The C30 Project designed as an entry for the ‘Volvo for Life’ design awards by Luis Luna is a beautiful development of a car-light inspired concept. Made of sequentially arranged multiple layers of cardboard, the 3-in-1 design is simple, sustainable yet contemporary and stylish…..
Archive for October, 2008
I’d earlier featured another work of Israeli artist and designer Tomer Sapir– Prostheses. This work – Unit1.1 is a bedside table that has an built-in alarm clock that is synchronized to the user’s sleep cycles. This is one designer who never ceases to amaze me with his concepts. Love it for its ‘alien-ness’! In fact, it also reminds me of the ‘big brother is watching’ concepts right out of Kafka and George Orwell’s books.
Korean designer ji yoon Yang designed these cards with a message for the green earth competition held by designboom. The designer sas – Environment movement such as the action to combat desertification is often pictured as difficult and huge thing to do, but actually the start is derived from the small practices of people. This fact is going to be expressed symbolically through this greenish fingerprint.
The action of stamping the greenish fingerprint on the card has two meanings. First, it is the promise of real action toward the phrase on the card (eco-friendly behavior) ※ Examples of eco-friendly behaviors I[ ] will use mugs rather than paper cups. I[ ] will take public transportation if possible. I[ ] will use reusable bag when I go grocery shopping. I[ ] will stop using disposable chopsticks. *blank will be filled with person’s name. Second, the image of the tree which is completed by stamping the fingerprint represents that the promise and the execution of the phrase can save the tree (the nature). The completed pop-up card will play a role as reminding eco-friendly behavior in people’s daily lives as well as a design piece with decorative purpose. The concept won the first prize in the competetion. Need I say more??
Spanish architects Subarquitectura designed this beautiful tram stop, located in the city of Alicante, Spain, which would be the central stage of a new line of the tram that links the center of the city to the residential areas. To avoid the existing trees the fractal access system had to make some changes in each side; the travelers can arrive to the platform in 32 different possibilities. Over the platforms, 2 vacant containers (36 meter long, 3 meter wide and 2,5 meter high) create a floating space. The openings allow light and air through as a soft breeze in summer months and at nights the containers are transformed into two huge lamps. Benches are spread over the garden close to the paths, creating a public space. I like!
Came across this really cool Japanese design firm – Design Barcode, that develops designer barcodes that are utility/business specific in terms of graphics. ‘Why Has the Barcode Never Changed? ‘ This is the question the design team at Design Barcode asked itself when it set out to innovate a new way for companies to think about how their valuable product real estate gets used. After endless study of Barcode technology standards, a process was invented that allowed a design element to be integrated into the barcode. Now, that is what one calls extreme innovation, taking something as mundane as a barcode and turning it around into a piece of artwork that would also add that extra edge to a company’s corporate identity. Check out these designs, they surely put a smile on my face. No wonder the company has been winning awards for its work, including the recent Titanium Lion at Cannes.
For all of you who are concerned about clean drinking water for all and could relate to my earlier post regarding the LifeStraw, I have an information update. A concerned reader Anna-Katarina-Gravgaard sent me a link to a story done by her regarding the LifeStraw. I found it to be very informative, listing both pros and cons of the product/system and offering comparisions to other water treatment options for under-developed regions. The story also gives a detailed illustration, explaining th working of the LifeStraw. Definitely worth a look. Thanks Anna.
I loved this set of ads developed for The Economist by Tehrin Shaikh based in India. Awesome illustrations that are smart, precise and to the point.Check out the designer’s link for more, including few interesting videos related to the ad.