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[22 Nov 2010 | Comments Off | ]
MEKA: Putting the Fab in Pre-Fab

The folks over at MEKA Modular Luxury Housing have developed four pre-fab luxury habitats without the luxury price. If pre-fab and luxury seem like an oxymoron, have a look at these beauties. The concept is that these pre-fab units are built from shipping containers so they’re easy to transport and set up. Since they’re fabricated in the factory, very little skilled labor is needed on site so the setup cost are reduced. What the units feature are simple open spaces with thoughtful design touches at a price that me want …

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[20 Nov 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Web Designers vs. Web Developers

Are you a web designer? A developer? Or a client that’s trying to figure out who’s responsible for doing what at your web design shop? Here’s a great infographic that can help you sort out the hipster creatives from the techerati. Yep. That looks just about perfect. (via Sixrevisions)

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[19 Nov 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Linotype: The Movie

With the success of Helvetica: The Movie, and the forthcoming Herbert Matter movie, it would seem natural that someone would create a film about the rise and fall of Linotype. For those who don’t know, Linotype revolutionized the typesetting industry in the 19th century allowing vast amounts of text to be set quickly by a single operator by pushing buttons on a…wait for it…keyboard. Prior to this, printing type was “composed” by picking up individual characters and setting them, one by one, into a letterpress printing press.
By contrast, the Linotype …

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[18 Nov 2010 | Comments Off | ]
20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web

The folks over at Google have written an online guide for everyday users who are curious about the basics of how web browsing works. Called “20 Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web,” this online guidebook is also built as a showcase of HTML5, Javascript and CSS3. With great illustrations by Christopher Niemann, it’s a fun and informative piece that everyone can enjoy.
Because it’s built in HTML5, there are a few nice surprises that the visitor can take advantage of. The app remembers where you were so that the …

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[17 Nov 2010 | Comments Off | ]
For The Geek Typographer

We love typography. We love Star Wars. So what’s not to love about these series of Star Wars inspired typographic posters? Using only typographic elements, the folks over at H-57 have created a series of posters entitled, “May the Force of Typography be With You.” Obviously, they’re just our “type” of thing.

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[17 Nov 2010 | Comments Off | ]
So Much Typography

Typographer and type designer Seb Lester has created three striking screen prints using his unique typographic gifts. Over at iLoveTypography.com, he discusses the process he went through in creating these unique pieces. While at first, the pieces might seem straightforward, upon closer inspection, his attention to detail is superb.
My favorite (and the one I can sympathize with the most) is this proverb but the other two are even more beautiful. Have a look at iLoveTypography.com for more.

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[15 Nov 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Facebook Messaging: One Inbox to Rule them all

The blogosphere is buzzing about Facebook’s proposed messaging system. But is it DOA or the future of online communications?
History is littered with solutions to problems we never knew we had. Betamax was a better alternative to VHS tapes, Sony Mini Disc was more portable than CDs, HD DVD was cheaper to implement than Blue-ray DVD. But just because something solves a need doesn’t insure success. Does the world need Facebook mail? No. Will it succeed? Maybe. I think that Facebook, in opening up the ability for users to have an …

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[13 Nov 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Fast Food Ads vs. Reality

I always love the way the food in the fast food ads looks—juicy, beefy, big and delicious. And I’m always a bit disappointed when confronted with the realities of the actual product on the rare occasion that I eat in a fast food restaurant. Now I know why.
Over at Alphaila.com, they have a series of photos of real fast food items juxtaposed with their advertising counterparts. The comparison is striking if somewhat unappealing. The items as served in some cases are unrecognizable as the same item advertised. I mean, sure, …

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[12 Nov 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Finally, a Visual Search Engine for eBay

There is nothing wrong with eBay’s search engine and in many ways, it approaches information search in the best way possible. But sometimes, particularly when you don’t know exactly what you want, a visual search is much, much better. Enter StoreSlider (storeslider.com), which allows users to perform keyword searches and returns a page of simple thumbnails as results.
If you’re searching for a carbon road bike that fits you perfectly, this isn’t the search engine for you. You can’t hope to use keywords to target your search closely enough. But if …

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[11 Nov 2010 | Comments Off | ]
“Relics” by Cody Hamilton: Classical Grecian 80s Retro

Back in August on Core77, many an aesthete’s fantasies were shattered by the news that Grecian statues, the beacons of elegance and sophistication that we so love and cherish, were in fact, originally, quite a romp of multicoloured kitsch (on Core77 here).
Talented Texan photographer Cody Hamilton, inspired by this finding, has created a deliciously anachronistic collection entitled “Relics” in which a whole host of 80s retro classics ranging from the Atari to the VHS tape—objects of perhaps the most gaudy of artistic eras—are given …