Posts in the "Industrial Design" Category

October 25, 2010

a map that thinks.

this week—a focus on one product, developed by Oriko Designbüro in Germany. A digital map of a city is translated into a tactile experience, allowing a blind user to get information about the immediate environment. Also, by pushing down the buttons, various acoustic information adds further detail to what’s around.
I think this product is a/super beautiful, and b/super intelligent and c/clearly identifies why design thinking is necessary across the board.

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July 9, 2010

Goncalo Campos

Um, downloadable patterns to have and wear your very own bangin’ paper bangle? Yes, please. Oh, and it’s FREEEEEEEE!!!???!

Goncalo would rather say, “to be printed, assembled and after use, it can be disposed of with no regret.” Yeah, a little less tacky than “free” but I’m a sucker for a bargain!

Found via PSFK.


May 31, 2010

SIGN me up.

so i am in transit to Portland, OR. signage is going to be huge as I start my adventures in this new city, so i thought a post about way-finding done right would be appropriate.

F1rstdesign is an interdisciplinary team of graphic designers, industrial designers and architects, who are making some excellent things. Their work for the Unesco World Heritage Site The Zollverein (“the world’s most beautiful coal mine”)—Zeche Zollverein (in Essen, Germany)—rules. As background (in case you guys can’t read the German description), this park accommodates over 500,000 visitors each year, and the signage system had to adhere to strict preservation regulations.

F1rstdesign first cleaned up the premises, removing what they called a sign forest/maze, and then replaced it with a precise, visually striking system of way-finding elements. I especially love the ground-signage. So good. Look at it!

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February 17, 2010

Grycja Erde


Grycja Erde is an amazing artist/furniture designer from the Ukraine. I love the quirkiness and the mood she establishes in each of her pieces. I’m always really blown away by designers that can work well in both 2-D and 3-D, and I think it’s really interesting to see Grycja’s style carried out in different forms.


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February 10, 2010

We Feel Fine


Let’s rewind back to the year 2006, when we first got a taste of Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar’s brilliant flash visualization of human emotion called We Feel Fine. This thing collects around 15,000 new feelings per day, and has saved over 13 million feelings from different social media sources since 2005, forming a constantly evolving portrait of human emotion.  So with that setting the stage, Harris (Creative Eye) & Sep Kamvar (Engineering Brain) released We Feel Fine: An Almanac of Human Emotion, a book with the same artistic awe and informative data visualization. I know what you are thinking. This is 2010, infographics were so 2009. Not true, fresh looking infographics never go out of style if they are done right and this book is solid. Read the rest of this entry »


January 13, 2010



Magnetica is an online Portuguese magazine with an international focus on design, music, film, fashion… you name it. It’s well designed and the content delivers. I’m still not sold on the concept of an online only publication, but the ability to embed videos, animation, and direct links to featured or advertised content while retaining the structure of a traditional magazine is pretty interesting.




August 4, 2009

Tristan Thiel

Tristan Thiel is a talented furniture designer + photographer from sunny Minnesota.  His furniture conjures futuristic, kind of biomechanical images for me.  Harsh industrialism meets invertebrates meets mid-century design.  Those are Eames cushions on top of man made spider legs, right?



I’m not sure that I’d casually longe on Tristan’s chairs (which might spring to life and murder me at any moment) but his portfolio is definitely fun to flip through.


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