Shhh...don't tell Yogi Bear, but wicker picnic baskets and styrofoam dishes simply won't do anymore.
Boxsal is a new take on the readymade picnic kit - a cardboard box with a handle, and four sets of completely biodegradable necessities: trays, bowls, snack bowls, knife/fork/spoons sets, napkins, and a compostable trash bag.
The boxes come in three designs - the Urban Picnic (vintage boombox), Today's Date (color-by-numbers), and Office Escape (a briefcase).
Design studio Plaid has created this mod infographic illustrating perfect coffee drink recipes. Click through for a full sized, printable version.
"By" is for Bloody, "St" is for Sod this, and that's about all it's safe to share...
Tongue-in-cheek design studio Modern Toss brings us the "Periodic Table of Swearing," an helpful info graphic that organizes blue language from heavy metals to light gases, according to their offensive atomic weight.
I'd seen Tony Alleyne's home - which he's transformed into a replica of the Starship Enterprise - on at least ten home decor/design blogs, and had always ignored it. I don't know much about Star Trek: The Next Generation (read: Anything besides the fact that the dude from Reading Rainbow is on it and has no eyes, and that I think Whoopi Goldberg had something to do with it...), so I figured I couldn't really appreciate the good work, since I have no idea how it compares.
But, this week, I saw it again, and I've still never seen Star Trek TNG (check out my in-the-know abbreviation. I also learned about DS9!), and I think it's super cool.
UK-based designer and illustrator Mico Toledo loves music. And UK-based designer and illustrator loves typography as well, and he's fused his two passions together in his latest venture, Music Philosophy.
As he states, Mico had "nothing better to do," and he began to put some of his favorite and most inspiring song lyrics under the typographic spotlight, and see if a simple, well-constructed phrase can serve on its own as a piece of great graphic design.
As it turns out, it totally can. Mico's constructions are a brilliant smash of visual poetry, which end up, as Mico has dubbed them, working as philosophy, indeed.
Both a completely functional "manly" tool and objet d'art, the perfectly crafted axes of Peter Buchanan-Smith have totally exploded over the last year.
The New York Times Design Notebook recently visited Peter's Tribeca studio, where Peter and a few interns and employees handpaint each ax. Over the last year, the axes, sold under Best Made Co., have landed in the hands/galleries of Andy Spade, author Seth Godin, and filmmaker David Lynch.
" 'With the ax, I wanted to do something simple and sweet,' he said. 'It was like an invitation to this world I wanted to create. The world of making things where notions of courage and fortitude
I will never get tired of useful things that are cleverly designed.
And the Fang bottle opener by Vitamin satisfies that category perfectly. The little dude stands on his own, then uses his chompers to open your beverage...which is way better than using your own. Comes in nine different patterns, or my favorite - just plain white.
"Anyone can go to Design Within Reach and buy some stuff and say: 'Look! It looks like "Mad Men." But if you actually watch the show, you'll realize you've never actually seen anything sold at DWR. The set dressers purposely avoid iconic mid-century pieces by outfits such as Herman Miller and Knoll, opting for timely pieces, not design classics. [I did spot a few Saarinen womb and office chairs when Don went to Calfornia, but they filmed it in the famous Case Study House #22, so in every way appropriate.]
"In keeping with the producers' gag order on details about the upcoming season -- even the exact year in which it's set -- he declined to talk about how the residential scenes, including Don and Betty Draper's home (or homes, should she go through with the divorce threatened in Season 3), might evolve this season. But he did share a few hints about how interior design changed going into the mid-'60s. "Part of it is a color thing," he said. The show is moving more toward primary colors, and away from the muted tones of the '50s. During that time, people moved more toward more curvilinear, shapes -- wilder shapes and colors. In one sense, I'd say it's less sophisticated, the '60s," he said. "We are moving toward that to a degree."
If there's anything we've tried to promote on ManMade, it's that guys and girls alike should make things that make their lives better. And this is never more true than when in reference to designing the spaces you in which we live and work. Unfortunately, as Dave Odegard points out, "It's no secret that the apartment of a single guy isn't much to look at. Whether just out of college or several years into the real world, most guys don't even attempt to shake the dorm room look of plain white walls, movie posters, centerfold pullouts, and hand-me-down furniture."
Dave has done a great interview with design Kibwe Daisy of Design for Men, a
Guess what everyone I know is getting for Christmas this year.
Why, a DEWS toothbrush, designed by Ryan and Harc, of course. It's weighted at the bottom, like a Weeble or a Bozo the Clown inflatable punching bag, so that it will never let the bristles go below the surface. This does three things, I imagine: 1) Keeps everything nice and sanitary, 2) adds some style and weight to otherwise flimsy, boring toothbrushes, and 3) makes it into a toy and is therefore awesome.
I mean, look at these things. They're toothbrushes, and yet totally dripping with personality.
"DEWS does away with concerns about whether your toothbrush is resting on
Danish-born and Barcelona-based graphic artist Emil Kozak has a solo show at the Nina Sagt Gallery in Düsseldorf. The collection features graphic, 80s-skateboard-y simplistic images that swing back and forth between art-for-art's-sake and the commercial.
Emil also put together this great video detailing how the whole installation came together.
Literary magazine McSweeney's has given the world's most maligned typeface a chance to fight back. Short Imagined Monologue "I'm Comic Sans, %@#hole" is a rapid-fire diatribe against the Swiss snobs and fun haters....and it's very, very funny.
"People love me. Why? Because I'm fun. I'm the life of the party. I bring levity to any situation. Need to soften the blow of a harsh message about restroom etiquette? SLAM. There I am. Need to spice up the directions to your graduation party? WHAM. There again. Need to convey your fun-loving, approachable nature on your business' website? SMACK...."
We promise this will be the only time ManMade posts anything in Vincent Connare's 1994 casual that's rocked such achievements as the Beanie Babies logo and the Sims video games, but for now, if he's actually this funny, we say rock on, you Sans Serif Superman.