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  • Back into the swing of things!

    Communication, Communication Design

    After a busy month of work placements, design contests, etc, I am ready to continue tackling my dissertation which focuses on design and social responsibiliy, namely looking at the 'First Things First Manifesto'.

    So far, I have been fortunate enough to have had interviews with Marian Bantjes, and Adbusters founder, Kalle Lasn, but I have a tremendous amount of work to do still!!

    Today, I have spent a couple of hours getting my organised, and have started a bit of research, which has led me to a few interesting things: (not necessarily related to my dissertation, but interesting nevertheless!!)

    • Fascinating talk on consumer culture by artist Chris Jordan, for poptech:

    • Marian Bantjes new copper poster for AED: (I have ordered one, and so should you!)

  • Dimensions of Color

    Education, Audio/Visual Design


    Right now, Photoshop has set the standard for color correction interfaces. But it hasn't changed. It's very 2-Dimensional. Color--reflections of light--is multi-dimensional. I am intrigued by the Lab color mode. There are graphic renditions of Lab as a 3-D dual-ended cone (see the illustrations). Yet the typical Photoshop Curves dialog box is a 1-D square with grids. I believe this begs a radical evolution for the interface.

    How and what is on the way and do you think it's going to improve the quality of our work?

    Would all of this require an entirely different type of computer? Possibly a touch-screen or something more complex along the lines of fictional technology in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    —Eric C. M. Basir © Copyright 2008 Photo Grafix,

    Illustrations and captions from Photoshop Color by Michael Kieran

  • Test Your Color IQ

    Education, Audio/Visual Design


    Here’s a great test of your perception of color. Visit this website ( and put the squares in order according to hue. I scored 24. The best is 0 and the worst is 99. Not perfect.

    —Eric C. M. Basir

  • Saving flood-damaged photos

    Well-being, Audio/Visual Design

    Here in the Chicago, Illinois area, thousands of households have been recovering from all kinds of flooding due to heavy rainfall. Some of them have large collections of family photos and documents which were damaged.

    Once your photos are dried and sorted, we implore you to scan and archive all of them. Photo Grafix offers such a service called the Family Album Digitizing Service. This is an excellent way to preserve your originals in an easy to store and distribute manner.

    This article from provides some excellent advice for handling flood-damaged photos:

    Tips for Salvaging Flood & Water Damaged Photos

    By Albrecht Powell, When disasters hit, most people don't mourn the refrigerator or the couch. Instead, the loss of precious family photographs, scrapbooks and memorabilia is what brings them to tears. While it may seem unlikely when facing piles of soggy, mud-spattered photos, papers and other valuables, saving them may be possible by following a few simple steps.

    Saving Water-Damaged Photos Most photos, negatives and color slides can be cleaned and air-dried using the following steps:

    1. Carefully lift the photos from the mud and dirty water. Remove photos from water-logged albums and separate any that are stacked together, being careful not to rub or touch the wet emulsion of the photo surface.

    2. Gently rinse both sides of the photo in a bucket or sink of clear, cold water. Don't rub the photos and be sure to change the water frequently.

    3. If you hav...

  • Many customers have asked us if we could identify photographs they inherited from relatives or rescued from the garbage dump.

    We have also met skilled and generous people who have helped others confirm locations, dates—and sometimes—names of people in those kinds of photographs.

    The goal of Lost and Found Photos is to facilitate such connections. Those who would benefit from using this site:

    • Owners of unidentified photos • Professional and amateur Photo Identification specialists • Researchers

    This is a free service. Registration is only required for for posting photos.

    Currently, we are still in the testing phase. Regardless, we invite you to join and begin participating in this grand project!

  • Slow Design

    Arts & Culture


    The Honeycomb vase

    Formal: This is 100% natural honeycomb vase made by honeybees. Functional: It meant to be beautiful and artistic creature to look at. Ethical: Irony. 40,000 honeybees have to work on each piece for a week. Cost: Price is unknown.

    Thorunn Arnadottir’s Clock

    Formal: It is a clock with metal body and plastic beads. Functional: This clock marks time by dropping a bead every five minutes that it encourages slow time movements. Ethical: I’m not sure how it can be effective to busy people in urban area, but I think it is refreshing suggestion to this busy-busy world. Cost: Unknown

    Alastair Fuad-Luke’s Basket

    Formal: This is a rattan basket that has narrower bottom than its mouth. Functional: This basket will tip over if it is filled too fast that it suggests care for a product. Ethical: I think we need to learn how to appreciate things again because now we have too much stuff that we don’t know how to thank them. Cost: Unknown.

    Slow Food Tray

    Formal: It is an ordinary looking plastic cafeteria tray with “Slow Food Tray” phrase on it. Functional: Cafeteria trays are originally designed to slide quickly along a fast food line, but this tray takes that concept and subverts it with a reminder to go slow. Ethical: I think it will have effect on overeating people. Cost: $40, I think it is a little expensive for a plastic tray that this should be used by conceptual kitchen or restaurant.

    Flocks Pouf

    Formal: This is hand-knitted pouf in circular sha...

  • Non-profit Organizations

    Environment, Environmental Design

    Natural Resources Defense council

    NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.

    The Bee Tree

    The Bee Tree was formed to address CCD in its entirety, to identify the cause and to find the cure.

    National Biodiversity Parks

    Conserve and protect open space, wildlands and the plants and animals on these lands. Provide the public, especially our youth, conservation lands for recreation, study and research. Restore and maintain properties to support maximal biodiversity.

    Slow Food

    Slow Food believes the enjoyment of excellent food and drink should be combined with efforts to save the countless traditional grains, vegetables, fruits, animal breeds and food products that are disappearing due to the prevalence of convenience food and industrial agribusiness. Slow Food seeks to protect our invaluable food heritage.

  • Intersection

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design


    Studio Libertiny’s The Honeycomb Vase

    This vase’s intention is to push boundaries of conventional design by defying mass production and enabling nature to create what would typically be considered a manmade product. Each piece of work will be a one of kind because bees will not produce exact same hives every time. However, I think its irony that it takes 40,000 bees to make each piece of work and call it “collaborated” with them.

  • Family of Examples

    Environment, Environmental Design



    The PRISTINE® Pioneer Emergency Water Filter System

    This is a personal emergency kit for people that travel long distances to places that would not have the basic needs of purified water so this helps you to get purified water anywhere you go. It is less than 5" long, and easily slips into a day pack, shirt pocket, or travel luggage and is ready when you need it. The color of the filter of this color is blue and the color of the straw is transparent. The cover of the filter is made of plastic and also the straw. The cost of this product is around $20

    Smart Fortwo

    The Smart Fortwo is one of the smallest cars right now in the market. Its size makes it really easy for people when finding a parking space. This car was specially design for cities like Manhattan where traffic is a little bit to busy and also to find a free space in the streets makes it really difficult. This car is only supports two passengers because of its size. Fortwo has a 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine. Saddled with 71 horsepower, this powertrain will be able to motivate the 1,804-pound Smart from zero to 60 mph in 14.1 seconds. The Smart Fortwo camein different colors depended in what color the client what it. The price of one of this cars is $11,590

    BRITA Atlantis Memo Filter Jug

    This product was designed to used at home. Faster way to purify water and help to diminishing organic compounds inside the water. Its size makes it really useable for a family because it has a ...

  • Bibliography

    Environment, Environmental Design


    In Teeming India, Water Crisis Means Dry Pipes and Foul Sludge

    Water Woes in India

    India's rivers are drowning in pollution

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