I am charmed by thoughtful ways to make something beautiful, even if you’ve seen it in a specific way your whole life!
Case in point, this 3D Monopoly designed by NY artist Charles Fazzino recently featured on Creative Bloq:
Now that’s some detail! (And bling!)
Creative Bloq mentioned a few other beautiful board games, too, designed by other folks with obviously different sensibilities. There’s Story:
But clearly my all-time favorite? Pulp Fiction Guess Who?:
Kinda perfect for this rainy Saturday, I’d say.
“Tattoos” can be practical, too.
Some brilliant Italian designers created “I Tradizionali,” a collection of temporary tattoo recipes that you can simply apply to you forearm before cooking. No more splattered books, only easy and attractive reference.
These are especially wonderful because they rely on illustrations for the recipe. No squinting at lines of text–see exactly what you need for your recipe at first glance.
Sometimes, good design comes in handy in unexpected ways. Like ways that play with the human psyche to solve a problem.
This headline is a distillation of a great story I read recently on core77.com.
The basic idea is this: in trying to make sure villagers stave off iron-deficiency health issues, these cute little lucky fish made of iron became an unlikely problem solver. It doesn’t necessarily feel right to plop a hunk of iron into your pot when you’re making soup. In fact, that sounds really unappealing.
Know what’s cute, also made of iron, but symbolizes luck and health? These iron fish.
When hunks of iron were distributed for the same purpose, no one used them, because EW. But recognizing the importance and symbolism of the fish in this particular village culture, a tweak in the presentation made all the difference! Now, it’s more or less standard to throw your lucky fish into the pot, AND the rate of illnesses related to iron deficiency has dropped significantly.
Brilliant! But to find out what condoms have to do with it you’ll have to read the Core77 article: How Designing Something Into the Shape of an Animal Can Actually Improve Human Health, and Why You Shouldn’t Put Condoms on Broomsticks.
Love the name. Love the brand. Love the environment. Love food.
There’s not much wrong with Munchery.
The idea was pretty simple: you can order delicious food prepared by local chefs delivered right to you door that just need that finishing few minutes in the oven or microwave. After a while, though, they noticed a flaw in design–their packaging. It wasn’t oven safe, or environment safe. So they made a commitment, and voila!
From the website:
Eco-friendly packaging. No eco-tradeoffs.
- Trays made from all natural, renewable plant fibers (bamboo & sugarcane)
- Microwave and oven safe
- Compostable and biodegradable
- Plastic from recycled plastic bottles
- Paper products from 100% recycled paper
What a cute design, and was a decent company:
As you can see, responsibility was a big focus as part of this relaunch. So on a related note, we also partnered with The Conservation Fund to offset our delivery drivers carbon footprint by planting trees. We also partnered with The San Francisco Food Bank and donate a meal for every order placed on Munchery.
Time to place my order!
A series of photos blend real life and book covers:
Called “Corpus Libris,” the trend started in a bookstore in LA, but clearly it’s too clever to NOT be replicated! The original creator of Corpus Libris still maintains a tumblr.
A tattoo parlor in Paris, le sphinx, helped J&B create a very limited edition of specially designed bottles. Tattooed bottles, to be exact.
They are created by applying a skin-like latex material over the bottles, allowing the artist to tattoo just as they would an arm (or other bit you’re getting inked!).
button button, the art designers of the project, even created a video showing the tattooing process. Enjoy some tattooed booze!
video courtesy of button button, [via]
With the epic season premier Sunday night, it seems appropriate to check out this project from Mordi Levi, who decided to use the family houses in Game of Thrones to create logos.
“…how much resemblance there is between the coat of arms to a logo, family words to a slogan and the vicious race for the iron throne to the race of big firms for the stock market.”
That, and boredom/impatience for this season to begin, which is understandable. The full series can be found here. Think they do the families justice?
Absolutely love this office & stationary line from Design Letters & Friends — it’s based on vintage typography by Arne Jacobsen.
There’s also a home/kitchen line, with tea towels, plates, mugs…
“E” is for egg? And “L” is for “LOVE THESE.”
“Stop thinking of art as an activity totally separate from the human activity; but rather as a part of being human and part of life that is intrinsic, not as a separate event.”