inspirational and interesting design finds.

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daniel rybakken



lighting artist/designer daniel rybakken

daniel rybakken

inspiration is for amateurs



what makes a designer good? what makes a designer successful? i had many conversations on this topic with people. at the end of the day, i believe it is as much about ones design sense, as it is about the ability to get up in the morning, work through times where inspiration may not strike you, and to just get things done and stuff out there. talent, i believe, needs to cover someone’s work ethics just as much as their business sense and their design capabilities. (and no, i’m not saying that i necessarily have all of these covered myself …)

but I really liked and agreed with chuck close’s quote from andrew zuckerman’s wisdom:

“Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.”

(see the longer quote at designsojourn.)


saturday come slow



a combination of music video and documentary, massive attack’s video for ‘saturday come slow’ is intriguing on many levels. from the general information on sound, over the recounting of music/sound usage for interrogations in guantanmo bay by a former detainee, to the beautiful images.




opening on friday july 9th at the yerba buena center for the arts in san francisco, TechnoCRAFT explores the changing boundaries between designer and consumer. curated by yves behar, it investigates the current trend of open design around the six subthemes of crowdsourcing, platforms, blueprints, hacks, incompletes, and modules.

included in the show is my shaded lamp, part of the un-readymades series, my own exploration in the area of design democracy and personalization in 2007.

some additional info can be found at dexigner.


tobias wong, 1974-2010



tobias wong passed away early morning sunday, may 30, 2010. some info at core77, archinect, flavorwire, designboom, inhabitat, treehugger, hint, dezeen, mocoloco. and just coming out, an obituary at the new york times.

update 6/26/10: new york times article with some additional information

i met him once when he co-judged a competition i was in (thanks again for making me best-of-show). so don’t have too much to add. but here are some of my favorite pieces by him:


gold pills – pure gold leaf passes straight through the body and ends up in your stool…so your poop will glitter

tb-coke-spoon1 tb-coke-spoon

coke spoon 1 + 2


his take on karim rashid’s ‘i want to change the world’



  new york city twin tower matchbook, 2010




looking at it a while ago, shapeways seemed like just another rapid prototyping service. but in addition to the standard collection of different plastic materials, they also offer models in stainless steel. and until the end of this month, even with an optional gold plating. seems like a great way to design and build jewelry.


color theory for designers



targeted mostly at web designers, but still useful for others as well, smashing magazine starts a three-part series on color.


sight unseen



run by monica khemsurov and jill singer, former editors of i.d. magazine, sight unseen is a new website aiming to provide an intimate and behind-the-scenes look at design, art, fashion, food, photography and other creative disciplines.


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