Category Archives: Design

“Anything you can do, I can do better”

Leatherman OHT

Because you can never have too many tools. . .

Multi-tools can sure be handy — but with most of them, you’d best have both hands available for operation. The Leatherman OHT Multi-Tool ($70) is the company’s first full-size tool to be designed with one-hand operation in mind, meaning you can get to the pliers, cutters, knives, screwdrivers, saw, can and bottle openers, and wrench without taking your other hand away from the steering wheel the bad guy’s throat your materials.

Check it out.

Christmas can never come too early. . .

Jac Zagoory staple removers

I want one of these, I really do.

Add a touch of wild animal to your desk with one of these Jac Zagoory Staple Removers ($80-$100). Made from heavy, durable pewter, these unique office helpers feature the visages of a number of animals, including a bear, t-rex, elephant, shark, donkey, lion, hippo, snake, gator, and gorilla, each intricately detailed and properly proportioned so the “teeth” of the tool match the teeth of the animal.

But which to choose? Check them all out.

Cool Hunting Friday v 2.16


Just one of the best book openings in literature.

2. Redesigning Dickens

In celebration of the Victorian novelist’s 200th birthday, GraphicDesign& recruited 70 eminent graphic designers to interpret the first page of “Great Expectations”. The creative juices of the talent pool yielded “Page 1: Great Expectations“, a collection of creative type jumbled with complicated infographics, QR codes and vintage illustrations.

And page 1 of Great Expectations says:

My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.

I give Pirrip as my father’s family name, on the authority of his tombstone and my sister – Mrs. Joe Gargery, who married the blacksmith. As I never saw my father or my mother, and never saw any likeness of either of them (for their days were long before the days of photographs), my first fancies regarding what they were like, were unreasonably derived from their tombstones. The shape of the letters on my father’s, gave me an odd idea that he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair. From the character and turn of the inscription, “Also Georgiana Wife of the Above,” I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly. To five little stone lozenges, each about a foot and a half long, which were arranged in a neat row beside their grave, and were sacred to the memory of five little brothers of mine – who gave up trying to get a living, exceedingly early in that universal struggle – I am indebted for a belief I religiously entertained that they had all been born on their backs with their hands in their trousers-pockets, and had never taken them out in this state of existence.

Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea. My first most vivid and broad impression of the identity of things, seems to me to have been gained on a memorable raw afternoon towards evening. At such a time I found out for certain, that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard; and that Philip Pirrip, late of this parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were dead and buried; and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias, and Roger, infant children of the aforesaid, were also dead and buried; and that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the low leaden line beyond, was the river; and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing, was the sea; and that the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was Pip….

Read it all.

Cool Hunting Friday v 2.14

Check this out while reading Just My Type: A Book about Fonts by Simon Garfield.

12. Linotype: The Film

Named the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by none other than Thomas Edison, the Linotype type-casting machine forever changed printing by replacing hand-set type with elaborate mechanics. The decayed and rusting machines are now the subject of a documentary film that pays respects to their impact on the spread of information in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the era of the megatall

Tallest Skyline by CTBUHFrom arch daily:

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat recently published The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall. Within this decade, the World’s first kilometer-tall building will be constructed, along with many other buildings over 600-meters tall. “The term “supertall” (which refers to a building over 300 meters) is thus no longer adequate to describe these buildings: we are entering the era of the “megatall.”

At the start of the 21st century, the 452-meter high Petronas Tower held the title of “The World’s Tallest.” As the decade ended, the Burj Khalifa took ownership of the title standing “over half a mile” high at 828-meters. Now, construction set to begin this month for Jeddah’s 1,000+ meter Kingdom Tower, doubling the height of “The World’s Tallest” in only two decades. It seems that “600m seems to be the new 300m.”

Check it out.

Detacho: Modular dollhouses for fractured families

And the truly sad thing is, this is not a joke. From Kathy Schiffer via the Digitalnun Daily:

…Detacho families, like so many contemporary American families, can reconfigure themselves, either expanding with the birth of new siblings, or separating into smaller groups of married or divorced or cohabiting adults and their complacent children.  And Detacho dollhouses meet the need—transforming from a single-family home with its smiling parents into two or even three smaller units, able to house new stepparents and step siblings, or two mommies, or to adapt to whatever the parents’ new living situation might be….

Ben Forman [of Ben Forman Design] thinks it’s good to prepare children for the harsh reality of divorce.  With Detacho, children can project their feelings onto the play scene.  They can practice feeling lonely and scared, and waving goodbye to daddy and his new girlfriend.  They can play at getting along with a bossy new big brother who has just moved in.  They can hide from mommy’s new boyfriend, who’s always checking the fridge for another beer.

I now see that the dollhouse I played with as a child was completely inflexible.  With only one mommy and one daddy, one little girl, one little boy, and one baby, my dollhouse family had to learn to get along and to love one another.

And what’s even worse:

Detacho mommies and daddies are sometimes happy, and then they are all kissy-face, attracted to one another.  But sometimes the stress caused by daddy’s extramarital affair makes mommy so angry she’d like to starch his shorts.  Then, with a quick twist of the hairdo, smiling Detacho mommy turns into frowning, unhappy Detacho mommy.  And thanks to the magnets implanted inside their skulls, smiling Detacho mommy and daddy can kiss, but frowning, angry Detacho parents repel one another.

Triangle Notebook

From Cool Hunting, the Triangle Notebook from Istanbul:
Triangle Notebook by Tan Mativan of Turkey
Check it out–I think it looks pretty cool.