DIY Under-Desk Gadget Mount

Posted on February 19, 2007. Filed under: Cabling, Design, Desk, Gadgets |

Organized gadget owner Van Mardian cleared his desktop by mounting all his peripherals – external hard drives, USB hubs, network router – under his desk with pegboard and wire.

For under 35 bucks, Mardian hung pegboard under his Ikea desk and threaded wire through it to stow all his gadgets and wires, completely clearing the top area. This coupled with Adam’s cord management solution would make for an attractive, sparse desktop with lots of elbow room.

+ Declutter Your Desk [via A Whole Lotta Nothing]

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Resources @ N.Design Studio

Posted on February 18, 2007. Filed under: Design |

A great resource for Adobe Illustrator tutorials, free wallpapers, MSN display pictures, and some other useful links.

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LAGO: Forward Thinking Design

Posted on February 18, 2007. Filed under: Design, Furniture, Home |

When it comes to thinking outside the square, Italian furniture design company, Lago, is well outside the parameters of traditional thinking. With the talents of its prized designers Daniele Lago and Massimo Bonnetti virtually on tap, the boundless creativity and functionality is evident in their current range.

The company takes a step back from the design board and looks at the way in which people interact with furniture on a daily basis and in a variety of environments. Flexibility is the essence of these designs, and with it comes functionality which is wonderfully executed in their floating ‘Shelf System’ range, named Tangram.

 This system can be arranged in a generous number of varying designs. From expressive geometric through to the letters of the alphabet, the floating shelves open the boundaries of the way we look at storing and displaying items in the home. The system invites the shelves themselves to interact with their surroundings, and promotes them to the same footing as the objects they house.

As many designers gravitate towards a minimal look, Lago appropriates this concept by creating weightless or floating aesthetics to their ‘Flutta’ bed range. The bed comes in either a circular or traditional rectangular design, and evokes the impression of weightlessness by its ingenious support system. With a discrete wall mounted bracket and a metal streamline pillar placed in the center of the bed’s base, Futta literally appears to float.


These designs not only impress consumers with the manner in which they interact with an environment – they stun us with their shear simplistic design, creating an overall stunning effect. In a market which demands forward thinking from designers, Italian design company Lago is setting benchmarks standards which will force others to follow suit. by Andy G

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Edit your images online with Picnik

Posted on February 4, 2007. Filed under: Design, Online Applications, Photography, Pictures |

Edit your images online with Picnik, a shiny new Flash-based image editor.

There’s quite a bit to Picnik, actually: you can do the basic resizes and tweaks that most other free image editors can manage; however, Picnik also comes with some nifty special effects, and can be used with a whole plethora of community photo sharing sites, i.e., Flickr, Imageshack, Photobucket, etc.

It’s not as powerful as Photoshop, naturally, but for a browser-based image editor, Picnik does a fine job.

+ [via .etc]

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FWA – Site Of The Month

Posted on February 2, 2007. Filed under: Design, FWA |

How much of a head fuck is this site.?!   But it does look great.

+ I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK [from theFWA]

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Give your photos that ‘A Scanner Darkly’ look

Posted on February 1, 2007. Filed under: Adobe, Design, Photography |

Design ‘zine Adobe Illustrator Techniques shows you how to give your photos that cool graphic-novel look seen in the film A Scanner Darkly.

The technique combines heavy black lines with solid-color shapes, resulting in a kind of photo-realistic comic book effect. Needless to say, the process involves Illustrator, though I suspect you could use any drawing program that supports layers and painting. There’s quite a bit of work required–four to five hours, according to the author (who, incidentally, worked on the film)–but you can’t argue with the results. They’re incredible, far beyond what you can achieve with a filter alone.

+ [Adobe Illustrator Techniques via Photojojo]

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An Absolute Goldmine of Web Design Education

Posted on January 20, 2007. Filed under: Advice, Design, Education, Projects |

I appreciate it when I find a place that does something way better than how I was doing it. I used to have a usability research directory that I kept up. It was mostly for my own use, to keep track of case studies and articles that would back up the work I do. I became too busy to keep it up.

However, there is an incredible resource that some of you may not be aware of, that I wish to share. It is the Web Design References by the University of Minnesota Duluth. Topics covered:

Every page is packed with articles and publications culled from authoritative sites.

My favorite haunts are Accessibility and Usability. When you visit each section, you’ll find they’ve broken them down into a wide variety of sub-categories.

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Automatic inline Google player Greasemonkey script

Posted on August 23, 2006. Filed under: Design, Music |

The Digital Inspiration weblog points out a new (to me, at least) feature in Gmail that lets you play MP3s sent as attachments in an embedded flash player.

The player should look familiar, as it’s pretty much the same player you’re used to seeing at Google Video. The Digital Inspiration blog shows how to construct a URL that will play any MP3 file with Google’s player, which is nice, but it seems like a lot of work. So I’ve modified the auto inline MP3 player greasemonkey script to embed the Google Player in case you prefer the look and feel of Google’s player to the Musicplayer. Requires the Greasemonkey extension.

+ Google MP3 Player found in GMail [Digital Inspiration]                                                 + Google Player User Script

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Weekend Project: Make a panography

Posted on August 22, 2006. Filed under: Art, Design, Photography, Uncategorized |

Photography blog Photojojo has a simple tutorial on how to make a panography, “wide-angle pictures composed of several individual photos manually stitched together.” More from the site:

“Do you ever look up at the sky, a towering office building, or an expansive landscape and wish your photos could capture everything you can see with your eyes? We do.

Our pal Mareen does this neat thing she calls panography. Taking dozens of photos of a scene, she assembles a patchwork of images that more accurately represents what your eyes see when you’re not looking through a viewfinder.”

I love the quilt-like effect of these photos; it’s a great way to showcase your more striking outdoor images.

+ Panographies: Panoramas on Steroids

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