Posts Tagged ‘design’

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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Making the Perfect Dog Toy Is No Walk In the Park

August 1, 2018

Bark & Co. works with BarkBox customer research, a former LEGO designer, and stand-up comedians in its quest to make the best chew toy for every dog. Fetch more here.

A Quartz video.

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The Complex Geometry of Islamic Design

February 1, 2018

In Islamic culture, geometric design is everywhere: you can find it in mosques, madrasas, palaces, and private homes. And despite the remarkable complexity of these designs, they can be created with just a compass to draw circles and a ruler to make lines within them. Eric Broug covers the basics of geometric Islamic design.

Lesson by Eric Broug, animation by TED-Ed.

More here.

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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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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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Eisenhower Memorial

September 2, 2012

Ike On Line

A newly-revised design proposal for the Eisenhower Memorial is now on the Web. The Eisenhower family, Washington residents, and most people with functioning eyeballs hated previous designs. The memorial effort has plodded along since 1999, for 13 years. The US finished World War II in 4 years; Ike was president for 8.

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Subtle Safety for Bikes

December 3, 2011

Subtle Safety for Bikes

More of America’s city dwellers are trying bicycles, and that makes these trying times for bike riders, pedestrians and drivers alike. Bikes run into people, cars run into bikes, bikes run into cars. New York City is trying a novel approach to improve bike safety: poetry.

The NYC Department of Transportation has rolled out a new bicycle safety program, Curbside Haiku signs. The signs feature 12 designs, and each spells out bike safety tips in poems of 17 syllables. This official New York municipal program is based on an Atlanta guerrilla art project by John Morse.

The thoughtful Curbside Haiku poem cycle covers essential bicycle topics, all except one. This one:

Pedal with respect
The streets are for everyone
Spandex shorts are not

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Jell-O Mold Competition Tomorrow

June 24, 2011

If you’re in Brooklyn on Saturday night, shimmy over to the 3rd Annual Jell-O Mold Competition in Gowanus. It’s the culminating event of a series of workshops co-sponsored by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center. Contestants develop new molds and feed tasting portions of gelatin to the brave panel of judges. Public viewing at Gowanus Studio Space starts at 6 p.m and winners will be announced at 8 p.m. We’ll be all a-quiver until then.

Video (above): 2010 Jell-O Mold Competition.

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