BeHance – me

My Behance – http://www.behance.net/kayd

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I just recently joined ‘the master network of the ultimate designers’ – it sounds cool when you say it like that ey! – Anyway all to one side its real, theres some awesome work on there by some truly talented people. Lets hope I can keep with the standerds – never mind the standerds try your best!

I will be uploading more content in the following months – need to clean up afew projects.

Please check out – http://www.behance.net/kayd

COOL TUMBLR BLOGS FOR DESIGNERS

 

GET ON… GET INSPIRED…

 

1) VISUAL SANDAE

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Visual Sundae is a beautiful, image-led blog that celebrates all types of art and design, from typography to illustration, posters to sculptures. A nicely organised source of inspiration, and if you’re not looking for anything specific, you can always try the ‘Random’ button.

2) THE MADE SHOP

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The Made Shop is a brilliant Tumblr blog from a brilliant team of designers, bringing you the best innovative work from across the globe, whether that be in photography, branding, illustration or film art direction. I love the way the navigation divides nicely between ‘Things we made’ and ‘Things we found’.

3) WALLPAPER*

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The high-end architecture, design, fashion, art and lifestyle magazine Wallpaper* has extended itself onto the Tumblr platform, bringing together the best images from wallpaper.com. The site is as pleasingly professional as the print magazine, and if you want to know more, clicking on each image takes you through the relevant post on Wallpaper*’s main website.

4) DESIGNERS FOR TUMBLR 

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Looking for big, beautiful images of the latest cool design work? This regularly updated Tumblr blog extracts the best of designs on the platform and is open to submissions. A great place to see the work of others as well as network with designers worldwide

FACEBOOK: ARE YOU ON TIMELINE? SOON YOU WILL BE!

All the updates and regular changes to Facebook, have annoyed quite a lot of users in the past and caused a hassle within the Fb community.  Although I was simply never ’emotionally effected’ by any of the updates (considering that I do classify myself as a regular user of Fb), I think its the simple fact that people are afraid of ‘change’!! afraid but yet accept it!

– the truth is in time ‘change’ takes over and complaints fade away!

Anyway I’m going to get straight to the point. Most of you are probably aware of what’s around the corner for Fb users and already some have accepted it: Ladies and Gents I present to you, The Timeline:

What do I think of it? At the moment I’m trying it out and I quite like the layout of the page header but not a praticular fan of the columns.  Anyway all this doesn’t matter because Fb will force this change/update on to its users very very soon (in a weeks time)

With everything said, I think that slowly Fb designers might be moving towards enabling user customization within the layout and design aspects of the page….who knows, maybe!

Here is a link for further reading on the Timeline: click me

p.s I’m liking  the update for the iphone app…

PAPERNOMAD: AS GOOD AS IT GETS

Tear resistant, water resistant and flame retardant paper? Vienna-based collective, Papernomad creates bags and covers for mobile electronic devices for this generation of urban nomads. Made of 100% organic materials, the company grew out of a quest to identify industrial niches where traditional materials could be replaced by paper.

The company considers their paper products, “the perfect analog counterbalance to the metal and glass digital world that surrounds us.” With a sheep’s wool lining and a magnetic hemp closure, their products are designed with a C2C lifecycle in mind. And the best of all…you can sketch directly on the covers!

Identity, Sustainability and Sanity encompass our values in a world of constant change. Papernomads are sleeves and covers which capture our experiences as quick scribbles, coffee stains, finger prints, telephone numbers or the occasional lipstick impression. Not unlike a diary, they document our experiences and create reference points in time for us to remember.

Source: core77

TOUCH PRINTER CONCEPT…

(CORE77) Seattle-based design consultancy Artefact feels the printer hasn’t evolved apace with the computers they’re connected to, and their SWYP conceptis designed to address that. The See What You Print machine would boast a full-length touchscreen on its top surface, asking the user to interact with the printer rather than the computer. This is more easily explained via video, so have a look:

SWYP: See What You Print from Artefact on Vimeo.

A LITTER OF LIGHT

Outside of metropolitan Manila in the Philippines, there are an astonishing 3 million households living without adequate power and electric lighting. A nonprofit called the MyShelter Foundation, working in conjunction with MIT students, has an ingenious program in place to bring free light to these areas:

Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light), is a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring the eco-friendly Solar Bottle Bulb to disprivileged communities nationwide. Designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Solar Bottle Bulb is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies—a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities.

The video says it all, and you’ll be surprised at how bright the “bulb” is. (And if you’re wondering what the bleach is for—I initially thought it might have phosphorescent properties—it’s to prevent algae from forming and clouding the “bulb.”)

source: core77

VIRAL MARKETING PIGEONHOLE

ECO DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR SHOE COMPANY.

Carrier pigeons haven’t been considered as a practical, efficient mode of communication since World War II, yet eco-conscious shoe companyJojo has found a way to use them for deliveries, physically and digitally. Based on the video below, the Brussels-based brand’s flock is meant to deliver at least as much web traffic as they do shoes.
The bit about having customers submit images of their neighborhoods (for the pigeons’ benefit) is pretty neat, though I’m curious as to how reliably the pigeons can find their destinations based on Google Streetview. (Source: http://www.core77.com)
For what it’s worth, the design ain’t bad…but I wonder how the “pigeon” option would work for U.S. or Belgian addresses. www.jojoproject.com/en
p.s this sounds like a more expensive idea???

JOON & JUNG’S NATURAL SPEAKER

Its the acoustic properties of porcelain which were discovered by Joon & Jung, making the function precise as well as the simple form and structure combined with the materials, unique in its own way.
‘Amplified inside the ceramic and wood transmission construction, the sound gains a slight echo, creating a natural feeling of resonance, resembling the distinct flair of an acoustic instrument right in front of you’.

the natural speaker from Studio Joon&Jung on Vimeo.

DESIGN PROCESS

Nice thinking….

Some key information on the subject it self. It’s similar to what we were taught, but reading through I  came across afew good points.Design Council – The design process

….’Different designers manage the process of design in different ways. But when we studied the design process in eleven leading companies, we found striking similarities and shared approaches among the designers we talked to. In this section we show one way of mapping the design process, and give more detail on the key activities in each of the process’s four stages…’

THE SPOTIFY PLAYER

 

(SOURCE: WIRED.CO.UK)
Jordi Parra, a Spanish design student, has taken digital music and turned it back into a physical product, creating a beautiful Spotify player from wood and plastic.
“I’m interested in the way music industry is evolving,” Parra told Wired.co.uk, “and I really miss not being able to physically share music the way we used to a few years ago.” So he put together a player that plays tracks on Spotify chosen by tokens containing RFID tags. Each token represents a particular album or playlist, and placing it on the player immediately begins playback.

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LATE NIGHT READING

 DON NORMAN

VP at Apple, Executive at HP and an academic (Harvard, UC San Diego, Northwestern, KAIST).
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‘I have seen the future, and I am opposed.’

I fear the future of our technologies, but not for the usual reasons. For me, the future would bring forth solutions to our needs and wants, design that provides value in a sustainable and responsible manner. Technology that is relevant and appropriate. But what I see developing seems driven by greed and profit, resulting in restrictive business plans and attempts to enforce proprietary constraints on activity by corporate empires.
The power of my electronic computing and communication equipment is more dictated by my service provider than by the technology itself. Imagine traveling in the future and entering a new country:

Please have your papers ready. Passport, visa, customs form, medical coverage, service provider roaming agreement.

A MUST HAVE

‘A fantastic source of inspiration, the book gives insight into the inner workings and private inspiration of creatives from the world of advertising, design, graphic design, fashion design, art, street art, and illustration. Intimate and often unseen, sketchbooks document the sources of inspiration as well as the journey to final execution. Providing a showcase of ideas, the sketchbooks themselves are complemented by interviews where the artists explain how they use their sketchbooks and how these relate to finished works, giving readers a direct and unmediated insight into the process of research and creation.
Richard Brereton began his career in the London and New York art markets, before becoming a television producer for the BBC. He currently lives and works in London and is the editor of GRAPHIC’

A FEW TIPS

BASIC GUIDELINES FOR PRODUCT SKETCHING 

Within the field of product design, ability to represent your ideas by using effective visual method such as sketching opens doors for better communication between designers and clients. Designers find that using sketching is an efficient way to speed up the process of developing ideas in the real life. There are times where sketch can express more than words and you get an instant understanding of a concept. Sketches are useful for designers who work in groups and sketches can deliver easy and fast way to brief an idea to others.
READ ON (TO SOURCE)  USEFUL TIPS FOR ALL SKETCHERS!

GREAT WEBSITE

Good Fucking Design Advice! on www.goodfuckingdesignadvice.com

‘Good Fucking Design Advice aims to serve the needs of the greater design community for the common good. Whether you’re a student unable to receive a timely response from a professor, a designer eagerly awaiting feedback from a vacationing art director, or a sheltered freelancer lonely toiling away in her studio apartment, Good Fucking Design Advice will provide you with immediate unbiased assistance 24/7.

AND HERE IT IS

Apple launched the iPad 2 at an event in San Francisco.
Revealing it to be faster and thinner than the original iPad, with two cameras and a gyroscope!

Expected Release Date: 25th March.

I remember it was around May 2010 when the iPad was first launched in the UK. Since then apple claims that they have sold nearly 15million tablets. Everyone was so hyped and excited about this ‘technological wonder’.
All flaws and little user faults were shadowed by the brand and concept (design)…. ‘It was a design that makes you happy’ But…
Could it have been more functioning? More usable with more purpose to it? I don’t know, maybe! All I know is that if I did buy the iPad back in May 2010: It would have kept me happy and busy for the first 3-4 months,  then I would have just pick it up from my desk from time to time… maybe to keep myself occupied!
9 months later Apple would have just launched a new one!
The iPad 2 better looking, better functioning.. with maybe a bit more purpose to it!
Basically when all comes to an end I would have been sitting there and wondering; where has my money gone?..
So what do I do now! Do I scrap this and buy the iPad 2… or just wait for the iPad 3?
Read more about the first review on wired.co.uk.