15.09.14 by Jeff

THAW: Seamlessly Combine Your Smartphone and Your Desktop Computer

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This proof-of-concept from MIT Tangible Media Group is NEXT LEVEL. This video demonstrates an interface design concept that could revolutionize the way we use our phones and desktop computers. Amazing stuff! Watch the video below!

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11.09.14 by Jeff

VHS Skateboard Series by 5Boro

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It’s been a while since I bought a skateboard but this series of VHS inspired decks by New York brand 5BORO is fantastic. If anyone knows who designed them please let me know (I searched for a design credit for awhile and came up with zilch).

*Edit – The designers behind these boards are Mark Nardelli, Matthew Tapia, and Max Vogel Razauno. Thanks to Gerry, Daniel and David who helped me track them down via Facebook.

Have a closer look at each deck below.

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26.08.14 by Jeff

The Yerka Project: “The Unstealable Bike”

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Three engineering students in Chile, Juan José Monsalve, Andrés Roi, and Cristóbal Cabello, have designed a bicycle frame that effectively locks itself around a pole. This eliminates the need to have a lock and provides more of a deterrent as a thief would have to break the frame to steal the bicycle. This doesn’t however solve the problem of thieves stealing things like the wheels but the working prototype is a pretty innovative idea.

Watch the video below!

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19.08.14 by Jeff

“Omote” Real-Time Face Tracking and Projection Mapping

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Nobumichi Asai and a team of digital designers and make-up artists have created a pretty amazing piece of technology. Through the use of face tracking and projection mapping a models face can be altered in real-time! This would be incredible for live performances. Watch the video below.

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12.08.14 by Jeff

Umbra Shift

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Toronto-based design company Umbra recently launched their new product line Umbra Shift, cleverly re-designing everyday items for the home. Some of the products were designed in-house, and others by emerging designers.

I love the sense of play in the product line; Tom Chung and the rest of the team at Umbra Shift have done a terrific job designing and curating this collection. See more below.

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16.07.14 by Jeff

Vases Created from Hundreds of Pencils by Studio Markunpoika

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Studio Markunpoika (Tuomas Markun Poika) is producing vases made out of hundreds of pencils in a series called “Amalgamated”. The writing utensils are treated as raw materials, glued together, and shaped with a lathe. There is something so satisfying about watching the video below!

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12.06.14 by Jeff

“Dossier Sac” by Knauf and Brown

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Vancouver-based designers, Knauf and Brown, have just released a new product called the “Dossier Sac”. In the same way they updated the classic folding chair with their “Profile Chair” Calen Knauf and Conrad Brown have breathed new life into a simple drawstring bag.

The Dossier features a main body of 3mm black Horween leather, with ballistic nylon drawstring closure. The handle/strap is made from a single piece of black static climbing rope that passes through a small 5mm vegetable tan leather loop.

More images below (photos by photographer Jennilee Marigomen).

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20.05.14 by Jeff

Shun Sasaki

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Type work by Japanese designer Shun Sasaki.

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