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Pith.li brings the art of marginalia to the web
In a day, you’ll scroll by hundreds of links to articles on social media, and though they come highly recommended by your friends, you could never possibly have time to read them in full. There just isn’t enough time in the day. But, what if you could see what paragraphs or quotations in that monster thinkpiece were your friend’s favorite?
A special case makes your iPhone-based photography adventure ready
The Kickstarter-powered iPhone accessory company Moment made a splash last year with their expertly crafted zoom and wide-angle lenses for the iPhone. Now, they’re trying to deepen the portable-camera experience for the world’s many iPhonetographers by offering a comprehensive case that straps wear the phone around your neck like a classic rangefinder camera – you can even focus and shoot with a dedicated electronic shutter button.
JumpFromPaper's creations do just that in design collection that embraces spatial illusions
With so much of our social lives now occurring in the 2D worlds of smartphone and computer screens, it seems almost strange that current fashion trends haven’t found a way to reflect this. Handbags, in particular, have repeatedly rotated between the same familiar styles—that is, until the Taiwanese designer JumpFromPaper came along.
One toy customizer's creations look positively delicious
You may have styled your pony toy’s hair or swapped the limbs on your action figures as a kid, but what used to be a casually destructive act among kids has now grown into a pastime—even an art—among adults. The toy customization community is an active and vibrant hive of creativity online, helped in part by the boom of designer toys in the 1990s and 2000s. Toys are sold as blank canvasses, customized by enterprising individuals either on commission or on some independent initiative, and sold online as works of art.
Players share high-res photography from their digital world romps
Street photographers are a particular genre of photojournalist that devote themselves to roaming the world and letting interesting scenes unfold before them. But what if most of the world a person has roamed in their life is within a video game? Graphics and world-building are now becoming so sophisticated in games that they sometimes become worthwhile objects of observation themselves. The latest example of this phenomenon has been Grand Theft Auto V, released in September 2013.
A master of cardboard parodies turns his attention to mass-produced furniture
IKEA has become an influential starter brand for anyone looking to furnish their home stylishly on the cheap. But anyone who’s tried to keep a piece of IKEA furniture for a long time knows the materials of which the lower-end side of the furniture is constructed can sometimes feel like… cardboard. And though you can save a lot of money doing some simple furniture assembly yourself, the packaging left behind by the components of the furniture surely have an environmental impact.
A winter wonderland is enhanced by play experts and endless streams of snow-happy kids
With Disney’s Frozen by far the most popular animated movie right now among young children, it’s a wonder that more parents aren’t encouraging their kids to get out in the snow and play as they themselves once did. Christian Strömqvist and Karl-Johan Ekeroth, two designers with MFAs in Child Culture Design from the School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg, are here to show parents in Kiruna, Sweden that it isn’t so scary after all with an intricately designed play environment made out of snow and ice.
Romanian bike brand Pegas takes an RGB eyedropper to the world
What if you could design personal accessories that truly reflected the colors you encountered every day, instead of some isolated designer’s idea of what ‘bone white’ is? Refuting the Pantone-ization of our world, the Pegas Urban Color app, created by the Romanian bicycle brand, is a unique opportunity for users to search their immediate environment for great and untapped colors to use for their dream bike.
What would British landmarks sound like if they were named today by Chinese visitors?
We English speakers have often taken for granted that we have our own translated names for tourist landmarks in foreign countries, particularly countries where we are less likely to know the language when we arrive, such as China and Russia. But what sense do tourists make of our placenames, especially ones for which we ourselves can’t even remember the meanings?
Nutritious bananas can now be your data-infused running companions as well
Every runner knows bananas are the ultimate fruit to eat during a run. They’re rich in potassium and complex carbohydrates, helping you regulate your fluid levels as well as your energy. Every year at the Tokyo Marathon, Dole Japan has given out its bananas to the runners, and this year they’ve added some technological flair to their decidedly low-tech treats.
Is this tough streetlamp the Hue bulb of the urban outdoors?
While our device screens get better and brighter every year and products like the Hue bulb bring the potential for remotely controlled lighting to every home, street lights remain sadly utilitarian, with their orange sodium glow. LED lamps are making inroads in some areas, with Eastbourne in East Sussex, U.K. experimentally converting 6000 of its lights to LEDs. But no one design has taken hold as a reassuring successor to the generic sodium streetlamp, which has been proven sadly ineffective for drivers and pedestrians by so many studies.
"Chia Pet furniture" takes advantage of the properties of a common British plant
If you can’t have a garden, the local flora and fauna of your area might begin to slip from your consciousness. That’s how we end up with non-native species harming our local ecosystems. On a more psychological note, we also forget how wonderful it is to have plants around – even if they have to be indoors. That’s why London-based design practice Asif Khan has developed an appreciation of the understatedly beautiful English flower baby’s breath (gypsophilia).