Archive for December, 2009

Happy Holiday!

Thursday, December 24th, 2009


Happy Holiday to everyone. I’ll be out in Hong Kong for the break and will be back with some goodies to post most likely dealing with food, shopping, and culture.

If you have not already, please join the Facebook Fan page here which I post to often but write less and it’s open for fans to post to as well. I’ll post a few goodies I shared on the fan page below recently for the holiday break:

Tadpole like sleeping bag (pictured above) Reminds me of Selk bag.
Newspaper laptop sleeve holder. I’ve gotta get this!
TED launches Best of Web.
Cool jacket..I like asymmetric clothing which is hard to come by for guys.
LED lights save energy, but don’t melt snow
Ping Pong office convertible table
Awesome silloutte clock!
xylophone table


Betsy Vanlangen Photography

Saturday, December 19th, 2009



Betsy Vanlangen has some mesmerizing photography compositions on her website, especially mixing food and materials with people. Makes ya think after looking though her portfolio of work. Lots of inspiration!

Several pictures mirrored via design-milk after the jump.


Design for Life Show

Monday, December 14th, 2009

This weekend (thanks vimeo) I’ve been enjoying the TV series Design for Life (mentioned before) featuring design guru Phillipe Starck.
Unlike many other design reality shows that I’ve seen, Design for Life dives into the reality in design thinking. Most people outside of the design community generally perceive design as purely aesthetics which in some industries is true, but in a majority of the ones I know, aesthetics is perhaps the last 10% in design.

Design is a method, a process, a way of life, a means to adapt. One breaths every aspect in design while eating, walking around, watching people, sleeping, or typing as I am now. There is a intricate pathway in researching, understanding, inventing, presenting, developing, trying, and broadcasting before one even touches how an project finally looks. Designers want to encapsulate an experience from A to Z and not just elements of a product. One must understand how to observe and learn about a project, then have the ability to influence and push forward a direction upon these observations. Then the deep dive into sketching, communicating, collaborating, interacting, and executing several steps within design. A large understanding in manufacturing techniques, engineering, material properties, transportation limitations, cost, client definitions, brand awareness, business, marketing, users, and trends are all aspects which all designers should be knowledgeable of.

Design for Life is an entertaining glimpse into Starcks personality and philosophies while watching his team educate young individuals into their process. It would be nice to see more shows like this.  Watch the 6 episodes after the jump via Vimeo…. which does not include commercials =) ( a better user experience)

Samsonite Scooter Luggage

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Oh my, luggage that flips into a scooter while your waiting in the airport. A little bored, or tired lugging your gadgets around? Stick them in, flip out the wheel, and ride them around! ha! pretty sweet and has a I want One vibe. Not sure if this is just a concept or actually going into production, but I think I’d buy one for 80-90 bucks and have some fun in the airport.

via crunchgear

Tegu Magnetic Wooden Building Blocks

Friday, December 11th, 2009

OOoo, I love magnets, an I think I’m loving wooden magnets even more now from Tegu! Clink Clank, but no broken magnets…. just wooden dings here and there! I think this would be a great holiday gift! Really interesting company story, their sustainable, into education, and SOld out currently! yikes, How am I suppose to get my hands on a few sets to play with and show off my blocknetic creations!  Check them out at

via uberreview

The Evolution of Storage

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
Pretty neat Info Graphic by Curtiss Spontelli in  The Evolution of Storage.(Flickr image)

Newser: read less, know more

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009


Check out Newser, where you read less, but know more! Catch a glimpse of the world at a glance. Reminds me a bit of DiggLabs, NewsMap, and popurls to some extent.

via bookofjoe

Fred: Gin & Titonic

Saturday, December 5th, 2009


From our friends over at FRED, for the holiday season or any other time, get yourself a Gin&Titonic ice cube tray. Fun!

Running Jumping Rabbit

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Running Jumping rabbit video! Pretty neat. Now they need to strap a camera on the car to sense oncoming objects to let the animation react to real time objects it’s projected on!

via notcot

The Opposite May Be True

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

The Opposite May Be True.. watch the video above to find out why the opposite may be true as well.