Category Design

Scott Hansen’s ISO50 Blog

Images of the brochure for the NYC OFFF ’07

I guess about a month ago, Scott Hansen, sometimes better known as ISO50, switched his amazingly beautiful site over to a site/blog, which he updates a lot more regularly now. I’m actually kind of upset, I wish someone would have called me to tell me he was doing this! His blog is so rad!

He posts a lot of 70’s Swedish graphics and modular housing and awesome looking B&O headphones from back in the day. You know, when people were designing shit that was good, and not pulled out of someone’s ass so they can sell it at Wal-mart for the holiday season. Plus the whole site was built in flash as well, so the the thing runs super quick, and look absolutely beautiful.
Definitely worth wasting some time over this morning.

KDa / Klein Dytham architecture

Started Royal College of Art graduates Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein, KDa is becoming one of the most exciting architecture firms to come out of Tokyo. Started in the early 90’s, KDa is a multi-lingual office that finds inspiration in Tokyo itself, and the people who live there who demand more from their environment.

My first siting of their work was the second image above. I remember this floating around a few blogs months and months ago, and I was so enamored by it I dragged it off and into my folder of inspirational images. It turns out it’s called the Billboard Building because most of the building faces toward the road, like a billboard would.
The top picture is the Undercover Lab, which is basically this huge, “floating” box that holds a studio, a press showroom and an office. It extends over the driveway, which might give you a better idea of how the hell they had room for this sort of building.

There are a ton more pictures under the cut, so be sure to check those out. Some really inspiring stuff.
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My Story’s on Digg!

So I’ve hit a pretty cool milestone, at least in my own opinion. I wrote a story for LAist yesterday called ‘Kreepsville Industries Presents: Cereal Killers‘ that just made it onto Digg! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Digg (like you, mom), Digg is “a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web.” So basically, there are thousands of people from all over the world looking at my little article.

It’s got quite a lot of momentum right now, meaning it might end up on the Top 10 stories being Dugg! Pretty nutty, but really exciting. If you want to sign up and vote for my story, then click here! And be sure to go read the article over on LAist as well, it has a lot of rad pictures!


Alex Ross Totally Ruins The Captain America Costume

Continuing with the comic book theme this morning, I just thought I’d comment on the new Captain America, and his ultra-shitty new costume. To give you the backstory, there’s going to be a new Captain America, coming in January. The original Captain America, Steve Rogers, was sniped and is totally dead (for the time being). I think it’s cool that they’re finally having someone else take up the mantle of Captain America, and it should be a good story.

My problem comes with this new costume, which was designed by a guy named Alex Ross. Ross is an incredible painter, and has told some of the most iconic comic book stories of the last 15 years. But I also think he’s an ego-maniacal asshole. The guy thinks he’s the savior of comic books, but 15 years later, his style really hasn’t changed and he’s still drawing the same “iconic” way… basically he’s a one trick pony.

And now he’s redesigned the new Captain America costume. Just look at it. It’s black pants, a black shirt, and then some god awful, ultra shiny, metal head/chest piece thing-y. I think what really bothers me is how unrealistic this is. Not that comic books are firmly rooted in reality, but I feel like Marvel tries harder than the other companies to keep things in a more realistic world.

My point being, how the hell would anyone fight in a giant metal head and chest piece?! If he bends over to touch his toes, he’s going to gore himself in the abdomen! How is he going to lift his arms above his head?!?! it makes no sense at all that anyone would ever try to fight in a silly get-up like this.
It also looks like all of the character designs he did for Kingdom Come, and that JLA thing where they got those metal costumes. Seriously, Alex? This is the best you could do? Stop being a one trick pony, and start doing edgy, creative things like Uncle Sam again.



Bee Raw Honey

I spotted these jars of honey while I was browsing Design*Sponge and had to post them immediately. They’re made by a company called Bee Raw, and they are makers of high quality, varietal honeys. Honestly I had no idea that there were flavors of honey, but the folks at Bee Raw compare honey to wine or coffee, it tastes different depending upon the floral source the honey is made from. They have 11 flavors available, including sage, wild raspberry, sourwood and star thistle.

It sounds like a really cool idea, and I’d totally love to try some of these, even though I’m not a big fan of honey. Which in my case they come in sampler packs which has the honey packed into vials with corks in the top. I’m so in love with the packaging they used for everything. The minimal type on the front of the jars lets the color of the honey be the real star. And the tiny vials of honey are really amazing and wonderful.

A really great idea, executed extremely well.


Say Hello to the LAist Art + Design Editor

I’ve been writing on and off for LAist for about 6 months now, slowly feeling more confident about injecting my voice to a larger audience that much different then the folks who read Kitsune Noir.
Well as of today, I’m officially the Art + Design Editor for LAist! It’s pretty exciting, and I’m pretty honored to write with a lot of really fun and talented people. I’ve been trying to post more frequently over there, while not neglecting this blog at the same time.

I’ll continue posting my Last Week in LAist every Sunday, so you can keep up that way, or check in randomly throughout the week. I suggest the latter.


Kenwood’s Response Kettle

I saw the kettles above over on Boing Boing and thought I’d post a little blurb. It’s called the Response Kettle, and was created by the folks over at Kenmore. The outside of the kettle lights up to show you the temperature of the water inside, blue means cold, red means hot.

This totally reminded me of the Hansa Waterfall Faucet, which shows you the temperature of the water coming out of your tap.
These are both are great examples of how design can really help people. No more worrying about the water being too hot or cold, you know instantly by sight.


Drop iPod Speaker

I was walking around a shop on Vermont the other day when I noticed this giant water drop in a box. Intrigued, I decided to pick it up and check it out. Turns out it’s a waterproof speaker for your bathtub/shower/sink area. I thought, “that’s pretty cool” and wrote it down in my Field Notes and was on my way.

Well it turns out that it’s called the Zumreed Rain Drop iPod Bathroom Speaker (elegant, huh?), and it’s not just a speaker, you actually put your iPod in the drop! The drops come in three different colors, runs off of 4 AA batteries, and from the one review on their site, the guy says that it works well in the shower, overcoming the sound the water makes.

They go for $50, which isn’t half bad if you like the idea of rocking out to that rare Pixies B-side while you get squeaky clean.