Friday, February 27, 2009


I like this.

Happy Friday!

Design + Prosthetics

Francesca Lanzavecchia (Proaesthetics Supports collection)

Some interesting opportunities where design and fashion and biomimicry can help people feel more whole when they have a physical disability. These are some beautiful designs that help give the user/wearer confidence.

Jordan Diatlo

Hans A. Huseklepp

Friday, February 20, 2009

Molly Sullivan and Bosco Rossi

Molly Sullivan is incredible singer. Check her and her bands songs out here and here. She is Jacques girlfriend and a super sweet person!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

India: Leaf Bowls

A couple of weeks ago, some of my classmates and I saw the webinar by IDSA Design for the Majority Section called “Subtle Technologies: What I’ve Learned in India About Design" by Larry Hoffer.

Loffer gave an example of recycling and reuse: pressed leaf bowls. These are found on train platforms, and fall apart shortly after being soaked with the Indian food in the bowl. After use, the bowls are thrown on the ground and eaten by the roaming cows on the streets, which results in fertilizing manure.

So why do we use paper bags+styrofoam containers+napkins+plastic utensils when we are going to just spend 15 minutes eating? I think this is why a lot of people eat over the sink. Also, I think this is one of the beauties of street food everywhere.

(Hoddeok in Korea... yumm.. just need one piece of paper to keep from burning your fingers!)

Anything Design

This brand, Anything Design is a collaboration between UK designer Michael Sodeau and Japanese company Suikosha, where they have a collection of stationary products. The design is clean and focuses on functionality and space.

I like how the products all appear to be grounded and stable. They also have completely different characters in terms of their proportions, but are still a family of form.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Cute Factor, A Strong Marketing Angle

Behold, the power of cute advertising. You'd be amazed at how effective this is.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


By Psyho.


For my classmates who are looking into tablet+keyboard combos in their computer designs, check out the Lenovo Thinkpad W700 with an integrated Wacom tablet.

Li Wei, performance artist

Oh Li wei, you so crazy! He uses mirrors, scaffolding, and wires to create his images.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Hugs and Kisses

Happy Friday!

(Absolut really has nothing to do with the content of this commercial...but it is Frrrriday!)

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Sylvia and I really like to draw characters, so we decided to create a character forum-blog so we could post our drawings. We also will have at least one challenge per week. If you like drawing characters too, you should join! Post a comment if you are interested! You can check out our new blog here.

(a storyboard sketch for Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom) by Tom Oreb)

Monday, February 9, 2009

쌩툰's 페이퍼 (Ssangtoon's Paper)

Back when I was in Korea, I was browsing through some blogs on Cyworld. This is one of the most interesting blogs I came across called Ssangtoon's Paper, where this person uses illustrations to tell stories about parenthood. Even if you can't read Korean, it's really fun to look at.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Dan Milligan, Concept Artist

Since I am in a graphic novel class right now, I've been checking out illustrators and storytelling extensively.

Dan Milligan is a concept artist who is really effective in storytelling for films and for advertising. It's really interesting to compare the difference between the two. I think the film storyboards are comparable and helpful to look at when writing a graphic novel. The ad storyboards however are really useful to look at when storyboarding for ID.

Film: Beowulf

Advertisements: AMC

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Yohji USB

I tried to play around with the composition here and add some drama. Feedback welcome.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Oren Lavie

Her Morning Elegance, by Oren Lavie

Charming music video.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Self Portrait, 我自己!

Got distracted and took some photos. Played around with my glasses and how it distorts my face. I like #5 and #7.

Monday, February 2, 2009

HP Sponsored Studio-Concept Phase

We are currently working on a desktop computer design targeted towards emerging markets for an HP-sponsored studio. Last Friday, we had a critique on some initial concepts and are expected to come up with a final design by Wednesday.

This is pretty much a call for help and any input or feedback is appreciated.

An overview for my concepts:

The Patel family is growing up in the Dharavi slum, which is a very large slum central in Mumbai. The family is in the emerging middle class, where they have enough money to sustain, but not enough to move out of the slums.

There are two children: one in high school, one just graduated and is interested in IT. Education is the main reason they will purchase a computer.

Concerns addressed:
SPACE- They live in a 225 ft^2 apartment. They have a TV, Stove, toilet/shower, and beds. No room for a table. They need an environment to study.
GEOGRAPHY- They deal with Monsoon season, drought, and dust.
COST- They do not waste money on luxury items. Customization will help the user buy a basic, inexpensive computer, and upgrade when they can afford it.

On the Wall- Solving space is its primary concern. Also, a story is that during monsoon season in the slums, sewage and water flow onto the floors of homes. This keeps the computer protected.

Stacked- This concept focuses on the space and cost problem by being compact during shipping. The parts, monitor and keyboard fit with the tower. It solves small things like cord management.

Out-of-Box- One thing that really hit me was the fact that some people didn't have tables, only room for sleeping. This concept utilizes packaging as a way to create a desk environment for the family. The tower is part of the base and everything fits neatly inside. It also serves to protect a computer.

As of now, I want to combine the Out-of-Box with the On-the-Wall concepts. Any feedback or suggestions on making this sweet?

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Materials, Some Inspiration

16 new materials listed here. Including stuff like water soluble glass, honeycomb paper, and translucent concrete tiles.

Canon, so Amazing.

Canon has got to be the best camera out there. Some Canons can shoot around 12 frames per sec, which means some crystal clear, sweetly lighted, focused goodness of a video.

Check out this short film by Vincent Laforet, who is a print/photography genius.

Parts of Slumdog Millionare were shot using a Canon too, to create an accurate depiction of the un-noticing crowds of Mumbai. (More on that here.)