If you are anything like me you have a bag with you at most time holding your phone, hands-free, earhphones, charging cables and computer and all kind of other technical gadgets. And what ever you want to pick up from that bag, you can get your wealth on it being all tangles up in your earphones or usb-cables. Well, seem that this problem can be solved after all.
When I first read the description of this bag it left me with a good bunch of questions. Not just the fact that the bag is made up by discarded truck-tires but also that it is supposed to be fair trade and on top of all this created using good design. But the images got me really hooked and I must say that this is one of the best looking backpacks in a long time. Good design together with fair trade. Wonderful!
The bag can be bought from Wannekes and comes in all available colors as long as you want it in black. It’s priced at 195 euros which is a bit over-priced in my opinion but for that price you get a fair trade, great looking bag so I’m all for an order!
Update (2011-04-21): Not longer available for 19 euros. New price is 209 euro.
In a world where everything need a touchscreen and finger swipes is the natural way of doing just everything comes a great conceptual product named R1. It is not good looking, it can not twitter, but still I so want one on my desk by some strange reason. The R1 is a radio which you control by moving it.
The pure aesthetic design of this product is not why I choose to write about it. This is an analog radio with nothing really fancy except the fact you can manage and use it even if completely blind. This is also the purpose of the radio according to the designer Il-Gu Cha, to make the radio more available for blind people. To turn it on you simply place it on a surface and move it away from you, he further away you move it and louder the volume. When the volume is correct you can move it sideways to change the tuning and to find a station.
The simplicity of this device do show that design is more then a shiny outer of a product. It can consist of a productified thought made into something which is made to work more then just to look good.
FROM A PURE PHOTOGRAPHY point of view I just love the colorrange and lightning of the images. Many amateur photographers today just enable a sephia filter on top of their images (me included) without thinking really. By looking at photos as these shots from NY one can actually have something to strive after.
See the full set of images at Panoramio.
I found a collection of the strangest and in some ways creepiest vintage ads I have ever seen and I felt that I had to share these. Just as most commercial ads from the fifties these they to push that genuine family-feeling but in these cases it goes horribly wrong.