School of Visual Arts - New York
Design: Eric Hollings
Guest Post: Madonna Arsan // @madonnaarsan
One of the things that inspires me is the art of analog. It's not because I'm a hater of digital, because I'm not. Besides messaging I probably use my iPhone camera more than any other app and no surprise Instagram follows close behind. Photography inspires me and I believe that the best camera is the one you always carry with you and so be it the iPhone. The availability of always having my phone with me and being able to capture the everyday moments is great!
But sometimes, I want that extra, something more than a photoshop filter or Instagram filter to my photos and what I love about analog is that special something you simply can't get with digital. You know a person put time and effort into analog. Analog isn't immediate. When shooting with a film camera - and because it's film you put a little extra thought before hitting the shutter - and you have to wait to finish the roll, developing, printing. Many pieces has to come together and it takes time but you get rewarded with the result. THAT feeling when viewing your photos, at last.
Digital photography allows for no mistakes, you can shoot as much as you want and delete. With film you never really know what's going to happen or how it comes out and maybe it's that uncertainty that gives the great 'analog fix' - it isn't perfect and it isn't immediate and that in it's own way makes it more organic.
Same goes for writing a real handwritten letter. Try writing one and give it to someone and I guarantee they will appreciate it. It takes time and effort is put into it, means more than an email, a chat on IM or a Facebook wall post. It's a special something.
Keep the art of analog alive!
We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there too.
In "When I Die", Philip Gould shares his thoughts and insights as he confronts his impending death from oesophageal cancer. Filmed during the last 2 weeks of Philip's life, this intimate portrait reveals his quest to find purpose and meaning in what he called "The Death Zone". He had been diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus in 2008 and was given three months to live in the summer of 2011.
Design: Jaewan Jeong
The Almighty Board will simultaneously serve as your cutting board, display your recipes, provide step-by-step directions and weigh your ingredients out for you. After you wash it, it will even tell you if it has been cleaned enough to avoid cross-contamination or food poisoning.
Design: MENOSUNOCEROUNO - Mexico
"If the world ends this year, we better be happily ready."
01 Chocolate Abuelita: Dark chocolate laced with cinnamon and covered in sugar. With more than 70 years in the market, this classic delight will make you feel well under any circumstances.
02 Doméstica Yellow Notebook: A design classic from Monterrey. Tell the story, write like John, draw like el Bosco, or use it to start a fire.
03 Simple Knife: Clean affordable design, a minimal hunting tool for animals or zombies.
04 40 Emergency Black Matches : Start a fire, get warm, light your way with style. Black is beautiful.
05 Xtabentun D'aristi: Original Mayan liqueur from Casa D'aristi in Yucatan, one of our favorite brands of 2011. Celebrate like the old times!
06 Basic Water: Drink wisely, survive up to ten days with one liter.
Guest Post: Seth Werkheiser // @sethw
Guest Post: Craig Elimeliah // @craigelimeliah
I am not a fitness enthusiast nor am I even remotely aware of what I should be doing physically to not die at 65 but what I do love about the Nike Fuel Band is the awareness of hitting my goal and wanting to remain somewhat more active than I would normally be.
Wearable computing passively collecting valuable data to positively motivate, that inspires me.
Designer: Pow Ying Hern
First Aid 2.0 features a LED Red Cross panel that displays step-by-step instructions on how to administer first aid, relevant to the injury. It even has a GPS tracking system and can inform you about the nearest hospital or clinic. In the stressful situation of an emergency, this kit helps refines the process, which is the crucial first step in saving lives.
Powered by a lithium-ion battery and AC power, the kit consumes little energy when it is on standby mode. It is capable of operating for a full 24-hours (without recharging), or 6 months when on standby. Frequent injuries and their course of treatment are bookmarked on the screen’s home page for easy access.
First Aid 2.0 is a 2011 red dot design concept winner.
Guest Post: Jamey Erickson // @jameyerickson
One of the things that inspires me the most is that tiny moment of fear before stepping into the unknown. Its easy to get comfortable in life, especially as you get older. We buy cars, houses, travel in cushy hotels and watch our favorite Thursday night comedies on our TiVo when its most convenient for us (aka: Monday evening when there's literally nothing else worth watching). So its easy to lose touch with the little spark of fear. That fear that grounds you and opens an entirely new world of possibility at the same time.
Guest Post: John Kochmanski // @johnkochmanski
No I don't like winter, but I do find fresh snow a source of inspiration.
It conveys a sense of freshness, a new start.