Inside the sketchbook of a designer

Inside the sketchbook of a designer

As a designer I find it incredible inspiring to see how other creative minds work. So it almost feels like the book Graphic by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico was made for me. The book contains some 100 of the world’s leading graphic designers (including creative minds as Stefan Sagmeister, Sara Fanelli, and Art Spiegelman) who have all open up their private sketchbooks to chart their creative process. Christmas present of the year for your designer friend(s)?

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Solar Serpents in Paradise

Solar Serpents in Paradise

Freeways are traditionally not very eco friendly and tend to produce nothing more than carbon dioxide. The city of Los Angeles got around 800 km of freeways and Swedish architect Måns Tham has come up with an idea to turn the freeways into green, energy producing networks than run throughout out the city by covering the roads with solar panels. If that isn’t enough Måns Tham suggests that algae ponds should be placed along the roads. Algae that cleans the car exhausts from carbon dioxide. The algae can then be harvested and turned into bio fuel. Information on how much energy the freeways could be able to produced can be found after the jump or at Måns Tham website.

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Mythologic carpets from Ege

Mythologic carpets from Ege

Dark Water is a series beautiful and scary carpet from Danish Ege, designed by Russian artist and designer Kirill Rozhkov. Ege’s brief to Rozhkov was simple and straight forward: “Create your own carpet collection. No limitations.” I wish more companies dared to do as Ege and trust their designers fully, because I believe that the results from such a trust is more creative and it is sure to surprise you, in a good way.

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To Øl: Overall

To Øl: Overall

To Øl was formed in 2005 after a late night conversation between Tobias Emil Jensen, Tore Gynther and their teacher Mikkel Borg Bjergsø. The tree were tired of watery beer and decided to start brewing their own beer. They started out by brewing at the schools cafeteria during the nights. The cafeteria personal complained but the beer was much appreciated by the other students and faculty.

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Kosmo Spin by Simogo

Kosmo Spin by Simogo

iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad owners can count themselves lucky because they can soon buy the game Kosmo Spin. They visually attractive game is developed by Simon Flesser and Magnus ”Gordon” Gardebäck who together is the Malmö based game studio Simogo. Kosmo Spin is Simogo’s first game but the duo behind it is no newcomers. They have previously worked on the game Ilomilo that I written about in the past. More images from the game after jump…

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Behmann Mode

Behmann Mode

Behmann Mode is located in the small Austrian alp village of Egg. They have recently reconstructed and enlarged their fashion store with the help of Bernardo Bader, an architect more or less specialized in designing modern and impressive alp houses. The beautiful facade is made out of oak with a planned lifespan of 70 years. Today the bright wooden faced works like a beacon for the shop but I think the aging of the wood will make the facade even more beautiful and help with the stores integration into the cityscape (villagescape).

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Milko repackaged

Milko repackaged

Jämtland based dairy producer Milko have gotten a package makeover with the help of United Power. The combination of folk art inspired patterns and Bodoni as new house font is very successful and gives the packages a almost 1960’s feel. Trendy enough to attract new business without frightening old customers. Good work Milk and United Power!

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Watching House

Watching House

Regular readers know that I like houses with simple lines. But Watching House Pedro Ressano Garcia is more than just simple and strict lines, it also have a beautiful contrast between the white facade and the raw, aged bricks that binds the exterior with interior. I’m also fond of the secretive, thin windows. Lots of more pictures after the jump as usual.

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Hövding

Hövding

I know I should wear a helmet when I ride around Malmö but my vanity stops me. But that can all change now thanks to a brilliant Swedish invention called Hövding, a helmet that isn’t a helmet but a collar. A collar that holds an airbag that deploys if you crash (by yourself or with a car). Hövding will cost a bit more than a helmet, around 3000 SEK and the idea is that you will be able to buy different styled casings for Hövding so you can match it to the rest of your outfit. Exciting product that feels like a mix between a car airbag and a life jacket that inflates when in contact with water. After the jump you’ll find some fashion photos of different styled collars and a video showing Hövding in action.

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