These are like chindogu, but they’re all available from Amazon with accompanying reviews.
My last shipment from the Quaterly contained everything I need to get a sourdough starter going (thanks to Alexis Madrigal). I think I might have to get me one of these cute sourdough globes: “It’s like a Tamagotchi, but actually alive.”
Be sure to check out the the blog documenting the design and development.
A spot-on analysis by Khoi of the changing perception of the value in product design, as exemplified by Apple.
A superb piece of writing from Erin, smashing taboos with the edge of Bladerunner.
A lovely piece from Matt examining agency and behaviour in the things we surround ourselves with: frying pans, houseplants, pets, and robots.
These are the droids you are looking for.
Mashing up Angry Birds and spreadsheets to better visualise project time-tracking.
This vision thing commissioned by Microsoft shows a future-friendly networked world where content flows like water from screen to screen.
Those lovely BERG chaps profiled in the New York Times.
A rallying cry from Russell, urging us not to rely too much on the intangible.
What a wonderful idea! Create a zoetrope from an animated .gif.
This is rather brilliant: recycle your old credit cards into plectrums.
I want one! An ambient signifier (in lamp form) to let you know when the ISS is flying overhead. Geekgasm!
Brendan’s latest product looks like it’ll be a thing of beauty. But he needs help getting it funded on Kickstarter. If you like taking pictures with your iPhone, I suggest you back this project.
If I had the right biological equipment, I think I too might offer to bear Stephen Fry’s children …in a song.
How does an object’s character and/or behaviour tie in with communicating its purpose in life, how it looks and how it should be used?
RORY HYDE PROJECTS / BLOG » Blog Archive » ‘Know No Boundaries’: an interview with Matt Webb of BERG London
Matt is, as usual, eloquent and inspiring.
A very nice take on the to-do list app.
Superb product design.
A detailed document from Apple on their products' total carbon footprint.
A great article about the rising prevalence of "rough consensus and running code" in the real world.
If you've ever broken/strained a limb, you'll know how tedious it gets answering the inevitable "what happened?" question time and time again.
Could it be that the inability of 8-bit computers to render Kanji had a direct influence on the direction of Japan's electronic product design and economy?
I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Plastics.
Tantek is quoted ("EMAIL shall henceforth be known as EFAIL") in this LA Times article on the tyranny of email.
A report on the growing trend of banning laptops from meetings. We never have laptops at the Clearleft Monday morning meetings but it wasn't a policy: it's just common sense/courtesy.
The idea I like most from this portfolio is the heat-sensitive wallpaper with blooming flowers.
Ev Williams has some tips for evaluating business ideas, broken down by tractability, obviousness, deepness, wideness, discoverability, monetizability (ugh!) and the all-important "personally compelling" factor.
A new twist on the lightbulb.
Best. Clothes pegs. Ever.
"The cup holder is easily clamped with one hand to posts in the street, then used as a coat/bag/umbrella hanger and a drink holder." Smart.
Charmr is a design concept for diabetes management devices proposed by Adaptive Path following a process of research and iteration.
Making the link between good product design and discouraging crime.
I'm the world's worst emailer. This may help me.
Kathy Sierra doesn't like Twitter. Join us, Kathy... be a lover, not a hater.
Handy Firefox keyboard shortcuts, courtesy of Derek.
I think Seurat would have liked the fact that all these pictures are made up of pixels. Digital pointillism.
Some good tips here. Mind you... I should really be writing instead of posting links to tips on how to concentrate on writing.
Jonathan Ive is getting a CBE.