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Happy Guy Fawkes Day 2009 The 1st AR Analog Paper Drum Sequncer Brett Domino Trio vs. Stylophone Beatbox Bell & Ross Radar Zen Bound - A Curious iPhone Game Fujifilm 12mp 3-D Twin Lense Digital Camera Happy Birthday Mr. Tesla Monica Zetterlund with Bill Evans Trio - Waltz for Debby The Art of Penguin Science Fiction AR proper finally meets the iPhone w. TwittARound and others Universal MTV Mister International Furry Everything Happy 4th (from PES) Thank You MJ, RIP the turn ... a new way to view video Moon Baker Tweets Bruno Munari: Laboratorio di Sperimentazione dei Materiali Lee Brimelow Flash AR Tutorial The Lightbox Clones Matrix Ferran Adria vs Charlie Rose Geigy Design and Advertising 1940 - 1970 Kubrick Interview Archive Chunky Move - Mortal Engine The Seed Bespoke Laser Cutting at your finger tips via Ponoko Samurai Sword Umbrella 4D Watch iPhone OS 3 sdk madness Limmy\'s Show auditorium AR Ads More new videos this week.. CineFile T-Shirts TOKYO ! The Movie is at the Sunshine YMO Vinyl ... Michel Gondry vs. self-censorship quio . so dazed Tweaked Vestax Fretless Fader Prototype Controller Sony vs. The Optron Licht Brigade Antony and the Johnsons vs. NPR & Pitchfork - Live! Daft Punk vs. Tron 2.0 Max Matthews vs.  Bicycle Built for Two Siftable Music Sequencer Siftables, an old idea in a new package. Support our Bleeps... Bleep Turns 5 Dropular Tilt-Shift Monster Mash Current TV gets a new skin How to order Pizza in Japan Paperheart Gears tDR vs. a possible but not particularly guaranteed Phoenix and now for something slightly different... Michael C. Place vs MyStyle Correction Tape rollers Ghostbusters... the Video Game Che ... in Red Cut Master Pablo Ferro Heino in Rio The winner of Objectified... and loving it. Sir Guy Grand as Peter Sellers ... Happy New Year. Gymnopédie vs Take Five peter saville vs dc shoes = wicked camo photo of the day 2008.DEC.7 Giorgio Moroder Promo Video LittleBigPlanet Happy Guy Fawkes Night Obama 08 poster by Lance Wyman still available YES WE DID ! Vote baby Vote 1983 UK Robotic Dancing Competition Obama Street Art #1 Alexander Robotnick at Love Saturday Banksy Pet Shop Pantone Matryoshka Vanilla Beans ... the second coming of P5? Blue Note record covers Nintendo DSi Monome 64 ... finally. Marc Moulin (1942 - 2008) The Danish Energy crisis... they have to much free energy. Holy Giblets... A 5 CD Hunter S Thompson Box Set Roy Budd plays Get Carter Speaking of Vocoders... Mr Herbie Hancock vs. VSM-201 KORG DS-10 From Us With Love - BIO Squarepusher - Just A Souvenir Wario Land: Shake It, the illest ad of the year. Raquel Welch: Space-Girl Dance Amit Zakai: A Micrometer From Here fly blackbird fly Did Dali create the first Alien in 1945? photo of the day 2008.AUG.31 80s Style Proper Ubiquity My new best friend, a 1979 Pilot Murex Tactical Landscaping and Terrain Deformation oh my! photo of the night 2008.AUG.10 DAIM in AR rambo / rimbaud Kalrheinz Stockhausen R.I.P.

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Bell & Ross Radar

 Category: design
Posted: 2009-10-25 00:53, Edited: 2009-10-25 03:53

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B&R have made several of my favorite minimal yet functional watches for several years now, and the 2009 limited edition Radar definitely got my attention. It's by far the most minimal design B&R have ever done.

And funny enough they have now done an iphone app for the BR1. Rumour has it that Android copied the style for their clocks, so it's only fair that B&R have an official BR1 app for the ipone.

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/br_iphone.jpg
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The Art of Penguin Science Fiction

 Category: design
Posted: 2009-07-22 00:58, Edited: 2009-07-22 03:58

Looking for some works of Franco Grignani the other day, I came across this excellent gallery of Penguin Science Fiction book covers, with most of these being designed by David Pelham. It's quite interesting to see the various styles change over the years, to emulate the style of the day.

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/penguinscifi.png
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the turn ... a new way to view video

 Category: design
Posted: 2009-06-22 21:56, Edited: 2009-06-23 00:56

this just in from ak,

Theturn.tv is an interactive site framing the music and visual work of Fredo Viola. It's just too bad mr Stockhausen isn't around to see this, me thinks he would indulge.


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Geigy Design and Advertising 1940 - 1970

 Category: design
Posted: 2009-03-29 20:33, Edited: 2009-03-29 23:33



With the recent release of the book Corporate Diversity : Swiss Graphic Design and Advertising by Geigy 1940 - 1970, I finally get to see- in big color prints - some of what I think are some of the best graphic and packaging design to come out of Switzerland ever, which are generally unknown to the public at large, even the design public. The book was released in tandem with the exhibition 'Good Design, Good Business' at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich (open from Feb 4 / May 24 . 2009).

While Mueller-Brockmann in Zurich had the geometric mathematics, precision and the Japanese sense of space, Max Schmid and the Geigy team in Basel, with the almost unknown Armin Hoffman, the well known color man Gerstner, Markus Löw's clean lines, Rudin, Honegger and others had the organic Style, playfulness and boldness, and the work as a group is well overdue for this recognition.

more pics and a more in depth book review over at things to look at

the book at amazon

Also I just had a a look through a copy of one of the original books about Geigy design, a 1969 version of "Chemie Werbung und Grafik", and highly recommend you have a look at this one as well if you have a chance. The first six or so images above are available in this book.
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Bespoke Laser Cutting at your finger tips via Ponoko

 Category: design
Posted: 2009-03-26 23:34, Edited: 2009-03-27 02:34

Got a few things you want to have cut by a laser? Projects, patterns and all kinds of other oddball ideas, well this is the place for you.. And until I get that 3D printer I have been jonesing, this will be the next best thing. Give'em a call, or try one of the other options below.

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/ponoko_490.png
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Dropular

 Category: design
Posted: 2009-02-05 23:28, Edited: 2009-02-06 02:28

I missed the damned beta window the other day, but if anyone knows how to get an account for dropular, please drop me a line in the contact form below.


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Current TV gets a new skin

 Category: design
Posted: 2009-02-01 20:43, Edited: 2009-02-01 23:43

Current TV have a new interactive programming guide, which is pretty clever indeed. It allows you to do and see a lot, within a fairly small footprint, without a lot of fuss.

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http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/current%2B01.png

It reminds me a bit of this 1971 Mervyn Kurlansky diagram from "Nobrium: Towards True Precision in the Control of Excessive Anxiety", which I am sure you will no doubt find in the designers Swipe and/or Research folder...

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/Pent_02.jpg
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tDR vs. a possible but not particularly guaranteed Phoenix

 Category: design
Posted: 2009-01-26 15:44, Edited: 2009-01-26 18:44

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It's official... tDR have pulled the plug, and sent Sissy off to boarding school. The remnants of what was possibly one of the first reasons I fell into graphic design (besides Reid Miles of course), was directly related to the music that I listened to, and more specifically the covers of the records... and Warp records played a big part of that in my late teens in the 80's. tDR to me was as much a part of Warp as Reid Miles was to Blue Note. But after 20+ years, all good things must come to an end, and perhaps, be reborn.

Get the full story here at Creative Review.

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Michael C. Place vs MyStyle Correction Tape rollers

 Category: design
Posted: 2009-01-12 18:01, Edited: 2009-01-12 21:01



IdN presents Mike C. Place of BUILD vs. MyStyle correction roller.

Ad agencies - DDB Paris/DDB Entertainment

Music - "Into The Galaxy" Midnight Juggernauts Video courtesy of BUILD and the artist

Mike C. you kick ass dudez.
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Objectified... and loving it.

 Category: design
Posted: 2009-01-05 18:32, Edited: 2009-01-05 21:32



"Objectified" is a new film by Gary Hustwit (of Helvetica fame), that focuses on the gestalt of Object Design (aka Industrial Design). Most of this will be spent with Jonathan Ive (Braun... er I mean Apple), Naoto Fukasawa (Muji), Andrew Blauvelt, Marc Newson, and Karim Rashid and others.

Let's hope there is a fair amount of Dieter Ram, Mario Bellini, Richard Sapper, Enzo Mari, etc etc, thrown in for good measure, in the same manner that we got to see the masters of fontography in Helvetica.
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Obama 08 poster by Lance Wyman still available

 Category: design
Posted: 2008-11-05 02:19, Edited: 2008-11-05 05:19

UPDATE - All Obama Posters are now Sold Out...


http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/obama_08_wyman.jpg

There are still a few of the Lance Wyman "Obama 08" posters available on Obama's website. Wyman designed the well known '68 Mexico Olympics poster.

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/wyman_68_mexico.jpg

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Obama Street Art #1

 Category: design
Posted: 2008-10-10 20:16, Edited: 2008-10-10 23:16

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/obama03.jpg

Love the implied shirt. Nice touch.
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Pantone Matryoshka

 Category: design
Posted: 2008-10-09 13:51, Edited: 2008-10-09 16:51

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http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/PMatryoshka2.jpg

Yar Rassadin have created a Pantone Matryoshka set, which they say takes inspiration from both the Pantone color matching system and a minimalist UFO style. Either way, this is definitely a nice design for something as iconic as the Matryoshka.

via monster-munch
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Blue Note record covers

 Category: design
Posted: 2008-10-08 22:21, Edited: 2008-10-11 06:13

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Another great collection of Blue Note record covers, mostly from the Reid Miles days and after.... and a few other oddities (notice the Severed Heads' bulkhead! Tom where are you these days?).
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The Danish Energy crisis... they have to much free energy.

 Category: design
Posted: 2008-10-03 01:28, Edited: 2008-10-03 04:28

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Why can't we have problem's like this in the US...

Denmark has a problem — it’s generating too much power from the wind. Currently, Denmark gets about 20% of its total electrical power from wind. On windy days, that percentage can double. The ups and downs of wind power can strain an electricity grid. In western Denmark, the price of electricity can drop to zero on a windy day, leaving utilities scrambling to offload excess power or take a financial hit. To solve this problem, the Danish utility company Dong Energy plans to build a nationwide system to charge electric cars with the surplus wind power.

read more at metaefficient

ok ok, I just have to admit it... I just really like that damned plug.

Rumour has it that Mini (Cooper) is doing a test run on their version of these in NY in the next few months, and they use this same cable, and will provide the power box for you to hook it up to your house as well.
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From Us With Love - BIO

 Category: design
Posted: 2008-09-30 23:58, Edited: 2008-10-01 02:58

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From Us With Love are 3 designers from Sweden who make wonderfully simple objects.

Here they have constructed a nice office set for their BIO range of products, amongst other office niceties.

Be sure to also check out their Origami Chair, the Pusher (a Gin dispenser!), and the Shogun Robe as well.
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My new best friend, a 1979 Pilot Murex

 Category: design
Posted: 2008-08-26 15:56, Edited: 2008-08-26 18:56

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/IMG_6662.JPG

ebay rocks.
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ZAKKA Dumbo

 Category: design
Posted: 2007-10-10 16:45, Edited: 2007-10-10 19:45

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I just got word that Zakka has moved to my work hood in DUMBO. (Thanks Dave)

Pretty damn cool, but I know i will drop mad coin there now...

Anyway, those who are in DUMBO, they are having an opening party tonight.

Best of Luck Toshi!
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your cables, i make your cables

 Category: design
Posted: 2007-06-14 18:38, Edited: 2007-06-14 21:38

Chew... if only you could hear what i have heard with your cables...

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Evergreen’s EL Light Cable Headphones are definitely straight out of everyone's favorite sci-fi noir film.. it is the very first thing i thought when I saw these electroluminescent headphones. (Funny enough i found one of those neon umbrellas last year as well). Now you too can look like a squid at the bottom of the sea, while floating thru the LES.

When I saw these, all I could think about were street scenes from Bladerunner, or any other futuristic movie for that matter. Evergreen’s (Japan) EL light cable earphones (DN-ELER01) come in three different colors to set you apart from the crowd, blue, pink and lime. They won’t dent your wallet too much either, with a price of about ¥4,980.

via akibalive
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Massimo on his 1972 NYC Subway Map

 Category: design
Posted: 2007-05-22 01:09, Edited: 2007-05-22 04:09



God i love these old school designers. They actually have the full on balls to stand up for their well thought out design process. Not to say that there aren't any designers with backbone who will stand hard against the all mighty US dollar... it's just there are few that have balls and aren't just completely bullshitting you.

Above is a clip from the cutting room floor, from the movie Helvetica, where Massimo Vignelli goes off on the idiots who changed his map... one of the most beautiful works of information design ever.
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Murakami at the Gagosian

 Category: design
Posted: 2007-05-13 23:54, Edited: 2007-05-14 02:54

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Takashi Murakami is appearing at the Gagosian Gallery till June 9th. This show is a real nice change of direction for Murakami, and seems to show something more personal. At 45, with an incredible amount pop work under his belt, always with something seemingly more cerebral brewing underneath that never quite makes it to the surface, this could be his best work yet.

Tranquility of the Heart Torment of the Flesh - Open Wide the Eye of the Heart, and Nothing is Invisible

May 1 - Jun 9, 2007


“Tell me,” the emperor of China asked Daruma, “What is the first principle of Buddhism?”

“Vast emptiness, nothing holy!” Daruma replied.

“Who are you? the emperor demanded, thoroughly perplexed.

“I don’t know!” Daruma announced, departing as suddenly as he had arrived.

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fidgt visualize

 Category: design
Posted: 2007-05-13 02:47, Edited: 2007-05-13 05:47

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The Fidg't Visualizer allows you to play around with your network. You interface with the Visualizer through Flickr and LastFM tags, using any tag to create a Magnet. Once a Tag Magnet is created, members of the network will gravitate towards it if they have photos or music with that same Tag.

This type of interface design is showing up more and more recently, even on more tangebile things ike the reacTable and a few consumer products. And while it's clear this is not your mothers interface, it will definitely become more common as in the next few years, leaving the shiny happy 2.0 UI, well for your mom.

via infosthetics
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Dainippon Type Organization

 Category: design
Posted: 2007-05-10 10:37, Edited: 2007-05-10 13:37

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These guys are probably one of the only design houses actually really having fun doing what they do. It reminds me of the toy craftsman of yesteryear, designing as a byproduct of playing.
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the Longcut

 Category: design
Posted: 2007-05-10 10:33, Edited: 2007-05-10 13:33



Another info graphic vid, this one with a little more humour then most, and for some odd reason it reminds me of a Freitag bag in motion...

via infosthetics
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Iraq War Corporatism Infographic movie

 Category: design
Posted: 2007-03-13 03:38, Edited: 2007-03-13 06:38



I don't like to get to political here, but when someone takes the time to make something this damn nice, it really deserves to get as much air time as possible everywhere it can... and remember kids "Not all fascist looking like Adolf Hitler".

You can check out the original in high-res here at the Knife Part site.
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Japanese Cardboard Box Design

 Category: design
Posted: 2007-03-11 02:14, Edited: 2007-03-11 05:14

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Walking around NYC you often get to see a large amount of cardboard boxes daily. Somewhere in the ball park of 20 to 100 everyday even. And the first thing you notice is how interesting the Japanese boxes are relative to all the others. From characters like Maru-Chan to

Ping Mag has a great little article (with not nearly enough fotos) of a few of these designs... (i need to start a flickr gallery of these someday).
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Cassette Tape Cover Gallery

 Category: design
Posted: 2007-02-22 16:16, Edited: 2007-02-22 19:16

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This is a really amazing gallery of cassette tape covers, selected by Polar Alert. Not sure what the criteria was for their Top 100, but there are some pretty nice covers here.

UPDATE: Here is another gallery of actual tapes!
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Wim Crouwel : architectures typographiques 1956-1976

 Category: design
Posted: 2007-02-20 12:33, Edited: 2007-02-20 15:33

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Wim Crouwel :
architectures
typographiques
1956-1976

If you are in Paris, l'Institut néerlandais et CULTURESFRANCE la Galerie Anatome is having a Wim Crouwel exhibit you should def check out.

Sad to see that we so rarely have an exhibit of Saul Bass or Paul Rand here in the states, let alone one of Crouwel, Aicher, Müller-Brockmann etc. But this year has seen many of these in Europe already!


À l'occasion de la Saison Néerlandaise Haut les Pays bas ! organisée par l'Institut néerlandais et CULTURESFRANCE la Galerie Anatome propose la première présentation en France du travail d'une figure majeure du graphisme européen contemporain.



UPDATE : New video interview with Wim about this exhibit on the etapes site.
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Otl Aicher 1972 Munich Olympiad exhibit in London

 Category: design
Posted: 2007-02-20 03:16, Edited: 2007-02-20 20:58

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If you are lucky enough to be in london this month or next, you will have the unreal chance to see the 72 Munich Olympiad exhibit of Otl Aicher's most famous werks.

It apparently is in conjunction with the Markus Rathgeb book, which i just actually finished reading about two weeks ago (and highly recomend).

If you do go, please send along some picks!!

stay tuned here for more Aicher updates, as i have a few other articles on the subject of the 72 olympics that offer a good read as well.
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NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual (1970)

 Category: design
Posted: 2007-02-08 02:52, Edited: 2007-02-08 05:52

http://archive.pxlpark.com/upload/subwaystyleguide.jpg

This by far has to be the ultimate style guide. How many style guides get viewed by 4.5 million people a day.

This was all the result of Massimo Vignelli on the turntables back in the late great 70's. Unfortunately there are no hi-res shots of his amazingly beautiful subway maps of the same era.

It just does my head in how these are the icons and colors... the tattoos of the city.

(and while we are on the topic... I wonder if these guys have this manual, as they seem to have made some great signs of their own.)
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