Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Q

Designed by Andreas M Hansen, the Q is the world’s first social camera. In today’s world we’re all about connecting and sharing no? This very hipster/cool/clever invention has amazing design aesthetics all round. From their advertising to the product itself and all its applications.

I particularly like the Q’s manifesto:

To get the most out of life, you have to embrace the new. There are new places, and new people. New experiences, and new feelings. New highs…and new lows. But it’s always worth giving it a shot. After all, if we never did anything out of the ordinary, then no one would have any stories to tell. We wouldn’t be able to make moments special. Memories wouldn’t be worth sharing. So, it’s a good thing we can make the ordinary extraordinary. Because if you don’t limit your expectations, you’ll find that there’s no end to the possibilities. You can do the unexpected. You can go the extra mile. You can live in the moment. So give it a shot. Shoot for the sky. Shoot for the stars. Just shut up and shoot.”

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Nikon Photo Contest Trophy

Ooh this is so cool. You must look at this coolness.

Every year since 1969, the Nikon Corporation organizes The Nikon Photo Contest, an international photographic competition. This year they commissioned the very cool folks at Anonymous to conceptualize a rebranding exercise for the competition. (Yay rebranding exercises always mess with my head and make me see things from a whole new perspective of what a brand could be).
So Anonymous designed a new logo for the photo contest inspired by the universal act of framing an image with one’s hands. I love when ideas are simple like this. How clever is that?! The logo is now a fancy yet minimalistic trophy which looks cool from about eleventy-five different angles. And look at all the pretty colours they come in!
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Body Systems

Take a look at these really interesting illustrations of our insides by Rachel Ignotofsky. She is both a graphic designer and illustrator who currently works at Hallmark Greetings co. If only our science books were filled with such drawings, children would be more interested in learning I’m sure. My favourite is the Nervous System. It’s so whimsical and peaceful looking at the same time.

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Walk this World

Walk this World is the first children’s book from the very talented Finnish illustrator and art director, Lotta Nieminen. I can see her Finnish influences in her illustration style so clearly! I could very well get happily lost in her site for hours (which I shall treat myself to after I post this). The book teaches children about cultural similarities and differences of people from around the world. How lovely to learn about the world through Lotta’s beautiful and colourful illustrations! There are over 80 flaps that open and reveal even more gorgeousness. I do love a book with surprise open up flaps!

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This is a good kiss spot

Italian street artist 0707 has been busy. “This is a good kiss spot” stickers are all over the world in spots that are quite memorable and photogenic at the same time. I’ve seen these photos floating around the internet and I’m so glad that I have found the source. I love projects like this that don’t try to sell you anything, but are just done for pure fun. Makes me want to scout for spots around here too.

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Stop Phubbing

How does one creatively market a dictionary? McCann Melbourne created a brand new word to do so – “Phubbing – the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention.” They created an an entire site and a Facebook page dedicated to their very own word. Their interactive site is quite cool although it does go on for a bit too long.

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Candy coloured candles

Time for some pretty packaging people. I want to eat these candles by bella j. Something about the colours makes me think of candy. Hip hip hooray and Tie-dye are my favourites. The delectable designs are by New York based artist Sujean Rim. These lines in her about section kind of just made my day – “As a kid, I loved running around my cement backyard and enjoyed Sundays, when I could read Charles Schulz’s Peanuts in the paper and watch Bugs Bunny all morning with a giant bowl of Cocoa Pebbles. Comics, cartoons and picture books inspired me to draw and want to be an artist. I wanted to be everything from a painter to a sculptor.”

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Towel Folding Infographics

Look no further. I have found the answer to the question you have been asking all your life – how do they fold these napkins like this?  Terry Fabrics has come up with a towel-folding infographic that teaches you how to fold your towels in the shapes of animals! I’m going to try the mouse and the crab. Everything else looks like some serious origami that I cannot fathom.

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Hotel Daniel & Daniel Paper

Welcome to a world in and of itself. Known simply as Hotel Daniel, the establishment is a designer’s dream. Created with style and indie goodness, the hotel has a hammock in rooms and art on the roof. Even better, Daniel Paper – a beautifully crafted magazine filled with the very best of the hotel. I do love me some crisp publishing design. This has made it to my list of must-see places!
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