Category Archives: design

The cat font: Helveticat

Too many things on the go, and not enough time to do it all, hence the lack of activity. This had to be shared. Helveticat by Bethany Lesko. The V, Y, and Z are all configurations that ELEKTROKATZE does with… Continue reading

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ELEKTROKATZE: bicycle design by ChowPourianLab

Yes, it’s true – now we’ve also designed a bicycle named ELEKTROKATZE: a new street style bike, handmade steel frame, fixed-gear, shortened handlebars, 20” wheels. >> ChowPourianLab for photos, a peek behind the scenes at the Colossi workshop where it… Continue reading

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Non-stick nanotech for everyone!

Ultra-Ever Dry. LiquiGlide. Two non-stick coatings use nanotechnology to make short work of common frustrations. The names say it all, but to really believe it, you need to watch the demo videos. The mercury-like look of water beading up and… Continue reading

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3Doodler: pen that lets you draw in 3D

3D printers bring computer renderings to life. Now there’s a 3D pen called “3Doodler” that can do the same for your sketches. No computer needed! >> 3Doodler Kickstarter campaign It reminds me of Sketch Furniture by the Swedish design studio… Continue reading

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Barefoot College, India

Bunker Roy’s Barefoot College has one main purpose: to bring rural villages out of poverty by training women (preferably illiterate grandmothers) new skills for economic and environmental sustainability. The women arrive with no formal education and return home six months… Continue reading

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Urban outlaw: Magnus Walker

More reason why you should pursue the things you love… This 32-minute video introduces you to Magnus Walker, someone who’s really living the dream. He’s turned his obsession with the Porsche 911 into an enviably fulfilling profession where his craftsmanship… Continue reading

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The quick list: playing catch-up

Long stretch since the last post… For expediency’s sake, a quick list of articles worth reading (most recent on the top). SCIENCE >> National Geographic: The Bite that Heals. Scientists are unlocking the medical potential of venom / Jennifer S.… Continue reading

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The public service announcement: Dumb Ways to Die

A 3-minute public service announcement video for Metro Trains Melbourne. The endearingly silly cute graphics and sticky indie folk sound made me watch it immediately a second time. An effective and unexpected take on the standard warnings which makes the… Continue reading

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I want: chairs by Takeshi Sawada

Oak and deerskin. This is the cute fluffy one. This one is a bit more grown-up but fairytale-like, with intricate detailing on the face and ears and a special authentication crest on the back. The legs are also very fawn-like.… Continue reading

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I want: Kaiju Negora by Mark Nagata

I used to collect vinyl toys. Haven’t seen anything I really want for a couple of years at least, and recently started thinking it was time to let it all go. Then I saw this… I want! Evil/cute kaiju negora… Continue reading

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The new training for robotic surgery

Note to gamers: all those hours of training your visual motor skills with a joystick could make you a fine candidate for robotic surgeon. >> via ArsTechnica / WIRED UK: Gamers prove equal to surgeons in operating robotic surgery tools… Continue reading

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The Biblio-Mat: a novel way to sell books

Forgive the cheesy pun in the title, but I had to do it… Two things I love – vending machines and books – combined in one: the Biblio-Mat! The Monkey’s Paw, a secondhand book shop in Toronto, built a one-off… Continue reading

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The 5¢ Coke

From 1886 up to about 1959 – over 70 years! – the price of Coke was just 5¢. At the start, Coke was sold as syrup to soda fountains. Bottled drinks were an unproven newfangled idea, and Coca-Cola’s president didn’t… Continue reading

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I want: Shine activity tracker by Misfit

I wanted a Nike Fuelband until I saw this: Shine activity tracker by Misfit Wearables, a company headed by Apple collaborators / ex-employees. + Waterproof, can swim with it + Clean, simple lines, low-key design + Compact and light +… Continue reading

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I want: Megaphone by en & is

I seem to have a thing for ceramic speakers. Megaphone is by Italian designers Isabella Lovero and Enrico Bosa, another variation on iPhone speakers which use physics instead of electricity to amplify sound. Elegant, sculptural, hand-finished and… I want the… Continue reading

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The ELEKTRO PechaKucha poster

ELEKTROKATZE, the face of PechaKucha Night HK on October 16. >> Event details

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The ruling: AP vs Shepard Fairey and the 2008 Obama HOPE poster

Two years of probation and $25,000 USD fine for covering up the trail of the original image. I feel sorry for him for not coming clean as soon as he realized his mistake. There was no intent to deceive on… Continue reading

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I want: ceramic speakers by Joey Roth

Beautiful craftsmanship, sensitive use of materials, admirable design philosophy. I also want the self-watering planter “made from naturally porous unglazed earthenware.” Smart, simple design. Joey Roth. Keep an eye out for his work. >> Joey Roth

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The “it’s impossible” challenge

Two stories, both bicycle-related, where inventors were told by various naysayers that what they wanted to do was impossible: Hövding the invisible bicycle helmet by Swedish industrial designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin Seven years in the making, it was… Continue reading

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The T-Shirt: still a barometer of our time

After posting about the value of sharing online the other day, comes the opposite end of the argument… T-shirt by German Garment Shop. >> via High Snobette >> German Garment Shop

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The kerning game

Found this while writing an earlier post about typography, and though I included the link in the other item, it really deserves its own mention… Kern type: a kerning game – A very nice site to explain kerning to the… Continue reading

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The provocative tagline (with terrible kerning)

Tortoise & Blonde, an online eyeglass design shop which is positioning itself as ‘Sex, Specs, and Rock n’ Roll’ – has a new tagline: We want to sit on your face. It’s an American brand, but the humour and graphic… Continue reading

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The spending patterns of US households: fibbing infographics

A snippet about household budgets… At a glance, everyone’s roughly in the same boat with spending patterns for food, housing, education, retirement etc. with low, middle and high income households. Percentage-wise they’re similar, but do the math and you’ll see… Continue reading

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The dreamscape

Phillip Schuster’s Skate Villa, Salzburg: hunting lodge turned indoor skate park

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