Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Quantum Chess: A Redesign based on Science

February 20th, 2012

The Quantum Chess set by Olena Shmahalo is a redesign of the classic board game. In Quantum Mechanics if you aren’t acquainted already, it states that particles are everywhere unless they are being observed. The trajectories of particles are essentially oscillating back and forth much like waveforms. Everything that we see or touch is constantly moving very rapidly at such a level where we actually can’t see it. Pretty wild right?

Below is an interesting description of the project:

The material, fired clay, alludes to the biblical story of creation (from dust, dirt, mud) as it sits in accordance with the current, scientific understanding of our being. The phrase “Created in the image of god” has become equivalent to being “made of star stuff” (Carl Sagan).

As each piece is both “subject” and “landscape” (piece & board), the set does away with the concept of Classical separation in favor of suggesting a perception of All as unified, yet variously manifested. The shape of the “landscape” comes from illustrated representations of quantum space-time, magnified, as seen in Hawking’s Brief History of Time. The metaphorical form of these pieces complicates the game, just as increased knowledge requires more complex equipment and more difficult questions. Each time a new game is begun, it must be treated as if entering a new “universe”. It’s possible to play Quantum Chess according to the classic rules, but the players must assign names to and label the pieces in order to keep track of the game.

Experimental Fluid Typography

February 12th, 2012

Hussain Almossawi of Skyrill created this beautiful fluid type as an experiment. Each of the letterforms would make an amazing exhibit if they were to be blown up life-size. Regardless, they’re still very cool.

Antalis Letterpress Calendar Clock

January 31st, 2012

This calendar clock was designed for Antalis by Blow. This calendar merges the the relationships of date and time into one unit—the calenclock.


Container Color Systems Poster

January 30th, 2012

The sides of shipping containers and trains have longtime been carriers of great design—the CN logo is a great example. So when coming across these shipping container posters by Antrepo, I was immediately drawn by the vibrant colors and simplicity.

Retro Spacesuit History

January 27th, 2012

Spacesuits are intriguing. These spacesuits were photographed by Mark Avino for the book Spacesuits: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collection.

Spacesuits are surprisingly fragile; they are made for a short lifespan in the most extreme of conditions, and long-term survival is not part of their design process. The final chapter touches briefly on the current conditions of historic suits, how they have held up over time, the reasons for their deterioration, and the rewards and difficulties associated with caring for and preserving these very complex and iconic artifacts. From the first spacesuit designs of the 1930s through those worn on the landmark Apollo-Soyuz program of 1975,Spacesuits provides a behind-the-scenes look at the history of these remarkable creations, including some that have never before been publicly displayed.

Images via Retronaut


Daft Life Typography Posters

January 22nd, 2012

Listen harder. Learn faster. Love better. Live stronger. These are all things that I’m sure we all could use more practice on from time to time. The typography in these posters is something else; they were created by Canadian designer, Joey Camacho.

Silicon Valley Tea Houses

January 19th, 2012

Swatt Miers Architects designed these three very simple houses in Silicon Valley, California. Each house has a unique purpose. The first 270 square foot space is the meditation tea house used for individual contemplation. The next space at 372 square feet is the sleeping tea house used for overnight stays. The third tea house at 492 square feet is the visioning tea house used for intimate gatherings and creative thinking. Each space is about quiet simplicity. No phones or televisions are found in the home.

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Swissted: Where Punk Rock meets Swiss Modernism

January 10th, 2012

Swissted is the next greatest thing to hit the web besides Designspiration. It is an ongoing project by graphic designer Mike Joyce and also the owner of Stereotype design in New York City. Mikes love for punk rock music and Swiss design is what allows these two near polar opposites to meet. Each poster reflects the traditional international typographic style posters, each sized to the standard swiss kiosk dimensions of 35.5″ by 50″. The typeface used of course is Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk Medium.


Canon EOS 500D Hand Bag

December 14th, 2011

Quite a cool collateral concept to go along with a Canon EOS 500D brochure. As grocery stores across the world require you to bring in your own grocery bags, these would be great for photographers. I’d use one.

Retirement Facility Hottingen Signage

November 29th, 2011

Designers Aline Dallo, Julia Kind, Kathrin Urban and Tina Stäheli worked together to create this signage project for a retirement home in Hottingen, Zurich. The signage system consists of a series of frames that can be ordered in various ways. The combination of color and large type really sells this as a welcoming solution for this project.


The 2011 Designers Wishlist

November 28th, 2011

It’s that time of year again to put on your best thinking cap and compile giftlists before Christmas. Having done just that for you, this wishlist contains an assortment of reasonably priced gifts that are great ideas to give to your designer, photographer or creative friends. Or if you’re sneaky, you can slip them into your own stocking!

Continue reading for the full designers wishlist and to share your gift ideas!


Wallpaper Magazine Cover Illustration

November 21st, 2011

Andrew Townsend created this cover illustration for Wallpaper* Magazine. The vibrant colors immediately drew my attention and made me realize that I kind of miss reading physical magazines every month.

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