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Framlab's proposal aims to transform the food deserts of Brooklyn
The London-based design duo experimented with balloons to yield a neat effect
Bubble Wrap, like all plastic films, is of course petroleum-based. But if you’re packaging fragile presents this holiday season, there is a greener, paper-based alternative called GreenWrap. You’ve probably already seen the stuff and just didn’t know what it was called.
“blokdots” is a Student Winner in the Tools & Work Award category of the 2019 Core77 Design Awards. The 2020 Core77 Design Awards will be launching in just over a month on January 7th! Stay tuned for more details.
I’ll make this quick: In their just-published book, User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play, Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant have written a contemporary treatise that is sure to become a foundational text. (And I’ll make this simple: If you’re looking for holiday gifts and you’re a designer-type, buy ten of these, wrap ’em up, and figure out who gets ’em as you’re walking out the door. Guaranteed satisfaction for all your employees, partners, clients, and students, this book would also be useful to anyone—or anyone’s parents—who wonder what designers actually do.)
Back when I worked corporate, all departments were silo’d off with tap- -to-enter badge reader pads. Other companies use keypads, like this Swedish office–where someone has thoughtfully anticipated that you may have a coffee cup in one hand and something occupying the other.
If there’s one failure of package design that seems to be consistent across brands, it’s the microscopic fonts used on medicine labels. They provide crucial information on products often being purchased by elderly folk with less-than-stellar eyesight, but the brand name is always given way more real estate than the active ingredients.
Smart stores compensate. This Rite-Aid’s solution: A shelf-mounted magnifying glass on a retractable line.
…the internet erupted with outrage (of course), stating that the new Space Force logo was a rip-off of the StarFleet Command United Federation of Planets logo used in the Star Trek franchise. Here they are side-by-side.
Non-pneumatic, airless tires have been a long time coming, but have yet to crack the consumer market. Bridgestone may change that, or at least get them into the public consciousness; as tire sponsor of this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, the company will provide a fleet of bicycles (presumably in Olympic Village, the details are unclear) kitted out with their non-pneumatic tires.
The UK’s Hope Technology and Lotus Engineering have teamed up to create an Olympic superweapon: The HB.T, a carbon fiber bike with 3D-printed titanium elements that the Great Britain Cycling Team will ride in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Snapmaker’s invention is a desktop machine that can 3D print, and do lasercutting, and do CNC milling. The metal-framed machine has different heads that can be attached, depending on which operation you’d like to perform.
What does the International Space Station have in common with Dave Hakkens? Both can recycle their own plastic. Actually, while Hakkens has been doing that for a while, the ISS will only gain the capability on November 2nd. That’s when they’re due to receive delivery, courtesy of a Cygnus cargo spacecraft launched from an Antares rocket.
In this video, designer, technologist, and current Chief Experience Officer at Publicis Sapient John Maeda talks about public failure as a form of useful user research, the beauty of designers who take great risk in order to enact chance, and more.
Vietnam was one of the most pristine places I’d even seen–in the 1990s. Today the country, once renowned for its pristine beaches and waterways, has suffered heavily from the plastics explosion of the past few decades. Take a look at this photo of a beach in Nam Dinh
What’s one of the most influential lessons you learned in design school? For me it was “It’s all about the transitions.” Nailing the overall form of an object is important, but how you handle the transitions–the areas where different surfaces and materials meet–is where you can manifest the pro-level design considerations that separate good work from great work.
It’s true of architecture too, of course. Everything from window flashing to door trim to interior molding is an opportunity to demonstrate excellence and a love of design.
How best to inculcate this in kids?
It used to be that if you wanted a tracksaw, you had to pony up for a high-priced Festool–if there was even a dealer in your area. Nowadays DeWalt, Grizzly, Kreg, Makita and more all make them, and they’re sold at local big box stores.
On the face of it, I think this may be the dumbest idea I’ve seen this year. Japan’s Morita Miyata Corporation, which has been making firefighting equipment for over a century, has designed this set of fire extinguishers