Archive for November, 2009

Designing Space and Matter

Another great site for inspiration.

This one has another fun twist, it’s called Architizer. It’s a social network for architects to upload design projects. Many designer’s, though they may design toothbrushes, look to buildings and environments for inspiration. Thought you might enjoy this one, too.

Designing products, is just as much about organizing space as it is about organizing matter. What better place to study the design of space then architecture.

Let me know what you think.

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A New Favorite Blog

As a designer, I’m always looking for new places to find creative inspiration. And if you’re like me, you probably have a long list of design blog subscriptions to stay on top of. Well here’s one more to add, Living With White. This blog is completely focused on finding… yes, you guessed it… white designs. I found it as a refreshing take on design blogging. Thanks, Vish & Asia.

Honestly, my RSS reader is borderline unmanageable, on the topic of design. I’m interested in your morning ritual of design blog consumption. How many sites do you keep tabs on? And how?

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An Industrial Designer’s Color Palette

Color theory and picking is not always easy. For industrial designers, sometimes it’s the least of our worries, and sometimes it’s not our worry at all. The company you work for may have a whole department dedicated to the “corporate” color strategy, where they develop, test, and implement new future palettes. That being the case, it’s nice to have a few tools that will do all the thinking for you. Ok, maybe not all the thinking, but it could help inspire new palettes you wouldn’t normally choose.

The other day I came across Adobe’s Kuler, holy crap, what a great tool. It comes complete with:

  • Adobe ID login – so you can save your very own palettes of creation
  • Community of fellow palette developers
  • Rating system – great way to find trends
  • Global color trends
  • Several modes/rules to help you build a palette, such as:
  • Analogous
  • Monochromatic
  • Triad
  • You can even upload any photo to use as a starting point.

Whether for presentations, or actual product color proposals I think you’ll find this very useful, but
don’t take my word, check it out yourself. Then let me know what you think.

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