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Thomas Kalak: Thailand – Same same, but different!

Sunday, September 21st, 2008


Photographer Thomas Kalak sent me his new book “Thailand – Same same, but different!” containing a colorful variety of street improvisations containing creations in leveling objects in challenging environments, sourcing water in unique ways, making broken products useful, converting objects into other uses, and a variety of other everyday needs. The photos are simple, mind-provoking, and very humorous once you realize the entire story. You’ll look at an image, wonder what they were solving, realize the initial problem, then understand how they solved it. Each image is a puzzling fun story in itself.

We live in a culture where resources are abundant, but at times we also find ourselves sourcing our needs around what we already have. The art in improvising is one of the most elemental needs in creativity just as “perspective” is to creation. Just because something is made to do “this” does not mean it cant’ do “that”. Thomas has created a wonderful simple book giving us a lens in seeing such beautiful samples in Thailand!

A little bird tells me this is selling out fast! Get your orders at RupaPublishing.com or direct here!

A few pictures from the book after the jump provided by Thomas!
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I’m a PC

Friday, September 19th, 2008


Apple’s viral “I’m a Mac” ads tainted images of PC users over the years and Microsoft just launched a reply with their “I’m a PC” ads (not the semi failed Seinfeld ones, though buzzy) which surprisingly are pretty good. It’s not bashing Apple at all, and not saying I’m better than you or anything else. It just says hey, look at who uses a PC. No mud slinging, no joking, just purity which I frankly really like over their past “Perfect Family Lifestyle” ads that none of us connected with. “I wear glasses, I wear jeans, I have a beard, I’m a human”. There are quite a few celeb spots in the ads and there is a definite tone about the shear number of users out there vs “other” computers. Transparency in brands, relationship to customers, ability to connect, truth, being nice…. yes… all good things.

Anyhow, I’m not here to say who is better, but it’s great to see this reply from MS. I don’t say this often, but bravo Microsoft! I’m liking you a bit more…. and yes, “I’m a PC”.

Awesome job Crispin, Porter + Bogusky!(the rockin ad firm)

via gizmodo


EveryMomentNow.com

Thursday, September 18th, 2008


EveryMomentNow.com has a pretty cool interactive visualization by designer Craig Mod depicting the amount of news published about both presidential parties Obama vs McCain. The obvious shift in news occurs in early September during McCains wild announcement for Palin. Will be a good visualization to watch out for in the weeks to come, though it sometimes acts up being viewed in firefox.


Sir Ken Robinson interview

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008


I post about Sir Ken Robinson way too much, but he rocks so watch this 2 part interview about “Schools Killing Creativity” (part 1, part 2), and of course if you don’t know who he is, watch his TED talk afte the jump with the 2 video interviews. (some of my favorite ted talks here)
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Ron Arad: Rotator Bath to Shower

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008



The “Rotator” by designer Ron Arad is a bath that spins to empty and becomes a shower. No more bath plugs needed! Check out the video above.

via archipass


“My Documents” Folder Case

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

my documents folder case

I know this “pixel/make my desktop physical” trend is somewhat old, but I just had to post this cause it seemed right though the price is somewhat questionable. I might have to pick one up along with the metal “folderix usb” stick!


buy it here
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via BetterLivingThroughDesign


Weekend Links

Monday, August 25th, 2008

jetblue terminal
Thought of the week: Keep trying and believe.

A peek into Jetblues new restaurant terminals!
Made in USA shirt in Chinese.
Flower Foaming Fire Extinguisher.
Wifi Heatmap..kinda nerdy, but kind of works.
How to get into any club by pretending to be a DJ.
A very bad paramedic!
- Free the airwaves!(internet for all!)
Windows Error page projected during Olympics opening Ceremonies!


Wasara Paper Tableware

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Wasara Paper Tableware
Oooooooooo, my gosh, Wasara makes some unbelievably beautiful paper tableware pieces with a very keen sense in Japanese aesthetics. I especially love the slight curves in the plates to fit around your hand. I’m not sure if I’d ever want to throw these plates away but they are eco-friendly in manufacturing and in material.

If your seeking something more sturdy you can always buy the beautiful plastic “Tast.es” object though there is a beauty about 1 time use paper plates.

via notcot
1 more picture after the jump of each piece.
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Keyboard Napkin

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

keyboard napkin
How clever… a napkin for your keyboard which let’s ya keep typing without a worry in making a mess! So grab that sandwich oozing with cranberry sauce and type away as you get your lunch geek on!

via TechDigest.tv


Obama Buttons for FREE!

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Free Obama butonsMoveOn.org is giving away free Obama buttons by simply giving them your address (the free ones the top one). I submitted my info and buttons should be arriving in a few weeks. They have 2 other buttons for purchasing, but free is easier!

I still personally dig the Obama 008 buttons (“double O8″, the next James Bond) I got from TheMovement008.org so if ya want some extra designer point, go get those!


Weekend Links

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

balloon graffiti
It’s been one crazy month of work, so apologizes for the lack in posting, but there has not been too much to post about either. I had an amazing weekend in sunny San Francisco last week and am now back in the east coast, which has been rainy all week, but this weekend seems to be nice. Anyways, as an activity for the weekend: Send someone special a hand written letter by mail! =)

Giant cow!
Waterproofing Electronics: inside and out through a vacuum bag.
Make your own Multi-Touch table for cheap!
– I lost my phone the other week. Freaked out because Facebook made me click through a bunch of pages to get everyone’s numbers. Then I discovered the “Phonebook” with everyone’s face, name and number on one page here.
Fun Balloon/Tape Graffiti!
Tom Friedman Books “The World is Flat” AudioBook download FREE until Aug 4th!


Radiohead: House of Cards

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Radiohead again innovating with new ways in seeing music!!! I’ve seen tons of great innovations in data visualization, but its takes some gut to make it mainstream like Radiohead! Remember that creativity is as much about perspective than anything else!

Full story and behind the scene videos here.