Pipes and Drains

Posted in Everyday, Product Design by pipesanddrains on October 15, 2010

UArts Design Charrette 2010. 3 days of  intensive designing and relaxing during the charette, based around human virtues and the elements. Designing was mixed in with scheduled meditation, yoga and eating time which created a great feeling around the department.

Our project brought together ‘earth’ and ‘consideration’. After walking around the city, we realised that there was so much natural space in Philadelphia that goes unnoticed -so decided to create a way for people to not only be aware of this, but to be guided to the space and reconsider how incredible it is to have these spaces in the city. In other words, ‘natures business card’.

We did this by designing laser cut leaves with an address of a closeby park and we have left them around the city for people to find and interpret as they wish.

October 2010

Posted in Everyday, Product Design by pipesanddrains on September 3, 2010

Beautifully designed beer can, shaped in the form of a pint glass, but not obviously so. Spotted in the fridge of Yo Sushi, Edinburgh, July 2010

Posted in Interesting, Product Design by pipesanddrains on July 12, 2010

‘Prop’ by Peter Marigold.
Honorable mention at the Italian ‘living simplicity’ furniture competition. The use of a wooden broom stick holding cube shaped objects into corner spaces, without the need for drilling or attachment. Looks strange, but interesting in how it compliments the space, and allows appreciation of the objects within it. The joint, connecting the stick and cube object, which is held up by a bag of rice was designed to create new typology in furniture design.
http://www.depadova.it

Posted in Everyday, Experience, Inspirational Projects, Interesting, Product Design by pipesanddrains on June 23, 2010

 

My phone is off : project by Ingrid Zweifel, at Parsons New York. The design sets including stickers, napkins, badges and stamps encourage users toremain in the moment of being with somebody, rather than constantly being on the phone. The napkin in particular, fits into the context environment subtley -ebut also acts as a signal blocker, meaning that the temptation is not even there in case a call comes through.  http://myphoneisoffforyou.com/my%20phone%20is%20off%20for%20you.html   

http://www.notcot.com/archives/2010/06/my-phone-is-off-for-you.php

Posted in Inspirational Projects, Interesting, Product Design by pipesanddrains on June 23, 2010

http://exhibitions.cooperhewitt.org/Why-Design-Now/ Current exhibition in New York’s National Design Triennial this year. The 134 projects are socially/environmentally consious answering to the question “Why Design Now”, answering different questions about where design can go in future from different perspectives. The examples above are from the ‘communication’ section which I find particularly interesting -especially the Touch Sight Camera, by Samsung China. The camera enables visually impaired users to capture a touchable photograph, as well as 3 seconds of sound to record surroundings and experience. Sensitive form and on the forehead for support, creating a ‘third eye’ effect.

Criticism on the exhibition ( I am still hoping to visit when I go to the US for the autumn) here http://www.core77.com/blog/ny_design_week_10/why_design_now_thoughts_on_the_4th_national_design_triennial_16628.asp

Posted in Everyday, Product Design, Visual Communication by pipesanddrains on May 27, 2010

Some typography in our white studio. ‘Have a Break…NOW.’ October 2009.

Posted in Everyday, Product Design, Visual Communication by pipesanddrains on May 25, 2010

Pieke Bergmans lighbulbs, that have gone out of line. Part of the ‘Design Virus’ project. http://www.piekebergmans.com/

Posted in Product Design by pipesanddrains on May 18, 2010

    

A little bit like marmite…. Pentax Rainbow. Limited Edition for Tower Records, Japan. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/05/rainbow-colored-pentax-k-x-requires-sunglasses-to-use/

Posted in Everyday, Product Design by pipesanddrains on May 17, 2010

  

Inclusive Design: Co-op Pinot Grigio Label. Just noticed a subtle touch to the co-op wine label -adding braille to the information. I didn’t notice it at all in the shop, but later on became addicted to it. I havn’t noticed this on other products, but will keep a look out now!

Posted in Product Design by pipesanddrains on May 5, 2010

 

Pipe inspired salt and pepper shakers. The form reminds me of the part in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang where the same form is used as a disguise to follow the family -which I remember scaring me to death when I was little! Guess its just adding a nostalgic value for me. http://www.oogazone.com/product_page.aspx?ProductID=33