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Icons For The Future

HYPERMORGEN is an interdisciplinary lab that researches potential trends to determine what might be likely, and what is an otherwise unforeseeable outcome. One of their most recent projects resulted in a set of icons that depict potential trends such as slime mold computing, synthetic biology, and 3D replication.

They are open to suggestions too: "We would like to create some more. Suggestions welcome via mailtwitter or facebook!" What would you suggest?

Teleportation, instant wound healing spray, Rosie the housekeeping robot, amphibious cars as the norm, smart clothing that can save your life?





New F.D.A Nutrition Label Design - Fail?

Does this redesign actually provide the nutritional information more clearly to consumers? Will consumers actually notice the changes? This looks like minor tweaks to a bigger problem in communication of information to consumers. This is the first redesign in over two decades.

In the world of design and the information we have on effective design strategies is communication, there could have been a more effective redesign. This is lackluster. Perhaps the government should have had U.S. agencies pitch their designs. I think there would be a flood of more creative and effective ways of communicating the same information. Designs that would excite consumers to look and learn. 

For more information, check out the NYTimes article


Blips Roundup Is Out...Be Inspired! 


Ikea's Clever Use Of Space (video)

When space is limited, you get clever.



The Next Language

Right now there is a grand stratification between programmers and nonprogrammers. I don't think this is changing nearly as fast as it needs to, but it's possible something else is coming along to alter the dynamic. In the future the language we speak to code applications and communications with our interfaces will surely be different than the computation required now by “programmers”. A preview of this lingo is called the Wolfram language and is introduced by Stephen Wolfram in the video below. If you look closely, I think you'll see a style of human computer-interface that will be common to children who are now being born and forward into the next 10 to 20 years. These ideas of plug-and-play are occurring in such products as the Korg little synth as well as that Google modular telephone that's just being introduced now in concept form. This is programming as a building block concept, as easy as sticking objects together which are pre-populated with algorithms and data about the world. Starting from scratch or coding from first principles limits practice, and is something that rarely exists outside hard-core programming study. Even in the kitchen, cooking has changed over the last 25 years (think like a chef) and the 25 years before it (Hamburger Helper?) and the hundred years before that (pre-ground flour) into something that is more modular. 3-D printing introduces us to a world where a kind of ur-goop will allow us to make components that can be stitched together via recipes for more complicated goods (utensils, tools, weapons, transport). This will affect everything from the way we use our products to the way we talk about ourselves and the world. It is in fact a redefining of reality.


Not Your Typical Butcher 

Corella is not your average butcher shop in Spain. The family-owned butcher has a butcher shop where quality, process transparency and the use of traditional meat preparation techniques are highlighted. Spanish design firm Sandra Tarruella Interioristas have designed the space that interconnects a butcher shop, a working kitchen and two food tasting bars in a former storefront in Sant Cugat del Vallès, just north of Barcelona.

Design firm, Fauna, was tasked with redesigning their identity and packaging. The clean look and feel represents the vision of Corella - to be completely transparent about the meat and cheese industry. We love the simplicity and how easily they communicate what the product is and where it came from. 


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Welcome To The New Old School! Berlin Boombox

The Berlin Boombox is an eco-friendly, DIY, cardboard boombox that is a modern nod to the old school boombox. Designed by Berlin-based designer Axel Pfaender, he has created a fun mobile speaker for your smartphone or iPod. The sound? The speakers and amplifier are German engineered by MIVOC Pro. 

 Get one that's already designed or go wildstyle and create your own.

There's even a design contest...

And this isn't just your typical cardboard speaker, it's so modernized it comes with playlists you can download from the site and even an app from the speaker company to specifically amp up your sound when playing your tunes on the Berlin Boombox. There's 65Euro and don't worry, you can get a replacement case for 17Euro. 

Check it out here! 


Olympic Fail-Cute

Especially given the cute reference they made to it during the closing ceremonies, Sochi's Olympic Rings Fail turns into a charming motif of humanity and technical snafu...and makes this T-shirt even more adorable.

Source: Michael Miller on Twitter

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