Archive for October, 2009

Cardboard Wine box/table

Linkdesign Amsterdam designed this cardboard wine box/table for Dutch online shop The shop is also an initiative of Linkdesign together with a wine buyer. Again, a different way of ROI (return on investment) for a design agency.
Nice sustainable interior design object. (and you know how I feel about cardboard by now ;-). It’s also available with custom top. Check for details (in Dutch only)


Also read these and these story’s about cardboard on this blog.


For the love of carboard

Ok, you probably know by now this blog is, for a small part, dedicated to the best non-material ever: cardboard. So I just had to show you the work of British designer Gilles Miller. I stumbled upon his work through an article on designboom.

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I used the images of Gilles Miller’s website and I also I took the courtesy to rip of some of the pictures of website of designboom, taken during the London Designweek 2009.

Check Gilles Miller’s website
Also read  these storys on this blog

Fashionable packaging design #3

8 Italian designers (all woman) collaborated with Coca Cola in creating these Coca Cola Light bottles. Donatella Versace, Alberta Ferretti, Anna Molinari for BlumarineVeronica Etro, Silvia Venturini for Fendi, Consuelo Castiglioni for Marni, Angela Missoni and Rossella Jardini for Moschino. The bottles were sold at an auction to support the victims of the earthquake in Abruzzo, Italy.

Source: Cyana Trendland

Also read on this blog this and this story

l’Hydroptère, the flying boat

It’s not a common subject on this blog; sailing boat design. But as a sailor I just couldn’t resist telling you about this. And it’s a design that goes far beyond the average.

You don’t just design the fastest sailing boat over night. It’s a long process and the idea was borne in 1975, but it took ’til 1994 for it to materialize. So it took a while, but it’s here and they did it. Sometimes you really need to think out of the box to break records, to not only think ‘floating’, but also think ‘flying’. Sure, they’re not the first to use this flying technique, but they surely made the fastest sailing boat with it. l’Hydroptère, the “flying boat”, is the fastest sailing boat in the world. It broke the world speed record by sailing 55.5 knots (103 km/h) and an average speed of 51.36 knots over 500 meters and 48.72 knots over one nautical mile on September 4th. The next goal is to break the trans Atlantic record next year.
l’Hydroptère is a trimaran with foils. These underwater wings extract the boat’s hulls from the water when a certain speed is reached, which considerably reduces the ship’s hydrodynamic drag.
 A whole team of engineers and sailors worked on the project over the years with Alain Thébault as head designer. He also skippered the boat.


Check for all the details the l’Hydroptère website (they designed the fastest sailing boat, but unfortunately probably the slowest web site, it takes ages to load ;-)
Source: Zilt magazine and l’Hydroptère

Painted pixels

Love the work of Japanese artist Kazuki Takamatsu. You’ve got the feeling you’re looking at computer generated bitmap images, but in fact it’s done in gouache painting technique. Painted on canvas yet an increasable feel of depth. I especially like how the often edgy topics and content are brought in a very clean, dreamy and aesthetic way.

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Check Kazukita Kamatsu’s website for more work.

Inspiration-snack #28

Wow. Beautiful opening Titles for Typophile Film Festival 5.
Visual arts professor Brent Barson and 11 graphic design students at BYU spent three months to create a great film using Jell-O, squash, laser-cut food and purple fur to serve as an opening for the festival. Turn up the volume, the music is also very nice. Go here to read the full production story.


Source, photo credits & for all credits for the movie: Fontshop
TNX Anneke Krull for the tip
Also read: dBOD You, and: Inspiration-snack #26and: avro logo 10th anniversary

dBOD #1 packaging design agency 2009

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It’s official: dBOD is the #1 packaging design agency of the Netherlands!

In the tough price-fighting market that packaging design seemed to have become, dBOD stood out with quality, service and reliability. According to Marketing Tribune dBOD scores highest in all categories. Dedato was the best corporate design agency. See the facts here (sorry, only in Dutch)

Like the visual? Its made by yours truly ;-)