I stumbled across these cute flower pots a couple weeks ago and instantly thought of my mother. She raises african violets, picky flowers that are so fragile that they must be put in a special pot and watered a certain way to ensure their survival. As for me, I’m apparently less nurturing than a desert — all my attempts at planting daises, cactuses, and sunflowers have failed.
I was drawn to this design because of how clever it is. A small cloud over the pot slowly drips water onto the flowers below, simulating rainfall and satisfying more picky plants. I also really like the color scheme of both.
Click through for more information about the design from red dot.
Hiné Mizushima, a designer, crafter, and illustrator, created a set of invertebrates in little beds for an art show titled “The Palm of Your Hand”. I really like how small and colorful they are! It’s like every little guy has their own personality. It’s also pretty interesting to see squids and slugs laying in beds that look like they belong to dolls. It inspired me to visit her flickr, where her work ranges from mushrooms made of lace to needlefelted bugs. She also has some more shots of her exhibit, including some process shots on them.
Click through the photo to get more information about the exhibit, which also includes a few other artists and their palm-sized works.
I stumbled across this really cool soap dispenser by Natalie Stämpfli. I think scraping soap flakes from a bar would bring a lot of fun into hand washing, similar to how foamy soap helps kids encourage to wash. It also prevents a gross, slimy soap bar from sitting on the sink and making a mess!
Click through the photo to go to Stämpfli’s site. She discusses the environmental concerns of liquid soap, along with a second soap dispenser design she made for use in the shower.
For my latest project, I was told to create an object that represented half. I decided to make a butterfly in a taxidermy display case. The piece’s theme is represented by its scientific name, “Dimidium Libero” (Half free).
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One of the biggest issues with chopsticks is the way they are kept; just like a pair of earrings, it is very easy for one chopstick to move away from the other and get lost. Japanese design team nendo decided to create a pair of chopsticks that didn’t have this flaw. Their solution? Placing a spiral on top of the handles. These spirals keep the two pieces together, so they are less likely to become lost.
Click the image to see another interesting way nendo solved this problem.
Liftlabs has introduced a utensil that can sense tremors and cancel them out. It’s designed for those who suffer from Parkinson’s and other related diseases. The product works on a rechargeable battery, and the spoon can be swapped out for other utensils, including keys.
Click through for videos of the spoon in action. Liftlabs has also developed a few other devices for those with tremors — those can be found at the bottom of their site, and are worth a look as well!
If you’re like me, you like to find keyboard shortcuts. If you can’t remember most of the ones you learn for the life of you, then you are definitely also like me. This set of backgrounds show all the shortcuts you’ll need for Photoshop, inDesign, and Illustrator.
Sadly, it only shows single key shortcuts, excluding key presses such as “CMD + D”. Those ones you’ll have to tackle on your own. Otherwise, though, hongkiat’s desktops have got you covered.