3:45 pm - Wed, Sep 17, 2014
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Here’s an admirable design solution to the idea of the physical business card:

Designer: Cameron MollMaterial: Crane Lettra, Pearl Production: Letterpress; hand-cut and hand-stamped Printer: Bryce Knudson, Bjorn Press
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“[My] cards are individually cut from my letterpress type posters using inventory that is damaged in some way (ink splatter, bent corner, etc) and stamped by hand,” Moll says.
- See more at:
http://www.howdesign.com/how-design-blog/best-business-cards#sthash.XMF6BxDT.dpuf

 (via 14 Best Business Cards in the Biz - HOW Design)

unconsumption:

Here’s an admirable design solution to the idea of the physical business card:

Designer: Cameron Moll
Material: Crane Lettra, Pearl
Production: Letterpress; hand-cut and hand-stamped
Printer: Bryce Knudson, Bjorn Press

…. 

“[My] cards are individually cut from my letterpress type posters using inventory that is damaged in some way (ink splatter, bent corner, etc) and stamped by hand,” Moll says.

- See more at:
http://www.howdesign.com/how-design-blog/best-business-cards#sthash.XMF6BxDT.dpuf

 (via 14 Best Business Cards in the Biz - HOW Design)

12:20 pm
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Vinylize is a new brand of eyewear that upcycles old vinyl records into fashionable eyeglasses.

More here: Vinylize Upcycles Vinyl Records into Fashionable Eyewear - Design Milk

Vinylize is a new brand of eyewear that upcycles old vinyl records into fashionable eyeglasses.

More here: Vinylize Upcycles Vinyl Records into Fashionable Eyewear - Design Milk

3:40 pm - Tue, Sep 16, 2014
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Here’s an admirable design solution to the idea of the physical business card:

Designer: Cameron MollMaterial: Crane Lettra, Pearl Production: Letterpress; hand-cut and hand-stamped Printer: Bryce Knudson, Bjorn Press
…. 
“[My] cards are individually cut from my letterpress type posters using inventory that is damaged in some way (ink splatter, bent corner, etc) and stamped by hand,” Moll says.
- See more at: http://www.howdesign.com/how-design-blog/best-business-cards#sthash.XMF6BxDT.dpuf

 (via 14 Best Business Cards in the Biz - HOW Design)

Here’s an admirable design solution to the idea of the physical business card:

Designer: Cameron Moll
Material: Crane Lettra, Pearl
Production: Letterpress; hand-cut and hand-stamped
Printer: Bryce Knudson, Bjorn Press

…. 

“[My] cards are individually cut from my letterpress type posters using inventory that is damaged in some way (ink splatter, bent corner, etc) and stamped by hand,” Moll says.

- See more at: http://www.howdesign.com/how-design-blog/best-business-cards#sthash.XMF6BxDT.dpuf

 (via 14 Best Business Cards in the Biz - HOW Design)

12:20 pm
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damonaholathesis: “Nice piece on my thesis work in The Guardian.”: 

When you think about how fashion will work alongside technology in the future, it might be hard to break from science-fiction-heavy ideas. However, fashionably using solar, wind and even kinetic energy to charge devices, keep us connected and even donate our energy to non-profits is being explored by a number of design houses.
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Last winter, Damon Ahola, a recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts, MFA in Products of Design, was running on a treadmill at the gym watching people bobbing up and down on ellipticals, stair masters and bikes. “I thought we were all exerting a huge amount of energy while at the same time consuming a vast amount of electrical energy.” His gym observation led him to question how to take advantage of kinetic energy through a project called Harvest which investigated the potential of integrating energy harvesting into our lives. Ahola said he began by approaching the work from a user-centric point of view, initially exploring what activities are appropriate for energy harvesting.

damonaholathesis: “Nice piece on my thesis work in The Guardian.”:

When you think about how fashion will work alongside technology in the future, it might be hard to break from science-fiction-heavy ideas. However, fashionably using solar, wind and even kinetic energy to charge devices, keep us connected and even donate our energy to non-profits is being explored by a number of design houses.

….

Last winter, Damon Ahola, a recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts, MFA in Products of Design, was running on a treadmill at the gym watching people bobbing up and down on ellipticals, stair masters and bikes. “I thought we were all exerting a huge amount of energy while at the same time consuming a vast amount of electrical energy.” His gym observation led him to question how to take advantage of kinetic energy through a project called Harvest which investigated the potential of integrating energy harvesting into our lives. Ahola said he began by approaching the work from a user-centric point of view, initially exploring what activities are appropriate for energy harvesting.

3:40 pm - Mon, Sep 15, 2014
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The world’s first washing-up liquid bottle made from reclaimed ocean plastic is to go on sale in UK supermarkets later this month.
The green cleaning brand Ecover will use the launch of its new Ocean Bottle washing-up liquid to highlight the long-term dangers of dumping plastic in the sea, which is killing fish on a large scale and threatening global ecosystems.
Ecover, a Belgian company, has been working with manufacturer Logoplaste to combine plastic trawled from the sea with a plastic made from sugarcane (which it calls Plant-astic) and recycled plastic, in what it is hailing as a world-first for packaging.

More: Washing-up liquid bottle made from ocean plastic aims to clean up seas | Environment | The Guardian

The world’s first washing-up liquid bottle made from reclaimed ocean plastic is to go on sale in UK supermarkets later this month.

The green cleaning brand Ecover will use the launch of its new Ocean Bottle washing-up liquid to highlight the long-term dangers of dumping plastic in the sea, which is killing fish on a large scale and threatening global ecosystems.

Ecover, a Belgian company, has been working with manufacturer Logoplaste to combine plastic trawled from the sea with a plastic made from sugarcane (which it calls Plant-astic) and recycled plastic, in what it is hailing as a world-first for packaging.

More: Washing-up liquid bottle made from ocean plastic aims to clean up seas | Environment | The Guardian

12:20 pm
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Joint Perspectives, a young design studio based in London formed by María Meller and Mirja Sick, recently completed a sideboard inspired by discarded pieces of materials the encountered around the shop.

Using copper and oak, the irregularity of the pieces, which were laid side by side to create the design, has an intense visual impact.
The pieces of copper and oak are in different stages of their lives – from old weathered oak is matched up with sheets of copper left outside for a month. Each piece of oak was cut individually, so they don’t line up, creating a sculptural effect and hiding the storage inside.

More: Oak and Copper Sideboard by Joint Perspectives - Design Milk

Joint Perspectives, a young design studio based in London formed by María Meller and Mirja Sick, recently completed a sideboard inspired by discarded pieces of materials the encountered around the shop.

Using copper and oak, the irregularity of the pieces, which were laid side by side to create the design, has an intense visual impact.

The pieces of copper and oak are in different stages of their lives – from old weathered oak is matched up with sheets of copper left outside for a month. Each piece of oak was cut individually, so they don’t line up, creating a sculptural effect and hiding the storage inside.

More: Oak and Copper Sideboard by Joint Perspectives - Design Milk

3:57 pm - Sun, Sep 14, 2014
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Interesting read, touching on themes that come up here on Unconsmption all the time.

A new paper by Markus Giesler and Ela Veresiu, two researchers at York University’s Schulich School of Business, in Canada [argues] that responsible consumption subtly shifts responsibility for big problems to consumers, leaving corporations free to continue as usual.

Meanwhile, the people who should be changing the game—government and regulators—are left to one side.

There’s much to be said for us consumers (or unconsumers) doing our part. It’s true that government and regulators should, too.

But I’d emphasize that businesses, large and small, are among those who also “should be changing the game.”

12:20 pm - Wed, Sep 10, 2014
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Before it’s even time for dinner, the food-to-trash transfer has happened several times. Nixing that transfer entirely is the task at hand for Hannah Billqvist and Anna Glansén, who together are Swedish design group Tomorrow Machine.
Right now, the duo have a few inventions that fall under two novel approaches to sustainable packaging: food wrappers that can change shape to double as a dish or bowl, and packaging that’s meant to be composted or washed down the drain. 

More: 5 Futuristic Food Wrappers That You Don’t Have to Throw Away | Design | WIRED

Before it’s even time for dinner, the food-to-trash transfer has happened several times. Nixing that transfer entirely is the task at hand for Hannah Billqvist and Anna Glansén, who together are Swedish design group Tomorrow Machine.

Right now, the duo have a few inventions that fall under two novel approaches to sustainable packaging: food wrappers that can change shape to double as a dish or bowl, and packaging that’s meant to be composted or washed down the drain. 

More: 5 Futuristic Food Wrappers That You Don’t Have to Throw Away | Design | WIRED

3:40 pm - Tue, Sep 9, 2014
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The cost of building new classrooms and schools shouldn’t prohibit students in the developing world from accessing a quality education, but new construction, even using inexpensive materials like cinder block, can run up a five-digit bill in construction costs. Now, Hug It Forward, a nonprofit in Guatemala, has figured out how to build new schools on a shoestring budget by turning the plastic bottles that litter the countryside’s villages into raw construction materials.
A plastic school might sound like it’s better suited for Barbies than for people, but the technology—developed by the Guatemalan nonprofit Pura Vida—is actually quite clever and allows for schools to be built for less than $10,000. The plastic bottles are stuffed with trash, tucked between supportive chicken wire, and coated in layers of concrete to form walls between the framing. The bottles make up the insulation, while more structurally sound materials like wood posts are used for the framing.

More: Guatemalan Schools Built from Bottles, Not Bricks Plastic Bottle School’s A Cheap Alternative in Guatemala

The cost of building new classrooms and schools shouldn’t prohibit students in the developing world from accessing a quality education, but new construction, even using inexpensive materials like cinder block, can run up a five-digit bill in construction costs. Now, Hug It Forward, a nonprofit in Guatemala, has figured out how to build new schools on a shoestring budget by turning the plastic bottles that litter the countryside’s villages into raw construction materials.

A plastic school might sound like it’s better suited for Barbies than for people, but the technology—developed by the Guatemalan nonprofit Pura Vida—is actually quite clever and allows for schools to be built for less than $10,000. The plastic bottles are stuffed with trash, tucked between supportive chicken wire, and coated in layers of concrete to form walls between the framing. The bottles make up the insulation, while more structurally sound materials like wood posts are used for the framing.

More: Guatemalan Schools Built from Bottles, Not Bricks Plastic Bottle School’s A Cheap Alternative in Guatemala

12:20 pm
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good:

Where New York’s trash went, 2012

Interesting, and rather blunt, follow-up to our recent post about NYC trash/recycling infrastructure, as well as this item addressing classifications of trash.

good:

Where New York’s trash went, 2012


Interesting, and rather blunt, follow-up to our recent post about NYC trash/recycling infrastructure, as well as this item addressing classifications of trash.

(via good)

4:39 pm - Mon, Sep 8, 2014
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Israeli designer Lou Moria has used a vacuum-forming process to create pairs of plastic slippers that can be produced quickly and cheaply. 
[The shoes can] be created from a single piece of recyclable rubbery plastic. [This responded to] research on cheap shoes, which often comprise many different materials and are assembled as part of a long process.
[In this instance] the designer creates the shoes using vacuum forming technology. A plastic sheet is heated until it is soft and draped over a mould inside the forming machine. … 
Waste pieces of the material can be recycled and used to create more shoes, which are available in any colour.

Fascinating! More here, including a video: Lou Moria uses vacuum forming to create recyclable shoes in seconds

Israeli designer Lou Moria has used a vacuum-forming process to create pairs of plastic slippers that can be produced quickly and cheaply.

[The shoes can] be created from a single piece of recyclable rubbery plastic. [This responded to] research on cheap shoes, which often comprise many different materials and are assembled as part of a long process.

[In this instance] the designer creates the shoes using vacuum forming technology. A plastic sheet is heated until it is soft and draped over a mould inside the forming machine. …

Waste pieces of the material can be recycled and used to create more shoes, which are available in any colour.

Fascinating! More here, including a video: Lou Moria uses vacuum forming to create recyclable shoes in seconds

12:20 pm - Sun, Sep 7, 2014
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From designer Dirk Vander Kooij:

It looks like a brilliant gold colored celestial body, but it’s a lamp made out of recycled synthetics and metal.
The form is derived from the Fresnel lens - a special lens that concentrates light into a relatively narrow beam which is used in for instance lighthouses, searchlights and navigation lights.

(via Fresnel Pending Lamp by Dirk Vander Kooij)

From designer Dirk Vander Kooij:

It looks like a brilliant gold colored celestial body, but it’s a lamp made out of recycled synthetics and metal.

The form is derived from the Fresnel lens - a special lens that concentrates light into a relatively narrow beam which is used in for instance lighthouses, searchlights and navigation lights.

(via Fresnel Pending Lamp by Dirk Vander Kooij)

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