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This says it all tonight…

One of the greats. “ALAN FLETCHER is among the most influential figures in British graphic design as a founder of Fletcher/Forbes/Gill in the 1960s and Pentagram in the 1970s.”

via: Radek’s Blog

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The web magazine, YANKO DESIGN, recently announced the winners for their RELAX competition. All of the entries had to be modeled using RHINO software, and all entries must address relaxation.

You can see all of the entries here.

The winner is Fluid Rocker by Nick Trincia. Beautiful…

Fluid Rocker, Nick Trincia

Fluid Rocker, Nick Trincia

But I have to admit the idea of sleeping on a cloud really appeals to me…
sounds like a cure for chronic insomnia to me!

Cloud Sofa by D.K. Wei

Cloud Sofa by D.K. Wei

 

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It’s finally here!  When I met Piers Fawkes [PSFK] in November at a Future Trends Conference, I told him if he ever wanted to do anything in Toronto, I would be happy to help.  I was very honoured when a couple of months later he took me up on my offer. PSFK was taking the Good Ideas Salons to new locations, and Toronto was one of them, [until that time, it was just London and New York]. It has been a lot of planning and logistics, and luckily Capital C Communications, a very creative and innovative agency, was more than willing to co-host.  Offering up not only their great space downtown, but everything else that is needed to make this event a success.  Our panel of media experts include, Jesse Hirsh, Internet strategist, researcher, and broadcaster [CBC] based in Toronto; David Jones, Vice President, digital communications at Hill & Knowlton, Toronto; and Jonathan Lister, Managing Director and Head of Google Canada; and just added as our 4th panel memeber,  Mathew Ingram, Communities Editor, technology writer and blogger, Globe & Mail. The panel will be moderated by Capital C’s Tony Chapman.

The video from the first Vancouver Salon, held in March, can be viewed here Only 40 tickets were available, and are selling quickly.  Go to Eventbrite, to purchase.

We know it will be a great night, full of conversation, fun and even some drinks….check out the announcement on the PSFK, Good Ideas Salon site for more info.

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z4-2About a month ago I blogged about BMW and their commitment to art and culture. Here they go again…Unlike most car companies out there right now, BMW continues to innovate and inspire and not just with their product. They create an entire experience for the customer [or fan].

Using state-of-the-art technology, BMW has developed software to allow you to recreate the Robin Rhode  Z4 experience. All you need is a piece of paper and a webcam. You do the driving, you create the experience and you create the art.
 

 

via: fubiz

 

'vegetal chair' by ronan & erwan bouroullec

'vegetal chair' by ronan & erwan bouroullec

I was lucky to attend the Milan Furniture Fair a few years ago.  I think I was there for 5 days, and barely skimmed the surface of the vast exhibits, openings and launches of new product.  The fair opens next week and I am interested to see what a ‘recession’ Furniture Fair looks like.

One thing is for sure – we will see more ‘green’ products finally and even some furniture that looks to nature for its design. The Bouroullec brothers are expected to get a lot of attention for their new chair Vegetal, “The initial intuition was that of a chair which would sprout up like a plant,” they said.  The chair was 4 years in a development process that took four years, ronan & erwan bouroullec  worked with vitra to create a chair that can be used both for indoors and out.  The design features branches and vines that closely resemble the idea of a “grown chair”. I love that the branches and vines are the structure – what gives the chair its strength. 

On the Bouroullec website there is an interesting article on the design and production process for the chair. There is also a beautiful video featuring the chair.

On an entirely different note, but still on the topic of the Furniture Fair, Fast Company did an interesting piece on another exhibit – Love Design. An exhibition “that question the very meaning of the word ‘love,’ the beginning and the end of what binds us together and tears us apart.”  The exhibition consists of 20 objects and sex toys featured in the Love Design book (published this month by Daab Press a German publisher known for a mix of design and erotica).

As Fast Company notes…”the design community is searching for a human touch after years of modernist austerity.”

20 Designers about Love

20 Designers about Love

create-2As our world gets smaller, there are more and more projects popping up that aim to connect us.  And not just in the digital way.  the disposable memory project is a global photography project.  Cameras were dropped around the world, people took photos, passed them on, then returned them for developing and uploading to Flickr. Some cameras travelled as many as 12,000 miles recording memories from many different countries from as many different users.

Here are some stats that were posted for their 1st Birthday – which is today.

75 Cameras
30 Cities
22 Countries
5
 major regions of the world
Over 30,000 miles travelled
15 cameras found
Over 100 people involved 
Almost 160 images in our flickr group
3 cameras returned!

An interesting concept, and one that is being adapted in different ways. 

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There is a similar project called Photochaining –  “a continuous project where people practise the art of leaving memory cards in public places to be picked up and used by others, who then do likewise”.  

You take a photo, leave the memory card and a note about the project in a public spot.  The finder then uploads the last image taken, takes one of their own, then leaves it for the next person to repeat the process, and so on…
There is an element of trust here, it is easy for the finder to just take the memory card and stop the chain. Have a look at some of the photos from those honest ‘finders’ using the project as it was meant to be.

Just a clip that makes me smile…!

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It’s finally here!  When I met Piers Fawkes [PSFK] in November at a Future Trends Conference, I told him if he ever wanted to do anything in Toronto, I would be happy to help.  I was very honoured when a couple of months later he took me up on my offer. PSFK was taking the Good Ideas Salons to new locations, and Toronto was one of them, [until that time, it was just London and New York]. It has been a lot of planning and logistics, and luckily Capital C Communications, a very creative and innovative agency, was more than willing to co-host.  Offering up not only their great space downtown, but everything else that is needed to make this event a success.  Including our 3 great panelists for our first event – ‘Good Ideas in Media’. Our panel of media experts include, Jesse Hirsh, Internet strategist, researcher, and broadcaster [CBC] based in Toronto; David Jones, Vice President, digital communications at Hill & Knowlton, Toronto; and Jonathan Lister, Managing Director and Head of Google Canada. The panel will be moderated by Capital C’s Tony Chapman.

The video from the first Vancouver Salon, held in March, can be viewed here.  Only 40 tickets will be available, and are  expected to go quickly.  Go to Eventbrite, to purchase.

We know it will be a great night, full of conversation, fun and even some drinks….check out the announcement on the PSFK site for more info.

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iA Inc. [information Architects Inc.] has just released its annual Web Trend Map. Using the complex Tokyo Metro map as a base, the 333 most influential Web domains and the 111 most influential people on the Internet, are added to the ‘web’.  iA uses the Tokyo Metro Map because its complexity is the best analogy to the web.
The sites are carefully mapped to correspond with the station they best complement.  Twitter, for example, the site with the most buzz this year, is located in Shibuya, because it ‘is the spot with the biggest buzz’.  

The map is very complex, and is best seen in its original size to be fully appreciated. The image can be downloaded for free, or can be purchased as a limited edition print.

 

via: notcot

contrailcortail-illustrationCyclists are leaving their mark. Literally. Developed by Studio Gelardi for a competition in 2008 – DESIGN21 “POWER TO THE PEDAL”,  Contrail is a tool for developing bicycle communities. As they ride, cyclists leave a faint chalk trail behind their bikes. Think sidewalk chalk for grown-ups, without the mess. The idea behind Contrail is that the biking community encourages others to join them, safety in numbers. The more cyclists, the brighter the chalk lines, warning cars to stay clear.  
A great way to brighten the drab, grayness of most city streets.

 

via:  doobybrain

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