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Archive for May, 2011

Interview with Dieter Rams

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Make sure you check out this interesting Dieter Rams video interview. Listen to the inventor of the stripped-down, intuitive language for consumer electronics discuss his time at Braun, Apple, the importance of entrepreneurs in driving design innovation, and the role of sustainability. Alongside the interview you’ll find a short video by Vitsœ about obsolescence.

Talk by Etienne Mineur

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

DF went to a very interesting talk last night, courtesy of Wolff Olins, by crazy French digital designer/artist/programmer man Etienne Mineur. Eitenne, co-founder of Incandescence, took us through his archive of experimental projects for Issey Miyake that played around with different types of user interaction and audio/visual experience.

Eitenne is currently brewing up something very cool indeed, see picture above, that combines old school board games, the printed page and touch screen technology with the dark art of conductive inks.

Ooooo Bei Corridori Italiani

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Came across Ray Dobbins site today which is packed full of the most beautifully classic, old school Italian racing bikes. I love finding sites like this where you can geek off for an hour or so instead of working through that ever growing to do list!

Ray’s site has a simple homemade feel, which is part of it’s charm, but dig a little deeper and WOW. The collection of Italian racing bikes span across the 1970’s and 80’s each one in immaculate showroom condition and all have been lovingly shot and catalogued by Ray.

My personal favourite is 1971-72 Colnago Super (58c-c) but if I’m honest I wouldn’t kick any of them out of bed for eating biscuits! So if you’ve got lots of work on that you really can’t be bothered with head over and geek off.

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Enjoy a bit of Village Life

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

DF came across a very talented and lovely chap called Alex Highton back in 2006 as one part of eclectic musical collective Mohanski. Since then Alex has been concentrating on his amazing solo sounds as well as performing around the UK and across the pond in NYC of all places.

Today sees the launch of his latest single Village Life/You Left Me In No Doubt, it’s the most lovely folky £1.58 you’ll spend on iTunes this week so DO IT!

To enjoy all things Alex Highton follow the links below:

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Clever Concrete

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Following on from the previous post about clever ideas that have the potential to help others, we came across Concrete Canvas via the always amazing BBC website. Every now and again you see something and think ‘genius’ and Concrete Canvas is one of those moments.

The possibilities for good with this invention are amazing, especially when you think how many people around the world have lost there homes recently to natural disasters and it’s also reassuring to hear from the inventors that they won’t be selling out to the likes of Mr Gaddafi etc.

SOS: Save Our Supplies

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

We came across this simple and beautiful crafted video by the guys at In Secret Agreement for doc2doc.org, a non-profit organization that saves usable medical supplies from being discarded in the U.S. and sends them to hospitals in the developing world. Take a couple of minutes out of your day and help the SOS message go further.

Got, got, need, need, want, want…

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

DF’s new favourite site Sneakerpedia launched to the world the other day and features DF Bestival Buddy James Mosley prized collection.

So if you’re the kind of person who knows your Puma First Rounds from your Nike Air Force 1 Foamposites, then get yourself over to Sneakerpedia. The idea behind the site is simple – sneakerheads the world over become members of the site, where they can upload pictures of their kicks and ogle the vast collections of others.

With some pretty serious collectors already adding to the online archive, the site is straight up sneaker porn for enthusiasts across the world. Existing contributors include Bobbito Garcia of the Rock Steady Crew and New York’s DJ Clarke Kent, who is famed in sneaker circles for owning pretty much every Air Force 1 made. And with the option to search by brand, stitching, linings, or colourways, it’s easy to hunt down any sneakers you want to buy, and admire those you can only dream of owning.