Monday, May 29, 2006

Spider TIP

The Spider

As with all these designs, try to start with relatively clean, crisp bills. It will go much easier. All folds should be sharply creased. It helps to go over the fold with a fingernail on a flat, hard surface.
The spider requires five bills: four for the legs, and one to wrap the body.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Hello Kitty iPod Speakers

Hello Kitty KT4555 iPod Speakers

Want your Hello Kitty fix on something beside an ear cleaner? How about this Hello Kitty iPod Dock. An otherwise plain dock, save for the Hello Kitty-ness, this supports any iPod that fits the standard dock in 3-5G iPods. There's even a line out jack for plugging into another stereo system or headphones

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Hello Kitty Credit Cards

Dah Sing Bank

The brand new “70s’ vintage” thermo chromic Hello Kitty VISA Card, let you experience the unprecedented Cool & Fun!
Just spend with your Hello Kitty VISA Card, you’ll have a splendid life every day no matter if you use it for shopping, keep fit, beauty, leisure or entertainment.

Pricing a Project

Blue Flavor

Today we are going to break an unwritten rule for agencies, we are going to reveal an important page from our playbook on how we price a project. What is somewhat ironic is that we think it's a pretty bad rule, that one of the last things we think anyone should hide from a potential client is how your pricing works.

InDesign Move Tip

When working in Adobe InDesign and you want to move an object a precise amount, you can easily do it by selecting the object and double-clicking on the Selection tool (the solid black arrow tool) which opens the Move dialog box. From there you can enter in both a horizontal and vertical amount that you want to move the object. Entering negative numbers will move the object either to the left or down.

Also in the Move dialog box is another nifty feature that allows you to duplicated that object by clicking the Copy button, rather than hitting OK. This will allow you duplicated the object and move it at the same time. And finally, you can add a rotation to the object as well. That’s three tasks in one dialog box. Pretty handy!

iPod Remote

with Display at Hammacher Schlemmer

How did we get from the mobility that the iPod promised to a place where we’re seeing remote controls for managing the music the player contains? Designed for those who listen to music via an iPod docked at a stereo or speaker system at home, this iPod Remote Control with Display allows for mobile music management. The device controls an docking iPod from up to 150 feet away, allowing for song, playlist, and artist viewing, via a built in LCD screen, as well as pause/play and track forward/backward control, and volume control. Attach a transmitter to the docking port, equip the device with one AAA battery, and you’re ready to go.

easy storage

A useful idea for the workplace, this Easy Storage unit, designed by Matthias Demancker, is both an inbox storage space and a mobile tray system for outgoing documents. The piece consists of a varnished steel back panel, with three removable frosted Plexiglas trays that easily attached to it. The unit measures 43.4”(h) x 20.1”(w) x 13.4”(d) and can be mounted on any flat wall that will hold it. Different colors after the jump.

How To Backup Your Mac Intelligently

Using SuperDuper

"Last week Jon wrote about the horrifying experience everyone eventually has to deal with - data loss. His wife’s hard drive failed - and without a current backup to rely upon - he went through two data recovery companies and two thousand dollars to retrieve 80 gigs of home movies, pictures, and a career’s worth of graphic design files.

Jon’s lucky. He got his data back. My sister wasn’t so fortunate. I got a frantic phone call from her last night (which is why I’m writing this post). She kept a shortcut to her pictures folder on her desktop and somehow managed to delete the real folder when she dragged it to the trash. What did she lose? Over three thousand pictures she had taken from her senior year in highschool and first year at college. Gone."

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Bookman Bookshelf

Any Amount of Books: Bookman

The Bookman is a bookshelf in the shape of a man and is a highly decorative piece of furniture as well as a sculpture.

Custom Toon Tree House

Tree House Home

Custom treehouses that look like toon houses Daniels Woodland sells amazing, custom-built treehouses that resemble toontown dwellings, with curved and sagging rooflines and crazy, angular windows. The houses stand 14' high and are perched atop a giant, chainsaw-hollowed log. The net effect is straight out of a Max Fleischer cartoon. Kids or no kids, this tree house is an incredible addition to any landscape!

Monday, May 22, 2006


Plan59 > Retro Design > 1950s Classic Car Art

The Museum (And gift shop) of Mid-Century Illustration

The Pod Caravan

The Pod Caravan

The pod is a simple, stylish living unit for two. Its so small that classics like the Mini and Morris 1000 can tow it, and yet inside is a double bed, as well as cooking and washing facilities, seating and storage.



Flea markets, thrift stores, antique shops, garage and estate sales, found photographs, collecting, odd finds, swaps and more. Todays installment, 1933 Macy's Day Parade balloon floats.

WMD AtomicPC

AtomicPC Case Mod by G-gnome

It has been a while since the first part of this project was published on For those who may have missed Part I, the aim of this project was to build a completely custom-built computer case, out of stainless steel, that would look like the sort of atomic bomb that one sees in spy movies or on TV shows like 24. I tried not to base the design on any real or fictional bomb, but simply out of my imagination.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Shinsato Night Shots

Toyko Night Shots

These shots were taken in the streets of Tokyo and Osaka at night , and in them I have avoided the more aesthetically pleasing locations such as seaside areas and the well-known "subcenters" in favor of the everyday disorder of the streets. Take a brightly-lit busy street bustling with people and remove the people: the purpose of the lighting is lost and only the glow remains - providing a glimpse of the streets we know well from a less familiar perspective.



Think your place is cramped? Checkout Michael Wolf’s photographs of Hong Kong in a series very aptly called the "Architecture of Density"

Make your own Lenticular pictures.

With Lentikit.

Remember those cool lenticular images, back in the days before holograms and Magic Eye posters? Well I do. Lenticular images use a special plastic cover (sorta like a bunch of prisms on a page) to show your eye one of two or three images on one page. Usually they simulate a limited 3d effect, or show simple animations. The newest edition of Rolling Stones has the front and back cover with lenticular printing on it. There are only a couple of programs out there that'll ease the generation of lenticular images, and most are pretty pricey. Luckily the open source community has (once again) tried their hand at a tool: Lentikit. It's a Java application for creating and adjusting lenticular images. Lenticular screens not included. Unfortunately, Lentikit has a long way to go, but it's open source, so feel free to help the lone developer out if you think it's cool.

This will make you cry.

Put the countries where they belong.

Pretty cool flash page that you drag and drop countries where they belong and it scores you! I got 34 out of 44. (Sorry Miriam, I thought Switzerland was much higher up).

Squirrels; with Cameras

Photographing Squirrels - a photoset on Flickr

Real Squirrels with real cameras. No computer editing, just squirrels with cameras.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Art Frahm

a study of the effects of celery on loose elastic.

This certainly happens everyday, doesn't it? This fine picture has all the classic elements of an Art Frahm underwear vs. gravity battle: public humiliation, hand in the crotch, a uniformed working man in close proximity, the open fallen purse (consult Freud for the actual meaning of that one), and, of course, celery.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

World Trade Center

An Oliver Stone Film

The new WTC Movie, with Nicholas Cage, looks like it's gonna be good.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Submarine! Only 1.5 mil!

Subeo Aquarius

Specialist engineering company Subeo have created the world's first underwater sports car called Aquarius. The design and control of this submersible combines just about every engineering discipline known to man. Many man hours of dedication has resulted in a submersible design that overcomes numerous operational complexities, including resisting huge hydrostatic forces and carrying the necessary life support (74 hours).

Carry Out Lamp

Chinese Take Out Lamps

Ambient lighting that takes Chinese food take-out cartons as inspiration, these Carry Out Lamps will add a welcome touch of low-brow humor to your interior. The boxes are made from heat-resistant paper and each features a glowing Chinese character on its side, suggesting good fortune (green), double happiness (red), and longevity (purple). Each piece features wire handles and repositionable chopsticks and is designed for use with a 7.5 watt to 15 watt bulb.

iPod 8 LCD Docking Station

Logic3 i-Station 8 LCD Docking Station and Speaker System for iPod

As one of several sequels to the company's earlier i-Station docking speaker system, i-Station 8 ($180) includes eight individual mid-range drivers and a dedicated subwoofer driver in the center, plus an iPod dock and nice little remote control. With an integrated one-line LCD display on its front top, i-Station 8 can display iPod track information, forward/backward track status, and other information so that you can easily see from a distance what's playing or happening with the speakers.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

LAX Wall Mounted Headboard and Platform Bed

MASH Studios LAX Wall Mounted Headboard and Platform Bed

The LAX headboard from Mash Studios is a sleek wall-mounted box, with shelves inside and sliding, powder-coated aluminum doors. The LAX platform bed has the same clean, unfussy lines as the headboard it coordinates with, and will fit up to a queen-size mattress. Together they make for a serene, modern bedroom, conducive to a good night’s sleep and a cheerful morning in an uncluttered space.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Freak Show or?

The Human Marvels

As someone with a great interest in teratology - the study of perceived abnormalities in the natural world – the human marvels of the sideshow garner great attention and interest from me. Herein bare witness to peculiar and puzzling physical phenomena - to those prodigies of years past. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present for your enlightenment, The Human Marvels.

Stone Forest

Stone Forest

STONE FOREST creates hand carved granite sculptures which combine the elegant simplicity of Japanese style with contemporary design. The integrity of granite gives Stone Forest carvings a radiant mass or presence not realized using man-made materials such as cement or cast stone. Since each piece is hand carved using hammer and chisel, the individual character of the rock as well as the inspiration of the stonecutter lend each sculpture a unique quality. In a world of impermanence, the timelessness of hand carved granite can bring a suggestion of eternity to your home or garden.

Salt n Pepper Shaker.

Swiss Spice is a high quality, traditional Swiss precision industry product.It is humid proof, very robust and perfect for home and travel. Safe and clean.Simply the best salt and pepper shaker available on this planet.

Full Throttle w/ The Blue Angels

And only passed out three times!

Before their April 2006 performance at Naval Air Station Atlanta, AJC Staffer Stever Beatty joined Lt. Kevin Davis for a fun-filled afternoon of afternoon of barrel rolls and other tricks high above Athens in a $24 million F/A-18.


embraces her inner sexpot

Decked out in red boots, skimpy denim shorts and a fringed leather vest, and leaning against a split-rail fence with a lariat in hand, "Way Out West" Barbie looks as if she just sashayed out of a vintage auto-
parts calendar.

Friday, May 12, 2006


From PID.

With its original elliptical hands this clock changes shape like a satellite changes orbit. Every minute every hour orbit creates a different shape on your wall. Wait and see orbit create an elegant display of time in hours, minutes and seconds. Made from aluminium with an anodic treatment the hands are powered by a high precision quartz clock mechanism

Thursday, May 11, 2006


Sybarite UK Ltd

Tree houses are no more Tarzan’s domain! Infact, owning a tree house is the latest fad with those looking for a unique property that encourages a more organic approach to country living. A company, Syabrite is to develop a modular tree house concept in partnership with the local planning authorities of England. The prefab-tree house will range in size from one-bedroom houses to a luxurious five bedroom model. The company’s site reports, “The prefabricated design can be installed on site within two weeks and is extremely lightweight, uses many recycled products, is part self-sustainable and low on maintenance.”



Totally cool lamp...

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


toilet bowl fish tank with a removable aquarium!

This kit is a great starting point for nearly anyone. The Fishn'Flush Toilet Tank Aquarium Kit comes with only the highest quality components. Each part is carefully selected for it's performance, reputation, and ability to enhance the Fishn'Flush Toilet Tank Aquarium Kit that it accompanies. This kit is a great starting points for nearly any aquarist. All Fishn'Flush Toilet Tank Aquariums are low voltage and safe to assemble and enjoy.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Mac Mini

MiniHitch CamHitch

The New MiniHitch & CamHitch allows you to mount your Mac Mini® and your iSight® on the back of your monitor, by making use of the 100mm or 75mm spacing VESA pattern mounting holes found on the back of many LCD monitors.Stylish design as well as practical, maximizes your desk space, as well as protects your Mac Mini® from scratches. The MiniHitch's versatile design also allows it to be used as a stand-alone protective shell for your Mac Mini®. Looks great upright or flat


Home of the Future!

BOB is a hybrid home of the future, a mobile living tool for tomorrows generation of nomadic wanderers. Somewhere between a tent, a house and a Winnebago, BOB explores the relationship between the basic human requirements of travel and shelter

Bubble Chair

Hanging Bubble Chair

Imported from Finland, the whimsical bubble chair was designed in 1968 by Eero Aarnio. Made of clear acrylic and chromed steel, the sphere "swallows sound" to provide a sense of isolation from the world. Sounds lovely to me, but at a price of $2,869 each, I'll have to wait until my ship comes in to acquire this piece of retro-modern luxury, or at least until Ikea comes up with something similar.


iPod Case from Melton Tackle

Melton International Tackle is proud to introduce SKB DRYPOD®, the revolutionary family of waterproof, interactive hardshell protective cases for your iPod, Nano and Video iPod. Wear your DRYPOD on the waves, in the rain or down the mountain while you stay in control of every audio function. SKB’s new seamless ‘flex-pad’ technology allows the user to manipulate the iPod’s control wheel right through the case. DRYPOD comes complete with flexible neoprene arm band, comfort-adjust neck strap and tough-grip belt clip.

Tip of the Week

See-Through Notes

One of my favorite Stickies features is the ability to make a sticky translucent. Just click on a sticky and press Command-Option-T (Translucent Window). Then you can see right through your sticky to the items behind it. This is really handy if you want to see items in Finder windows that would normally be covered by any open Stickies. To turn off the transparency (pardon me, translucency), just press the shortcut again when Stickies is active.

Sunrise Sol Widget

Sunset Sol

Sol is a Dashboard widget that tells you what time sunrise and sunset are, as well as dawn and dusk.
The analog display is a 24-hour clock, with noon at the top and midnight at the bottom. The dark region is nighttime, the light part is daytime, and the slivers in between are dawn and dusk. (Or, for the technically inclined, they are civil twilight.)

Pop Clock

ModernClock, Pop Clock: from Chiasso

A slight variation on a popular modern wall clock design, this Pop Clock blends a spare design, easy readability, and a touch of kitsch. The piece features a diameter of 24” and hangs one inch deep on the wall.