Boing Boing 

The beauty of Scandinavian design

A stupefying collection of design from the patchwork of Northern European nation states vaguely known as “Scandinavia,” Scandinavian Design is both eye candy and an education.

Read the rest

Fast food packaging redesigned as "artisanal" hipsterchow


Buzzfeed's Dan Meth has remixed the packaging for iconic American junk-food to make it look like the premium organic/handmade/artisanal products marketed to moneyed, design-forward customers.

Read the rest

Terrible American clothing now available

Flag hammer pants

Online clothing boutique Shinesty wants you to Shine On. Their mission is "to bring you the most outlandish collection of clothing the world has ever seen", and they deliver.

Read the rest

Taxonomy of theme park narrative gimmicks


Foxxfur has published "The Theme Park Trope List," a first approximation attempt to summarize the narrative gimmicks used in theme park attractions to move the action along, for example, "the book report ride," which "shows exactly the same events which occurred in the source film in the same order."

Read the rest

Choosing skin color in comics

Lighten Up

Ronald Wimberly is a comics and animation artist, the author of Vertigo's Prince of Cats, and a character designer for Black Dynamite: The Animated Series. Wembly has illustrated a work experience he had while coloring an X-Men comic. His story, Lighten Up, appears on the excellent blog The Nib, a site devoted to "political cartoons, comics journalism, humor and non-fiction."

Read the rest

Skeletor hijacks He-Man art book!

For a video promoting an art book, this is unusually fun and funny. To promote the 320-page Dark Horse book The Art of He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe, IGN made a promo video starring Skeletor, his evil adversary. Bad guys are always trying harder to take your money; if you're a fan of the 80's TV cartoon icon, then you'll need the power of Greyskull to hold onto your wallet.

The book itself is a comprehensive look at the Mattel property, from cartoons and concept art to Dolph Lungren. There are even knitting patterns.

Age of Discovery-style map of modern submarine cables


You can explore it interactively for free and download a jumbo wallpaper JPEG, but the print edition is $250.

Read the rest

This Book is a Planetarium (really!)


Master paper artist Kelli Anderson has a forthcoming title called This Book is a Planetarium that literally converts into a planetarium, as well as a smartphone amplifier, and many other paper contraptions.

Read the rest

LED lamp made from real dandelion fluff


Studio Drift's Dandelight uses a "stem" of copper that mounts directly to a 9V battery, and its halo of dandelion seeds are hand-plucked from a real plant and glued, one at a time, to the business-end.

Read the rest

How corporations avoid identity crises

Last year, when Unit Editions of London published Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines, the 432-page gloss-wrapped hardback sold out fast.

Read the rest

Ad-hoc museums of a failing utopia

Photographer David Hlynsky took more than 8,000 street photos in the Eastern Bloc, documenting the last days of ideological anti-consumer shopping before the end of the USSRRead the rest

Kathy Sierra's BADASS: how to make your users into successes


Kathy Sierra, the brilliant and storied user experience expert, has a new book, Badass: Making Users Awesome, which is aimed at teaching you to "craft a strategy for creating successful users."

Read the rest

Nerdy status-badges for kids


Isiah Saxon made a set of amazing badges for DIY, a program to teach kids skills.

Read the rest

Beautiful imaginary Hungarian money


Barbara Bernát designed a series of fanciful Hungarian euro notes for her MA project at the University of West Hungary.

Read the rest

A book of smart ideas about design

I found 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School (part of the popular series) in an airport bookshop. Thumbing through it, I learned three or four new things about design, presenting design, and how to think about design. That was enough for me. I nabbed a copy.



Read the rest

Pizza condoms


Marina Malygina's mock-ups for a pizza-themed condom in its own little pizza box is intended to help resolve the American love of both food and sex.

Read the rest

Beautiful short documentary on the art of letterpress

The Folio Society interviewed master printer Stan Lane about the classic craft of letterpress printing. "Feeling print in paper... you know someone's actually been there."

Read the rest

Watch this Trioh demo: stylish rechargeable accent or emergency light

One of my favorite crowdfunded projects is the beautiful Trioh rechargeable 3-in-1 light, which the makers claim is the "world's most beautiful flashlight."

Read the rest

Fun videos teach design concepts to kids

From the excellent website, The Kid Should See This.

Read the rest

Watch how this house's rotating rooms go indoor to outdoor

Architect Alireza Taghaboni designed Shafri-Ha House with three rotating rooms, to take advantage of nice weather and close off the rooms on wintry days.

Read the rest

Handy guide to image file types and when to use each

know-your-file-types-jpeg-gif-png

Arunshory M posted a handy chart from Who is Hosting This describing image file types and the best ways to use each one.

Read the rest

3D printed prosthetic leg


William Root's "Exo-Prosthetic" is a 3D printed artificial leg made from laser-sintered titanium, which uses a 3D scan of the wearer's truncated limb for fit, and a 3D scan of the intact limb for form.

Read the rest

Popular Skullture - the skull motif in pulps, paperbacks, and comics

Monte Beauchamp’s book, Popular Skullture is a refreshing look back at the early days of mass culture print publishing, when skulls still evoked a sense of the macabre. Skulls are no longer scary symbols of death, poison, or motorcycle outlaws. As design elements they are so popular now that they appear on baby clothing. They’ve become kind of boring, because they’ve lost their punch.

Apart from a couple of short introductory pieces at the beginning, the book consists entirely of skull-themed cover art from pulp magazines, comic books, and paperback novels. With an eye for the imaginative, Beauchamp has selected covers that make clever, odd, and funny use of skulls.

See sample pages of Popular Skullture at Wink. Sign up for our weekly newsletter of cool book recommendations.

Beautiful Japanese Firefox OS phone in a transparent case

Al sends us the Fx0, a "beautiful mid-range phone running Firefox OS announced in Japan today by KDDI, one of Japan's largest mobile phone companies."

Read the rest

Otis and Dorothy Shepard: exemplars of mid-20th century design

Anyone with even a passing interest in mid-20th century design has heard of Charles and Ray Eames, but Otis and Dorothy Shepard were arguably the more influential designing couple. Until recently, little was known about the pair, each of whom was an accomplished artist in their own right, efficient with line, unerring with color. A gorgeous new book by Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadal titled Dorothy and Otis: Designing the American Dream corrects this gap in the design literature. Filled with never-before-published materials from the Shepard family’s archives, the book is packed with both personal photos and key examples of their work from the 1930s to 1960s.

Read the rest

Play thousands of 48-hour game jam entries

28182-shot0.png-eq-900-500

The Ludum Dare international game jam is probably the largest event of its kind -- and the longest running, at over 12 years. Three times a year, game developers are challenged to build and share a new game within 48 hours, often documenting their process and making source code available. Each time, the community votes to agree on a theme.

This year's is 'Entire Game On One Screen.' Which sounds simple, like, 'okay, no iPad companion app,' but it's actually a real design challenge -- just think about how many games have menu screens, inventory screens, y'know, different levels, little things like that.

The submission phase is over, and anyone who wants to dive in can play and rate the 2,637 games, with 1,365 in actual competition (here's a cool entry browser if the website itself is overwhelming). It's fun to get involved, not only to learn more about the rapid prototyping process, but to see the seeds of game design's next wave of inspiration. The winner of the competition is always a creator to watch.

There's often a lot of brilliant weirdness -- like this 'hot n cold' maze game led by staring animals. Or this -- what is this? And there's something about this simple but beautifully-drawn dragon game that takes me back to the interactive net art domains I used to visit in the 90s.

Spacetime curvature placemats


AP Works's Trick Mat is a placemat that mimics spacetime curvature; no word on whether or how it can be purchased, alas (though you could probably make a pretty good disposable facsimile with an inkjet printer and some vector-art software). (via Super Punch)

Snap-together Strandbeest kit

Theo Jansen's amazing, wind-walking Strandbeest (featured in my story the Man Who Sold the Moon) can be had as a 6-inch-cubed snap-together, 80-piece, chunky "rhino" kit: assemble and blow on it and it will walk across your desk with the odd majesty of the Strandbeest.

Read the rest

3D printed dress made from 2,279 triangles and 3,316 hinges

Designer Jessica Rosenkrantz writes, "I made this 3D printed dress and the MoMA just acquired it. This video, filmed at Shapeways factory showing the printing and depowdering of the dress (there's also this one, documenting the dress's sounds and movements).

Read the rest