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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 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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After designing some notepads for retail and dabbling in leatherwork, I’m always looking for the next simple, clever consumer product idea. This here Wunder Bundler, by Poler Stuff, is definitely a Wish-I-Thought-of-That project.

Warm beers: global issue? No. Warm beers: first-world problem? YES! Love it.

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I think when anyone in the design industry tells people that they’re a designer, one of the first reactions we get get is usually “Oooo, fun!” or “That sounds so much more fun than what I do ….” Those reactions have always sort of pissed me off — reducing the essence of the design industry down to an “Ooo, fun” (i.e. “You pick out colors and fun things while we do the real work.”) while overlooking the importance of design and how it literally touches everything we come in contact with.

Maybe it’s an American thing??? I always look back on my year working in Europe and feel like design was more respected in the workplace over there. Designers seemed a little more well-respected and design departments seem to work a little more autonomously from their marketing counterparts. It just felt like the design-by-panel, you’re-just-here-to-know-Adobe-program bullshit that I got so much in New York was a little less prevalent over there.

Anyway, every now and then, a design project comes along that completely illustrates how smart, thoughtful design can actually improve life and, in turn, win us a little more respect. This project, the GiraDora, is one of those. Designed by Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You, GiraDora is a user-powered washer/dryer unit for developing nations. The washers 1) use less water than traditional hand washing, 2) relieve pain from the bending and scrubbing during hand washing, 3) partially dry the clothes reducing drying time by weeks in some cases, and 4) free the users up to do other tasks while sitting and pumping the washer. Great, effective, and innovative design.

There’s no doubt that this is another one of those damn-I-wish-I-thought-of-that projects and a lot of people are recognizing that — Cabunoc and You were given a grant of $19,500 to further develop their product. I’d love to see this product produced and made available — there’s no doubt it would have an impact but, I also have to admit that it’d be great if only for selfish reasons: 1) I’d have another case to cite when defending my industry and the professionals (we’re not hobbyists because you think it’s fun!) who work in it and 2) there’s a chance I wouldn’t have to cross the street, sack in hand to do some long-overdue laundry.

(via Co.Design)

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This is great design in action. Stackable dressers.

I want one. And a variation for shelving a growing liquor bottle collection.

Thanks, Gizmodo.

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All the portraits above were made out of packaging tape by Dutch artist, Max Zorn. Yes, packaging tape.

Yet another damn-I-wish-I-thought-of-that project. I need to try making art out of some mundane object. Tampoons, maybe? Lady-pillows (maxi pads)? Scrunchies? Maybe something will dawn on me ….

Check out his full site here.

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Cameron BoothI love this. The US highway system as a London Underground-style subway map by designer Cameron Booth. Super simple, easy to use, wish-I-thought-of-that design. Damn.

Check out the full article on Co.Design.

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