Saturday, March 31, 2012

Biomimicry Pin

 This is a design for a push pin that focuses on safety and comfort. the pin is covered by a malleable silicone and exposes the pin only when the drawing pin is pressed into the board. The idea is to create a safer pin for use.

Biomimicry Pin is a 2011 red dot design concept winner.
Designer: Toshi Fukay

Playful Photography

The Apollon is a clever camera design that makes taking photos an entirely new experience! If your casual photographer friends have one too, you can link together wirelessly and capture the same photo from different perspectives. Better yet, their camera will automatically transfer the image to your device so you all have the same digitals.

Designer: Gordon Tiemstra

Friday, March 30, 2012

Deliberate, don't Brainstorm

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Another Argument for Self-Driving Cars

I find this amazing and somewhat inspiring. This is the future, and it includes everyone.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Beautiful wine-related design. Wine racks, Corkscrews, the whole bit.

Just a preview of some of the beautiful design:

D-Box Technology

The new technology for Home entertainment and Movie theatre entertainment.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Typographer's Glossary

Typographer's Glossary website

I came across this typography website and it breaks down various characteristics found in the letterform.  It's very informative and it even explains different characteristics in a handful of font types.

The Pizza Box

It's so simple and it makes sense. The cardboard box becomes more than just a pizza holder and you get a real sense of thoroughly using a material.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Infographic TED talk

This is the TED talk about infographics that Matt just spoke about... it's pretty good.

It's Random

It's Random!


Simple, yet SMART design!

Apple vs. Microsoft Packaging

Simplicity of design is a key to success. This short video illustrates why most people prefer Apple over Microsoft due to its simple, sleek, and user friendly design.


Pixar's UP Comes to Life!

National Geographic actually created a real-life version of Pixar's animated hit film Up.

The National Geographic Channel and a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16' X 16' house 18' tall with 300 8' colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of Los Angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted. The entire experimental aircraft was more than 10 stories high, reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet, and flew for approximately one hour.

Design Fetish is a great link to awesome ideas, Check i out!

Re-building your Hand

   Another post about robotics! This one is a little different from the previous posts. The system proposed is a modular prosthetic assembly for hands. Its modular in the sense that the design can accommodate different variations of disabilities; for example if someone is missing just the index finger and the thumb, the system can be built to only replace those missing appendages.

   What I find interesting is that there is currently a lot of chatter on the internet about "limb regeneration", which unlike prosthesis which aims to replace a missing appendages, aims to re-grow your missing appendages to be exactly as they were. The reason why I find this interesting is because I'm really curious to see who wins in the end. Not that its a competition, but I still want to see if limb regeneration actually becomes a common thing replacing prosthetics altogether.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ferrari Coffee Table

Ever wanted to bring your Ferrari into the living room? Well worry no more, there is now a solution...

This is a coffee table containing the compacted remains of a Ferrari inside constructed by designer Charly Molinelli.

He came up with the idea after a customer asked him to design something “a bit special” for their front room.

He then sourced a wreck and built a wooden cabinet on wheels to present to his client – although the price of the swanky piece is unknown.

ferrari table 4 468x627 Crashed Ferrari coffee table

The French artist said: “It was hard to find a Ferrari that had been crashed hard enough for it to be completely written off.

“As you can imagine it does not happen every day. But with a lot of luck, we did find a garage which had one that we and the customer approve of. It was just right."

Color of the Year 2012

And the winner is…Tangerine Tango! Its HOT so start incorporating this hue into your projects!

Leading color guide Pantone has announced 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, a vivacious, enticing hue, as the color of the year for 2012.

The 2011 color of the year, PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle, encouraged us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

“Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

The Pantone color of the year is an annual influence on fashion and design. Tangerine Tango has already begun to pop up in fashion and cosmetics, with a strong showing in New York’s fashion week this fall.

Aurora Swarovski LED Dress

Interesting use of LEDs in a not-so-obvious application. Prom Anyone?

The Aurora Dress is a spectacular piece of haute couture which was designed by CuteCircuit exclusively for an opera performance hosted by Swiss company Breitling.

Designed with a daring plunging neckline adorned with hundreds of Svarovski crystals, this unique evening gown creates a stunningly elegant silhouette.

Made with silk taffeta and chiffon, the Aurora Dress includes LED technology that creates many different patterns, from sparkly colours to an incredible fall of rainbow.

CuteCircuit designers have taken their inspiration from the spectacular colours and lights of the Aurora Borealis.

Design Vs Styling

This was a reference to our Thursday class when Greg mentioned the fraying of cords.  The image from an Imgur user shows the comparison between cords.  For a quality driven company like Apple, even they  overlook their smaller details. Here Apple decided on having a slicker form than to have a more durable one. Planned obsolescence or poor planning?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

23.5 Hours a Day

Doctor Mike Evans (St. Michaels Hospital and Prof at U of T) makes a video that goes viral. He talks about his "magical pill" that cures or helps eliminate a plethora of diseases and complications. Turns out this magic pill is just exercise. 30 minutes a day. He goes on to discuss how more than 30 minutes ends up being less rewarding, and tells you why 30 minutes is the magic number. He talks about its health implications, how TV is killing us, and lots of other great stuff.

CAD verses Sketching, Why Ask? 
by James Self

click here->  ARTICLE

The article goes into reasoning to show the cons of early work in CAD programs.  They lack the openness of conceptual development that sketching provides.

The first paragraph:
"A continuing issue in industrial design education is when to allow students to move from sketch work to 3D CAD modelling during studio practice—or whether to let them use CAD at all! I've heard of first year undergraduate modules where students are 'banned' from the use of CAD in an attempt to encourage sketchbook work and more explorative conceptual design practice. In my view this approach is somewhat draconian and does little to deal with the underlying reasons that attract less experienced designers to the comparative certainty of 3D CAD."

Friday, March 23, 2012

Editor-in-Chief of Core77 Speaking at the DX - April 19th

The 2012 Sustainable Design Awards is having a guest lecture with Allan Chochinov of Core77 at the Design Exchange on April 19th. Stay tuned at for more details. FYI - seating is limited!


R.I.P. Moebius ( Jean Giraud) May 8, 1938 - March 10, 2012
thank you for: for the inspiration

2012 Sustainable Design Awards

This year's Sustainable Design Awards are up and running now. The SDAs are an annual, student-lead initiative aiming to help inspire young artists and designers to approach their projects through the lens of ecological-sustainability and social-consciousness. Each year we invite our peers to develop ideas to that will create meaningful change through their designs. This year we've brought together an expert panel to help choose the winners. 

The all-star jury panel includes: 
Allan Chochinov (Editor-in-Chief of Core77, Chair of the Products of Design masters program at the School of Visual Arts in New York)  
Graeme Stewart (Architect at ERA Architects)
- Jason Dressler (Partner of Brothers Dressler)
Katherine Ngui (Co-Founder of Public Displays of Affection)
- Susan Spencer Lewin (Principal and Director of Sustainable Strategies at CS&P Architects

On top of the jury-selected winners, there is a Student-Choice Award. So if you're a OCADU student, go vote for your favorite sustainable design at: 

For All YOU Tea People, This is for you.

See Through 3D Desktop
The next generation Computers. This is what have to look forward too.

Dog Chasing Ball

Underwater dogs by Seth Casteel

Dogs are doing their best for us, awwww

Thursday, March 22, 2012