July 24, 2011
The Book Cover Archive
"An archive of book cover designs and designers for the purpose of
appreciation and categorization.
There goes the day.
Mushroom LED Lamps
"This is an exhibition piece from Design-Festa, a design festival that attracts many audience to attend. This exhibition piece was one of the best we saw, yet we are still looking for the designer's information of this item. if anyone knows do drop us a note please."
What is it?
Answer here this time tomorrow.
Hint: About the size of a bread box. A really big one.
Another: Located in New York City — and you could see it if you wanted to.
For free, the way we like it.
3-in-1 Pizza Utensil
Wheel for cutting, tongs for grasping, flat blade for serving.
$6.40 (pizza not included).
[via Crooked Brains]
The Hierarchy of Digital Distractions
By the inimitable David McCandless, designer extraordinaire, found on his website Information is Beautiful.
In his hands, it never fails to be so.
Wrote Pia Catton in the Wall Street Journal, "In a large triangle (resembling the traditional food groups chart), [he] ranks the ways we can become distracted from 'any kind of actual work.' Receiving a phone call on a landline, for instance, is trumped by the immediacy of a text message. The ultimate form of distraction is at the very top of the triangle: 'Partner shuts the lid of laptop on your fingers.'"
Concrete Moss Trio
From the website:
Due to the popularity of this item it is now ***MADE TO ORDER***.
Three polished natural grey concrete vessels with vibrant Norwegian reindeer moss.
They can also be occupied by a votive, tea light, or small plant.
Each vessel — 3.25" Ø x 2.12" H — is hand-formed, cast, sanded and polished to a velvety smooth finish.
As such, no two vessels are exactly alike
Please allow up to two weeks prior to shipping.
"Zapatos Magnéticos" (Magnetic Shoes) — Francis Alÿs
"During the Fifth Biennial in Havana in 1994 Francis Alÿs puts on his magnetic shoes and takes daily walks through the streets of the city collecting scraps of metal lying in his path."
Blast from the past: Wear your tools — Episode 2: Price break
When I featured this tricked-out belt back in December 2005, it cost $71 and came from across the pond.
Now it's availalble in the States for about half that price.
Adam Zeloof reviewed it in the latest issue (Volume 27) of Make magazine as follows: "This belt is the first of its kind, a utilitarian-yet-stylish maker-wear belt. Rather than the unwieldy, too-large carpenter's belt, this one is almost indiscernible from a regular leather belt. But there are key differences: its buckle consists of two screwdrivers — flathead and Phillips — and a bottle opener cut into the side, while its metal belt loop has three wrenches cut into it."
"The durable waterproof leather belt, which comes in black, brown or white, is designed so you can easily and quickly remove the tools."
I closed the 2005 Episode 1 post as follows: "I would recommend you leave this belt at home or put it in your checked luggage should you decide to take it along on a plane trip; I highly doubt you'll get through airport security without having to give it up."
Nothing's changed in that regard, methinks.