1 month ago
Māori eel traps were made by weaving flexible varieties of vine into long cylindrical forms. Because of the inverted design of the trap’s entrance, once lured inside the eel was unable to escape.

Māori eel traps were made by weaving flexible varieties of vine into long cylindrical forms. Because of the inverted design of the trap’s entrance, once lured inside the eel was unable to escape.

2 months ago
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Gifpop is a tool to make custom cards from animated gifs, using the magic of lenticular printing. Gifs rule. Sha and Rachel rule.

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6 months ago
"The 4 Layers of Design", part of a broader discussion of "The Dribbblisation of Design" written by Paul Adams
Design is a multi layered process. In my experience, there is an optimal order to how you move through the layers. The simplest version of this is to think about four layers.
I see designer after designer focus on the fourth layer without really considering the others. Working from the bottom up rather than the top down. The grid, font, colour, and aesthetic style are irrelevant if the other three layers haven’t been resolved first. Many designers say they do this, but don’t walk the walk, because sometimes it’s just more fun to draw nice pictures and bury oneself in pixels than deal with complicated business decisions and people with different opinions. That’s fine, stay in the fourth layer, but that’s art not design. You’re a digital artist, not a designer.

"The 4 Layers of Design", part of a broader discussion of "The Dribbblisation of Design" written by Paul Adams

Design is a multi layered process. In my experience, there is an optimal order to how you move through the layers. The simplest version of this is to think about four layers.

I see designer after designer focus on the fourth layer without really considering the others. Working from the bottom up rather than the top down. The grid, font, colour, and aesthetic style are irrelevant if the other three layers haven’t been resolved first. Many designers say they do this, but don’t walk the walk, because sometimes it’s just more fun to draw nice pictures and bury oneself in pixels than deal with complicated business decisions and people with different opinions. That’s fine, stay in the fourth layer, but that’s art not design. You’re a digital artist, not a designer.

9 months ago
11 months ago

Usefulness in Small Things provides delightful insights to the various mass-produced objects that comprise our daily lives. Sam Hecht personally collected the items from small local shops from his travels to countries including the USA, Japan, Jordan and Thailand, and are part of his Under a Fiver Collection edited from the last twenty years. Common items such as nails, plugs, toothbrushes, soap, and gloves have a function and a regional purpose, with some succeeding and others failing to fulfil their own promise. 

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Watch Logorama and then buy the book: Logobook.

12 months ago

“It is like being given a coloring book that your brother already colored in,” said Michael Bierut, of the design firm Pentagram in New York City. A passport, not unlike a scrapbook, gets its allure from gradually accruing exotic stamps, with the blank pages holding the promise of future adventure, he and other designers said. But they find that the new jumble of pictures detracts from that.

“There is also something a little coercive about a functional object serving as a civics lesson, even a fairly low-grade civics lesson,” Mr. Bierut said. (via)

(Editor’s note: I really hate how the US passport looks like on the inside…like something Kenny Powers might have designed.)