13 June 2011

Bone China by Phoebe Richardson

Phoebe Richardson is a London-based designer who specialises in silk screen printed, fine bone china. The range ‘Bone China’, which features skeleton crockery is all made using traditional techniques in Stoke-On-Trent. The products add a Gothic edge to everyday dining, complete with humorous touches such as the displaceable print on the stackable coffee cups.

The products are available at her shop and Wolf & Badger.

[via: Lotta Rytkönen]

14 July 2010

Influence vs. Inspiration

“Influence is cheap. Because of that, its utility is short-lived.
Inspiration, on the other hand, comes at a price.”

Cameron Moll has inspiring thoughts about creativity and design. In May, he attended LessConf and talked about Good vs. Great Design (presentation slides and notes by Andy Knight).

10 July 2010

paraphernalia anatomica red heart necklace

Paraphernalia sells reasonably priced handmade jewelry by Ms. Vanda from Lisbon. She uses illustrations, printed and cut acrylic, and silver-plated chains. The above heart is from the Anatomica collection, but other particularly cool necklaces can be found in the Alice Wonderland series.


5 July 2010

Hues, a coffee table inspired by Venn diagrams.


30 June 2010

Art. Lebedev: Moscow Metro map 2010 and 2100

“It took almost four years to develop this new map. We aimed to make it recognizable, yet truly novel, to be able to satisfy both passengers’ demands and design requirements. The final design is a flexible graphics system that allows creating a whole range of maps of various size and complexity.

[Making of the Moscow Metro map]
[Current Moscow metro map]

21 June 2010

simplistic hungarian dairy package design, from jasztej

Simplistic package designs for a Hungarian dairy brand

[via:Rasmus Andersson]

13 May 2010

ipads will replace netbooks desktops laptops fffuuuu troll journalist sheep apple rage crop

I dislike the kind of reality distortion field and hype machinery the original article adds to. Still, I think the attitude the picture (huge scroller) messages is disturbing and represents exactly the kind of deep lack of understanding most technical people have for everyday computing needs.

Most people want and need devices and services that perform well and reliably, are easy to manage or manage themselves. Modern PCs just don’t perform well in this area. It’s easy to ridicule, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if someone with money to burn actually was to prefer using two iPad over a piece of shit EUR 500 laptop for all less keyboard intense computing tasks.

Semi-related food of thought – self maintaining software: Google Chrome OS’s design goals (auto updating, browser-only OS, may not be usable for netbooks, but I do want something like this on public terminals I maintain), Google Chrome and Google Pack (installs updates automatically, even for third party software like Firefox and Flash, using a very tasteful process automated by Windows’ scheduled tasks).

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

5 May 2010

Antarctic Research Bases Are Seriously Self-Sustaining

[via:Laughing Squid]

20 April 2010

Rock album cover typography

Fairly new blog, not much content, but it looks really promising.

[via:Media Temple]

17 March 2010

Wired founder John Battelle on the hideous content lock-in of the iPad

“But the real reason media companies love the iPad is the same reason I don’t: It’s an old school, locked in distribution channel that doesn’t want to play by the new rules of search+social.”


I’m no expert on the iPad and its intended content format. But content like, say, the kind you’d get through an attempt at developing the glossy magazine concept, is worthless unless everything in it has urls and is googleable. Bear in mind that I’m the kind of person who’s having issues with the fact that newspapers and mags don’t put some kind of unique alphanumeric id on all articles inside the regular paper issue.

Something like Spotify’s url system for linking to artists, albums, song, playlists etc. represents a bare minimum of sharing features for content distributed through a proprietary distribution platform. In the case of Spotify, users still have to turn to third party services to gain basic web access to metadata. Being someone who gets most of his magazine reading done via url recommendations over the web and IRC, I’d have very little use for a modern magazine kind of medium if its content isn’t accessible via urls somehow.

But I have to say that trying to build a distribution platform resembling Spotify, Steam or iTunes for magazines/text/photo/video clip content just for the sake of control is a terrible idea. If done right, such a platform could be based on websites with paywalls (optimized for different screens) and provide cute custom applications for e.g. better local offline storage of content.

[via:Kari Haakana]

20 February 2010

From Jethro Tull’s Thick As A Brick LP cover. The album is available on Spotify.

[via:Jason Permenter]

8 February 2010

War is psychedelic: Dazzle camouflage

Dazzle did not conceal the ship but made it difficult for the enemy to estimate its type, size, speed and heading. The idea was to disrupt the visual rangefinders used for naval artillery.”


20 January 2010

dropbox psychobox 404 not found error page picture

13 January 2010

in case of an emergency cut along the dotted line japanese seppuku harakiri t-shirt, the ritual suicide by disembowelment

Seppuku inspired t-shirt design

It says “In case of an emergency cut along the dotted line.”


9 December 2009

James Howard Kunstler sounds a bit shouty at times, but he delivers funny food of thought in his TED talk “The tragedy of suburbia” (#). Kunstler discusses crimes against humanity within urban planning in the USA after WWII as it occurs in both cities and suburban landscapes.

You often hear people get quite poetic and fuzzy about what’s wrong with suburbia and cities in the USA and what works in places with actual character (“omg Paris!1!”). Kunstler gets specific and manages to put a finger on things most thinking humans have noticed but only moan aimlessly about.

Link: Youtube.

[via:Trent Eady]

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