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// archive for October 2008

Gwendolyn Huskens’ Medic Esthetic

Designboom featured Gwendolyn Huskens amazing Medic Esthetic footwear project. Gwendolyn is a student at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and her project toys with the taboos of physical deformities in our society – creating some very lovely shoes made out from medical supplies, such as synthetic plaster, bandages, stainless steel and band-aids.

Photos via Marzellluz.

Image issues

Guys – we recently upgraded our Blogger template from Classic to the new blogger, and are having issues with the custom domain settings – ie. all of our images have disappeared! We’re working to resolve it (and if anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears!). In the meantime, thanks for your patience…

UPDATE: Things seem to be working again, but I’m a little nervous, so if you come across any issues/broken links, please let us know! Thanks!

Places I Have Never Been – Block Island

Jennifer Hill is donating a portion of the proceeds from her beautiful Block Island print of the Places I Have Never Been series to the Alzheimer’s Association, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. The issue is near and dear to Jennifer, whose father died of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease when he was 54. $5-$15 per print (depending on the size purchased) will be donated to the organization.

Dream Anatomy

Even though the exhibit is long gone, the gallery for Dream Anatomy is still online. Check out the drawings, prints and sculptures designed to aid professionals and the public in their study of human anatomy. If only it were an exhibit on pumpkin anatomy (like the ones below by Ray Villafane), it would be a perfect Halloween post. Happy trick or treating!

Dream Anatomy via Lines and Colors

Sub-Studio in Daily Candy

Thanks to Daily Candy Everywhere for featuring our Animal Christmas Cards today! All proceeds from the sale of these cards go to the Shama Foundation.

Also – huge thanks to Design Files for the very kind write up about our blog!

Xe Bang Fai River Cave

An expedition in 2008 recently mapped the Xe Bang Fai River cave in central Laos. Likened to “an underground K2″ by explorer John Pollack, the enormity and scale of the cave dwarfs most others on Earth (so far). I look forward to hopefully seeing the photos in my NG when it arrives.

We cover a lot of architecture on our site. But looking at the photos of the cave, I am reminded of how the hands of man cannot create a built environment as grand and awe-inspiring as this. Something that started as an underground trickle, over countless years, became a humbling reminder of the power and patience of the natural world.

photographs by Dave Bunnell

Gregory Gilbert-Lodge

Above are two great prints by Gregory Gilbert-Lodge. I love how the low contrast of the deep black and grey tones draw you into the image instead of how high contrast colors jump off the page towards you. The strong imagery of the colonel and canine do that job already.

GGL found via Kinki Mag #7 on Issuu, which is a great place to self-publish books and magazines. Gather up some friends and start your own magazine!

Field Notebooks

Thanks to John for pointing out these Field Notes books, designed by Draplin Design Company of Portland, OR. Other well-designed products include calendars, pens and pencils, all looking like they are from a retro shipping warehouse or perhaps the island from LOST.


If you actually want to take some notes in the field, the old Rite-in-the-Rain company makes some nice kits for all sorts of scientific, military and hunting uses. Below is the Field Book Kit and the Upland Bird Journal Kit. Both include cordura covers and all-weather pens for serious work.

Kingdom Hybrids by Pooroni Rhee

BBRK sent us a tip to check out the portfolio of Pooroni Rhee. Inside we found Kingdom Hybrid, a great print set/mini calendar of flora-fauna mash-ups.

Motorola Aura

Motorola unveiled a gorgeous new phone this week – the ridiculously expensive, but very lovely Aura. The phone body is made up of stainless steel with a etched, textured pattern and the screen is 1.62-carat sapphire crystal. It is apparently made up of lots of other fancy parts, too, which you can read all about in Cnet’s review. I mainly just love the sexy skin and the unique display. The Aura features a 2-megapixel camera, an mp3 player, stereo Bluetooth, quad-band GSM support, Moto’s CrystalTalk feature, messaging, e-mail, a speakerphone, and an open-source browser all for $1,999. Um, yeah.