I love design that are funny and original :)

Ring with hidden love messages, made in France 1830-60

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I love glossy surfaces…

Ekkehard Altenburger – Mirror House (1996)

Celine boots.

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Patterns….The ceiling of the UNDERCOVER boutique, Tokyo

Jun Takahashi’s UNDERCOVER boutique in Aoyama Tokyo boasts a surreal ceiling installation of thousands of lightbulbs in rolling waves…

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I Love design that …. Creates design

Designs which enables you to create… experiment…. Construct


This is something I feel quite strongly about. I don’t do it anymore, but I am still amazed by some of the things that are made, and these people clearly didn’t follow the instructions in a set…

It’s playful  and educates architecture, socializing, building skills, imagination, thinking outside the box, designing skills…

I would like to share some Lego creations…

and Dominoes which are waiting to fall..

See this video…

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I love patterns too…. Traditional Patterns of India

As discussed earlier about the love towards patterns…

I really like to mention here about some patterns which comes under the fine designs of the country…

Traditional Patterns of India

Such as Mehendi in Indian weddings, where design pattern has its own meaning.

Patterns and designs vary from religion to religion and festival to festival, the basic pattern remains the same meaning good luck and protection. Following are the meanings of the common figures used basically in the mehndi patterns:

  • Ganesh, the elephant god – good health, protection from evil
  • Growing vine or scorpion – love, protection from the evil eye
  • Mandalas – wisdom, spiritual enlightenment
  • Peacock, paisley symbols – love, fertility, good luck
  • Bud – new life, love
  • Camel lips – fertility
  • Flowers and leafs – fertility


And, the different patterns on Taj Mahal.

These patterns are also one of the reasons, why Taj Mahal comes under Wonders of the World.

They follow the Islamic tradition of combining calligraphic, floral and abstract geometric motifs. Three types of media are used to create these patterns: stone carving in high relief, painted stucco and inlaid hard stone.

Geometric patterns and well proportioned designs were also seen as an indication of divine harmony and peace. This idea may have inspired the balanced and harmonious abstract designs that ornament the Taj Mahal.



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Tuesday’s Meeting

here’s a summary of the issues and examples mentioned on Tuesday and some of the discussion around them:

1. The Kindle

we loved it because it was practical, allowed us to travel, was less wasteful to the environment and admired the screen adapted for prolonged reading. We criticized limitations on touchscreens because of the natural mineral used to make them. Some of us were not as enthusiastic about losing printed books and it seemed a shame that on older Kindles cannot display different book layout and formats.

conclusion: overall we loved the Kindle, although there are some reservations there seems more than enough scope and possibility for these to be fixed.

2. Crumb Hoover

This one was universally unpopular – large, heavy and not needed. It uses a large and cumbersome charging unit, is made of plastics and doesn’t function properly. Also, the novelty designs were felt to be unnecessary and tasteless.

conclusion: we hated them and were frustrated the same job could and has been done better by hand

3. Crumb Bird Feeder

As a contrast to the hoover we really liked it – it’s simple, uses little energy and leaves no waste – it could easily be made sustainably  and is a fun way to dispose of crumbs. Although we saw a few problems with the design – how to keep the bid off the bread, the tube possibly getting clogged.

conclusion: although we did find a few small problems we loved the fun and simple way this problem had been dealt with.

4. Scented Candles

This one divided us, some felt they were completely unnecessary, didn’t enjoy the smell and pointed out the history of accidents and fire hazards. Others felt that, though they are a luxury product, they are a luxury product they enjoyed. If you bought good quality could be made from natural materials and be very pleasant. Others did not feel strongly about them.

conclusion: We seemed quite neutral about these in the end. As long as these are produced in good quality with safe packaging they introduce the idea of good and bad taste to design – especially when it comes to luxury items.

5. Pepper Mill

This was in reference to one pepper mill which was medium-range expensive but didn’t work properly. The essential mechanism was cheap and faulty but the product was expensive as it had been made to look like a top of the range item.

conclusion: we hated it as it highlighted compromise in everyday design and is a cheap and short-lived product designed to look good rather than work well. We disliked the large and cheap consumer markets that fuel this kind of product.

6. Patterns

we had discussed patterns before and all love not just individual patterns but also the ides of patterns as a tool, a way of working or even a philosophy!

conclusion: we really loved this and interestingly although we all loved the idea our examples were all personal and unique.

7. instagram

For the people that used it it seemed popular – we liked the fun and simple way to share and make the most of the iphone as a camera and internet device. Although it could be criticized for being trend-based or non lasting

conclusion: although it isn’t a life changing design those that use it really enjoy it and felt that it made the most of being a free and social way of sharing pictures

8. Freitag Bags

these were really love – in fact we had two at the table with us! we admired the ethics and the effort it had taken to start the company and enjoyed the physical look and feel of the products. They were complemented for being functional, lasting and adaptable.

conclusion: we really loved these and they highlighted that we feel good design needs to have an environmental awareness and a social connection.

9. Bad Signs and Pathways

these were shown as a hated design – as in a pathway that doesn’t research or willfully ignores the needs of the people using it. At best this can be a waste and at worst a real danger, as in the airport fire in Dusseldorf.

conclusion: we hated these aspects of design and they seem very like our hatred of compromised or lazy design that looks acceptable but doesn’t fully work as needed.

10. Havianas

much like the Freitag bags we loved these and we loved how their simple design along with a good marketing campaign had meant a local industry could grow.

conclusion: we liked the story of the growing industry and appreciated the simple design. we also liked that the company has maintained a lot of ethical and environmental standards

11. Dior Advert

This was first raised as a hate but after being studied and looked at we realized there was a lot of difference and impressive to be seen in these adverts. Although they could still be criticized for adhering to advertising stereotypes and promoting a luxury or unnecessary product.

conclusion: these, like the scented candles, seem to be a matter of taste whether they are hated or loved. However we did agree that we liked advertising that was well designed, that grabbed our attention and didn’t rely on stereotypes.

12. Lego

this was really well loved – we enjoyed the simple design that enabled us to be creative and design ourselves. Although Lego as a company have had issues with ethical sourcing and packaging in the past they are making changes to fix this

conclusion: a well loved design that links to themes we have like before of simple and creative design that invites touch and interaction

13. Souvenirs and Olympic Memorabilia

we really disliked the pointlessness of many souvenirs and although some of that may be taste based the Olympic memorabilia was highlighted as often a cynical and unhelpful way of making money from an event, many of which were left over after the event.

conclusion: although there is nothing wrong with the items themselves – keychains etc we disliked the mass scale of production and the disconnection of the products to the event they were supposed to be celebrating.

14. Bottle Taps and Purifying Water Straws

we really loved these designs that not only make use of simple or recycled materials they also address a pressing problem – clean water shortage.

conclusion: we really loved these ideas and they tie to one of our main themes of ethically and environmentally aware products that make an active difference.

15. Visual Puns and Logos

we identified the ‘Michelangelo’ lift advert as one which is particularly engaging – interacting with it’s environment and the public and giving a fun but non intrusive advertising message.

conclusion: Like the perfume advert previously – we enjoyed logos and advertising campaigns that had a witty visual element or pun.We did however prefer adverts that were simple and striking with original ideas.

16. Bananas in individual packages

universally hated, this was seen as unnecessary and a waste of time, money and non recyclable packaging.  It typified what we hate about un-researched design that is un-ethical and wasteful.

conclusion: this highlighted not only our concern for waste and unnecessary packaging but also for rich and privileged cultures that accept and condone this kind of design.

17. Swiss Design

This was brought up as a general point about Swiss ( and also Scandinavian) design culture which focuses on quality and has far less disposable or compromised goods. It was discussed how this may come from a very rich and politically stable economy – and whether it may be circumstantial. This was then countered with arguments for the design in many other, less stable countries, which are forced into design through problem solving.

conclusion: this was one of the most interesting points we discussed. Simply: whether good design follows wealth and stability or comes from conflict and problem solving. The debate is ongoing and although we agreed that we did love the simple Swiss approach to good quality design we could not agree that this was the best or ideal model of design.


Some themes began to reoccur in our discussions. As we talked and gave examples it became apparent we loved design which is aware of social and environmental implications and addresses these in the simplest and most engaging and often tactile way. The designs we hated were often those that disregarded these concerns.


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I love Designs that are based on “Less is More”.

Thanks Anna, You have given me the perfect reason,

Why I love Kindle and Apple products, as they are the examples of “Less is more”.

Steve Jobs often said that his primary design principle revolves around,

Not what you can add, but what you can remove.

From Mac desktops with its all-in-one design,

To the iPod with its simple, multipurpose click wheel,

and the iPhone, with its blank glass palette and single home button.


And, this is the reason I Love Kindle….

I can download a library of over 90,000 books to carry around in my purse, Its weight is less than a standard paperback book, wirlessly connects to the Amazon store for buying-on-the-fly, gives newspapers, blogs and current events wherever I am, allows to listen to books, with plenty of room for hours of listening time—and memory card add-on, that are smaller than the size of a postage stamp.

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simplified packaging

Hi guys, I showed you yesterday this article about simplified packaging. I think this would be an interesting topic to discuss. What do you think where is the line between too much and too minimal? Is the “Less is more” philosophy valid at this point? I am really curious about your opinion, because I am a big fan of clear design, but here according to the circumstances maybe it’s “too less”..I like this way of experimenting how to find the borders of clearing the information in communication design though.. Is it good? Bad? What do you think?


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hates and loves in design

I hate useless things. Probably this is one of the most popular item on the hate lists, but there is a reason why. We don’t need more wasteful objects around us.

This is a crumb vacuum.

And if it wouldn’t be enough, it can be worse: Animal shaped crumb vacuum.

I don’t think I have to say more about it. For me this  just ugly and useless. I hate it. When I was a kid, one of my mom’s friend had one. As I can remember it was loud, big, ugly and it needed a lot of charge. Why to have one if we can clean up the table in much easier and quicker “natural” ways? Here is a good opportunity to show a nice design solution, which I love for the same “problem”, that crumbs exist.

A two in one bird feeder table. Our bird will recycle our crumb. I think this is a lovely idea which is also environmentally friendly in a way.

Continuing with hates, I also can’t understand graphic printed toilet papers.

I also hate, when a design is not planned, just made. I don’t like if a design outcome is illogical. For this I have another example, once I got a nice teapot as a present, where the designer probably didn’t know physics that much, so to get tea out of the pot was almost impossible. Form and function has to be hand in hand. I was thinking about what if the creator’s idea was to “design” a teapot for just decorative purposes? Totally useless, maybe something looks good, but if you can’t use it, so you can’t also enjoy it, then this is not a great design anymore. Here is an example for another design-fail.

A not well planned design can also cause disaster. It might sound a little bit tough if I say bad design can kill, but in 1996 Düsseldorf, there was an airport fire, where 17 people died, 87 injured. The information system wasn’t precisely designed and because of the thick smoke, people couldn’t see the small, poorly lit signs showing them the way to safe places. So here, it is a fact, that bad graphic design killed. Erik Spiekermann and his team were asked to redesign fire exit signs after the incident.

“Overstuffed design” is also on my hate list. We are getting more and more information from day to day, so I think that design also will tend to be more and more clear  with time. This is an all-time design question, where is the line between something too much and too minimal. I think harmony and balance are crucial in every kind of design. Design has to help to clear up the loads of information, so make our life easier. Essence is the keyword. Clear, logic, understandable information in one design piece. For designers is hard to decide about the essence. This is really complex, but if we know the circumstances, and did a proper research, we can decide easier. Designers are “information filters” of the humanity.

A quote by Paul Rand:

“Providing meaning to a mass of unrelated needs, ideas, words and pictures—it is the designer’s job to select and fit this material together and make it interesting.”

I hate when design is gratuitous. We were speaking about this with Patrick from the MA Illustration, and we were on the same opinion, that the difference between art and design is that design has to be about the people whom the design is made for, and it’s aim is not to show the creator first. Design is about the users, art is more about the artist who created the art piece. If someone is a designer, his design should be the first and not himself.

Continuing with loves…

This was a little bit easier for me, because fortunately there are a lot of logical, clever, friendly and interesting innovative designs in the World which I love. I will show some of these now.

The first example is about how design can solve social problems from a low budget where it is really needed. In the third world many people can’t wash their hands with soap. From almost nothing people can easily build up their own tap, thereby reducing the diseases, and death. Here is an example video  and some locations, where these kind of taps are in use: http://www.tippytap.org/tippytap-locations

I love conscious designing. For an example I selected a work designed by a friend of mine. I love it’s clarity, and I love how the project is builded up. Designing a great identity is one of the most challenging part of graphic design, but also one of the most interesting one, too. The idea is based upon a simple but recognizable system and sign. The identity is made for a transport and logistic company. What I also love here, that next to the strict designed structure, playfulness is also part of the concept.


I find a design great if it shows something we’ve already known from another point of view, or redefines a well known object with some added values (or function), which makes it more interesting or even more practical.

Design solutions are around us, they are part of our everyday lives. The designer is the person, who recognizes the needs, finds the solutions, and makes them visible in an interesting but selective way. Here is a simple example of something might won’t  save lives, but the problem of how not to forget a great idea during a shower is solved.

I love in design, that it is versatile. It can be just about a game, but also about a really important and serious problem, too. Every project has its own specificity, being a designer just can’t be boring, or monotone. So many unsolved problems around us, or even which still doesn’t exists. Also humanity is currently creating new problems and new questions that needs to be answered in the future.



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I love materials in design

I also love design when we can make good and intelligent use of materials such as the use of spared and recicled ones like the jewelries of Mana Bernardes made with tiny peaces of PET botlles. It is also interesting the result of the social project (AgenteTrasforma) by Marcelo Rosebaun in parternership with a poor comunity in Piaui-Brazil. They used spared tires to create souvenirs and also jewelries.

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