Synergy and discovery at the fourth annual design science symposium at RISD: Baumeister shared the brilliant work of designers who have embraced the notion of biomimicry, “consciously emulating nature’s genius” to solve a wide range of problems. Reflective fibers inspired by spider webs and all but invisible to the human eye are now being embedded […]
one piece of fabric. twelve ways to wear it
center sections filled in. x variation drawing
Good collection of mobile patterns: http://mobile-patterns.com/
Fount is a browser bookmarklet that identifies any web font you select from a web page.
The d.fund, announced today by Enrique Allen of 500 Startups. The Designer Fund will invest in startups that are founded by designers. They’re also seeking 50 investors to contribute to the fund.
An algorithm can create 40,000 logo shapes in 12 different color combinations, providing the Media Lab an estimated 25 years’ worth of personalized business cards. via MIT Media Lab’s Brilliant New Logo Has 40,000 Permutations.
New digital sketchbook coming in June 2011… NoteSlate is low cost tablet device with true one colour display, real paper look design, long life battery (180h !), together with very handy usage and very simple and helpful interface for pen and paper. This easy, compact and portable gadget is used anywhere you want to make […]
I had forgotten to mention that you can now purchase my Citrus Pixelate design on multiple products, including stretch canvas, laptop skins and adhesives, iPhone slim hard case and adhesive and iPod skins. Head on over to the store! We’ll be adding more designs soon as well.
Apps-on is another great tool for sketching out your iPhone ideas. It’s true to size and shape to the iPhone 4 and comes with a dotted grid system that disappears when scanned or photocopied.
The Square Grid is “a CSS framework for designers and developers based on 35 equal-width columns. The grid is equiped with a 28px baseline-grid for a smooth vertical rhythm. Each block (DIV) is defined with a margin of 1 square (28px) from the next block.” The files include sketch sheets for printing (PDF), design layout […]
Minimal Folio is a simple iPad app that lets you present images and video to clients or other audiences. You add images and video from the photo album area on your iPad or by transferring through iTunes. You can then rearrange or group related items into columns and of course, move between images by swiping […]
After designing for the web for over 15 years, it’s exciting to see more typefaces finally becoming available for the web beyond the original 7-10 web fonts, or image replacement with JS/Flash. For a quick background on how web fonts have evolved, see the excerpt below from FontFeed from November 18, 2009. The August 2007 […]
The Touch Gesture Reference Guide is a unique set of resources for software designers and developers working on touch-based user interfaces. The guide contains: 1) an overview of the core gestures used for most touch commands 2) how to utilize these gestures to support major user actions 3) visual representations of each gesture to use […]
As I’m sure you know, tech and geek news has been buzzing for weeks about the arrival of the iPad and today was the day for pre-orders to arrive by UPS and for in-store purchasing. We went by the Apple Store on Stockton Street here in SF this afternoon and saw Jonathan Ive as he […]
A recent design project by Pentagram for the Achievement First Endeavor Middle School in Brooklyn caught my attention. Paula Scher calls the Achievement First project “an opportunity to correct the beige mistake of my childhood,” as she “always thought that schools, libraries, medical clinics, and other public institutions I inhabited were mean.” Why did this […]
Having a mellow Sunday with lots of new design magazines and some homemade broccoli and roasted red pepper soup.
Red Pixelate is the second design in my pixelate series. This time, it’s specifically designed to scale for an iPhone. I’m still working on the design scaled for a laptop. Just got work that Red Pixelate is now up for voting at Infectious for the next 12 days. Products are made based on votes and […]
Thirty Conversations on Design 30 of the world’s most inspired creatives answer two straightforward yet incredibly complex questions: “What single example of design inspires you most?” and “What problem should design solve next?” Via Brain Pickings on PicoCool
Citrus Pixelate, my laptop adhesive design for Infectious I first heard about Infectious when I went to an event at IDEO in 2008 when my company, Ideacodes, had just started working with them on their new website. Infectious had a car displayed out front covered with decals by Dalek, one of my favorite artists. I […]
Honda is literally reinventing the wheel with its new concept, the U3-X Personal Mobility Concept, an experimental personal mobility device that provides 360 degree movement. The concept relies on technologies derived while working on the ASIMO humanoid robot, which I’ve mentioned before. When walking, we perform forward, backward, side-to-side, and diagonal movements, the latter of […]
Directed by artist Natalia Ponomareva from Russia, here is an amazing project with packaging of tea bags produced under the principles of origami. The bird forms and unfolds gradually while the tea infuses. Elegant and subtle. Via PicoCool
Several sites, including my own PicoCool, are taking advantage of the grid view as a fast way for users to browse content. Designers have been relying on the grid for generations as a layout technique. Lots of data-driven sites (eg. product comparisons or search results), web 2.0 services and blogs let users toggle their view […]
It’s been fun to see new scripts and themes developed to “Helveticize” the web, starting with Google Reader, then Google Calendar, Gmail, and now Twitter. If you’re a Helvetica lover, you’re in luck. Get rid of multiple fonts and cluttered interfaces and give your apps a minimalist makeover. It is just a visual makeover, though, […]
Ideacodes had the pleasure of working with the social responsibility division of MTV Networks International on the launch of the microsite for Cherry Girl, their newest global talent. At MTVCherryGirl.com, visitors can find out more about her intriguing philosophy of life. The MTV audience will be able to check out this exciting new discovery on-air, […]