Sometimes the basic chore of laundry can be a pleasure. With the morning sun shinning on your back and a good birds eye view of the backyard believe it or not the chore of hanging out the laundry can feel as good as that morning coffee (Okay that maybe taking it it a little too far […]
Bike parking can be a bit of a drag especially when bike racks and space is limited and not to mention it’s somewhat of a gamble at least in North America whether your bike is even still there and not stolen. In Japan they have a perfect solution ‘The Eco Cycle‘. The engineering company Giken Seisakusho have developed a clever automated underground system that from the users stand point couldn’t be easier. The system can store […]
Things Come Apart is a new book by photographer Todd McLellan documenting the tear down of 50 classic products. The images are beautifully created with their contrasting arrangements and really do document every single part that goes into making some of the most iconic and common products of the 20th and 21st century. Here’s just a few: […]
Continuing on the theme of hacking/ fixing/ DIY, I recently came across this product called Surgu. Now, we all have gadgets, gear, tools, toys etc that all worked great until that critical part, hinge, clip breaks (the Achilles heal). Or, we have a gadget that would work better if we could just customize it to fit or function better. Enter Surgu, a miracle material that doesn’t seem to have any limits and can be used for a wide variety of applications and materials. […]
Instructables is a great resource for the creative “Do It Yourself(ers) out there. Filled with incredible inventive ideas, recipes, fixes, hacks, you name it it’s probably there in some form. Instructables is built by readers contributing instructions of their own sometimes weird and wonderful projects. From a design handy person perspective I really love the functional repurpose aspect of the solutions. Here’s just a few. […]
Now, there are many iPhone 5 reviews and critiques out there, mostly focusing on the specs, performance and OS, with only a small section devoted to the physical domain. Well, not this one. This review focuses solely on the physical, tactile world of the iPhone 5.
Some quick background: I recently upgraded from a 4-year-old Sony phone, so you can see I’m not in the early adopter category. I’ve had my iPhone 5 for about […]
The iconic Bic pen is to the rest of the world, what the MonAmi 153 is to South Korea. Largely unheard of outside its home country, the MonAmi 153 ballpoint pen is a fascinating glimpse at what has become an isolated design icon halfway around the globe. A cultural symbol of post-war Korea. I love the simplistic form and retracting mechanism that’s been untouched since its design in 1963. Best of all the 153 is my favorite go to sketcher’s pen, as line weights are smooth and controllable, and the retractable design means there’s no cap to misplace. Use it Love it!. […]