Notebooks of future travels

The drawback with calendars is that they have an expiration date. Even though our little experiment broke even (materials / printing cost) there were a few calendars left behind and as Spring approached their chances of finding a good home diminished rapidly. So we sat down with Psit jewllery and Yellow Boots for a quick brainstorming on the subject of: What can you do with an unsold calendar? Read more

AYE – A Wearable device to reduce Vitamin A deficiencies in infants

AYE was created as a team project for The Wearables for Good Challenge  (UNICEF, Arm, Frog).

“A global call-to-action to develop innovative, affordable solutions to make wearables and sensor technology a game-changer for women and children across the world. A challenge to design wearable and sensor technology that serves people in resource constrained environments. (source)”We started from the highlighted causes of The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and more specifically Goal 4: Reduce child mortality. Read more

Around the world in 12 months

Prompted by my sister, who has been creating her own calendars for the last two years, I decided to put some of my travel photos to good use. Each month is a journey to China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam or UK (the odd one in the mix). Read more

¿Quién Compró? User Interface

I am glad to wrap a very interesting project, created through a truly distributed collaboration. Initiated in Mexico, managed from various countries (Nepal, Tanzania, Croatia to name a few) designed in Athens and developed in Kosovo. It originated in Mexico from a group of journalists advocating transparency of government expenditure and was refined by the Engine room through a great project management by Tin Geber. I was tasked with the design of the User Interface for the web application after which the visual elements were developed into a functioning live application by the Open Data Kosovo team. Read more

For the love of Cartography

Today I saw an open call from OS (Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency for Great Britain) requesting designs for new map symbols. Needless to say I got excited (maps and pictograms are a love of mine) until I realized it was not aimed at professional designers. Ops, well good fun and deliberate practice. You can find the vectors here. Read more

Dolos

There is an inherent brutalist beauty in these concrete tetrapods. An interlocking army in a never ending battle with elemental erosion. Manufactured to stop the advance of water that would eat more delicate structures such as harbors and beaches. The coastal line of Japan is dotted with Dolos (or “knuckle bones”) each individually placed, numbered and able to be traced by satellites. Due to their massive weight (around 20 tons / unit) they are constructed next to the placement site to minimize transportation. With a concrete lifespan around 70 years, allegedly every single Dolos is still functional and intact. Read more

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