Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Designing the Obama campaign logo

13 Feb 2009

Sol Sender from Mode explains the design process of the Obama campaign logo.


Objectified, a documentary on product design

07 Jan 2009

Gary Hustwit is working on a documentary about industrial design. “Objectified” will offer a look behind the scenes of everything from furniture to gadgets, with an emphasis on the creative process and the people behind it. The trailer looks very promising:

Previous movies of Hustwit include Helvetica which is all about typeface and fonts.

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Beer bag

16 Dec 2008

Bagvertising isn’t new, I’ve seen it many times before, but the results are often very nice.

Just like this one for example:


Although I like this example, I seriously doubt that the optical illusion is as good in real life as it is in these pictures. If the optical illusion is any good you can be sure of two things:

a) this bag will turn some heads when an old lady walking down the street is carrying it.

b) a lot of people are going to want one of these bags.

Agency: Noble Graphics Creative Studio, Bulgaria


Absolut PinkEye

03 Dec 2007

A while ago, I posted something about PinkEye, a supercool design agency. I went back to their site today to check out the new design and I stumbled upon these really classy things they did for Absolut. This is THE example of how a good team can add up to the image of a brand. Creative madness, coming up!

First stop: some beautiful monumental chrome chandeliers. The fiberglass guides the light from the ceiling to the tubetips.

Absolut PinkEye 1

Next stop: these life sized Absolut bottle shaped lightbulbs will brighten up your club/bar in a unique and very stylish way. A trendy and original way to integrate the brand in a loungy decor.

Absolut PinkEye 2

Lastly: with the theme of the Absolut bottle appearing and disappearing in a non-intrusive way, these rotating platters seem a random collection of sparkling glass sticks, until they hit your eye at exactly the right angle and you see the bottle shape form out of thin air.

Absolut PinkEye 3

If you haven’t done so already, check out the PinkEye website and give their catalog a go. These guys genuinely kick ass. If you have a brand that needs to be represented in a cool and unique way, no doubt this is the path to choose.

Link: PinkEye site
Thanks, Thomas


The Cupboard Stairs

23 May 2007

My uberfriendly colleagues from Appelogen have spotted this very nifty and cute system to tidy up the house. Should you ever consider replacing ye olde stairs, do not hesitate to ask your local carpenter to help you figure this one out. Perfect for shoes, books, socks, flashlights and what not. You’re going to wish you had more stairs to climb once you’ve discovered the luxury of this beauty. It’s actually invented or produced by Unicraft Joinery, an Australian company without online presence.

Cupboard Stairs

Added to the Link Love page: AppelOgen


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Camouflage Tent

10 Apr 2007

Bert sent me this super cool image of a camouflage tent he got from a friend. I don’t know where it’s up for sale, but I think the idea is just super! The only thing I hope is that you don’t buy it with a deer print if you go out camping in the woods or in the mountains… because if they do have it, you better not run into some hunters :)

Cow Tent

Design: Herve Matejewski
Thanks, Bert


Urban Guerrilla: Revenge Of The Pixel

06 Apr 2007

Pixelator is an unauthorized on-going video art performance collaboration with the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority, Clear Channel Communications, and its selected artists. Since 2003, the MTA has made available for exhibition purposes 80 LED screens located at subway entrances across New York City. Unfortunately, the high cost of exhibiting (an estimated $274,000 per month per screen) prevents most artists from having access to these facilities. While the MTA’s effort to create more opportunities for video art exhibition in public spaces is to be commended, selected works remain wholly fixated on commercial goods and media conglomerate events, a short-sighted curatorial choice that regrettably ignores the full potential of these promising exhibition spaces. In an attempt to broaden the scope of MTA’s video art series, Pixelator takes video pieces currently on display and diffuses them into a pleasant array of 45 blinking, color-changing squares. Since the project is an anonymous collaboration, the resulting video is almost entirely unplanned and unanticipated, with the original artists helping to create new works of art without any knowledge of their participation.
[Translation: Pixelator turns those ugly, blinding video billboard ads into art]

Video Link


BumpTop 3D Desktop

06 Mar 2007

This has been around for about a year or so, but I never got to blog about it. Then today I accidentally stumbled upon a video from the project and I just wanted to add this to my archive, for keepers. I have a thing for virtual toys and projects. This particular one is from Anand Agarawala & Ravin Balakrishnan for the DGP (Dynamic Graphics Project) at the university of Toronto, Canada. The University of Toronto’s Dynamic Graphics Project (dgp) is an interdisciplinary research laboratory within the Department of Computer Science. The lab’s mission is advanced research and graduate instruction in human-computer interaction and computer graphics. DGP is home base to Computer Science faculty and students in these two areas.


I don’t think I can live with this sort of desktop, because I’m too attached to seeing a file name under an icon and to ‘folders’ where I can stash stuff in to. This BumpTop desktop, however, is quite a refreshing idea and I love where this is going. It would be great to have it as an optional feature in my current OS, but not really as a permanent environment to work in. That’s my two cents. Looks super smooth though.

BumpTop site | DGP site