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Check out this really interesting video by The Verge about Google’s improved design sensibility.

A lot, lot, lot has been made of the war between Apple and Google; iOS and Android, and I’ve definitely taken a stance, but it’s easy to overlook the fact that this whole back-and-forth is a real win for the design industry.

I know I’m not the first one by any means to highlight this trend, but I just want to reiterate how this whole thing makes me happy as both a designer and a consumer. I mean, it’s really upping our value as professional designers as companies shift from seeing design as just the pretty finishing touches to a part of the backbone of what makes a company, product, or service great.

Anyway, reeling in this rant … companies are making great strides in the area of design … that makes me excited to see what’s going to produced as a result … and that makes me happy.

(via Doobybrain, The Verge)

 

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I really like the idea of living in a well-designed, smaller space, so this is really interesting to me (not for all I’m sure).

I just like how smaller living spaces force you to edit the number of things you own. This may have been brought about by my former obsession with Hoarders. (Now I’m all up on Long Island Medium — doesn’t Theresa Caputo’s head remind you of the Lulu Lemon logo?)

Anyway — it’s quality over quantity, non? Now, if the rent would just be proportionate to the size ….

(via Doobybrain)

 

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Common Cook Infographic

Here’s a really useful infographic by graphic designer, Shannon Lattin.

Super useful! I could have used this when I was messing up a pie dough recipe the other week. I think I’m one of the few US fans of switching to the metric system. Yeah, I said it.

(via Gizmodo)

 

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I like Ji Lee‘s projects. They’re simple in concept and really engaging (the first one that comes to mind is his Bubble Project that led to a whole load of knock offs similarly-inspired guerrilla art projects). His newest project, Word as Image, uses typography to define the words meaning.

I have major, major love for side projects and the sanity they help you maintain, so seeing a project like this bring turned into a neat video and published book makes me happy.

(via Gizmodo)

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I’m sure it’s much more complicated, but there’s some good design theory to apply in here.

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I love the concept of Notabag — it’s a convergence of a reusable shopping bag and a backpack.

Companies like, most prominently, Apple, make convergence look easy, but I think it’s really difficult on any level. Things tend to get overly complicated, when merging the functionality of two objects really needs to be kept as simple as possible — think of how many ways you could merge a shopping bag and a backpack and how many ways it could turn into a disaster. Seeing this simple and really useful bag makes me happy. (I could totally use one for travel.)

Notabag is a Kickstarter project by Adnan Alicusic, so if you like it and would like to see it go into production, help fund their project here.

 

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iTunes 11

More free stuff for this Weekend of Love!

Apple released iTunes 11 — the design is much improved and is a lot, lot faster apparently. Download it now, seems like they’ve done a pretty good job with the redesign.

If you don’t believe me, BuzzFeed smushed together 3 Ways the New iTunes Sucks Less. It’s a good Friday read because … uh … it’s only 3 items long.

 

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Edible Candy Cane Spoons

YES!

(via Gizmodo)

 

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I was just doing some Christmas shopping, so naturally I got distracted and found a bunch of stuff for myself.

I LOVE this world map by These Are Things. I’ve been looking for a good map for my office space as a nod to this past year of travel and design. I’ve been looking for a vintage map this whole time, but after seeing this I think I may go vintage-style print.

 

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Tom Daley Butt

C’mon … British Gas knew what they were doing here with this logo placement … and Tom Daley must have too!

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“Häagen-Dazs Turns to a Design Studio to Reinvent the Ice Cream Bar”

Design + Food? YES. Looks amazing, but logistically, it may be pretty difficult to eat on a hot day … regardless I WANT ONE.

(via Co.Design)

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Fab.com Prep Work

Fab.com has some fab.gear. (Think of it as Gilt, but for design-centric stuff.) We’re super, duper honored that our Short Order Designer Notepads are part of their Perfect Workspace sale from September 21 – 28!

If you’re a member, come check it out. These pads are hot and discounted, so snatch up a few while you can!

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