All posts for the month September, 2009
Philippe Starck has a reality show about design called Design For Life on the BBC… but not just design, but more importantly design thinking, observation, understanding, and how design is almost more about everything outside of what most think of design.

If your in the UK, let me know how the show is. If your not in the UK, you can catch a glance of the first hour long episode on Vimeo here or above.

Thus far, I’ve enjoyed the first episode and think it’ll be a great insight into what design really is… not just aesthetics or making cool objects, but understanding a story as a whole, a process, an eco-system and a rather complex element that is widely ignored.

Student Designer Noémie Cotton brings to us a very simple double sided bag used to both contain  and trash something, such as whole peanuts.  I’m craving to find olives-to-go after seeing this,  same goes for Wings, or other likes.  If I had this bag when I was younger, I’d be eating just the peanuts minus shells. I’ve grown up learning to  eat the whole peanut with shell making life a bit easier.

via bookofjoe


Chris Lefteri has some of my favorite books on materials on plastics, wood, ceramics, metals, and many others. I’m not as aware of his books series called Ingredients, but as Ingredients No.4 is released September 24th, it seems his previous ones are FREE to download! How awesome! If Ingredients is anything like his other materials books, be prepared to be floored both visually and with information about each. Download the other 3 here:

Plastic Ingredients No. 1 (PDF format, 3mb)

–  Ingredients No. 2 (PDF format, 2,9mb)

Ingredients No. 3 (PDF format, 2,1mb)

media diet pyramid wired

I found this an amusing info graphics from Wired:

“Practicing good nutrition keeps your mind sharp, your body fit, and your life long. The same could be said for consuming media. (Seriously, knowledge is power.) When you add it all up, the average American spends roughly nine hours a day glued to some kind of screen, and like your diet, quality is as important as quantity. Here are Wired‘s suggested servings for optimal media health.”

IKEA’s 2009 online catalogue uses the old typeface. (Futura)

IKEA’s 2010 online catalogue features the Verdana font.

Unbelievable! IKEA switches up their long lasting Futura font that everyone has grown to love to Verdana which though great, just quite doesn’t do the trick for me for an icon like IKEA! Outrage I say =)

Much like the whole Tropicana rebranding disaster that got rejected by consumers once it came out, I’m not sure this is a good move, though change and understanding take time… I’m sure ther was a reason for this… wait, isn’t Verdana a free font from Microsoft? I’ve had recent troubles in license agreements with font foundries.

“Thumbing through his local Swedish newspaper, Göteborg resident Mattias Akerberg found himself troubled by a full-page advertisement for Ikea. It wasn’t that the Grevbäck bookcases looked any less sturdy, or that the Bibbi Snur duvet covers were any less colorful, or even that the names given to each of the company’s 9,500 products were any less whimsical. No, what bothered Akerberg was the typeface. “I thought that something had gone terribly wrong, but when I Twittered about it, people at their ad agency told me that this was actually the new Ikea font,” he recalls. “I could hardly believe it was true.”

full article after jump via Time.

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