ORU Kayak

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How incredibly supercool is this fold-up ORU Kayak? I noticed one while spending a day at the lake of Constance today. They fold down to a compact, backpack-able package. Supercool. All I kept thinking is that I could easily take this on the NYC subway. Ha!

Assembly instructions below:

Human Head Helmets

Human Head Helmets

These Human Head Helmets make me all kinds of uncomfortable. A goosebumps inducing project by Dubai based digital designer Jyo John Mullor.

The Scottish Highlands

Go, and Be from Josh Brine on Vimeo.

After watching this mini documentary about The Scottish Highlands, I am tempted to carve out some time in my calendar and book a flight. Well done, Josh Brine!

GOBAG

GOBAG is a carry-on duffel bag with an impressive feature: a vacuum compression system that can compact your soft gear. WOW!

Valentine Typewriter (1969)

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Ettore Sottsass’ Valentine Portable Typewriter design from 1969 makes my heart go pitter patter. What a beauty. Currently for sale over at Sotheby’s for an estimated $15,000-$20,000. An (expensive) beauty.

Clay and Bros Sandals

Clay and Bros Sandals

Last week the fabulous Paul Octavious stopped by our studio and I couldn’t help but notice his supercool sandals. They are by Clay and Bros and are the most minimal Sandal you could ever buy, made of a parachute cord and a Vibram sole. I wish they had some photos on their site of people wearing them. They looked sharp on Paul…

Exploding Plants

Slow-motion footage of “exploding plants” compiled by the Smithsonian Channel. Mind blown!

(via Laughing Squid)

Only Human

Only Human Tattly Temporary Tattoo

It’s one of those days where I need to remind myself I am Only Human.

Keynote Motion Graphic Experiment

Continuously amazed at what you can do with Keynote, Apple’s version of Powerpoint. The above motion animation by Linda Dong is fantastic! In her blogpost she shares some of the animation secrets.

(via Smashing Magazine)

A Global 3 Word Addressing System

Fascinating: what3words is a global addressing system based on a grid of 57 trillion 3mx3m squares. Each square has been allocated a unique, fixed 3 word address. Poor addressing is costly and annoying in some developed countries, but around the world it hampers the growth and development of nations, ultimately costing lives.

InFrame: Jessica Lehrman

Format just launched a beautiful new film series called InFrame in collaboration with crazy talented Bas Berkhout. The first film of the series (above) offers a beautiful glimpse into the life of Brooklyn based photographer Jessica Lehrman.

Makes me so happy when good people collaborate. Check out InFrame.

Bellroy Slim Wallet

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Now this product demo/visualization for bellroy ‘slim wallet’ is seriously effective. (Go here and move the slider) Well done Bellroy. It happens to be John Maeda’s favorite wallet. I can see why.

Freitag Hazzard Bag

Freitag launched a new backpack called Hazzard. Great simple shape and practical size! I’d totally sport one!

Not familiar with Freitag? All of their bags are made out of super durable and recycled truck tarp and are virtually indestructible. Some of my Freitag bags are 16 years old and still going strong.

Haori Cup

Haori Cup is a beautiful Japanese bentwood drink wear. Works both for cold and warm drinks. Head over to their Kickstarter if you want to call some of them your own.

Synchrony

Synchrony

Synchrony made me look. It is a music therapy platform that helps parents and children with autism develop intimacy and promote understanding with each other through improvised music play.

I want to touch it.

Simple Machines by Tinybop

Simple Machines is the latest app by Brooklyn based Tinybop. The app allows you to explore the playful side of physics. Just like all their earlier apps, Simple Machines is *beautifully* illustrated and thoughtfully executed. Team Tinybop continues to create apps that I *want* my kids to play with; Educational, fun, and well-designed. Two swissmiss thumbs up!

Seabag

waterproof seabags

Summer in Switzerland means people jumping into rivers, in the middle of major cities (!), their clothes tucked away in waterproof bags, and then peacefully drifting for long distances. Eventually they hop out and get their dry clothes out of their bags. These design-y waterproof seabags from Büro Destruct & Kitchener are perfect for this. Also, wish our NYC water was as clean as the rivers and lakes in Switzerland. (le sigh)

(via kusito)

Invest in Sugru!

I just opened my Sugru community newsletter and learned that I can now buy shares in the company I love so much.

There’s no other company that makes my heart go pitter patter the way Sugru does. (You can watch their story here.)

I am so totally investing a teeny tiny bit of money. (It starts as low as £10) How can I not? I am such a fan and respect Jane and her team so much! What a smart move!

UPDATE: So, if you live in the US, Canada and Japan, you’re unfortunately out of luck. Crowdfunding is apparently not regulated yet in these countries, so, we’re not allowed to participate. Major womp womp moment here!

4D Type

3D Type

Type a word into this browser window and see it extrude into 4D. Hit ‘space’ to pause animation and then scroll to rotate type object. Filed under “I enjoyed playing with this for the last 5 minutes”.

Seymour Chwast

Seymour Chwast Archive

Just launched: An archive of Seymour Chwast’s body of work. This archive is a treasure trove of epic proportions. Featuring selections from the designer’s personal collection, the site includes posters, books, packaging, typography, painting, sculpture, editorial illustrations, and ephemera from the 1940s to the present.

Pikaplant

pikaplant

Pikaplant will turn your “black thumb” into a green one. Tableau system mimics nature so plants water themselves. Learn more about Pikaplant over at booooooom.com.

Rope Masks

Rope Masks

I am alternating between being terrified and fascinated looking at these Rope Masks.

The Reinvention of Normal

I just watched this wonderful mini-documentary on artist, inventor, and designer Dominic Wilcox with my kids. Everyone’s mind was blown.

(In case you’re a parent and not familiar with The Kid Schould See this I recommend you put that blog on your radar.

Not Seeing The World

Not seeing The World

This photo series by fellow Swiss Clarina Bezzola is hitting a cord with me. It’s titled Not seeing the World and depicts an individual who is constantly absorbed in the dialogues with her inner voices and misses the beautiful world around.