SCR#002:Drop Clock

DROPCLOCK” is an aesthetically intriguing motion clock screensaver. Every minute of real time is numerically expressed with heavy Helvetica dropping into water in super slow-motion. Be captivated as the contrasting elements of organic water and solid typography infinitely morph and mix.

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Fokus Fabrik

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” The world of Fokus Fabrik reflects freshness, purity and happiness – making you enjoy your existence. In addition to modern fabrics, the Fokus Fabrik collection includes ready-made products such as bags, clothing and bed linen. Fokus Fabrik´s fabrics can be used to create a unique living and working environment. All the products of the collection are ethically made in Finland. Designers Tiia Eronen, Eeva Heikkinen, Laura Järveläinen and Hanna Kerman started their co-operation in 2005. Their design studio is located at the old factory in Helsinki, Finland.”

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What’s in a word ?

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Ever wondered what would happen if you substituted the word ‘design’ for another word in a well-known saying? Well, the answers are here. Designed by Lippa Pearce Design, What’s in a word? is a small typographic publication of 26 well known phrases. The opening introduction explains the exploration toward “…the power of words and the power of well-known sayings in our collective unconscious. Because the key word is ‘design’ it also shows how fundamental design is and should be in our thinking.”

Asking 26 writers from the writer’s group 26 to come up with the sayings, Domenic Lippa of Lippa Pearce designed the publication and typography with the assistance of designers, Paul Skerm and James West. Screaming it’s Pentagram influence from front to back, this is a beautiful must have for all designers, writers and design thinkers!

Originally written on Anamorphosis

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Icff 2007: part three

oh.my..my..!! again..a wonderful coverage and beautiful works / design(s) !!

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alright- we made it! the last day of icff coverage. it was a fantastic three days covering everything and running from place to place trying to catch it all. though the show wasn’t the best i’ve ever seen, it was great to see everything in one place and meet some of the designers i’ve admired this year. so, without further ado: the last day! [“co-pilot” boat-inspired stools by kandice levero. each one has a working compass so you know which way you’re faceing when you swivel]

i’ve written about this piece by charlotte lancelot before but it was great to see it in person this time. sooo much texture, i love it!

ceramics from paige russel– she was definitely one of the standouts at this year’s show.

these little ceramic cup and saucer sets had a light that changed colors inside. a little novelty but still pretty cute. part of the designboom mart (which kicked major, major butt this year)

amy adams‘ cute new frida lamps. i love the handle for easy transport.

fun little hook/cup/tiles at the designboom mart.

MET chandelier– part of the pure austrian design booth.

more beautiful ceramics from paige russell‘s studio.

this wooden bench had just the right amount of detailing. [designer info coming soon]

one of the highlights of design season was meeting denyse schmidt in person- she’s as sweet and lovely as her work. i loved the linens hanging behind her in the photo.

i loved this metallic bicycle-print wallpaper from flavor paper. they’re always right on top of the wallpaper game…

this was the first chair i saw at the show- it wouldn’t exactly match my home’s look but darn was this thing cool. and of course, it was so cool i lost my notes on it. will find asap.

boca grande‘s storage unit was one of my early favorites- it’s finished with auto paint, which gave the piece a nice high gloss.

peter loh showed a seriously beautiful glass table made with legs of reclaimed douglas fir.

lisa albin‘s cute children’s chairs in a new walnut finish.

door hooks and small side table from viable.

i loved these bright pink flor tiles from interface‘s commercial division.

lush, rich new rugs from emma gardner. i love the way emma plays with colors that are both super saturated and wonderfully muted.

cup and saucer with metallic detailing from areaware.

this rug really had to be seen to be appreciated. my camera can’t do it justice. warp and weft‘s pink carpet was one of my lust-after items this season.

wiggly, borderline alien-like lighting from vitra. very cool but about two steps away from giving me the creeps.

i covered these at milan but i had to show them again- tom dixon‘s stunning metallic lamps.

i loved these glass tiles from brooklyn glassworks. sorry, my camera really crapped out on this shot.

niche modern showed some great new styles at icff- i love the little pointed-bottom lamps.

adorable cuckoo clocks from progetti italy.

more pieces from the amaridian booth at icff. these rockers and chaise were designed by south african designers- i loved all the vivid red they used.

the cut-outs in tony meredith‘s slashBackslash chair gave it such a nice, airy feeling.

fun textured lighting from norman copenhagen.

i loved these colorful ceramic tiles from modcraft.

a lovely throwback to days of yore. this lamp was made from an old-school hoover vaccuum cleaner. kitschy, but fun. [artist info coming asap]

icff really was all about babies and kids this year- this convertible crib from industREAL design flips and turns into a chair when your baby is old enough to leave the crib behind.

i loved this simple but sleek seating from ana linares.

lamps and bowls from pure austrian design.

this luxurious wooden table from eros reminded me of golf tees- in a nice way, of course.

all of celery‘s furniture came with a bamboo mallet for easy construction and disassembly.

snap together glasses from angela at inv/alt design.

cup and saucer clock from umbra.

it was so nice to meet caitlin of rebound designs

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Next Stop, Accounts

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Harry Beck’s London Underground map continues to exert its influence on contemporary design, this time as the central feature of the re-fitted offices for digital agency, Poke. A striped aluminium cable tray snakes around the space carrying all the unsightly wires over the heads of the workers below and adding a splash of colour to the standard-issue concrete and white. Feeling nosey? Let’s poke around some more (sorry)…

The project cost £360,000, for which architects Quinn kitted out the 850 square metre warehouse space in (of course) Shoreditch – Poke are in the same building as ad agency Mother. “The challenge was,” apparently, “to make the space a memorable, yet hard-working environment for a team of 60 creative staff.”


A continuous concrete wall curves through the space, forming a kitchen and meeting rooms as it goes. As Poke work primarily in digital media, the architects decided to make a feature of the one thing thay can’t do without – the cabling. The aluminium tray runs the full expanse of the office, branching out where the various switch points are located, just like the Underground system.


The tray’s coloured bands also act as a wayfinding system as it flows through the interior; from the lift core and clockwise through a reception area via satellite meeting rooms and a central kitchen to an expansive open plan studio, terminating outside over a south facing terrace.

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The Unfold poster design contest

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Palla Cityscape

Design a feature film poster for our open source movie.
Fame/riches to follow…

Palla has released his latest stunning image for A Swarm of Angels visualisations under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0), so we can use it as the main photographic element of our teaser poster for The Unfold.

We’d like you to make the final design.


The image explores one of the main visual effects of the story — the idea of the world splitting, fracturing, and unfolding. The poster should showcase this using the photograph as a core visual, but with additional typographic and illustrative elements as the designer sees fit. This is an opportunity to indulge in classic and artistic poster design free of the usual commercial imperatives and informational clutter associated with many modern examples.

Posters format:

Final size – A2 (16.5 x 23.4 in — 420 x 594 mm). Portrait or landscape aspect ratio.
Submissions should be preview jpegs no more than 1500 pixels in length maximum.
All images submitted must fall under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC license, with the winning image able to be used in all ASOA activities.

The winning design will be decided through discussion at The Nine Orders forums, alongside Palla and myself. Besides the poster being printed, as well as featured in future publicity and exhibitions, the designer will be entitled a revenue share of any proceeds from the poster.

Submissions are welcome from members and non-members of the Swarm. You can enter by posting a link to your poster image in the comments (contact us for any questions).

The final poster will be made available for purchase so please join the swarm or sign-up to the mailing list to be kept informed and register your interest.

Elements required for poster

– Download Posterpack (Palla’s 964 Cityscape image + A Swarm of Angels logo files)
– Creative Commons image presskit page

Please post your poster link in the comments below (moderated).

Deadline: June 1st, 2007

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Nokia Trends Lab

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Virtual hub of mobility experiences on Nokia Trends Lab Beta.

Filed under: art, design, fashion, films, graphics, mobility, music, new media, social, space/place, technology

Growing Business Cards

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Jamie Wieck, Growing Business Card, Another Bloomin Designer

How do you make your business card stand out? Make it grow! We’re seeing a lot of clever business cards perfect for your green thumb, and its about time! Jamie Wieck breathes new life into business cards with his Growing Business Card. This little number transforms from a regular business card to miniature house plant, sprouting alfalfa or cress when watered. Who wouldn’t want this on their desk?

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Free downloadable card by Joan m.k. tycko

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Here you can download PDF files that will allow you to print out some choice illustrations from The Accidental Mind in notecard format. Print, fold and enjoy!

Illustrations by Joan M.K. Tycko.

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Icff 2007: part one

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.: As you can see again, a great coverage by Design*sponge :.


my feet are sore and my voice is just about gone, which means it’s design season in nyc! this past weekend i took my first shot at covering icff, the stationery show and surtex. over the next 5 days i’ll be posting highlights from all three shows. today will be all about icff, but if you’d like to skip the text and go straight to the (full-sized) images you can click here for a slideshow of icff part 1 images.icff didn’t really knock me over this year, but there were some stand out pieces. i felt like something about the show just didn’t “pop” this year like it normally does. a lot of booths were using acrylic again (bent acrylic chairs, curved acrylic tables or side chairs) and more than i can count were using bent ply and walnut veneer. that’s not to say that any of those materials are inherently bad, but they do tend to get used in a fairly predictable manner. hopefully haute green or next year’s icff will show designers using these materials in a more inventive way. enough with the down side- let’s get to the good part: highlights! the show provided more than enough product design for two posts so today will be my absolute favorites….

as always, karen combs at nama rococo produced some of the most beautiful pieces at the show. she debuted a fantastic new hot pink (and i mean HOT PINK) wallpaper design with beautiful droplets of green mixed in. it was a great expansion on the current collection and further proof that nama rococo is a company to watch.

we talked about catherine hammerton last year so i was thrilled to see her exhibiting again amongst her british colleagues. this year she debuted the stunning pick wall art above, made from paper that’s been sewn and burnt in spots to create the wall hanging you see above. catherine also showed her lovely gingko paper seen above in black- she’s always playing with texture and paper in such inventive ways.

this next booth was without a doubt one of my favorites of the show. risd teamed up with swarovski to create a collection inspired by the company’s crystals. the “extruded swarovski” chair above (featured in three photos) by maria gmuca was my favorite piece of the show hands down. i wanted to EAT this chair i loved it so much. the big, chunky crystals up against the smooth chair with all of its different ridges was absolutely stunning to behold. sure, it’s not the most practical piece, but the pixelated nature of the chair combined with those huge chunks of crystal was just too beautiful to ignore. i could go on and on about this piece but i’ll save you my blithering and mention that i’ll be going into more depth about this booth later this week.

wallpaper was definitely one of the categories that did well at this year’s show and david roos‘ work was no exception. the british designer’s collection reminded me of nama rococo, but with a more sophisticated twist. the green pattern to the left was particularly stunning in person.

i remember seeing chandeliers like this in anthropologie years ago, but the concept still makes me happy. designer ali siahvoshi‘s “hungry” sconce was a simple but beautiful piece of lighting. shiny, symmetrical and just begging to be used in the kitchen…

the boys of mio introduced another beautiful cardboard system this year. “nomad” is made from recycled, double wall cardboard and can be assembled without hardware or tools. my camera didn’t capture the color well, though- the greens are much more vibrant in person.

these colorful timber stools from fleetwood were everyone’s favorite. these friendly little stools came in a wide range of colors and can be used as stools or occasional tables.

every year the eames booth does something fun with one of the lounge chairs- this year they cast it from solid steel. that’s right- not metallic fabric, but solid metal. better for looking than sitting…

these beautiful lights were at the juju booth (more on them later this week). the pattern was screenprinted onto the clay for a subtle bit of pattern.

also part of the juju booth, these little “lovelies” were actually magnetic ceramic salt and pepper shakers.

the brits were really on top of their game this year- i really enjoyed almost all of their booths on the right side of the show. designer louise body showed some beautiful screened pillows, bolsters and wallpaper- each lovelier than the next (her website is FULL of images so be sure to check it out. i’m sure we’ll be seeing lots of her on blogs this week).

hulger had a fun booth (manned by a super cutie) with all sorts of new “old” phones that plug right into your cell. these hand-written and lizard skin (i believe it’s faux) styles were my favorite.

it goes without saying really that deborah bowness‘ booth was be-autiful.

amenity home showed some really fantastic baby linens this year. i loved the retro meets modern vibe and the new color palette. they made sure that this new series still blended well with the existing “adult” line, which was a nice touch.

carly and ophir at cavern home showed some great new patterns- they were hard to get a good picture of (my camera has trouble with the lighting at icff sometimes) but i’m sure i can grab some professional shots soon…

i noticed a lot of great design for kids this year. one of my favorites was from newcomer boodalee. there was a fun retro vibe to their work, too and i loved the way the patterns reminded me of wooden building blocks.

of course i can’t find the card for this piece right now but i’ll update it soon. this was a beautiful black version of the cocoon lamp i wrote about last year at icff. i’m running out the door to cover more of the stationery show today so i’ll find the details for this tonight.

i LOVED these new colorful tabletop lamps from pablo. so much more manageable and fun than the original size in my opinion.

last but definitely not least was a wonderful new booth full of south african designers. amaridian was a collection of pieces from african designers- ranging from beautiful red beetle shelving to lush chandeliers in red, black and white. i’ll have more from them later this week. for now i’m off to the stationery show…

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Stationery show 2007: part one

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this year’s stationery show was a blast. despite the fact that each year it feels like the good booths are hidden behind rows of people selling self-help books, halloween masks and crazy hats (those booths drive me nuts), this year’s show did not dissapoint. after about 20 rows of the aforementioned tchotchkes, i stumbled upon a few fantastic companies i hadn’t seen before. today’s highlights will include my favorite “new” companies (you’re going to love joy’s beautiful debut line below) and plenty of great new work from the companies we already know and love. my computer is chock-full of stationery show photos so there will be a part two on thursday with many, many more photos. until then, here’s my first day roundup of stationery show highlights. if you’d like to skip the text and go straight to the full sized photo slide show just click here.

one of the booths that stood out the most to me belonged to molly meng of 8mm. i don’t know where i’ve been living (under a rock perhaps) that i haven’t seen her work before but i’m so glad i’ve seen it now. i loved her beautiful birdhead series and the “carbon” series that looks like lined paper. such beautiful work…

small square design of san francisco was new to the show this year. artist basak notz created the sweetest, most adorable cards for adults and children. the lovely baby cards and recipe journals were my favorite- they had such a nice sense of softness to them. due in no small part to her wonderful way with line and color. be sure to check out her work right here.

this year’s show marked the debut of fellow blogger joy’s beautiful nantaka joy line. i knew it would be great but i didn’t have any idea how great it would be until i saw them in person. these photos can’t do the collection justice- joy’s line is stunning. the way she worked with metallics was just gorgeous- i would have bought those top journals right on the spot- and i think many, many people will once they’re in stores. i can’t wait to see what joy does next- she’s got such a great eye and i’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg. and it’s a very pretty iceberg already…

sweet bella had a beautiful booth full of accessories like tiles and the sweet white letters above. they also debuted a new line from lisa stickley, shown above.

for some reason my notes are a little scrambled for this row but i’m pretty sure these beautiful cards belong to studio olivine (please feel free to correct me if i’m wrong!). i loved the colors they were using- the soft melon color and the rich ochre yellow were such nice choices.

amy of amh design debuted a great new series of notebooks that have holes in them for embroidery! i love the idea that you could personalize your notebook with a needle and thread rather than labels or something flat. she also showed cute little stitched ipod covers- colorful and perfect for summer.

letterpressed “love” card from deluce design.

it was a pleasure to meet katie muth in person and check out her lovely new calendars- can’t wait for these to hit stores.

colorful coasters and aprons from rock scissor paper.

i love trace– they’re one of my favorite stationery companies around and whenever their website is up and running they’ll surely be regulars on the site. until then, you can browse some of their new products above. i loved the printed linen albums and “hi y’all” cards. they’ve always got something fun, different and colorful to share.

i was nuts about little tree press‘ calendars. so simple but so beautiful.

new cards and a handsome new print from binth in chicago.

egg press is always one of my favorites- their work was fantastic as always.

retro-style cards from elum.

brady and lindsay at hammerpress debuted some gorgeous long cards and a great new cowboy print that i’m already trying to find a place for in my home. they’re consistently great so it was tough to pick which pieces to photograph. you can check out their site for more work and to shop online.

i was thrilled to meet blogger/author/designer meg mateo ilasco in person at the show. her pillows and stationery were even lovelier in person than online. i was particularly into her ikat-style notebooks and the bold colors she worked with. i loved the combination of deep yellows, reds, blues and pinks. such great work. and of course, her little ex libris bookplates were painfully cute.

last but most certainly not least is night owl paper goods. i’ve been a fan of theirs for a while now but was so psyched to hear the buzz on their booth. they seemed to be a show favorite so when i pulled into their booth at closing time last night i was glad i could catch their work in person. aside from having a seriously kick-ass vintage embroidery in their booth (first photo above), they had a wonderful series of new stationery and announcements to show. i loved the button series and thought their children and baby designers were so, so sweet. they also showed a great line of moving announcements and cards printed on thin wood veneer. very, very cool. more to come from them this week.

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Visual Communication bible

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The bible in visual communication Grid Systems in Graphic Design by Josef Müller-Brockmann.

A Visual Communication Manual for graphic designers, typographers and three dimensional designers. Considered by most to be the definitive book on grid systems. This book is a must for any designer. From concept to instructional, this book covers typography through grid systems used in design both 2D and 3D.

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British history timeline

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the history of Britain, from the Neolithic to the present day, broken down into bitesize chunks. users can browse hundreds of key events & discover how the past has shaped the world we live in today, or take a guided “journey” to follow themes such as Slavery, Women’s Rights & Technology.

[link: bbc.co.uk & bbc.co.uk]

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NY Design week

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It is hard to keep track of everything happening this week. Thanks to Core77’s list of events, things are easier to navigate. Last night I donned the new and improved umbrella dress and braved the crowd at the smashing opening of HauteGREEN. Then I ended up at the Core77 party at Botanica, where much relieved HG organizers could be seen blowing off steam on the dance floor. Tonight I will go to the launch of KIOSK books and possibly get caught in the ebb and flow of design friends and end up at some other events. Tomorrow @ 5pm is reserved for the Reclaiming Design panel, which is being moderated by Inhabitat and includes Tejo Remy of Droog, Carlos Salgado of Scrapile, designer Matt Gagnon and Sam Grawe of Dwell.

Happy Design Week!

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Maker Faire 2007 Poster by eBoy

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Maker Faire 2007 poster by eBoy

Maker Day 2007

Maker Day 2007

Speaking of Maker Faire 2007, this year there is a really awesome, limited edition Maker Faire poster that was created for the event by eBoy featuring a bunch of the event’s makers and organizations, including Laughing Squid. We’re honored, this is the second eBoy poster that’s featured us. The last one was their FooBar poster.

The eBoy posters will be on sale at Maker Faire 2007. See you this weekend!

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