Monday, January 30, 2012

Product Design

An interesting video of the collaboration of Yves Behar and Assaf Wand about the creation of Sabi- a line of products to make pill taking a more pleasant experience. Always fascinating to see how the pros work.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

12 Crucial Consumer Trends For 2012

This year, much as in previous years, some brands may be staring into the abyss, while others will do exuberantly well. And while we can’t offer any help to defaulting nations or bankrupt companies, we do believe that there are more opportunities than ever for creative brands and entrepreneurs to deliver on changing consumer needs. From Canada to Korea. Hence this overview of 12 must-know consumer trends (in random order) for you to run with in the next 12 months.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Above is a great link for online mind mapping. You can export or print the map directly from the site and the interface is relatively intuitive. It's really simple to create an account and then you can save your maps to the site. Worth checking out. Totally free!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sasan Magic Carpet

Sasan Magic Carpet, designed by Alexander Munk.
Very interesting concept for a portable bed to go camping, for the backyard or for a picnic.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Above is a really interesting stop motion video called "insert coin" done by these guys


I like that after the video is over they explain how they go about producing the effect in the video. Very cool!
If you like the video check out some of their other videos they all have the same feel but use different mediums to achieve the effect.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Tiny Apartment Transforms into 24 Rooms

In Hong Kong, because of the space, apartments are small and expensive. Gary Chang, an architect, decided to design a 344 sq. ft. apartment to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls. He calls this the "Domestic Transformer."

Friday, January 20, 2012

frog's 2012 Technology Trend Predictions

frog (a top-notch design consultancy) put's out an e-newsletter once a month and it has great stuff like this list of Tech Trends to look for over the next 12 months in slideshow format.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ross Nanotechnology's NeverWet superhydrophobic spray-on coating

Never Wet Technology

I'm curious of what would happen if it were to drop on your skin, how you would get it off.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The typeface dyslexie is now available on
Dyslexie is a typeface for dyslectics.

The University of Twente did research on the typeface. Hereby a part of their conclusion:
"The dyslectics made fewer errors, than the normal readers, on the EMT with the font "Dyslexie". This is an indication that reading with the font "Dyslexie" decreases the amount of reading errors."

Monday, January 16, 2012


Welcome to the 2012 version of the OCAD U, Conceptual Tools & Techniques Class Blog! 
This is the 3rd year of the sure to check out previous classmates contributions.
It is place for CT & T classes to share ideas, thoughts, projects, design, research and interesting finds, while searching for the end of the internet. Have fun with it, post often, comment and please...share with everyone you know!

Remember - this is a living document, and it won't live unless we all contribute on a regular basis. other thing...don't is a part of your grade :-)

Janet Jones [Instructor]