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[23 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
New Weather WebApp

We here at Disfluency.com love a good Web app and we love the simplicity of this weather app at wthr.in. Aside from the obvious step of visiting the web page, Wthr.in is a very simple tool that uses location services to provide you with a weather forecast in your current location. In the event your current location isn’t what you’re looking for, Wthr.in also lets your enter a different location to retrieve its weather forecast. Popular cities are listed in tag form below, and the …

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[23 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Core 77 Cardboard Christmas Challenge

Some fun winnters of Core77.com’s cardboard Christmas competition. Submitters were asked to created Christmas decorations using only cardboard and visitors to the Core77 site were asked to vote on their favorite. The five finalists are pictured above.
1. Maybe Santa Drinks Red Eyes? by bakerscookin
2. 100% recyclable cardboard stocking by Sharee
3. Beer box reindeer head by ASGale
4. Rudolph by paultdesign and
5. Holiday sled by briankuchler.
All five winners will get $100 gift certificates to Core77′s Hand Eye Supply, suitable for ordering the gifts you really wanted to find under the tree this …

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[23 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Paper Artist

Woah, these are seriously awesome.
Jeff Nishinaka is a Los Angeles native paper sculptor who cuts, folds and shapes paper in the least intrusive way to maintain the feel and integrity of paper in creating beautiful three-dimensional paper sculptures. He does illustration work, fine art pieces and even some large-scale installation.
Above is just one of the samples of his work. For more photos and his entire portfolio, visit ww.jeffnishinaka.com.

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[16 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Mediocrity Campaign

Subaru has a cool advertising campaign called Mediocrity. They’ve created a fake car called the 2011 Mediocrity, complete with faux ad campaign and complete website. The video above is the Apple-esque designer interviews, on how they were able to make the car so incredibly mundane. The spoof is honestly what it seems some designers/companies think. The hard-working folks who brought 2011 Mediocrity to life talk about their inspirations for designing it. Darren Tibbits, Charles S. Veit and Marilyn Reiter reveal the level of thinking that went into every detail of …

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[16 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
A Very Studley Chest Indeed

I don’t know what posessed Henry O. Studley to build  this case to hold 300 mostly piano-making tools but I have to hand it to the man for his ingenuity and craftsmanship. Had he lived 150 years later, he’d be designing circuit boards. As it stands, Studley was born in 1838 and worked as a piano maker, carpenter and mason. Sometime in the 1890s he designed this amazing tool cabinet, which has become known in woodworking circles as the Henry O. Studley tool chest. Who knows how …

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[15 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Interactive Census Map

Everyone knows that the census takes in an extraordinary amount of information about the U.S. population but, once collected, how do you display it usefully? The New York Times created a series of interactive maps showing ethnic breakdowns, density, education, income, and various breakdowns within those categories. The information can be viewed on a census tract basis which allows for very detailed analysis or can be viewed zoomed out to see regional overviews. The amount of information shown is impressive as is the clarity of the data. Visit the New …

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[15 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Views of 2011 from 1931

1931 was a long time ago, and few who live today can claim to remember it all too well. Just two years after the stock market crash of 1929, 1931 claimed Herbert Hoover as the President of the United States (which that year had 48 states). Movie monsters were the rage; Bela Lugosi starred in Tod Browning’s Dracula film and Boris Karloff did his star turn in Frankenstein. Cab Calloway recorded the classic “Minnie The Moocher” (and he was 49 years from performing it again in 1980′s The Blues Brothers). …

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[9 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Magic Carp-Pet

Australia-based designer John Leung has collaborated with Melbourne’s Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects to create the Magic Carp-Pet rug and coffee table set. Look through the slatted coffee table to reveal the rug below as a series of fish that appear to wriggle. Check out the video below to see it in action. I can only hope, though, that we’re not going to see galloping horses next.

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[5 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | ]
The Colosseum as Type

What began as a 10-year wedding anniversary to Rome concluded a year later as an artistic endeavor to reimagine the Coliseum with type.

In March 2009, Cameron Moll and his wife, Suzanne, spent several days in Rome to celebrate their 10-year anniversary. This was also a chance to observe in detail the Coliseum, which Cameron had already selected as the next subject in his series of letterpress posters.
Over the course of the next 12 months, the artwork was handcrafted character by character, totaling roughly 250 hours …