filling it with coded references to the Grateful Dead’s artwork. “Maybe three out of the 10,000 people made the reference,” Mr. Little said. But everyone who picked up one kept it, he said. “No one threw it in the street.”
music  design  history 
september 2018 by terry
K10k - Web Design Museum
Year: 2003; Categories: Design & Art, Magazines; Style: Pixel Design, Creative.
internet  design  history  webdesign 
september 2018 by terry
Web Design Museum
At present, Internet Archive keeps the visual form of over 327 billion websites, the oldest of which date back to 1996. This service is undoubtedly a great aid to anyone who would like to look at the internet past. Unfortunately, it does not enable to follow past trends in web design or to go through websites originating only in a certain period. The thing is that Internet Archive is not a museum with carefully sorted exhibits that would give visitors a comprehensive picture of the web design past with the use of selected examples. It is more like a full archive of the internet.

Therefore, Web Design Museum sets the main objective to trace the past web design trends, and to give general public the full picture of the web design past with the use of selected exhibits. At the same time, it seeks to use selected websites to outline the development of websites from the most distant past until present.
internet  design  history  webdesign 
september 2018 by terry
Why the world is full of buttons that don't work
According to Langer, placebo buttons have a net positive effect on our lives, because they give us the illusion of control -- and something to do in situations where the alternative would be doing nothing (which explains why people press the elevator call button when it's already lit).
design  psychology 
september 2018 by terry
Eight logos for Trump’s Space Force, from Milton Glaser and more
Ever since Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn’s classic NASA logo, graphic design has helped blend our sci-fi dreams with the reality of space exploration. On June  18, President Trump said he wanted the Pentagon to form a “Space Force.” We asked eight leading designers to create logos for this new institution and explain the thinking behind them.
design  politics  space 
september 2018 by terry
The cowboy cartographer who loved California
In final form, the maps are flamboyant and dense, giving an impression of near-limitless detail. “They’re almost like books,” says Hiller. “You look at a part of them and set it aside, and then come back the next day and look at a different part.” When he’s done exhibitions of Mora’s work, he adds, the maps in particular are “like magnets … People just get totally absorbed in looking at them.”
maps  design  drawings 
september 2018 by terry
How the smiley face became a counter-cultural symbol
The yellow smiley face as we know it has been around for over half a century, but where did it come from? And how does it continue to grin when the general consensus says there isn’t much to smile about these days? Here, we trace the origins of the iconic graphic, from its corporate beginnings to its counter-cultural adoption.
design  history 
august 2018 by terry
These designers have reimagined the 'wheelchair symbol' to include invisible disabilities
50 years on from the release of the International Symbol of Access, a new set of icons are launched to help highlight invisible disabilities. [...]

Visability93 is a project designed to spot a spotlight on the 93% of the disabled population who aren't wheelchair users, and who could be being prevented from accessing the services they need on a daily basis, including car parking spaces, restrooms and priority seating, because they do not appear to have a disability.
design  graphicdesign  health  mentalhealth 
august 2018 by terry
Introducing our new card
Design usually evolves to solve something or to meet new needs, and bank cards don’t look the way they do by accident. They were designed landscape because of the way old card machines worked, and they’re embossed with raised numbers so they could be printed onto a sales voucher.

But we don’t use those machines anymore, so when you think about it, a landscape card is just a solution to a ‘problem’ that no longer exists. At Starling, we think it’s important that we can justify every decision we make – and we just couldn’t find a reason good enough to carry on using a design based on antiquated needs.
design  banks  currency 
august 2018 by terry
In defense of keeping books spine-in
I’ve gathered that this is a controversial declaration, and that I risk inciting upset, even outrage. When, earlier this year, various publications reported on a growing trend of books shelved spine-in, many writers I know—who, by and large, are fairly big-hearted, tolerant people, respectful of differences, wary of orthodoxies—collectively lost their shit. Disgraceful, they said, appalling. No one who authentically loves books does this.
books  design  libraries 
august 2018 by terry
Visions of the future
Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality. As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future.
art  design  nasa  posters  space  astronomy 
august 2018 by terry
Coffee cups made from old recyclable coffee grounds
Product designer Julian Lechner became obsessed with trying to find a way to reuse coffee grounds to create a new material. After 3 years of experimentation, Kaffeeform was born by creating a new formula that creates new products out of old coffee. Lechner takes recycled coffee grounds and natural glues to create a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to products based on mineral oils. All Kaffeeform cups have the appearance of dark marblewood, smell of coffee, are very light, and finally, are dishwasher-friendly and long-lasting, so they can be used over and over again.
coffee  design 
august 2018 by terry
Design Museum to exhibit political graphic design from past decade
An exhibition at London's Design Museum will present the most poignant political graphic iconography from the past decade, created in the wakes of events such as the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Brexit, and Donald Trump's presidency.
art  design  politics  museums  galleries 
august 2018 by terry
Design Museum attacks its own exhibitors, defends working with arms dealers – BP or not BP?
We were shocked to see the Design Museum’s latest statement about our request to remove our art from the Hope to Nope exhibition. Rather than engaging with the issues we and other exhibitors have raised, the museum has instead made the bizarre (and offensive) suggestion that over 40 artists and groups featured in its exhibition have all somehow been duped by some mysterious ‘professional activists’.
art  design  politics  museums  galleries 
august 2018 by terry
Artists say ‘Nope’ to arms – BP or not BP?
This morning, we’re part of a large group of artists, designers and activists who have written to the Design Museum asking that our work be removed from the current Hope to Nope exhibition of political art. [...] Why are we demanding our stuff back? Because last Tuesday, 17th July, the museum hosted an arms industry event as part of the Farnborough International arms fair.
art  design  politics  museums 
august 2018 by terry
Design Museum challenged over private 'arms industry' event
“The Design Museum is committed to achieving its charitable objective to advance the education of the public in the study of all forms of design and architecture and is thus a place of debate that, by definition, welcomes a plurality of voices and commercial entities. However, we take the response to Tuesday’s event seriously and we are reviewing our due diligence policy related to commercial and fundraising activities.”
art  design  politics  museums  galleries 
august 2018 by terry
Design Museum - Campaign Against Arms Trade
It is deeply hypocritical for the museum to display and celebrate the work of radical anti-corporate artists and activists, while quietly supporting and profiting from one of the most destructive and deadly industries in the world. Hope to Nope is making the museum appear progressive and cutting-edge, while its management and trustees are happy to take blood money from arms dealers.
art  design  politics  museums  galleries 
august 2018 by terry
Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18
As of 1 August, some artwork has been removed from the exhibition, before the exhibition closing date of 12 August, at the request of the lenders. As a result, and until the end of the run, the exhibition will now be free to visit. If you have already purchased a ticket, please call the bookings office on: 020 3862 5937 or email

'We are sorry for any disappointment caused for visitors. We believe that it is important to give political graphics a platform at the museum and it is a shame that the exhibition could not continue as it was curated until its original closing date'.
art  design  politics  museums  galleries 
august 2018 by terry
30 artists have requested their work be removed from Design Museum exhibition
The letter states that, “We refuse to allow our art to be used in this way. Particularly jarring is the fact that one of the objects on display (the BP logo Shakespeare ruff from BP or not BP?) is explicitly challenging the unethical funding of art and culture. Meanwhile, many of the protest images featured in the exhibition show people resisting the very same repressive regimes who are being armed by companies involved in the Farnborough arms fair. It even features art from protests which were repressed using UK-made weapons.”
art  design  politics  museums  galleries 
august 2018 by terry
Evolving floorplans
Evolving Floor Plans is an experimental research project exploring speculative, optimized floor plan layouts. The rooms and expected flow of people are given to a genetic algorithm which attempts to optimize the layout to minimize walking time, the use of hallways, etc. The creative goal is to approach floor plan design solely from the perspective of optimization and without regard for convention, constructability, etc. [...] Conclusion: I have very mixed feelings about this project.
ai  design  architecture  buildings 
july 2018 by terry
Portrait bank cards are a thing now
Consider the ways you use your bank card on an everyday basis, whether handing it over to a cashier, swiping it to make contactless payments, or inserting it into an ATM. How are you holding the card as you do all those things? Vertically, I’m willing to bet, or in portrait orientation, to borrow a term. And yet, the vast majority of credit and debit cards are designed in landscape, sticking to a thoroughly outdated usage model. This is the senseless design inertia that the UK’s Starling Bank is rowing against with its newly unveiled portrait card design, which was spotted by Brand New.
design  currency  shopping  banks 
july 2018 by terry
London’s Design Museum announces 2017 exhibition programme
“‘Designed in California’ is the new ‘Made in Italy’. While California’s mid-century modernism is well documented, this is the first exhibition to examine the state’s current global reach,” says the museum. The exhibition will follow the culture of California taking in everything from LSD to skateboards and iPhones. “This ambitious survey brings together political posters, personal computers and self-driving cars but also looks beyond hardware to explore how user interface designers in the Bay Area are shaping some of our most common daily experiences. The exhibition reveals how this culture of design and technology has made us all Californians.”
apple  computing  design  gui  icons  mac  technology  typography  ui 
july 2018 by terry
The sketchbook of Susan Kare, the artist who gave computing a human face
There was an ineffably disarming and safe quality about her designs. Like their self-effacing creator — who still makes a point of surfing in the ocean several mornings a week — they radiated good vibes. To creative innovators in the ’80s who didn’t see themselves as computer geeks, Kare’s icons said: Stop stressing out about technology. Go ahead, dive in!
technology  design  gui  ui  mac  apple  icons  computing  typography 
july 2018 by terry
Turning point: The original goal of soccer's iconic black-and-white ball design
For decades, each subsequent competition saw an evolution in ball design. Still, most held to a similar format made up of parallel and perpendicular leather strips — that is, until the iconic Telstar ball hit the field during a crucial period of change for at-home sports viewing.

In 1970, the United States was in the middle of transitioning to color televisions. Most households had TVs, but the majority of those were still black-and-white sets. So the new ball design featured a high-contrast array of black pentagons alternating with white hexagons.
sport  football  television  design 
july 2018 by terry
25 fabulous floating bookshelves for your home
If you’ve clicked through to this post, I think it’s safe to assume that you have a giant book-buying problem, and there’s really no cure in sight. Storage space at your home has become a tricky situation, and a touchy matter with your family/roommates. You wish you could just hang books off the walls at this point… Well, you can!
books  design  furniture  storage 
june 2018 by terry
A colorful medley of inventive type animations puts the alphabet in motion
Designer Ben Huynh submitted animated letters for each day of the open call which he combined into a short film. The video presents his three-dimensional type in the form of Mephis-style office supplies, modern furniture, and abstract neon light installations, all set to the song “Sunshine” by Gym and Swim.
design  animation  typography  video 
june 2018 by terry
TIME's latest cover photo is a drone photo of 958 drones
TIME magazine’s latest issue is a special report on the rapid explosion of drones in our culture. For the cover photo, TIME recreated its iconic logo and red border using 958 illuminated drones hovering in the sky. It’s the first-ever TIME cover captured with a camera drone.
photography  design  gadgets  magazine 
june 2018 by terry
The amazing psychology of Japanese train stations
To address the Japanese fear of loitering and vandalism by young riders, some train stations deploy ultrasonic deterrents—small, unobtrusive devices that emit a high-frequency tone. The particular frequency used—17 kilohertz*—can generally only be heard by those under the age of 25. (Older people can’t detect such frequencies, thanks to the age-related hearing loss known as presbycusis.) These devices—the brainchild of a Welsh inventor and also used to fend off loitering teens in the U.S. and Europe—have been enthusiastically adopted in Japan.
design  japan  transport  music  psychology 
may 2018 by terry
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