Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

The Soy Sauce Bottle

August 10, 2018

That soy sauce bottle you see everywhere was designed by Kenji Ekuan, a former Buddhist monk. The elegant bottle is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

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The Endless Runway

October 26, 2017

Henk Hesselink of the Netherlands Aerospace Centre believes circular runways could be the future of air travel. More information here and here.

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Robo-Chef Chooses What You Eat, Then Cooks It

December 8, 2014

Robo-Chef Chooses What You Eat, Then Cooks It
“A futuristic new food system aims to make convenient food that still uses fresh produce from a local farmers market,” writes Adele Peters:

“In the new system, a set of appliances is connected to an app that answers the perennial question of what to eat for dinner, and then makes it for you. The app considers the basic facts—maybe you ran for 32 minutes earlier in the day, the fridge is well-stocked, and you’re recovering from a cold, so you need a little extra vitamin C. Then it calculates the perfect meal.

‘Flavor pills,’ tiny water-soluble pods filled with organic spices and nutritional supplements, get added to one of the appliances along with fresh produce and some water. Using sensors and a microprocessor, the appliance cooks the food for exactly the right amount of time and at exactly the right temperature.

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Death By Redesign?

May 23, 2013

Death By Redesign

Yahoo celebrity CEO Marissa Mayer headlined a Broadway revival of “How to Succeed in Business” the other day, tap-dancing through a Times Square presser marking the $1 Billion acquisition of Tumblr and a new Yahoo NYC HQ. As an afterthought, Ms. Mayer unveiled the evisceration of Flickr, a formerly functional photo sharing platform. Yahoo acquired Flickr eight years ago and then ignored it, but since Yahoo has been an acquisition graveyard, that benign neglect may account for Flickr’s survival. Until now. The new “improvements” may kill it off.

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Earphones

March 26, 2013

Earphones

“In the 1890s, a British company called Electrophone created a system allowing their customers to connect into live feeds of performances at theaters and opera houses across London. Subscribers to the service could listen to the performance through a pair of massive earphones that connected below the chin, held by a long rod. The form and craftsmanship of these early headphones make them a sort of remote, audio equivalent of opera glasses. It was revolutionary, and even offered a sort of primitive stereo sound. However, the earliest headphones had nothing to do with music, but were used for radio communication and telephone operators in the late 19th century.”

–“A Partial History of Headphones,” Jimmy Stamp, Smithsonian blog [link added]

Budapest’s long-running Telefon Hírmondó (“Telephone Herald”) phone newspaper preceded Electrophone. It often featured live opera performances, and seems to have used stock telephone ear speakers.

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Transfer at Nonfiction

March 17, 2013

Students Max Pilwat, Keri Tan and Ferdi Rodriguez have an idea how to get more readers to the New York Public Library: Bring the library to the New York Subway.

The concept: Turn bored subway riders into readers by letting them preview digital copies of books on their cell phones using Near Field Communication (NFC). Browse a “bookshelf” poster, scan a title with your NFC-enabled cellphone, and download and read the first 10 pages  while you ride. Want to read the rest? Your phone will direct you to the nearest branch library that has a hard copy.

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Period. Space (Just One).

November 2, 2012

Period. Space (Just One).

“Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong.

And yet people who use two spaces are everywhere, their ugly error crossing every social boundary of class, education, and taste.”

“Space Invaders: Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period,” Farhad Manjoo, Slate

Hat tip: Maria Popova

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Truck

October 24, 2012

Truck

Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats, @ Eastern Market, Washington DC.

That’s a 1952 Metro Van by International Harvester. The body was designed by Raymond Loewy.

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The Power of Networks

May 29, 2012

Manuel Lima, Senior UX Design Lead at Microsoft Bing and founder of VisualComplexity.com, recently addressed the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Video of his lecture is here, but the short animated excerpt above is more fun.

Illustrator: Andrew Park of Cognitive Media for RSA Animate.

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Titles

December 8, 2011

Graphic designer Saul Bass (1920 – 1996) designed the remarkable film title sequences sampled in the video above.  A new book about him features 1,400 of his illustrations.

More:

“Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design,” Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

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