Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Brother Nick & I Introduce PaletteCase for iPad and iPad2 on Kickstarter

My brother Nick and I, aka Nick & Beau, have launched our first product design on Kickstarter! Palette

PaletteCase is the only case that supports every way you hold and prop your iPad and iPad 2. The slim, protective case is made of 100% Merino wool felt and durable vegetable tanned leather.

Please check it out, share it, and maybe even support it if this is something you are interested in!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Public Stoop

I love this modification of the steps outside a manicure shop on Thompson Street in SoHo, New York. This elongated concrete step feature that extends the length of a commercial space is quite common in this part of the city, and they have chosen to take advantage of it by sawing the legs off 3 chairs and making a bench/waiting area that is accessible to their neighbors. Later that evening I noticed the chairs sitting inside the doorway stored safely overnight.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Revealing Intangible Networks

I love Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi project by Timo Arnall, Jørn Knutsen, Einar Sneve Martinussen from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. They have visualized the wireless networks that surround us by building a WiFi measuring rod that allows them to light paint a visualization of WiFi intensity during dark December days in Oslo!

This technique is particularly revealing of some of the WiFi "shadow" that's created by a brick wall seen here.

There is definitely an ever increasing desire to reveal the invisible networks that surround us making them visible or tangible. I could imagine an entire facade of a building that is a constantly fluctuating display of the wireless in the area as a form of functional ornament. Imagine a display built into sidewalks that is a real time embedded form of warchalking.

Thanks to my colleague Rebecca Sinclair for passing this on to me!