Social Solitude: In a Nutshell

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SVA Product of Design Student Eden Lew created Nutshell, aimed at reducing stress and providing a kind of respite from urban life. It’s a pod-inspired platform for productive break-taking.

I’d use it. Read more.

(Thanks Allan)

Filo Tape Dispenser

(photo by ECAL- Julien Chavaillaz)

I have no idea if this Filo Scotch Tape Dispenser is at all easy to use, but it sure made me look for it’s minimal aesthetic. It is the brainchild of Swiss designer Marie Schenker.

Advice to Graphic Design Students

In this post Frank Chimero shares every little piece of advice he can think of he would give current Graphic Design Students.

Some of my favorite nuggets of Chimero-wisdom are:

Design does not equal client work.

Keep two books on your nightstand at all times: one fiction, one non-fiction.

Develop a point of view. Think about what experiences you have that many others do not. Then, think of what experiences you have that almost everyone else has. Then, mix those two things and try to make someone cry or laugh or feel understood.

Adobe software never stops being frustrating.

If you meet a person who cares about the same obscure things you do, hold on to them for dear life. Sympathy is medicine.

Start brave and brash: you can always make things more conservative, but it’s hard to make things more radical.

Everyone is just making it up as they go along.

I am wondering about this one:

If you see a ladder in a piece of design or illustration, it means the deadline was short.

Frank, Can you explain?

Screen Printing

You have no idea how screen printing works? Then watch this pretty rough guide to screen printing by Andrew Bell, a graphic design student at the Glasgow MET.

A pretty rough guide to screen printing from Andrew Bell on Vimeo.

D.I.Y.Honey

Lena Goldsteiner came up with a beehive for your balcony, backyard or rooftop garden. Who said that living in the city means you can’t keep bees?

As a beekeeper, you are direct observer of the symbiosis of animal, plants and human. Inspired by Richard Buckminster Fullers theory of Synergetics and Albert Einstein direct and simple conclusion:

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe the man would only have 4 years of life left.

NO MORE BEES
NO MORE POLLINATION
NO MORE PLANTS
NO MORE ANIMALS
NO MORE MAN.”

– Albert Einstein

RISD Exhibition + Make, Do

The Rhode Island School of Design just announced their Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition. The show opens May 20 and is on view through June 5, 2010.

For the first time, the 2010 RISD Graphic Design MFA candidates have elected to stage a special extension to the exhibition in the form of a fully-functioning shop called “Make, Do.” During the course of the exhibition and in other cities throughout the summer, these designers will apply formal and conceptual research from their thesis projects to a variety of products including books, T-shirts, office products, housewares, and more. In so doing, “Make, Do” acknowledges the exhibition’s Convention Center context and design’s role in the marketplace more generally. Taken along with the exhibition’s highly interdisciplinary curatorial strategy, “Make, Do” serves as a platform for questions about art and commerce, theory and practice, and design’s value both within the academy and beyond.

For more information on the graduate exhibition visit: GradExhibition2010.risd.edu.
For more info about Make, Do, visit makedoshop.com, and blog.makedoshop.com

So, you need a typeface…

Flowchart for choosing a typeface. Funny and useful:

By Danish Julian Hansen.

(via @markboulton)

Bulky Waste Gone Product

Nora and Christoph of Learningfrom.de created a range of fascinating objects all made with things found on the streets of Mainz, Austria Germany. (oh that site is annoying to navigate)

If home appliances were inhabited



If home appliances were inhabited by a community of tiny, industrious, architecturally advanced people. Made me look. Photo tour of a senior thesis exhibition of Kyoto University of Art and Design.

(thank you johnny)

Love What You Do

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I agree with Chris, this PSU Student Show poster is wonderful.

Far Foods

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Far Foods is an alternative packaging concept for supermarket produce, highlighting the distances that some foods travel from and the resultant carbon dioxide released during the journey. The receipt features a boarding card style tear-off strip. By James Reynolds.

Eyebrow Hat

Tom Judd produced this hat as half of his final body of work for his MA in Animation. The concept came about whilst thinking about botox users and their wonderfully emotionless faces. The eyebrow hat allows its wearer to express themselves by altering the pitch and height of each synthetic brow using the lightweight controller. The result is a dignified look that friends and family will admire.

Eyebrow Hat from tom judd on Vimeo.

(via joshspear)

Stretch Shelf

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Pete Oyler, a recent graduate of the rhode island school of design is the mastermind behind this Stretch Shelf. They are made of cast rubber and machined aluminum and are, essentially, giant rubberbands that function as wall shelves. Wonderful!

In german: Loriot animated

This is a post for my german speaking readers: Students Anna & Sonja Hahn adapted Loriot’s Eheberatung skit as an animated infographic. Made me look and smile.

Loriot Eheberatung Animation from anna on Vimeo.

(thank you tocki)