12 months ago

mrstsk:

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If disco-glitz supermarket Super Tamade is my favourite place to grocery-shop at midnight…

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…a 5am shopping hop is more likely to see me at Oda — a catering-oriented cash-and-carry vast, empty and satisfyingly austere — in the Kizu market.

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What I like at Oda is the austerity not only of the aisles themselves, but also the look of the generic catering cans containing lotus, chestnut, crabs, green leaves.

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There’s a whole world of packaging design parallel to the consumer one, aimed at caterers.

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Rather than the mammary Mammon of brand (which is all about repetition, recognition, irrational worship, synergy with advertising), catering design aims to communicate as quickly and clearly as possible what’s inside the can.

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Catering design therefore strikes me as much more sane design — design from a parallel world we might one day inhabit, but currently don’t.

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It’s the no-frills world of wholesale, not retail. It’s for “experts” (restauranteurs, people who get up early to get fresh produce at the nearby fish, bean and tofu market), and yet these “experts” require the simplest imagery imaginable: a picture of a leaf, a white background, the absolute minimum of text…

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…the cheapest price possible, bulk sizes, and no relaunches, no competitions, adverts, fancy printing, free gifts, jingles, extra packing or wrapping. It’s plain as dawn, wholesale is halfway to communism.

1 year ago
Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers - Wabi-sabi suggests that beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else. Beauty can spontaneously occur at any moment given the proper circumstances, context, or point of view. Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.

Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers - Wabi-sabi suggests that beauty is a dynamic event that occurs between you and something else. Beauty can spontaneously occur at any moment given the proper circumstances, context, or point of view. Beauty is thus an altered state of consciousness, an extraordinary moment of poetry and grace.

1 year ago

Teenage Engineering. The site and products are amazing.

1 year ago

I’m hiring a Jr. Designer to work alongside me at Timbuk2 in San Francisco. I’m looking for someone that’s comfortable designing for both the web and print. I’ve gotten a ton of applications already but I’m asking that you please apply through the link. You can send me a follow-up e-mail afterwards if you like: seeker AT youmightfindyourself.com

This is a really fun environment that respects design and creativity. If you have the skills (and the portfolio to back it up) this is your dream job!

1 year ago
Have windows? Liquid chalk markers for the win.
1 year ago
1 year ago

"We want Boba Guys to look, feel, and taste the same everywhere it appears. This not only applies to graphic design and communications, but also crosses over into presentation and perception." (via)

(Editor’s note: Been a fun ride so far. My dream job.)

1 year ago

The idea behind Form Pendants for Design House Stockholm is simple. Three glass pendants are blown in Bauhaus shapes - a circle, a rectangle, and a triangle.

1 year ago
Happy Hacking Keyboard, built by Fujitsu, and relatively unchanged since 1996, takes a decades-old Unix-style layout, replaces lesser-used keys with key combinations, strips out all unnecessary fluff (silly dedicated arrow keys, for instance), and marries it with an only-from-Japan ultra-minimal design. It’s composed of "Topre" switches, which combine a coiled spring, a rubber dome, and a capacitive switch, for easy-to-press keys and a patented “bounce.” You can get blank keycaps, and if you really want to get technical, you can flip some DIP switches to reassign keys to your preference. Ultimately, the keyboard is designed to keep you from ever leaving the home row, relying on key combos and a perfect, near-symmetrical layout as you ease into the code haze. 

Happy Hacking Keyboardbuilt by Fujitsu, and relatively unchanged since 1996, takes a decades-old Unix-style layout, replaces lesser-used keys with key combinations, strips out all unnecessary fluff (silly dedicated arrow keys, for instance), and marries it with an only-from-Japan ultra-minimal design. It’s composed of "Topre" switches, which combine a coiled spring, a rubber dome, and a capacitive switch, for easy-to-press keys and a patented “bounce.” You can get blank keycaps, and if you really want to get technical, you can flip some DIP switches to reassign keys to your preference. Ultimately, the keyboard is designed to keep you from ever leaving the home row, relying on key combos and a perfect, near-symmetrical layout as you ease into the code haze.