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Foncie’s Corner – A Documentary on Vancouver’s best known street photographer

Foncie’s Corner, is a documentary directed by Melanie Wood, and sponsored by British Columbia’s Knowledge Network that celebrates the life work of street photographer Foncie Pulice.
Foncie shot millions of photographs of people from 1935 through to1979 as they walked along Vancouver’s downtown streets. Often in the entertainment district of Granville Street where locals and visitors a like were in there best wears and ready for a fun night out. With his approachable manner and crafty ability to take a candid photo he has unwittingly documented many moments in time. […]

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Great Idea 24/7 automated pick up-drop off Drycleaner

I recently came across the Village Cleaners while on route. At first glance I wasn’t sure what I was looking at. Large windows revealed an elaborate track system that eventually meet the outside wall where there was an odd size slot with a screen. With a little bit of investigation I got it. You can drop off and pick up your wears 24/7. Seriously what a great value added service […]

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99% Invisible – Great Little Podcast about design

We recently discovered a great little Podcast called 99% Invisible. Produced and written by Roman Mars. 99% covers a wide variety of subjects that all have a connection to design and architecture. A couple of our faves include […]

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The Simple Clothesline – Use It Love It!

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 […]

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Underground bike parking system + Bike Share?

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 […]

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Romotive – Smart Phone Robot

Romo is a small robot that uses your idevice as a brain. Then through using an app you can create his personality and behavior. Romo first got its start after a successful Kickstarter campaign […]

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Things Come Apart – The beauty of teardown

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: […]

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Sugru – Fix, modify and improve your stuff

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. […]

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Instructables – Share what you make

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. […]

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My iPhone 5 – Beautiful object average design

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 […]