Wooden Keyboard, Hacoa

Beautiful wooden keyboards, by Hacoa, for those who like the touch of natural material, even in a digital world.


4-Printer Printing Process

Just in Time, or a Short History of Production, is a book printed by four different printers, spanning 100 years between the printers’ dates of manufacture: Magenta (Stencil duplicator, 1880); Cyan (Spirit duplicator, 1923); Black (Laser printer, 1969); Yellow (Inkjet printer, 1976). With each printer delegated to printing one ink plate, this book’s production emphasizes the nature of the printing process itself, as well as its historical context. 

Foldable, Rubber Stool

This stool made of recycled rubber bends into sitting position and stays put with the simple application of bolts. When no longer needed, it unfolds into a flat shape that’s easy to store out-of-sight. With its unique look and cushy rubber elasticity, the stool by Japan’s h220430 is an elegant recycle-minded piece with flexible function.

3 Product Designs striving to change habits for the better

It’s the mundane, oft-repeated habits of our times that create the most waste, cumulatively generating landfills at an alarming rate. Here are three product design and product packaging ideas that strive not only to reduce waste, but also to address ease of use, thereby encouraging behavioral consumer changes.

Paperboard’s line of Ditto hangers for home or business help make a dent against the 3.5 billion wire hangers and 8 billion plastic hangers that end up in landfills. The 17″ ziggurat hanger model (image 2), which was designed for Adidas and holds 20 pounds, has a 1″ wide shoulder and is perfect for holding even delicate fabrics such as knits—an award-winning design available in packs of 10 for $15 via Amazon.

For Starbucks’ 2010 Betacup Challenge competition, which invited designers to create cups that encouraged waste-reducing behaviors, Dutch designer Martjin van Loon came up with an edible solution: a heat resistant and liquid resistant wafer cup which can be disposed of by being eaten.


ECOvention’s GreenBox pizza box is tri-purpose: pizza suitcase, plates, and compact storage box. The top folds down into four pre-perforated plates, cutting back on paper plate use, and the bottom folds into a compact storage, eliminating the need for an additional storage container or wrap. It’s already used at Whole Foods in the U.S., Ali Baba Pizza in Canada, and other locations, and has been honored at the Responsible Packaging Awards on October 14, 2010, Boston.



Character Design: Gorgeous Animation with Great, Emotive Character


This video, “Float,” performed by Flogging Molly, features a delightfully designed stick character through a journey. His physical details, kinetic movement and color lend themselves perfectly to the moody color palette and general setting. Gorgeously shot with a well-crafted tone in setting and character. Wonderful!

Credits: Karni & Saul, directors.