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What Political Paraphernalia Will Trump be Remembered for?
Inauguration Day is tomorrow, and it has us thinking—what objects will our newest President be remembered for post-term? To get a better idea of what will make a lasting impact, we took a look at some highlights from the New York Historical Society's vast collection of political artifacts matched up against their modern day Trump comparisons.FashionDwight D. Eisenhower Campaign Dress, 1952-1956Make style great again. Please.While the 'Make America Great Again' slogan is now iconic, this ill-fitting t-shirt's simple design just doesn't cut it when compared to the cool printed Eisenhower Campaign Dress.Political PinsCarry On With Roosevelt Button, 1940Protest pins by Sagmeister & Walsh.Political pins are probably one of the easiest and most popular ways to show support for your candidate of choice. This election, instead of showing support, many served as a form of protest. No matter how you feel about Trump, you have to admit these Protest Pins are a cute way to voice political concern. If things don't run smoothly, we could see these lil' guys pop up again in the future.LightingTheodore Roosevelt Lamp, 1912Do you think the hair blows in the breeze? The Trump Scented Candle is more abstract and interactive take on the concept of a presidential lantern. The designers encourage you to, 'relieve stress at work by running your fingers through Trump's hair.' Relaxing, colorful and fun! There is potential here.Novelty Items William Howard Taft Campaign Tray, 1908Red Cap Collectible OrnamentBringing politics into the home is a bold statement, but this $99 ornament made of brass and finished with 24 karat gold takes dedication to the next level. Trump supporters can now adorn their homes with luxury, similar to the ornate William Howard Taft campaign tray from the early 20th century.Fun & GamesThe game of Politics or the Race for the Presidency, 1889Great conversation starter at parties!Casual game of Pin the Toupee on Trump, anyone? Definitely sounds more fun than its 19th century counterpart...HatsHarry S. Truman's Fedora, 1940-1952I wonder how much thrift stores will charge for these in the futureThe end of the list brings us to the most infamous Trump object we've seen so far—the 'Make America Great Again' hat. While not as classy as Harry S. Truman's Fedora, Trump made the red trucker hat the main symbol of his campaign. You might want to stock up on these now—they could easily become an item coveted by ironic hipsters in 2035.The clear choice for the archives is Trump's hat, but I'm hoping the candle gives it a run for its money.What object(s) do you think Trump should be remembered for?[...]
Hand Tool School #15: New Hardware Storage in the Shop
I don't think my workshop tweaking will ever truly be done, but one of the things my remodel did was give me a blank slate to start working from. This also helped to clearly identify wasted spaces in my shop. One of the most obvious was the door into my shop from our laundry room. There has to be some way I can better use that real estate than just hanging my shop apron there, so I set out to find a better use of the space. This past weekend my wife and I visited The Container Store. Once you get past the ridiculous items—anyone need a tiny acrylic lidded box big enough to hold only a single ring?—there are actually some really cool storage solutions to be found.I kept walking around and thinking about how I might employ these various solutions in my own shop and then coming to the typical woodworker conclusion that I could build something myself to do the same thing. Then I checked the prices and realized that I should just get out the wallet because a $9 storage bin is a better deal than me spending a day to make something similar when I have other pressing projects. So I loaded up on these narrow and slim profile drawer systems. They were the perfect size to hang on the back of my door to hold various and sundry things like screws, cut nails, hinges, riven pegs, wedge stock, etc. Plus the drawers pull out completely so I can take it over to the bench with me instead of grabbing handfuls of screws/nails and dumping them on the bench to get lost under chips or to bite that freshly honed chisel. I also had a bit of scrap plywood left over from the pre-finished Birch I hung on my walls which would be a great solution to hanging on my cheap hollow core door. I drilled all the way through the door and fastened the plywood using some allen keyed connector bolts I had laying around from a previous project. This held is much more securely than any wall plug fastener could do. With the plywood in place I could screw the storage bins directly to it without those pesky wall plugs that came with it. Now I have A LOT of storage in a space that used to be empty. What's more is my visit to The Container Store has given me a lot of additional ideas for how I can more effectively store other things around the shop. I'm eyeing that big useless garage door right now. Whether you choose to build or buy, keep your eyes open in places like kitchen stores and even retail stores. There are some really clever solutions right in front of you that you just might be able to use and improve for your own shop. ___________________________________________________This "Hand Tool School" series is provided courtesy of Shannon Rogers, a/k/a The Renaissance Woodworker. Rogers is founder of The Hand Tool School, which provides members with an online apprenticeship that teaches them how to use hand tools and to build furniture with traditional methods. [...]
Best of Coroflot Sketching Roundup
If we want to see the best of design sketching around, we never have to look much further than Coroflot's wide range of portfolios. After scouring the site on a daily basis, searching for interesting products and sketches from our direct community, we've racked up lots of awesome hand-drawn visual delights. From work by illustrators, industrial designers and graphic designers alike, the inspiration is endless. We thought it would be rude not to share the spoils of our browsing binges, so here are a few of our favorite sketches up in the Coroflot-sphere as of late:Mauricio CavalheiroMauricio CavalheiroAutomotive designer Mauricio Cavalheiro's attention to detail on his vehicular creations are remarkable—we also can't help but want to hop into whatever ride he's designed within his portfolio. Andreas MehneDesigner Andreas Mehne's accompanying sketches for the products he designs are fun while making the functionality of a product that much more comprehensible. They playfully seem to borrow from the aesthetic of airline safety cards, demonstrating all the different ways his products can be used. Ryan MatherRyan Mather's sketches are a great source of inspiration for those interested in the realm of soft goods. The drawings show lots of interesting structural and material experimentation while the final renderings are not only realistic, but also super fashionable. Gabriel NicasioGabriel NicasioSpeaking of fashion, we would love to own any of the sneakers that Gabriel Nicasio sketches or design. Zach HandziakWe love seeing designers' outlandish concept sketches as well, like Zach Handziak's 'Interstellar UPS' spaceship design. As the designer so aptly notes, "as time goes on and our home expands, a constant is our desire to share with one another and let them know we are there... even when they're 200,000 light years away." Way to be thinking head, Zach!Zach HastingsZach Hastings' impressive attention to detail shows that when it comes to design, you have to sweat the small stuff. We also like some of his drawings that delve even further into brand identity exploration. Kelly CusterKelly CusterIndustrial designer Kelly Custer's illustrations are straight-up eye candy—she also has a great step-by-step tutorial within her portfolio to show you how she builds up a life-like rendering from start to finish. Dan WingerDevon PalmerDevon PalmerEric GronerAlain_Finally, we get lots of joy from seeing everyone's sketches for vehicles ranging from ultra glossy sports cars with high horsepower to fantastical steam-powered automobiles, helicopters and tanks.Keep up with the awesome sketching, designers! And if you want to check out more that Coroflot has to offer, you can scour all the amazing projects here. [...]
Cardboard, Combat, Creativity and Chaos: Boxwars
What do you do when you're bored? When a trio of Australian friends, Hoss Siegel, Josh Spiegel and Ross Koger, found that they "had a severe lack of creativity in our lives" they decided to do something about it. Their solution: Get a bunch of friends together, build cardboard suits of armor and get into a Braveheart-style battle.That was way back in 2002 and Boxwars, as it's come to be known, has exploded in popularity, featuring regular battles with ever-crazier constructions entering the fray. Here's what this lunacy looks like in action: width="1280" height="720" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UPsQ5JI9B24" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" style="height: 479.25px; width: 852px;">There are only four rules in Boxwars:1. "There are No Winners, Only Losers.""Boxwars is both art and destruction using the near perfect medium of cardboard. The point is to build something from cardboard, then destroy it, which destroys the point. The battlefield is a place of contradictions + borrowed originality which sets a perfect stage for war."I love how this is a more accessible version of those Tibetan Sand Mandalas, where they create an elaborate artwork and then destroy it. 2. "Common Sense.""Don't do to someone what you wouldn't want done to yourself."This, and Australian hardiness, is presumably how injuries are avoided.3. Only Recycled Cardboard Allowed.It's fun…and eco-friendly!4. Kids Get the Armor AfterwardsWhile participants must be 18 or older, after a battle is concluded children from the audience swarm onto the battlefield to plunder. This fourth Boxwars rule states that "Warriors are requested to forfeit their armour (intact, damaged or destroyed) to any minor who desires it post battle. Kids are the next generation of warriors, and although they cannot participate until they are older, the flame is passed in this ritual of Boxwars."To that end, the group also regularly hosts workshops for kids, where they help them realize their own cardboard pieces.As for the adult armor, while some go all-out for their costumes……others are a bit more ad-hoc:For some reason I think the Kleenex guy looks way scarier.You can keep up with the Boxwars group and their events, and look through their photos, here. [...]
Reader Submitted: JUISIR—Juicing Without the Mess
Drinking fresh juice is easy, but the cleaning that comes after is a nightmare!! This is why we created JUISIR, an innovative cold press juicer requiring no cleaning. 8 tons of force will squeeze every drop of your chosen juice recipe, in the healthiest way.
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Server-Summoning Buttons and "Leave Me Alone" Shopping Baskets
On a trip to Korea in the 1990s, I discovered every café I went to had a button like this on every table:It was always off to the side, where you were unlikely to accidentally press it, and sometimes mounted on the wall. As far as I could tell it was wireless. When you pressed it, a waiter or waitress appeared within seconds. My (native) cousin referred to it as the "Yogi-yo" button. (Yelling "Yogi-yo," literally "Hey, over here" is the rather blunt statement one traditionally yelled out to summon staff in Korea.) A year later I was living in Japan and found that they had the same system. It's a brilliant piece of service design, and ought to be standard in restaurants everywhere. Trying to flag down a waiter—particularly in New York, where you're often in a rush to get up and out—seems primitive and catch-as-catch-can in comparison. A Japanese student temporarily relocated to Boston, and who documented his "culture shock" experiences here, was bewildered to find American restaurants didn't have a call button. Unsure of how to summon the server, he raised his hand, but……Someone told me that it is rude to raise your hand to call the waiter [in the U.S.] and I should wait till someone comes. But that's totally inefficient. What should I do if I happen to have some thing extremely spicy and want another glass of water? Should I sit there and wait till my tongue burns off?While that may seem funny to us Americans, and particularly New Yorkers—as a former waiter I can tell you there are plenty of customers whose tongues I wish had burned off—it is interesting to see how perplexed he is.In both Korea and Japan I experienced a level of service I've found unmatched in other countries. Staff there are trained with a heavy emphasis on the user's experience. It goes beyond their rehearsed salutations to include physical objects like the call button and this example of shopping baskets, seen below:To provide a little ethnographic context: Innisfree is a Korean cosmetics brand. In Korea they take cosmetics extremely seriously. Innisfree staff/Korean staff in general are not only highly knowledgeable about their product lines, but are also notoriously eager to help—bordering on pushy. As two commenters on this Reddit thread point out:Commenter 1: "[Innisfree stores] are usually horrible for introverts. There are 3 salespeople for every customer, hovering around following you all around the store even if you tell them you're fine."Commenter 2: "In my experience, South Korea had the most aggressive customer service when it came to shopping. If I even showed remote interest in an item of clothing, a person working at the shop would walk over to try to help. It can get really annoying if you're just browsing. [But] if you're [doing focused] shopping it's actually kind of cool. My girlfriend went to a bunch of shops and got fantastic service. The employees would make recommendations, help with sizing, and even would tell her when a piece of clothing wasn't her style."Thus the Innisfree baskets. Cosmetics pros who know what they want and are just looking to get in and out grab a green basket. Noobs grab an orange one and get the service they need. Even the little icons represent a loner and someone with a staff "buddy."I realize that the "problems" engendered by the absence of server-summoning buttons and color-coded shopping baskets can seem trite, but I find these simple products to be great examples of what happens when folks really think the user experience through.Lastly, and this is a bit extreme, but here's what happens "when a befuddled customer at a Japanese subway ticket machine hits the Help button:" width="1280" height="720" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gWzhHInOiaY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" style="height: 359.438px; width: 639px;">[...]
9 Tips For Building Your Creative Online Presence
Congratulations, you've made it to 2017. Last year was a rollercoaster ride and it's safe to say we all deserve a pat on the back for getting through it. With each new year comes new opportunities. We're not talking short-term resolutions - we're talking goals to make big things happen. Maintaining a strong online presence is a major step in accomplishing whatever goals you choose to set for yourself, especially if your field requires you to have a portfolio. Whether you're a freelancer looking for gigs or you're on the hunt for a full-time job, the most effective way to show off your work is by creating your own website. If you don't already have a website or online portfolio, make 2017 the year you finally take initiative and build yourself a beautiful home online. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you begin to build your online presence:1. Make time and commitSure, you can humor the idea of doing little pieces in chunks, but that will most likely result in a website that looks half-finished. Would you want to move into an apartment that was still being built? Probably not. Set aside a few uninterrupted hours of the day, throw on some music, and give your full, undivided attention to this project.2. Go in with a planBefore you begin building your website, create a plan. Going into it blindly isn't the worst thing, but it can mean more work overall when you have to go back and tweak things later. Make a bullet list of the categories you want to feature. For example: 'Art', 'Design', 'Photography' etc. Knowing your categories helps you plan a layout faster and also makes it easier to add your work. Figure out the projects you want to feature and make sure you have high resolution files all ready to upload. It's also good idea to put everything in one folder so you can drag-and-drop. 3. Get inspiredSearch for peers in your field and look at their websites to get fresh ideas. Track down some pages and get a look at the layout, themes, designs, and content to give you an idea of what might work best for you. On sites like Squarespace, you can even choose from pre-designed templates. All of them are completely customizable, but choosing a template gives you a quick launching off point, and then you can change things like font and colors to suit your taste. When designing your website, find inspiration from fellow creative-types. We think all of these pages look awesome:Jeff RogersLauren BohillChris Rushing4. Don't forget social mediaIt always amazes us how many designers have little to no social media presence. Potential employers often treat a lack of social media pages as a sign that you are behind the times or maybe up to no good. We'll save that lecture for another blog post, but in the meantime, make sure that people can easily connect to your social pages through your website. This is almost as important as providing an email address. Squarespace gives you the option to easily link your social media pages to your website. That way you can always be cross-promoting all of your work and all of your pages. If you already have a decent following on social media, use it to tell people about your upcoming website and get them excited for the launch. 5. Find a platform that's as design-centric as you areThere are loads of sites out there that offer a place to post your work. The key is finding the best fit for what you are looking to accomplish. When it comes to creating your own website, there are a handful of the important features to keep in mind as you build your own. If you're a creative-type, chances are much of your work will be visual. Make sure you consider the visual components and find something that reflects your unique style. Squarespace offers customizable templates that will fit your any of your objectives, visually and professionally. Not only that, but there are useful features like a logo maker, access to Adobe Typekit, and integration with Ge[...]
A Kinetic Sculpture That Clops
Maurice Montero Sauvage is a quiet builder of complex art. His sculptures feature miniscule hand-worked wooden pieces that suddenly shift into organic movement with the turn of a crank. This piece, titled Gran Cheval, has popped up around the internet with little or no attribution, and few detail shots, which is frustrating bordering on offensive when the construction is so painstaking and nuanced.
Maurice himself is slightly hard to track down online, which seems fitting for someone this dedicated to skilled handcrafts. However, more takes of this cool sculpture turned up. Check out these closer up views of his Cheval series. They even make realistic hoofbeats!
Check out more mobile artwork on his lightly used Facebook and Instagram pages.
Tools & Craft #31: The Architectural Woodwork Inside One of NYC's Most Spectacular Interiors
Some weekends past I attended a wedding at the Palace Hotel in New York, which has since been purchased and renamed by an Asian luxury hotel operator and will probably be remodeled, if it hasn't already. So I'm glad I have these original photos, however poor the quality. The hotel, built about 25 years ago stands behind the Villard Houses, two neo-Renaissance mansions built in 1882. When the hotel was built, there was a move to demolish the houses, but preservationist won and buildings were incorporated into the hotel high rise. It has proved to be a great business decision, and the hotel hosts events and has a bar in part of the space, which is one of the most spectacular interiors in New York City. From a woodworking perspective it's important to understand several things—that craft and decoration pays off. Without preserving and adapting these rooms to modern usage, the hotel would be one more nondescript business in the city. With preservation they have a competitive edge. Unlike museum quality work, when you look closely at the carvings, which are opulent and wonderful, you might notice that the gold carvings on first floor are fancier and better executed than the carvings on the second floor. This is an important lesson—most people won't notice, and unlike a few random stellar examples in a museum, the practical exercise of creating a house full of decorations means compromise. I wonder if there are any architects up to the task of designing and orchestrating a neo-Renaissance interior with all the carvings. I bet with CNC for the bulk work, some nice detailed handwork and some cleverness it could look great and be cost effective. Finally, for all that designers say that older crafts are dead, and people these days want modern looking furniture of glass and steel—it isn't true. If it was true the "Gold Rooms" as they are called, wouldn't be popular. But they are! A lot of the appeal of many of the bars and restaurants in New York are their classic interiors. So the real issue isn't "should a new project be modern or antique?", the real question is how to create a "craft heavy" interior on a reasonable budget. Incidentally the UN was having a big meeting at the time and the hotel was host to several high level delegations. For the first time going to a wedding I had to pass through security, and there were secret service and swat team members all over the place looking me over. __________________________________________________This "Tools & Craft" section is provided courtesy of Joel Moskowitz, founder of Tools for Working Wood, the Brooklyn-based catalog retailer of everything from hand tools to Festool; check out their online shop here. Joel also founded Gramercy Tools, the award-winning boutique manufacturer of hand tools made the old-fashioned way: Built to work and built to last. [...]
Wilsonart's Highly Convincing Inkjet-Printed Wood
Wood is a fickle material, and what can be fun for a woodworker can be a headache for an architect, industrial designer or interior designer. I'm talking specifically about board selection. Whereas a woodworker might relish the challenge of working around defects in boards, a designer might require the complete absence of them, or a slightly different coloration, or a more pleasing grain direction that Mother Nature seems unwilling to provide.To address this finicky designer market, companies have begun using inkjet printers to digitally create highly tailored facsimiles of wood. As one example, Wilsonart maintains their own digital library of woodgrains and can create laminates on-demand that are highly convincing, at least to the eye; everything from planer marks to sawblade scars to weathering is reproduced with stunning fidelity. "Antique Limed Pine is a white washed wood of varying sized planks. A rustic beauty with warm white and browns mixed with cool grey and charcoal." "Repurposed Oak is a sun kissed barnwood. It has a beautiful warm patina that is the perfect rustic look." "Repurposed Oak Planked is an oak barnwood that is planked with light and dark naturally occurring color variations." "Antique Barrel was once an old oak whisky cask. The distressed markings and fawn color elevates this design to a refined industrial look." Here's the same "pattern" as above, but with a slight color variation:In general, you get four to five feet before the pattern starts to repeat. Some, as with the Antique Limed Pine, repeat randomly. If you just glanced at the photos above, you may not have noticed the repetition; but if you go back and look more carefully you're sure to notice it. But will your customers?If you want to learn more about companies using inkjet printers to simulate natural wood, Bill Esler's got an article about it over on Woodworking Network.[...]
A Watch That Assists Patients in Self-Managing Long Term Health Conditions
Aseptika Limited (Activ8rlives), developers of a range of self-monitoring medical devices, some in the form of wearable technologies, aimed at assisting patients to self-manage long-term health conditions at home, is already having impact in this field. The early identification via home self-monitoring of an impending change in condition may allow for earlier intervention by starting antibiotics (“rescue pack”) days earlier, thereby reducing the need for lengthy hospitalization.View the full content here
Bilco's Barracuda Intruder Defense System
The Bilco Company makes "access products," meaning doors, windows, roof hatches, floor hatches, et cetera. But in a sad sign of the times, they also produce devices designed to prevent access: Mechanical objects that can "lock down vertical doors in a matter of seconds in active shooter situations."
Here's a look at the line-up of their Barracuda Intruder Defense System:
It's kind of a strange situation to have to make products that prevent the functionality of your other products. But that's the world we're living in now. While your chances of being killed in a terrorist or terroristic incident are still infinitesimally small, the desire to be prepared—or plain ol' pure fear—will always create a market demand for security products.
From a business perspective, security products seem like a good area for a design entrepreneur to step into. A guy with a background in Sales once told me that the key to closing a sale is to make the customer feel as if there's a deficiency in their life, and to convince them that buying your product will eliminate that deficiency. Which means that in the security product market, the media is your free advertising and salesforce. With each incident that they publicize and occasionally sensationalize, the message coming from our news outlets are all designed to reinforce the notion that we suffer from a deficiency of safety. I expect products like these to proliferate.
How to Make a Wallet Out of Hot Glue
This is hilarious, and totally seems like something an ID student would do while procrastinating at the studio. Here the folks at the WEAREX YouTube channel show you how to make a functional wallet using nothing more than a soda can and a hot glue gun:
What's a leather wallet cost these days, fifty bucks? Make one of these and stick the fifty in there. You're welcome.