Monthly ArchivesApril 2010

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GREEN: TIPS TO ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WORK image

In honor of Earth Day I’m sharing some advice on how you can make being green work for you. Here are 5 basic environmentally-friendly practices I preach in my design business: 1. Electronic Proofs & Billing: I use paperless proofs whenever possible. As an added bonus it speeds up the process of concept to final product. Clients receive the proofs instantaneously and the same goes for corrections/changes. With PayPal and electronic banking, paper has been drastically reduced from the accounting side of my business. 2. Recycling: Paper, plastic…yup. I recycle. 3. Bulbs: My studio is lit by compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. These twisty bulbs use 1/4 as much energy as incandescent bulbs and last longer. According to Statistics Canada, ...

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The Magic Hole chair, designed by Eugeni Quitllet in collaboration with Starck design, is meant for use outdoors and incorporates a hole to hold newspapers or other objects. The Barnacle chair by Ania Wagner is made from sustainable wood and lined with a cultivated industrial felt. You can sit in it or flip it over for multiple people to lean on it while seated on the floor. The Flip Stool is another multi-purpose piece by Ania Wagner that I had to include. It can be used as a stool, storage piece or magazine rack. The New Bambini by Toshimitsu Sasaki is an adjustable chair for the whole family. The chair easily adjusts from a rocking chair to a baby’s high ...

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A SALT WITH A DEADLY PEPA image

For those who once rocked out with their Walkmans, hope you got the title reference. Anyway, I was going to post some cleverly designed salt and pepper shakers (still might later on this week) when I came across these Steampunk designs from an artist in Moscow via this link that I thought were worth sharing. In a nutshell, Steampunk art is created from materials, design elements and craftsmanship consistent with the Victorian era that speaks to the future. I don’t know the artist that created these which is unfortunate. Since last year I have been emailing all the designers I blog about, so I’m sad I can’t let this person know I think their work is steampunk-a-licious.

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BLENDTEC: WILL IT BREAK YOUR GEEKY HEART? standard

Blendtec has caught my attention with their clever and upsetting marketing videos. In this heart-wrenching youtube commercial they blend an iPad to show the strength of the Blendtec blenders. Watching this video makes me really upset and wonder if they want me to test drive all pre-blended products for a year or two. Hey Blendtec, what about the new Mac Pro featuring the Intel Xeon Nehalem processor. Will it blend?

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With the latest apple product flying off shelves, it’s no surprise that designers and entrepreneurs are trying to get a piece of iPad action. For a few bucks add some personality to your pad with these creative designs. Get your own. Get your own. Get your own. Get your own. Get your own.

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