We've got a hot one for all you typography freaks out there: The Dutch rapid-prototyping juggernaut Freedom of Creation has released an arty new font designed explicitly to be printed in 3-D. The result is a snaking, spiraling, sinewy typographic sculpture that's totally customizable and would look right at home on the mantle.
Nothing kills a religious awakening at church faster than a view of your pew neighbor's nose hair, but we suspect that's exactly what was happening at the Chapel of the Carmelites of the Assumption in Paris. Designed in 1959 by Noël Lemaresquier, a disciple of Le Corbusier, the chapel transformed into a sort of pilgrims? holy land 48 years later, when its founder Anne-Eugénie Milleret de Brou was sainted, and practically overnight, the place started bursting at the nave.
A few months ago, over dinner, I somehow fell into a discussion about printers and printer ink. I know it's a pretty bizarre conversation for a dinner out among friends but stranger things happen. So, to make a long story even longer, it all started with a complaint; our dinner companion couldn't believe that she had run out of printer ink in the middle of the night. It was all too familiar to all of us at the table. Why in the world does it always seem to happen to us when we least expect it, and when it hurts the most?
All office drones know what it's like to have a secret game of Solitaire or Minesweeper going on behind their Excel document. This multitouch "Bend Desk" actually looks like an arcade-game cabinet, which means you could play an awesome round of Space Invaders while the boss is at lunch. (It may also be great for getting real work done, but it's not our fault that the video-game aspect is the coolest part of the demo video.)
Tis the season for holiday chopping -- think present-opening, cardboard box-cutting, and clamshell packaging-removing. But for whatever you choose to dismantle this year, it usually means diving through your kitchen/office/workbench to find just the right cutting device.
It's no secret that bad design can cause of lot of environmental hurt. Some special offenders, like the gas-guzzling Hummer or the nearly impossible to recycle styrofoam cup, are well known in the public eye. Really though, every item we encounter represents a design choice that could likely be improved to save resources.
Eating out is a way of life in New York City. But where do people spend their money, and how much do they shell out? In short: Expensive, old-timey places, and more money than you expected.