Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Currently seeding this viral for TGI Fridays featuring some pretty awesome bar tricks - particularly like the flaming sambucca's. It's from Viral Factory who are always very good at making virals that make people have huge debates in the comments section as to which bits are real and which bits are fake. Creates a lot of buzz and 210k views in the first week is not bad at all.
Which means this blog shall now return to talking about design and marketing, with the occasional update on the design and cycling project.
Monday, November 02, 2009
- Reduce the damage caused by an accident. One of the responses to my survey that really stood out was "If you cycle regularly, it is a matter of time before you are involved in an accident. All you can do is minimise the risks." Therefore there need to be more products that incorporate protection for the body when the rider comes off their bike.
- Increasing visibility. If a cyclist is seen they can be given enough space. Products should make the cyclists highly visible on the road.
-Sound. One area I was thinking of was that perhaps a cyclists needs a better means of making themselves known on the road that's more effective than the standard bell - one that can be heard by cars and lorries.
A bit of searching however and I came across this product
and this rather crazy demonstration video
Whilst this product does allow for the cyclist to make their presence known it does so in an antisocial and aggressive way. Perhaps a more 'friendly' version could be designed, one that responds to how hard you push it - making less noise for pedestrians but more noise for vehicles.
This is a call for submissions of photos of bikes in the home - are they hung on the wall? Or just kept in the hallway.
here's where my bike is kept when not in use.
Please help out bu uploading a photo of your bike to the Facebook group or sending it to me in an email
Friday, October 30, 2009
-Cycling is perceived as being dangerous by non-cyclists, despite 75% of cyclists surveyed feeling safe. Perception of safety is a key part of getting non cylists cycling as once they begin cycling and build confidence they feel safer.
-Fear of getting a bike stolen is a factor for both cyclists and non cyclists
-93% of non cyclists in London live within 10 miles of their commuting destination
-80% know someone who cycles, often they are told about the benefits but also that you do have to be careful
- Over half of non cyclists surveyed will consider cycling when the superhighways are introduced. Safety, bike parking and crime are still major set backs however.
-Cycling has to be perceived a being safer in order to get more people cycling.
-Cyclists have a love hate relationship with cycling. Many enjoy the benefits but find it frustrating
-Shockingly 61% of the cyclists surveyed had been involved in an accident (89% of them cycle everyday). The biggest cause of accidents are collisions with cars, interestingly, this was followed with collisions with pedestrians.
-The majority keep their bike in their house
-85% encourage friends to cycle
-The biggest downsides are theft, being sweaty and lack of cycle parking
-It was generally viewed that the best way to improve cycling in London is to educate and train cyclists as well as other road users
-Cycle lanes were generally critisised for having poor road surface or being poorly designed. Some even wanted cycle lanes removed altogether, believing that cyclists are better off sharing the road.
-Many suggested a change to traffic lights, with a green cycle light to allow bikes to set off a few seconds before the rest of the traffic.
A key quote that stood out:
"riding regularly its not a question of if but when you will be involved in an accident. all you can do is minimise risk as much as possible."
I have included both survey results here:
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Thanks also to those that filled out the survey.
I would still love some more responses from the non cyclist - so if you live in London, but do not cycle, please take a couple of minutes to fill it out here
As my project progresses I am focusing more and more on the safety elements of cycling and how this can be improved.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Nike plus represents the commercialisation of a sporting activity with a series of products that are designed to encourage running and increase the enjoyment of running.
They may have asked themselves the question “How do we get more people running” just as I am asking “How do we get more people cycling?”
How they did it:
-Integration with ipod and iphone
-Create a community, the world’s largest running club
-Provides tools to help you improve your running
-saving your runs
-Rewarding you by telling you how many collories you have burnt
-Allowing people to be competitive
-Making it fun
-The more you run the higher your level
-Integration with social networks
Perhaps something similar could be developed for cycling? A way of recording your journeys, how much money you've saved (in my five years of cycling I've probably saved about two and a half thousand pounds. That's the first time I've thought about that)
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I visited Sustrans and spoke to them about their efforts to get more people cycling and what discourages people from cycling.
I spoke to the London Cycling Campaign about HGV vehicles - the biggest killer of cyclists on London's roads.
I did surveys at bus stops, asking people what were their reasons for not cycling - most replied to say that it was too dangerous and their were no showers at their work.
I've spent a great deal of time photographing cyclists behaviour and looking for design opportunities here.
I met a HGV driver and learnt about what it is like from their perspective, even getting the chance to sit in the cab and see the road from their point of view. Despite the mirrors their are still blind spots and when turning left, when the cab moves independently of the trailer, they lose a lot of rear vision. Plenty of opportunities here.
I have returned to university for my final year. My self initiated project is looking at ways in which design can encourage more people to cycle in London. Over the next five months the blog will be devoted to my findings in thsi area.
It would be great if you could get involved as much as possible.
Please join theFacebook group
Follow the project on twitter
If you cycle in London, please take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey
If you don't cycle in London, I'd like to know why! Please fill out this survey
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
So here's a video, the first thing is that it's a lot larger than I was expecting (from the images it looks like it's a small desk fan.) Secondly it doesn't seem as noisy as I was expecting, particularly on lower levels. What is particularly nice is the way you can just pick it up and carry it around - the fan is the handle.
Friday, October 09, 2009
And if it pays a little more, then I'll be incentivised to get out there and find even more stuff to write about and share!
Also worth noting that youtube is now serving 1 billion view per day. That's an insane amount of content, a lot of people falling off things and pandas sneezing, but also, above all, a lot of ideas being shared. The name of the logo file is logo_holy_crap_1bn_a_day Nice to see that even the folks at youtube are surprised.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The attendees, all of which are design blogs that I regularly read, were:
It's Nice that
Form Fifty Five
All worth a visit, the bottle is a very fine example of packaging design and if there was ever an example of the intersection between design and marketing, this would be it:
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Spent the weekend down in Brighton at the awesome White Air Festival
If you're into extreme sports it's definitely worth booking in the diary next year - the biggest extreme sports festival in Europe, alongside some awesome bands in the evening.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I met Dominic Wilcox - a designer whose work I have admired for some time. He'd created a shoelace field installation.
Also, Will and Alex from It's Nice That, a blog which I read daily.
Then there were a few new designers such as James Patmore.
One product which stood out for my was Pyrus, a paper pulp light by designer Mark Braun.
The Dock is a very impressive new design destination in London. The White House nearby housed a series of small exhibitions in each room - felt rather like a houseparty of design. The whole place really demonstrates how much exciting design their is going on in London right now, and it's events like this that make making connections possible.
I'd really recommend heading down there if you get the chance this week.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Last night I had the opportunity to attend a talk by Paul Priestman of Priestmand Goode in the very intemate surroundings of a green house at the Wapping Project (an incredible place)
Very interesting discussion on the impact of China on worldwide design and where British design fits into this.
Which brings me on to a little story. My mum was at my nan's house and was made a cup of tea - when she tasted it, it was soapy. My nan had put Lenor in it instead of milk. Quite an amusing story but it made me think - it's not such a difficult mistake to make. Both the Lenor and milk are the same colour, in the same packaging with the same blue label. When both are on the worktop it is an easy mistake to make when you cannot read the label. Another area when design can intervene and make life easier.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
For a list of projects that I've been involved with, check out viral seeding
Monday, September 21, 2009
This year’s London Design Festival takes place from 19th to 27th September and here are some of the highlights that are worth checking out if you’re in the city. My best piece of advice would be to pick up the Icon Design Trail Guide which is distributed around the festival.
Australian superstar designer, Marc Newson is creating a steel structure called Supercell inspired by marine forms at The Southbank Centre. Art lovers can either gaze up at the structure from the ground, or look down into the funnel from the windows of the Royal Festival Hall.
Spanish Designer Jaime Hayón will be unveiling what is considered to be the centerpiece of the festival, a gigantic chess set with beautifully crafted two metre high ceramic chess pieces referencing the domes, towers and spires of the city that the public will be encouraged to play with.
I'm a big fan of the work of Dominic Wilcox and he’s created a very interesting installation using shoelaces as part of Tom Dixon’s The Dock in what is set to be a new design quarter. Last week we wrote about London being the world capital of design, and for this week, it looks like it might just be.
In the West there is 100% Design which features Designersblock and in the East is Tent London
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Some nice stats in there and it's nicely executed. However, let's not all get carried away here, so to play devil's advocate I thought I'd put my critical hat on:
- There is still are huge amount of the world's population who do not have access to the internet or mobile
- Engagement with TV, radio and newspapers is altogether different to the internet. When I watch TV I will watch an entire TV programme, when I read a newspaper I will sit and read the whole newspaper. With the internet, attention spans are short. People jump from page to page. The amount of engagement online is so much lower and it's far harder to make a lasting impression. The stat in the video demonstrates this - the Iran election was trending on twitter. Then MJ died and people moved on to the next thing. I suppose this could be true of newspapers and TV also. Maybe all media has a short attention span? Books are the way forward.
The internet has however completely changed the way we live, and with mobile internet set to grow - this really is a revolutionary medium.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Their self-titled debut album provides the backdrop for a groundbreaking audio-visual experience combining music and animation in the first ever visual album “The adventures of One eskimO”
The trailer for the adventure can be found at Find little Feather and you can sign up to the quest which involves completing five challenges, with a new challenge released each week.
I posted the first challenge a couple of days back, but I really like the second one - it's incredibly simple, yet frustrating and addictive! I never was terribly good at the piano...give it a go here
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Interesting things I took away:
- the importance of the logo early on
- How an image that gives peoples ideas and stimulate debate is more important than a fancy rendering of how it will look.
- How you need to prove the economic argument for a project
- Keeping the project open to suggestions from anyone
Had it not been for this man and Joshua David the project would have not happened:
I want to go to New York even more now.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
I've just started writing a fortnightly design column for Australian culture magazine, Kluster. Klusters covers art, design, music, fashion and nightlife with writers based in the cities they write about. This week's newsletter can be seen on Kluster's website Definitely worth subscribing.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Not sure what to do in terms on intellectual property rights on this - does my video on youtube prove it's mine or could someone just use the idea. I've always liked the idea of sharing ideas but wouldn't want anyone to copy it.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
A common problem. I thought about how the design of the headphones could be improved and thought about resealable sandwich bags. I decided to do a video to present the idea with a basic prototype.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
very exciting project from the Arts Council England in partnership with London 2012. Twelve new works of art across the country. Check out the ideas for London. Brilliant stuff. If only I'd known a couple of months back. I would have submitted Bollard lights
My favourite is Bus Stops which proposes to use the tops of bus stops as a canvas with programmable LEDs. Brilliant.
I also get a better view:
What's more. I could be anywhere in the world doing my job right now....right now I'm working in London, but if I was to go live in New York I could easily take my work with me. Technology is good.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
To get this across they've created the following series of interactive videos:
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
When I began my degree I was more into the design art side of things. Then you realise that you are just adding more crap to the world. What is really needed are solutions to problems and nice clean, simple, elegant design. That Lasts.
Icon has a blog that's worth a visit.
Within entertainment there are elements
Within 'makes life easier' there are elements
Facebook - entertainment and makes life easier
Twitter - entertainment and makes life easier
Youtube - entertainment and makes life easier
Reddit - entertainment and makes life easier
BBC - entertainment
BBC weather - makes life easier
If a brand can provide something that is both entertaining and makes life easier it'll do well online.
Obviously this all needs a bit more refinement, these are just my initial thoughts. Probably could do with another word for 'making life easier' but that is what the internet set out to do. Added convenience.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Really interesting exhibitions and videos of how London's skyline is changing. I'm facinated by London's architecture and how the city is changing - new projects such as Crossrail, The Olympics and The Shard are set to make the city quite a different place over the next five years. Not to mention the revolution in the number of people cycling :)
Friday, August 07, 2009
His blog is also worth a visit. His post and video on keebab table is very good - he looks at the world in a very creative way.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
I fixed it
Found on Brandflakesforbreakfast who found it at Urban Outfitters (both also worth checking out)
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
However, on my return I had one of those days that reminded me why I live in this city and why I love it. I went kayaking in the morning on a lake near where I live and then in the afternoon headed over to the incredible Hackney Wicked Arts Festival.
Hackney Wick is now home to the highest concentration of artists in the world that were all priced out of Shoreditch. For the weekend many of the studios were open to the public with awesome exhibitions of art and photography followed by some brilliant bands. I found the whole thing very inspiring and hopefully in a couple of years I can get a studio in that neck of the woods.
Particularly brilliant was the work of Joseph Loughborough who we had a brief chat with.
I highly recommend that you check out the festival next year.
I also got my first glimpse of the Olympic Stadium. It'll be interesting to see how this area of warehouses and factory units changes over the next few years. I really hope that it doesn't get developed with the artists being once again priced out.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Next week I may waste some time trying to reinvent the wheel.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
"Present an idea which promotes HP Workstations ability to bring to life anything the creative mind can conceive."
Filmed, edited and directed by Matt Robinson and Tom Wrigglesworth
Music: Hold Me Back by Round Table Knights
A superb piece of content. Exceptionally executed.
I also had this one - a lid that fits all pans.
On a small pan
On a large pan
As a heat mat
In silicon - the final product would work best in this material and would be easier to manufacture
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Tonight I was watching High Fidelity where he meets up with all his old girlfriends and I had an idea - what if I was to meet up with everyone I am 'friends' with on Facebook - all 311 of them. For a proper catch up one to one. Some people I met when I was travelling, some I went to school with and some I met in my old job. Some I haven't even met at all. I think it would just be an interesting experiment. A reflection on society and what it means to be friends with someone.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
To begin with you set up a Facebook page for people to join - it is free and provides a discussion board, people can add images and invite people - great for forming a community
Start a blog using blogger or wordpress (blogger is easier but will have .blogspot after the name) while wordpress allows for a URL and more design options.
Then of course there's twitter - easy to get started on and has added convenience of not taking much time to maintain.
For web build, there's a few programmes that can be used to build a website and it gets a bit more complicated.
Index Exhibit (excellent for design but could be adapted)
I build a lot of my sites in Dreamweaver but the sites above are easier. If you want to add a nice flash image previewer to your site you can get it here
Also you can follow me on twitter
Monday, July 06, 2009
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
I came across this image whilst looking through this superb collection of Glastonbury photography God I wish I was there.
Could an improved Festival Wellington boot be designed?!
The Thoughtless Acts Flickr group is also an excellent place for these kinds of observations. See if you can make a few yourself on your communte to and from work. It's interesting stuff.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Here's the completed graphic that I'm hoping to print this afternoon