Ladislav Sutnar: Visual Design in Action

Graphic design book nerds unite: Out of print for decades, Visual Design in Action is one of the most beautiful books on modern graphic design. Written and designed by Ladislav Sutnar and published in 1961, it has been called a “lost milestone” and a “treasure.” This Kickstarter by Designers & Books is bringing it back.

The Rise of the NYC Skyline

This is breathtaking: The elevators to the observatory atop 1 World Trade Center show an animated time lapse that recreates the development of New York City’s skyline, from the 1500s to today.

How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?

How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?
How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?
How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far?

How fast is 120 kilometers per hour? How heavy are 4 tons? Units of measure are abstract—until, that is, they are contrasted with other quantities. The juxtapositions in How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far? make dimensions and measurements more comprehensible for children. It is filled with illustrations by Jan Van Der Veke, available in English and in German. I will totally get this for my kids.

Stevie Wonder

Last night I had the incredible privilege to see music legend Stevie Wonder in concert. What a talented human being! There is nothing I respect and admire more than masters in their craft and growing old gracefully, staying relevant and full of life.

YES / NO

markus raetz yes no sculpture

I hugely admire Markus Raetz‘s artwork. This YES/NO sculpture is one of my favorites. Just like in real life, depending on your perspective, the answer can be YES or NO.

Beautiful Maps

Beautiful Maps

The Beautiful Maps Tumblr by Dennys Hess is definitely an instant new favorite.

Angora Show Bunnies

angora show bunnies

This NYTimes slideshow made my day: Cuddly, Fluffy, Surreal World of Angora Show Bunnies. Thanks Sally!

LifePaint

Impressive: Volvo introduces LifePaint: A reflective spray only visible at night.

Michael Bierut on the Power of Logos

Michael Bierut interview at Design Indaba.

(via Quipsologies)

Bike Seat and Stroller in One

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Only a concept at this point but seriously brilliant: Påhoj is a bike seat and stroller in one.

Fit Pack

Fit Pack
Fit Pack
Fit Pack

Fit Pack is a stylish, functional backpack that has distinct gym and work compartments to keep your gear organized and protected. I’d totally use it.

Vintage Ice Cream Vendor Bike

vintage icecream vending bike

With a heavy heart I am parting with my beloved Norwegian Vintage Ice Cream Vendor Bike. Someone wonderful please give it a new home. Details here.

PS: You’re wondering why we’re selling this gem? We can’t fit it into our new space. Womp Womp

Spaceship Canopy

rocket tent

I totally want this Spaceship Canopy in my new office. So much fun!

After the Kodak Moment

Kodak has prioritized its patent portfolio and the Eastman Business Park since it declared bankruptcy in 2012. Despite some success, the company might never live up to the legacy of its own past. After the Kodak Moment.

Buckminster Fuller on The Geodesic Life



Buckminster Fuller
on The Geodesic Life in Episode 1, by Quoted Studios.

Canary Home Security System

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G and I installed (our Kickstarter purchased) Canary Home Security System today and we’re impressed. Easy to set up and an incredibly elegant user experience all around. It alerts us if there is motion detected in our home and lets us monitor air quality, temperature and humidity using internal sensors. Impressive!

The Highlights of My Day

HIghlights

My friend Inaki reads a book a week. I told him I want to subscribe to his Amazon Kindle Highlights. His response: The Highlights of My Day. Instant favorite! I love the internet so much.

Magic Paper

Magnetic Notes looks like a magical product, it’s a paper that sticks to any surface. Post-it notes on Steroids! We could totally use this in our studio!

(Great product idea but that Kickstarter video is painful)

Redesign for Joy

Some things are just plain annoying, unpleasant. My personal list of bummer experiences includes going to the post office, security at airports, changing sheets and dealing with health insurance. The fine folks at IDEO and Studio 360 are challenging these moments and want to flip it and find a way to infuse it with joy, very much inspired by Ingrid Fetell’s work Aesthetics of Joy.

What do you think needs redesigning? What do you find unnecessarily joyless? Leave a comment below. Or tweet about it with the hashtag #bringjoy.

How to become a better person

My love for The School of Life keeps growing. This video is so good. Totally sharing with my kids.

Winter Wakeskating

This is breathtaking. Hat tip to Brian Grubb.

The Thread

the thread

This email conversation between Maria Popova and Maira Kalman makes me crave more thoughtful, deep email conversations.

(Thanks Inaki)

Mug Tray

Mug tray

A natural wooden tray that elegantly holds a mug and saucer, memo pad and smartphone.

Socks With Faces

chatty feet

Today I brought home some Chatty Socks, socks with faces. Haven’t seen my kids this excited in a long time. (I think they’re pretty cool too!)