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Environmental Design

I know this is old hat and has been thru all the interwebs a bazillion times. Still, really really cool.


Check out this amazing way-finding-system for the Eureka Tower Carpark in Melbourne. The distorted letters on the wall can be read perfectly when standing at the right position. This project won several international design awards and is the brainchild of Axel Peemoeller. Brilliant!

Living in an Upside-Down World

How is it that the world is so full of beauty and evil—all at once? Even the understanding one gets from religion doesn’t smooth the discrepancy one feels when such extremes commingle. All the world is a blending of these.

It’s rare that something so perfectly captures this complexity in such a simple way. Maybe it’s even more than rare…but the experience is high art, even when depicting rubbish, refuse, and rubber tires swimming in open sky and water. Lights reflect off discarded bags, cigarette butts and wavy tree limbs. It’s just beautiful. To cap it all off (more than just the co-mingling) everything is upside down, posing the reflected world as real.

I haven’t seen inside his other galleries (they weren’t working for me), but Robin Soulier’s Ephemerals gallery (#1) still has me awestruck. Enjoy!

Melted is the New Dripped

About 5 years ago the graphics world saw innovative and creative use of trees (with other natural elements) boom on scene. They’re still there: a jaunt thru Urban Outfitters will reveal probably about 10 t-shirts using trees as a foundational design graphic element.

Recently, we’ve moved thru the graffiti look of wet paint, where dripping ink/paint was a big design element. In other design-related areas, I’ve begun seeing all things melted. Whether this has something to do with political statements about our environment and/or global warming—I’ve no idea.

All I know is melted is the new dripped. Watch for it.

[update] more from the fast-becoming famous KRINK below… his moniker is all about the drips!




Tide Detergent Kills Smog

Yea, right.

I just saw this brilliant (pun intended) ad campaign on the AdGoodness blog. Loved the concept. Someone really uber picky might point out that the product isn’t so much about keeping something clean as getting something clean, but I think the point of cleanliness is still the underlying component, and that it’s intuitive enough people will get it.

“See a penny, pick it up…”

“…and all day you’ll be helping advertise some innocuous business.” Welcome to the modern world!

More from Sagmeister today: I actually love this idea.

In September, Sagmeister Inc. participated in Droog Event 2: Urban Play and produced this cracking piece of work. Using Euro coins, with one side painted blue, the typographic work which depicted a Sagmeister quote was constructed on the streets of Amsterdam. The piece then slowly dissolved as people started taking the coins and eventually the whole thing was cleaned up by the local authorities!

Loads more info here. Check out the Flickr pool here. Text and images via.


CRBlog posted on this yesterday and I’m fascinated by it: The Apifera. “Apifera” is a botanical term given to flowers that are specifically designed to attract bees. There’s an interesting analogy made with this storefront window to shoppers and a store.

Pulling text from the CR website:

“Here’s an interesting architecture-meets-horticulture analogy. If consumers are bees and shops are plants, then shop windows are the pretty flowers that aim to attract our attention and draw us in. At least that’s the thinking behind the latest installation to be unveiled at of London’s Selfridges. “The Apifera is a responsive window that takes inspiration from the science of attraction developed in flowers,” explains its designer Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, “hence the complex fractal geometry and the work’s ability to respond and change its breathing rate according to the daylight and passersby”…

Behind the impressive collage of meticulously folder blue paper is a micro-controller running an Arduino program (a physical computing platform that is used to create stand-alone interactive objects) and an array of computer fans that generate the artwork’s movement”

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Super Cool Minimalist Signage

Ever since my days in architecture I’ve been drawn to a form of minimalism. If you’ve ever worked with me you’ll think I’m flat-out lying—but my attraction to minimalism (aside from the pure aesthetic) is that I can’t do it, or do it well. I over complicate everything; it’s my spiritual gift.

Anyway, this made me ohhh and ahhh. Now that has to be one powerful light, and I’m not sure how it looks in daylight, but regardless—this took some serious thought and work to make a final look this amazing.

I’m not sure this is “good” design—just very unique and creative.

Recycled Light

Back in the day I remember our HS debate team arguing about “light polution” since the year’s topic was space. Farfetched to me even then (and especially now). If you’re going to be an environmentalist, do it here on earth, please!

Anyway, that’s the (most) random introduction to the most gorgeous and environmental lights you’ve ever seen. I truly love these, especially the pattern cast on the way from the corrugated innards. Simple is so amazing.