All posts for the month September, 2007

Life.Saver.Bottle.Filter“The way fresh water is supplied to disaster-hit regions could be revolutionized after an Ipswich-based businessman (Michael Pritchard) invented a £190 ($385) bottle that makes foul-smelling water drinkable in seconds.

Military chiefs are excited because the bottles, which can distill either 4,000 liters or 6,000 liters without changing the filter, will have huge benefits for soldiers who hate drinking iodine-flavored water.

Conventional filters can cut out bacteria measuring more than 200 nanometers but not viruses, which typically are 25 nanometers long.

Mr Pritchard’s bottle can clean up any water – including fecal matter – using a filter that cuts out anything longer than 15 nanometers, which means that viruses can be filtered out without the use of chemicals.”

I’m glad to see these globally needed solutions advancing as far and as fast as they are. The Life Saver Bottle reminds me a bit of the Life Straw as well.

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Raw for 30 Days is an independent documentary film that chronicles six McDonald’s-munching Americans with diabetes who switch to a diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, live, raw foods in order to reverse diabetes naturally. The six participants are challenged to give up meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, soda, junk food, fast food, processed food, packaged food, and even cooked food – as well as go without their loved ones and many of their creature comforts – for 30 days.”

Reminds me of “Sicko” and “Super Size Me” a bunch. Even if turns out to be one sided, I’m sure it’ll be influential to many and good PR for organic stores nationwide.

Raw for 30 Days webpage
Google Video link.
via Treehugger

armani dumpster boston newberry

Above: Newberry Street in Boston, Armani Exchange closed down, dumpster filled with goodies (wooden hangers, manikins, tables, chairs, shelves, etc) a few minutes later, ladies in high heels and gentlemen in suits dumpster diving. I have close up pictures of the ladies in heels, but I decided not to post those 😉 ( I grabbed some chairs and hangers)

Coca-Cola Happiness factory: animated commercial…very nice!
Huge LED Ceiling In Beijing: nice picture here, videos here.
Morph Thing: Morph famous faces together, or yours!
Great Bus Ads!
An interview with Ferran Adrià on his favorite places to dine in Barcelona with links! (I want to travel now)
Bill Clinton On David Letterman.
Removing a Cork inside a bottle: I’m not sure why you would need this, but would be a good IQ test.
Printing out all Spam installation
Turning Cheap Steaks into Gucci Prime Steaks!

John Maeda Design Process Key Cover New York Times

John Maeda has a great visual design process documentation of his design of the New York Times Key Magazines Cover. Though I’m still unfamiliar for Maeda’s fame in the design field, it’s nice to see his thinking though this overload of vectors seems to be a constant repetition in the information visualization world.

For those of you that know me well, I love the methodology and ingredients to design over final outcomes since ya see the thinking involved. I’ve copied the documentation from the NewYorkTime after the jump. Enjoy!
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threadless retail store chicago

Online T-shirt sensation Threadless is opening up a Threadless store this Monday (Sept 10th) in Chicago at 3011 North Broadway Avenue. They’ll have a retail store downstairs while rocking out an Art Gallery upstairs! Their having a “Grand Opening Party” September 14th at Metro with several performances! If your in the Chicago area, go! I wish I could be out there for this opening! Threadless simply rocks!

If ya don’t know about Threadless, check them out, design some shirts, submit them, buy some, takes pics, buy more, submit often, vote lots, and get addicted!

hack2school guide

Core 77‘s posted a great “Ultimate Design Student Guide” with tips and tricks all design graduates can relate to in the fields of the Classroom, Dorm Room, Represent, Crash Course, and the nifty Cheat Sheet. If your a newbie in design school you’ll be glad you learned these tricks the easy way.

Other tips:
– If you need to use the machine shop when it’s closed, go to sleep and wake up early rather than staying up all night trying to do something manually.
– Bring a pillow to studio and get a desk with wide wooden planks (Their more comfy on the shoulders)
– If you need to document a ton of sketches use your digital camera instead of a scanner… it’s much faster!
– Don’t wear sandals in the shop nor shorts in most cases.
– Use a pen, carry a sketchbook around 24/7, and for some buy that sweeet portable metal Olfa blade.
– Desk goodies: band-aids, bottle of chewable Vitamin C’s, roll of toilet paper, Mp3 player, too many markers, too many rolls of various tapes, cutting board, string, box of Exactos, toolbox, cork board, small under the desk fridge, craft sticks for mixing, and a trashcan.
– Tape a “You owe me” list on your desk… people give and take all the time.
– Desk Lamp! Most studios have those crappy eye annoying fluorescent tubes that flicker..especially when you have been up 48+ hours.
– Get a Flickr account, document all!
– Start your own blog! 😉