Created as a cross between a Pantone shade card and a stationery set, the Pen Fan fits 8 different flat-head sketch pens in a small, easy-to-carry set. The flat pens are connected to each other, forming a neat Japanese-fan style layout that displays all the 8 colors for you to pick and choose from. Each individual sketch pen is detachable too, allowing you to snap off and on pens to create a palette of your choice! Stationery-hoarders, you’ve been warned! More here.
What a brilliant design, love the way they are attached to each other.
Despite the undeniably powerful photographic capabilities that the newly released family of iPhones has brought with them, we can’t help but miss the iconically minimal and design that its ancestors were famed for carrying! This case aims to restore some of this clean design language, whilst simultaneously offering a welcomed level of protection! More here.
Such a simple idea smartly implemented. Shame it isn’t quite real, but I like this part- ‘using the case’s embedded NFC technology, it automatically turns on the camera.’
Yet what’s almost universally overlooked in the paeans to Ive’s design legacy is that the fabulous iMac design also included one of his worst mistakes: the “hockey puck” mouse, whose round shape was so unfriendly to the human hand that it effectively kickstarted the market for third-party USB mice out of thin air… More here.
Apple has never made a good mouse, never.
These reinterpretations of corporate logos are to the point and on the whole spot on. The full set is here.
And on the subject of logo design, how impressive is the one below for Tokyo 2020?
The essence of the design of Apple Card is reduction. Some high-end credit cards move many markings to the back of the card. Apple has gone one step further.
The usually present card number, expiration date, security code (CSC or CVV) and signature blank are completely gone… More here.
Now that is looking deep at something so visually simple.
Germany’s Bauhaus art school, founded 100 years ago, introduced a bold, minimal and radical new approach to design which remains hugely influential. To mark its centenary, an international community of designers have reimagined a host of modern brand logos in this now iconic style… More here.
I look at the logos in the above article and can see that the world would look a little more friendly if they were real.
Visual hierarchy implemented with the lines, tube lines (most frequent) in bold solid colour, other TFL services (less frequent) in a pastel shade with darker border, National Rail services (least frequent) as hollow lines. This draws the attention of the eye towards the busier services and subconsciously suggests the most regular option… More here.
It took a long time, but Luke has managed to greatly improve the map with the most subtle of changes.
Here’s my desk scenario. I have a pencil holder from Amazon, a stapler from Maped, a hole-punch from Kangaro, and an off-brand planter with a mini succulent in it. It’s a collection of products I love individually, but combine them together and they end up making my workspace look like there’s a whole lot going on. That’s where the problem lies. Desk items aren’t always designed to be a part of a family. They’re just made to be good products that look wonderful on shelves, and perform well enough for you to not have any complaints… and often become a decorative element in your overhead #workspace photo on Instagram… More here.
I kind of like this, I think.
From the famous blue, pearlised lamps and peekaboo coffee table to Don Draper’s bar stools, Mad Men is a huge source of midcentury design inspiration, thanks to its timeless style quality. So we’ve rounded up the best items inspired by the show’s iconic and retro aesthetic so you can get the Mad Men interior yourself… More here.
I can see many a hipster running out to make some purchases immediately.