Category Archives: design

End your almost-empty peanut butter jar woes

This is classic! I stumbled upon this awesome jar that opens on both ends so you never have to dig and scrape the last few bits of peanut butter (or similar foodstuffs) ever again!

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[via skforlee]

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Skater’s Home includes a Mini-Ramp into the Kitchen

Titled The Ramp House, this ‘skatable habitat’ was designed byAthanasia Psaraki for a skateboarder who wanted more integration between her living space and her skate space. Check out this post from ArchDaily for lots more pictures and more insight into the design. The entire house is designed around the ramps and bowls, and even elements such as the fireplace are directly embedded within the main living room space. I want to live here.

Click me for more info on this super awesome habitat![via ArchDaily]

A Test for Creativity

The Panamarican School of Art and Design have a very clever advertising campaign as created by AlmapBBDO, São Paulo, Brazil. An array of either x’s or o’s are printed on to a surface (paper, walls, doors, t-shirts, etc), upon which creatives are encouraged to manipulate, modify, enhance in an effort to develop as many symbols, glyphs or images as possible. Very cool.

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[via Toxel.com]

SixthSense – A Wearable Gestural Interface

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Patti Maes’ Fluid Interfaces Group from the MIT Media Lab have a prototype ‘wearable gestural interface‘ that looks most interesting!

Although the miniaturization of computing devices allows us to carry computers in our pockets, keeping us continually connected to the digital world, there is no link between our digital devices and our interactions with the physical world. Information is confined traditionally on paper or digitally on a screen. SixthSense bridges this gap, bringing intangible, digital information out into the tangible world, and allowing us to interact with this information via natural hand gestures. ‘SixthSense’ frees information from its confines by seamlessly integrating it with reality, and thus making the entire world your computer.

The SixthSense system is comprised of a digital camera, a portable projector and some colour markers. The projector projects an image on to any surface (preferably flat) directly in front of the user. The digital camera tracks the colour markers (typically placed on the user’s fingertips) by sending the images to a mobile computing device in the user’s pocket, which is also responsible for sending information to the projector. In this way gestures traced out by the user are analysed, and the appropriate action or image to display is realised.

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For example, the SixthSense system implements a gestural camera that takes photos of the scene the user is looking at by detecting the ‘framing’ gesture. The user can stop by any surface or wall and flick through the photos he/she has taken.

Check out this really interesting video for an overview of the system as well as some application examples:

And you should also check out Pranav Mistry’s (grad student working with Patti Maes) website, for a longer description as well as more pictures and video of the system in action.

SixthSense – Pranav Mistry [via Core77]

RbG Rainbow Glasses

Tired of your boring old glasses? Wish you could have a new look every now and them, WITHOUT having to break the bank for a new pair? Well now you can!

Luis Porem has a glasses design featuring hollow transparent frames. This allows you to fill the frames with a colourful liquid!

The structure of the RbG glasses has an internal channel where the colourful ink passes through, painting it with the colours you desire, allowing you to have a different look every time you want.

RbG Rainbow Glasses via Core77

The Secret To Creativity [JCD]

Just Creative Design (JCD) have posted about The Secret to Creativity. They discuss the fine line between inspiration and plagiarism, as well as providing several links on the topic of creativity.

This quote comes from their post…

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”

Albert Einstein

They then put forward some interesting questions: How does hiding your sources make you more creative? Is there such a thing as an original idea?

Check out the post for some more insight and some really great links.

Just Creative Design – The Secret to Creativity

9 Awesome Workspaces

Some of us work in cubicle city. Some work from home. Some work outside and some don’t work at all. Here’s nine interesting workspaces I’ve found on the interweb…

1) Stefan Didak’s Home Office

Wow. Just check out all those screens. The room itself is a bit small, but it still looks sick. Check out his website to find LOTS more info on what’s going on in his home office.

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Stefan Didak’s Office

2) Mitch Haile’s Home Office

This guy works The Matrix from his attic. Or something to do with multi-user software. Same thing. Check out his home office FAQ for more pics and info. Niiiice.

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Mitch Haile Office FAQ

3) South Hall Office, Obi Bowman House

Here’s an example in direct contrast to the previous set-ups. No need for fancy equipment if you have a location like this. Beautiful.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stewf/201497582/in/set-1633747/

South Hall Office, Obi Bowman House [via Asylum]

4) The Noir Cubicle

Not so amazing at first glance, but check this post from lifehacker to see what the cubicle looked like before it’s facelift.

http://lifehacker.com/5155413/the-noir-cubicle

The Noir Cubicle

5) Quilty-as-Charged

It used to be a dusty, junk-ridden garage belonging to an avid quilter. Then some friends came along and decided to help out with some tidying up and voila! Quilter’s Paradise was born!

http://atwater-village.blogspot.com/2009/02/our-submission-to-lifehackers-workspace.html

Quilty-as-Charged [via lifehacker]

6) Unidentified Floating Desk

Another workspace I found featured on lifehacker, the Unidentified Floating Desk uses IKEA products to bring some life to what would normally just be a desk with a PC.

http://lifehacker.com/5165084/unidentified-floating-desk

Unidentified Floating Desk

7) Nancy Cartwright’s Bedroom Desk

I’m not particularly fond of the colours and the furniture, but hey it’s the workspace of The Voice of Bart Simpson!

http://www.latimes.com/features/home/la-hm-homeofficepast-pg,0,3662339.photogallery?index=6

Nancy Cartwright’s Desk

8) Espace Mobile Prefab Home Office

The cool thing about this space is that it’s inside a shipping container. Fully customisable and with a 3-year warranty, these prefab homes go for between 55000 and 95000 Euro.

http://weburbanist.com/2008/06/01/more-cargo-container-homes-and-offices/

Espace Mobile Prefab Home Office [via WebWorkerDaily]

9) Where We Do What We Do

Not an individual entry, but an awesome collection of images of workspaces from around the world. Check it out!

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