Category Archives: Design

Judge This By Chip Kidd

First impressions are everything. They dictate whether something stands out, how we engage with it, whether we buy it, and how we feel. In Judge This, renowned designer Chip Kidd takes us through his day as he takes in first impressions of all kinds. We follow this visual journey as Kidd encounters and engages with everyday design, breaking down the good, the bad, the absurd, and the brilliant as only someone with a critical, trained eye can. From the design of your morning paper to the subway ticket machine to the books you browse to the smartphone you use to the packaging for the chocolate bar you buy as an afternoon treat, Kidd reveals the hidden secrets behind each of the design choices, with a healthy dose of humor, expertise, and of course, judgment as he goes.

Judge This is a design love story, exposing the often invisible beauty and betrayal in simple design choices—ones most of us never even think to notice. And with each object, Kidd proves that first impressions, whether we realize it or not, have a huge impact on the way we perceive the world.

The 120 page hardcover will be released on May 5, 2015.

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Press Fit Standing Desk

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Made by MIT Engineering students, the Press Fit Standing Desk’s ($200) lightweight maple plywood standing desk can be assembled or disassembled within seconds without the need for any tools.

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Press Fit will also make a sitting desk and stool set.

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Transforming Micro Apartment

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The Transforming Micro Apartment makes the most of its meager 420 square feet by relying on a clever modular design.

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Thanks to a sliding wall, hidden table, folding beds, and other neat tricks, this tiny New York apartment can sleep four comfortably, host a sit down dinner for ten, serve as two semi-separate offices, store bicycles, clothes, and more, all with a sleek, contemporary style that’d be the envy of many apartments multiple times its size.

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The MK1 Transforming Coffee Table

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The MK1 Transforming Coffee Table can be converted into a dining table by one person in two simple movements. 

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The table was designed by Duffy London and is available in wood (£795) and metal (£900+), versions.

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The Rapid Packing Container

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Every year, 100 billion cardboard boxes are produced in the United Sates.

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Engineering students Henry Wang and Chris Curro have come up with a genius replacement.

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MIT Researchers Create M-Blocks, Modular, Self-Assembling Robots

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Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created M-Blocks, a set of modular, self-assembling robots.

Each M-Block contains a flywheel that can reach speeds of 20,000 revolutions per minute that, when braked, provides momentum for the cube to move, flip, or even jump. Each cube face contains four pairs of magnets that help the M-Blocks line up with one another and connect, and each edge has a pair of rolling-pin-like magnets that come closer and act as anchors when the robots pivot.

Next, the researchers hope to build an army of 100 cubes that can be programmed to work together using algorithms rather than manual controls. “We want hundreds of cubes, scattered randomly across the floor, to be able to identify each other, coalesce, and autonomously transform into a chair, or a ladder, or a desk, on demand,” researcher John Romanishin told MIT news.

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8-Bit Willow Pattern Plates By Olly Moss

Artist, Designer, Game Maker Olly Moss created these clever 8-Bit Willow plates and they will be on sale for the next 3 days. You can order them HERE.

8-Bit Willow – Design One

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27cm fine bone china plate printed with a semi-traditional Willow pattern design
$60

8-Bit Willow – Design Two

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27cm fine bone china plate printed with a semi-traditional Willow pattern design.
$60

8-Bit Willow – Both Designs

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Two 27cm fine bone china plates printed with a semi-traditional Willow pattern design.
$120

 8-Bit Willow – Dinner Set

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Four 27cm fine bone china plates printed with a semi-traditional Willow pattern design. Two of each designs.
$200

These plates will be on sale until October 7th 12pm GMT and they will ship in about one month.

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LEGO Architecture Studio

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Bring your architectural creations to life in LEGO form with LEGO Architecture Studio ($150). In this amazing set you get over 1200 LEGO bricks and an inspirational guidebook filled with 272 pages of tips, techniques, features, and intuitive hands-on exercises endorsed by leading design houses. LEGO Architecture Studio gives you everything you need to create your very own unique buildings. Let your imagination guide your design!

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- Includes 1210 white and transparent LEGO bricks, sorting trays and an inspirational 272-page guidebook
– Guidebook includes tips, techniques, features and intuitive hands-on exercises
– Use the monochromatic bricks to help you learn the fundamentals of architectural design in a LEGO context
– Endorsed by REX architecture, Sou Fujimoto Architects, SOM, MAD Architects, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, and Safdie Architects
– Guidebook written in collaboration with leading architects and edited by Christopher Turner
– Be inspired by world-renowned architects
– Release your inner architect and explore a world of endless creative possibilities

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Coca-Cola Sharing Can

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For years, Coke has encouraged people to share happiness—and has given them lots of surprising ways to share a Coke. This time, they’ve taken the classic Coca-Cola 330ml can and designed it for two persons. Twist, turn and share—”yes”, the Coca-Cola can itself.

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Conceived by two French designers, the can that splits in half is being given a trial run over in Singapore

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Life Is Precious Survival Kit

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Wallpaper magazine asked the Contemporary Industrial Design Company Fort Standard to design a piece for their Handmade Exhibition in Milan during Salone Del Mobile, they set out to design a survival kit with the intention of creating something which looked and felt as precious as its contents.

The design became largely about the packaging as it needed to be serious, yet beautiful; an object you could easily bring with you on a day hike or even keep in your car or boat but most importantly an object you would want to bring with you everywhere.

The kit (which, unfortunately, is not available to purchase) includes a compass, pen knife, fishing wire, and more in a sharp looking and compact golden canister.

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