We live in strange times. We live in a strange place. We are a strange people…We need to embrace our strangeness. We need to rebel in our craziness…We are truly messed up. We need messed up design for a messed up population. That’s the design brief right there.
Juan Alcazaren, from his Designing Discipline article (BluPrint Magazine, Volume 3, 2013)
It’s a well-written and cheeky article on how Filipinos ignore street signs and warnings in exchange of quicker and faster access to where we’re going.
I didn’t do it [writing] because I thought I would make some money or get paid to do it. Thirty-five years later, I still do it because I don’t really have a choice, because I don’t really know any other way. Writing, painting, creating –creators don’t do it because they want to make money. Creativity is not a profession, it is a gift. It was, is and always will be a very selfish act.
Ward Andrews: You used to work at Apple, what was that like? What did you learn there that you have taken and applied now with DoubleTwist?
Sebastian: I learned countless things at Apple, but the most important skill I acquired was the ability to simply take a set of extremely polished designs—sometimes designs I’d easily consider to be the best I’d made in my life—and throw them away, trash them entirely, and start over. It’s where truly great design is born. Since my time at Apple I’ve done this many, many times, and it has always resulted in incredible progress. You have to learn to kill your babies, mercilessly. They’re just pixels. You can do better.
This is the truth about design. It is an evolving process. In the hands of the artist, nothing ever ends. All “finished work” are but milestones in the process to becoming a better creator.
Raised on boxy legs and punctuated with subtle curves, there’s an undeniable character to these planters by Kenneth Cobonpue. The “Safari” has a charm which lies in its understated silhouette that complements any plant set into it.
Cast in tall ‘Giraffe’ and short ‘HedgeHog’ molds and comes in natural, terracotta, gray and black shades.
Personally I like the terracotta ones. Great concept. I could easily imagine having a few of these would set a playful mood in any garden.
# A thing of note is that the designer, Kenneth Cobonpue is a Filipino artist with works featured in various international awards and catalogs. It feels good to be a Filipino! Visit his website and his design group, the Hive.
I was thinking it through and realized I wanted to imbue as much of the culture and history of the grand city as much as I can and I did. But at the same time I wanted to show how colorful the city is without losing the essence of it’s history.
The details are astounding. There’s Intramuros, Manila Cathedral, EDSA Shrine, Luneta Park… There’s even the squatters on the Pasig River!
I hope someday, somehow, I could get involved into the design business. While I am inspired of both Dieter Rams and Jony Ive for their design principles, I am more inspired by how passionate they are for what they believe in.
Done in the messenger style, the Raleigh Rush Hour is an urban bike in blank form. Fresh white, wood, silver, and trimmed with thick leather on the seats and bars, this bike begs to be settled into and utterly dogged. If you’ve ridden this thing for more than a year without plastering it with stickers, petroleum grime, and a few hammer-headed dents, it will probably get stolen by someone who will.
Someday somehow, I hope I could get my hands on one of these beasts. And most probably I’d leave it bare (let it grow beautiful with age), contrary to what the article suggests…
On a side note: I’ve always liked city bikes over mountain bikes (which are unfortunately, more popular for use here in the relatively tame roads of Davao City).
I saw Andreas Preis illustrative work on lookslikegooddesign.com and he’s fuckin’ good. We have similar drawing styles but his details are very intense. I really like the angular style (especially his strokes) of his work.
Mind-blowing per se. (He also design posters and books, so make sure to check out his site: www.designerpreis.com)
Got cream? Half Pint is an artfully blown and molded glass creamer that captures the comforting familiarity of a mini milk carton, just like the ones Mrs. Fontaine used to pass out in the school cafeteria. Simple, elegant, whimsical - it’s a gem de la crème. Individual gift boxes.