I love when low-function products are stripped back to a humble minimum. They look great and save material. I own and recommend this bottle opener by Field.
Concrete can be such a beautiful material. Look at that crisp part line.
I enjoy the top heavy proportions and wide stance of this building.
I’d love to see this in real life. I feel like it would be even more atmospheric if the ceiling lengths hung more loosely. Although I guess that would contradict the strictness of Japanese aesthetic.
"Intuition is about sensing facts before they materialize."
There is a playfulness in the interaction between these two structures that I really enjoy. A beautifully warm interior too.
I just discovered designer, Oscar Diaz. I love the humbleness in his designs. I also just purchased this bottle opener from Field.
Dyson has developed a tap with a built in hand dryer. The motor spins at 90,000 RPM in less than 0.7 seconds to push air out at 692 km/hr. And yes that is expensive to develop. Over $40M expensive.
The Personality of Imperfection
I was house-sitting for a friend in Melbourne a few years ago, while she was out of town. It was an older 70’s style unit. The front door was elevated on a step, painted black with a brass handle. Both were worn down. A small, abandoned garden sat on the other side in the entryway. Every day I would come home, find the matching brass key and struggle to unlock that door. I had to navigate through it’s stubbornness. My friend had already told me the code, ‘pull the door towards you, wiggle the key to the left and pull it out a little, then turn it to the right.’ Eventually I would master it.
I was once short-tempered with imperfections like this. We face them every day. But this door reminded me of the value of imperfection. Eventually I could unlock that door with ease, just like I could on my previous apartment, and just like I would on future apartments.
The door had a personality. And I had grown to understand it. We’d formed a relationship and we worked together. I felt this most when I’d proudly tell my friends the code — having watched them fail to unlock the door on their own.
In contrast, perfection doesn’t do this. It makes itself equal to everyone.
This story came to mind as I read an article from Josh Miller on the design of Facebook Poke. He says that unlike SnapChat, Poke’s design doesn’t support the behavior of the app - to be ephemeral, silly and spontaneous. But SnapChat’s imperfect interface does something else too. It requires me to form a relationship (which is comforting if you’re sending nudies), and creates a feeling of connectedness, knowing my friends and I have all experienced its quirks. Just like that black, worn door.
Dami is a beautiful series by Seung Yong Song inspired by traditional Korean grilles.
Apple’s renderings seem pretty sharp lately. I’ve been loving this one from the iPhone 5 page. Feels very Muji/Japanese. Also, notice how the grey has a slight blue tinge. Subtle saturation goes a long way.
Perhaps there are more important things to focus on right now, but regardless, I love that this ‘Architecture for Dogs’ project, curated by Kenya Hara, is open-source, with all design templates available for download.
Especially now that I’m accustomed to the more accessible field of application design, it’s nice to see architecture and industrial design projects being made available to the wider public too, not just reserved for the wealthy.
Above are my two favorites. The project is set to launch next week.
As Facebook begins to roll out Gifts and Collections, I thought it would interesting to define their product offering. I’m not sure if I can simplify it beyond this:
Facebook is where you express what you are– and stay up to date with what your friends are, thinking, doing, are going to do, are interested in, and want. It’s also where you stay up to date with what your favorite businesses, celebrities, artists and teams are doing, are going to do, believe in and offer. It is a place to communicate directly with friends, a place to discuss specific topics with peers, and a place to play games with others. Lastly as a platform, it’s how you connect, identify yourself and bring your friends with you across other digital products.
What do you think? Are they getting too bloated? Is their mission still clear to you? Let loose in the comments below.
Love the cover of ‘Page 1: Great Expectations’, an experimental book in typography, graphic design and the reading of a page.