Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Design A Day: Cell Phone Privacy Mask

Do you find yourself cupping your mouth in public spaces while talking on a cell phone? Do you often long for the privacy and convenience of being on the phone at home while out and about? Well now you can, with the bluetooth enabled Privacy Face Mask. Muffle the sounds of your awkward conversations so people on the Metro don't eavesdrop anymore.  (iPhone and Blackberry compatible)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Design A Day: Plant Word Dry Erase Word Bubble

This just came to me at 1am in the morning. Let your plants remind you of things by sticking the dry erase board in the pot. I was reminded of friends who say they talk to their plants. And while I haven't began having conversations with mine, my one indoor English Ivy does have a name, Steve. What would Steve's first words of conversation be?

Friday, December 26, 2008

Design A Day: Spring Lamp

This design works best with CFL bulbs. Once those are phased out by LEDs, or some as yet undiscovered technology, I'll have to revisit the concept. It should be possible to power this with magnetic induction by dropping a magnet down the center of the coil.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Design A Day: Flavor Dice

Can't decide what to have for a drink, or dinner, or a late night snack? Try out the flavor dice. Roll the dice to find out what random combination you should try. From the top, a pear martini, avocado popcorn, and habanero oreo. Originally created as a personal project for Scoops Ice Cream, where the owner asks customers to suggest flavor combinations for ice cream.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Design A Day: Hand Cuff Watch

The actual watch would not be connected with handcuff links. The idea originally came from thinking about time as a restriction, then making a device that mimicked the way ones arms are held together while in handcuffs. The hours would read out on one arm, while the minutes would read out on another. This also gives the user the option of seeing the time very specifically, by looking at the minutes, or generally, by looking at the hour.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Design A Day: Empty/Full Measuring Cup

If you look at the measuring cup from one side, its half empty, and from the other, its half full. Its been done before, I needed to get this out of my system though. Done, and move on to the next one.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Design A Day: Pie Cup

After almost twenty four hours of Twin Peaks, this is the design I have for today.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Art Center Testifies Before Congress

Art Center testifies before Congress. Geoff Wardle, Director of Advanced Mobility Research testifies before Congress on the bailout and exploring energy independence implications. This is amazing, what other design college gets to testify about the future of transportation? I particularly enjoy during the first video when Chairman Edward J. Markey calls Wardle an idealist.

Design A Day: Sponge Utensils

Now you can literally clean your plate, or so the advert for this might read. 

Good Bye Lucky

found via minor details

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Design A Day: Sponge Chair

There really isn't much of an explanation beyond what the design is. Sponges can be soft and comfortable. Why not make it into a chair? Also, it would absorb anything that got spilled on it, which might not be such a bad thing. This is the 25th of at least 50 sponge ideas.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Design A Day: Hanging Lamp

This lamp can be put out with the clothes on a sunny day, then brought in at night to provide light inside the house. It might also be hanged out on a porch or apartment deck. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Design A Day: Wine Storage

This concept is a wine and bread/cracker (maybe even cheese) storage unit that is in the shape of the cross. There's also space for Reidel glasses in the top. There's not much more too it than that, other than the religious references. This idea was one in a series of ideas while designing a refrigerator for a class project. It wasn't usable for the class, but works great here.

This Design A Day series is started by Robert as sort of design calisthenics. 

Monday, December 1, 2008

More Good, Not Less Bad

A concept that seems simple enough to think about, and yet so difficult to execute in today's world. We have to keep trying.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

How and Why To Be Unreasonable

From The DO Lectures, I'm in love with videos lately.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


I just found this on You Tube. Perfect.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Break the Water Bottle Habit

I pledge to Break the Bottled Water Habit by Thinking Outside the Bottle and using a reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled water. I also pledge to support the efforts of local officials to stop spending public funds on bottled water and prioritize strong public water systems over bottled water profits.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Real Goods Brick and Mortar Store Trip

The 1 million dollar solar array, that paid for itself in 5 years, and now earns $55,000 a year. It generates enough electricity to power 60 homes for a year.

An off the grid merry-go-round. I believe it is the first solar powered merry-go-round.

A hand powered washing machine, that I'm told doesn't work too well. That does mean there is a design opportunity!

This was an installation piece to make a living wall. 

Interestingly enough, the wall was made of styrofoam, and painted to look like rocks. Find out more information at tesselation.com.

An LED light bulb, that will emit an equivalent rated 40W luminescence. It will out last a CFL Bulb by at least 30 years. The cost is $40 right now, worth it for its life span and energy savings.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Train Across America (3/4)

Waking up to cows in the middle of America.

Granola and soy milk (sorry cows) for breakfast.

Another processing plant along the route of the train ride.

An irrigation system that moves across the field. There were many of this along the trip, and they were at least 100 yards long!

The train stop in Boulder, Colorado. We were allowed to walk around the station, and the immediate area looked like an interesting walkable place.

Heading into the Colorado mountains, and a little rainfall.

Rafters going down the Colorado River. There was a group that mooned the train later on (my camera wasn't fast enough though).

At the station in Colorado Springs. It looked like a great place to come and vacation some day. And it's easily accessible by train!