Posts tagged ‘green design’

Link Loving: Portfolios, Typography and Green Design

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I have been throwing myself into the study of design and and it principles these past couple of weeks. I did take a break from it for a bit while Dennis and I sorted our new flat, but I am happy to be at it again. Here are a few articles I’ve found very inspiring and informational.

• Very cool collection of illustrations, typographic work, lettering, web design and user experience work via I Love Colors. I love this blog and I love the articles.

• Beautiful and creative way of creating card and garland by using recycled paper scraps. This article was written by Laura Normandin and posted on Design Sponge.

• PRINT Magazine is hosting a webcast on August 4th Pangea Organics CEO and lead designer. The will discuss their sustainable packaging and biodegradable soaps and products. Tree Hugger has given us a small preview of their accomplishments and company policies regarding sustainable design.

• I know I’ve asked myself this question before, and Nubby Twiglet provides some very informative answers with tips for creating a print portfolio.

• Interesting article by Jason Santa Maria regarding the use of print design principles that might not work the same for the web. I have to say I agree with him on this one.

• A fascinating inside look into the inspiration and work of Alice Savoie. In this interview, Alice discusses her studies, her process and future projects. The interview is via I Love Typography.

August 10, 2009 at 2:29 pm 1 comment

Street Sign Furniture by Boris Bally

These designs are just extraordinary. I kind of want some for my living room now. Boris Bally is an award winning American industrial designer that creates a series of products from recycled street signs and other products. His work is very funky and eclectic. It’s the type of work I love to see. I certainly recommend viewing his site.

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Images via Boris Bally

July 8, 2009 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

Portable Garden Design By David Barry

Irish Designer David Barry developed The Eden Project which is a very creative green solution to urban gardening. The concept involves the use of portable gardening pods which allow the user to grow their own food. The pods can then be stored away after the growing season has passed.

I love this concept. It is an absolutely brilliant idea. Dennis and I live in a very small place, and we have been looking into ways of our own food. At the moment, it has been incredibly difficult. We managed to grow a tomato plant, and we are working on a cucumber plant. While we did have success, it was incredibly difficult to find space for them. Moving them around after they grew to be a certain size proved to be a problem as well. These portable garden pods would eliminate this issue.

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Images via David Barry

June 24, 2009 at 3:46 pm 1 comment

The Nautilus: An Organic Habitat by Javier Senosiain

This fascinating structure was designed and developed by organic architect Javier Senosiain. The Nautilus home was built in Naucalpan, Mexico almost three years ago in 2006. As one can imagine, there were quite a few issues with this type of design. The structure had to undergo numerous changes before the right measurements to safely begin construction were found.

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The interior of the structure was designed to create a sense of harmony and flow as one travels through the rooms in the home. The ground floor room is a sitting area surrounded by different types of flora. The rooms become more private as one ascends the spiral staircase. The designer intended to give one the impression of floating over the vegetation on the lower ground floor.

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I do believe Mr. Senosiain accomplished his goal. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw images of this home. I think I’ve found my dream home. I’ve always wanted an indoor garden like this. There are simply so many things Mr. Senosiain has gotten right for me with this design. I truly adore The Nautilus home. The only thing I would change is the size. The structure seems to be mansions size, and I would love something like this in a “tiny home” version. I don’t know if it is even possible, but I have a starting point.

Images via Javier Senosiain

May 29, 2009 at 2:42 am 1 comment

Eco-Friendly Design That Doesn’t Work

I really hate it when this happens, but I suppose it’s a learning process for all of us. I’ve fallen victim to this myself in my work, but I always admit I was wrong and start over. It’s a journey, but we can’t make progress if no one admits they were wrong or happened to miscalculate.

The reason I’m a bit upset about non-functioning green design right now is because I have to live with someone’s very bad eco-decision. Let me give you a little background. Dennis and I moved into this very overpriced flat before we knew better. Now, we know we can get close to the same for less than half of what we pay now, but that is beside the point. The flat is very luxurious and the building is very posh. The rental company boasted about its excellent flats, and I am upset to admit that we took the bate. One of the reasons we chose this place was because it is a green building and its home appliances are energy efficient. We figured we couldn’t go wrong with a smaller utility bill, and it was honestly the best flat we viewed.

I am certain you are not surprised to learn that problems arose the day we moved into the flat. We quickly noticed the toilets didn’t flush and called the property management company immediately. They sent over a plumber and he let us know there was nothing he could do. The toilets didn’t flush anything down because they were supposed to be conserving water.

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I thought this was ridiculous! He informed us that these toilets were put in all over the city. They were a major problem, because they overflowed constantly. Now, I am incredibly happy to live in a building and city that places the environmental impact of a problem’s solution in their top priorities. However, I disagree with solving these problems with green design that doesn’t work. What’s the point of something being green if it doesn’t do it’s intended job. For instance, our toilets are supposed to conserve water, but they do it by only flushing half the waste. What’s the bloody point? I’d rather have a compost toilet. At least I’d know it would do the job!

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It’s been a month now since our toilet stopped working. I’m still waiting for the property management company to send a plumber over. We’ve had it looked at already, but there really isn’t anything they can do. It’s just going to keep overflowing. The owner needs to replace the toilet, but I don’t think he is willing to do that. In the end, Dennis and I are paying for a luxury flat with a broken, stinky toilet. The owner will have to replace it at some point, and this is just going to cost him more money.

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There is no reason for this to have occurred, but now that it has it’s time to fix it. I get upset because everyone refuses to acknowledge that these things don’t work. Everyone is sitting on their green high horse, boasting about their eco-friendly flat when secretly they wish they had a normal, flushing toilet. Design like this just makes people angry, and distracts from the real issue. How are we going to persuade people to live greener lifestyles if we can’t provide proper, working alternatives? By the way, my dryer doesn’t dry, because it’s trying to conserve energy. To be honest, I much rather line dry my clothing, but don’t call it a clothes dryer if it doesn’t dry clothes.

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Images via Alicia Jo McMahan, SandraBr, ArtFiend147, and Agrelli

May 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment


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