Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece. One of it’s most recognized landmarks is the White Tower. Build by the Ottomans in the 15th century (with Mimar Sinan as the speculated architect) to enhance the fortification of the city. Currently, it serves as a monument, a museum, and a public meeting spot. After a conversation with my creative Thessalonikian aunt and her suggestion, I started exploring potential ideas to transform the essence of the tower into a contemporary tourist souvenir. Read more
The evil goat eye or evil cuttlefish eye is a curse believed to be cast by the glare of a malevolent goat/cuttlefish. It is usually given to a person while they are blissfully unaware, strolling in the Greek countryside or swimming in the Aegean sea. Old folklore tales believe that receiving a stare from an evil goat/cuttlefish can cause misfortune and uncontrolled hiccups. Special talismans in the shape of a goat or a cuttlefish eye were created to ward off the evil and protect those who wear them. Read more
A few months ago I was attracted to a platform that curates Greek designers who redefine the notion of contemporary souvenirs in Greece. This is a market area in drastic need for new creative solutions, as for a long time it stayed dormant, covered in bad taste and poor execution. Designing souvenirs is a juxtaposition of cultures and products. Read more
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 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
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
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