The ground floor of the hotel was occupied by a large bar, a sort of restaurant freely open to all passers-by, who might partake of dried beef, oyster soup, biscuits, and cheese, without taking out their purses. Payment was made only for the ale, porter, or sherry which was drunk. This seemed “very American” to Passepartout. Continue reading “The Colours of Winter are Here!”
The way led along upon what had once been the embankment of a railroad. But no train had run upon it for many years. The forest on either side swelled up the slopes of the embankment and crested across it in a green wave of trees and bushes. The trail was as narrow as a man’s body, and was no more than a wild-animal runway. Continue reading “Take Adventure by the Hand”
In life, the visible surface of the Sperm Whale is not the least among the many marvels he presents. Almost invariably it is all over obliquely crossed and re-crossed with numberless straight marks in thick array, something like those in the finest Italian line engravings. But these marks do not seem to be impressed upon the isinglass substance above mentioned, but seem to be seen through it. Continue reading “An Unbelievable Adventure”
BAUX, the brand started by Form Us With Love, has designed a new acoustic tile that was inspired by wood, parquet, and bricklaying. Just like their Träullit and Panels collections, Plank helps control sound while creating a modern look in natural colors and wooden textures. We use only natural materials. Continue reading “Acoustic Tile”
If you’re like me, the words NASA, asteroid missions, and micro-gravity experiments probably bring to mind images of complicated spreadsheets, number crunching, and engineers toiling away in a million-dollar lab.
Did you think of designers? Me neither. But you should have. It is not a joke. I’m serious. Continue reading “On Designer Self-Awareness”
The Du Tour Residence is a project led by Architecture Open Form who renovated it for a family who had owned the 1960s home for decades. Located in Laval, a city just north of Montréal, the house needed a more modern interior but it was important to the family to keep the heart and soul of the original design. Continue reading “A House from the 60s”
Trapped in the sad world of hourly billing, spec work, and scope creep? Productized consulting is the perfect way to level up your design practice. It enables you to finally set your own rules for client work, eliminate proposals, and increase your monthly revenue. Continue reading “Productized Consulting For Designers”
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby created two new, indoor/outdoor tile collections for Mutina that give the user creative control to design a unique space thanks to the endless combinations the tiles afford. Both designs are bold and were inspired by experiments with geometry, color, patterns, and versatility. Take a look and imagine what can be created! Continue reading “Barber & Osgerby Design”
hose hours—or days—where you’re working on a project and just can’t seem to make any progress or come up with ideas? Thank designer’s block for that.
We’ve all been there. Sometimes no amount of coffee, walks around the block, or cat videos can help you shake the feeling that it’s just not happening. And that’s a terrible feeling to have—especially if you’ve got a rapidly approaching deadline and a client who keeps asking how things are going. Continue reading “Beating Designer’s Block”
When we’re in the very beginning of a new project and validating a product idea through testing, we’re miles away from proper usability testing (which we do later in the project). This is just one of the reasons we don’t refer to these sessions as usability testing or user testing—we instead call it product testing.
“You shouldn’t do product design without product testing.” Continue reading “The Simple Guide To Product Testing”