Interaction 09: Vancouver is the right town.


Once on the ground, it’s hard to imagine a more fitting municipality to host this years IxDA Interaction conference. Vancouver, BC is a city that’s been punching above its weight for a while — only a svelte 2.2 million or so in the metro area, it manages to feel much bigger, probably due to its densely packed high-rise downtown, exceptional ethnic diversity, or perhaps just the sci-fi swoosh of the newly minted SkyTrain transit system.

The interaction designers who’ve been descending on the city in the past couple of days share many of these attributes. They’re here from across the globe, they’re involved in some technologies and ideas so new they feel vaguely sci-fi, and their enthusiasm makes them feel like a much larger crowd than they actually are (400 or so this year).


Even as the papers scream of economic doom, the outlook here is relatively positive, lending support to the theory that IxD is one of the more recession-resistant fields in the creative economy. Initial workshops wrapped up yesterday, followed by a boisterous get together at a Gastown pub (above); main sessions start in earnest later this morning. For those interested in playing along, the conference schedule is here, and this exceptionally Twitter-happy crowd will be crowdsourcing coverage of much of the discussion — follow hashtag #ixd09.


Anna Ter Haar

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Buitenbeentje (Dutch for odd man out) is a project that explores the qualities of poly-urethane resin by Anna Ter Haar. Check out the rest of the photos and a cool little time lapse video of the process here.

Objet D’car


When you live in a place with tall buildings, you get to see cars from a perspective that’s normally seen only by the car’s designers: A top view. Back when I had a car I’d occasionally catch a glimpse of it parked on the street from upstairs, and it always looked so different than it did on the ground.

Car enthusiast Richard Moriarty will be admiring his 1974 Lambo from the top-view perspective, permanently. After years of the car breaking down, he got sick of fixing it and decided to affix it to the wall of his new home. You’d think, since they were putting up a new house, they’d simply build it around the car; but instead the architect designed a skylight to drop the car through.

The car was hoisted 60 feet in the air by the crane. Then a five-man crew maneuvered the 1,000-pound, engineless vehicle through the skylight and hung it from a steel-reinforced wall with loops of half-inch-thick steel cable.


Sounds like an awful lot of trouble, but Moriarty is definitely on the rich eccentric side; read the full tale here.

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Travel + Leisure Announces 2009 Design Award Winners


Back in October when the judging panel was announced for Travel + Leisure‘s 2009 Design Awards, we made a solemn promise to you, dear readers, that we would return once the winners were announced. And here we are. Judged by an esteemed panel that included Calvin Klein and Michael Bierut, it’s an interesting collection of design-y things, from Best Museum (Spain’s Caixaforum Madrid with its “self-contained wit”) to the Best Public Space (New York’s TKTS Booth for “inventing public space where there was none before”). Perhaps most surprising is the selection for Best Travel Fashion: Norma Kamali‘s Trench Coat, which she designed for Wal-Mart and retails for $30 (and which beat out the honorable mention of Kosuke Tsumura‘s $795 “The Final Home Jacket“). The reason for the selection isn’t available online, so we’ll just have to wait for T+L‘s March issue to be released to find out. We’re also eager to hear more about the inclusion of Zaha Hadid‘s work for Melissa Shoes, which took home Best Travel Accessory.

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Chester – suspension lamp by bERT & dENNIS

Obviously, Chester refers to the famous chesterfield furniture, very high end and fit for glossy people. Designed for stylish places like bars, etc. A..

Fleet Foxes – Mykonos

Un document visuel hypnotique pour le dernier clip du groupe Fleet Foxes. Dirigé et animé par Sean Pecknold, avec des œuvres et des illustrations de Jesse Brown, ce clip est produit par Grandchildren. Vidéo en HD et making-of dans la suite.



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Ask Unclutterer: Corner kitchen cabinets

Reader Marnie submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer:

Our house has corner kitchen cabinets with lots of wasted space. Is a lazy susan the way to go? I feel like there is a decent amount of unused space when they are used. Do you have any recommendations?

Marnie, I love this question because I had been struggling with the same problem in my kitchen and recently found a solution. The answer we discovered are storage systems that use the descriptive phrase “blind corner” in their names. Some are called “blind corner tracks” or “blind corner cabinet systems” or some version of all of those words.

They’re regular cabinet shelves that sit on a hinge and a pivoting mechanism. The unit pulls out into the room so that you can have easy access to everything on the shelves. When it is not in use, it folds back into the cupboard and occupies every nook and cranny. It is leaps and bounds more efficient than a lazy susan.

Check at your local home improvement store to see what they carry. Online, I’ve found that most of these systems are in the $500-$700 range. That is a higher price than what we found locally.

Thank you, Marnie, for submitting your question for our Ask Unclutterer column.

Do you have a question relating to organizing, cleaning, home and office projects, productivity, or any problems you think the Unclutterer team could help you solve? To submit your questions to Ask Unclutterer, go to our contact page and type your question in the content field. Please list the subject of your e-mail as “Ask Unclutterer.” If you feel comfortable sharing images of the spaces that trouble you, let us know about them. The more information we have about your specific issue, the better.

off to comic con


Im off to comic con today/weekend. I will be working the Chop Shop booth. If you going, swing by booth 2165 and say hi and get your self some cool t-shirts

There’s Probably A Better Atheist Bus Response

An alternative response to the atheist bus campaign, created with The Bus Slogan Generator

We shouldn’t be too surprised to learn that Christian groups are planning to respond to the atheist bus campaign which we posted about back in October. They’ve been riled by the on-bus banner that reads “There’s probably no god, so stop worrying and enjoy your life”. Now, thanks to The Bus Slogan Generator, you can come up with your own versions…

Of course, history tells us that some people feel quite strongly about their religious beliefs – so strongly in fact that they need to impose their beliefs on others. Yes, we humans have been merrily slicing, dicing, mutilating, invading, pillaging, raping, torturing, enslaving our neighbouring tribes since time immemorial for the simple reason that they don’t share our credos. How dare they believe the world is round / that there are less than six gods / that the world isn’t supported by a gargantuan bearded chap! (Not forgetting that assorted godless communists and totalitarians have been equally savage and intolerant in dealing with anyone who disagreed or threatened their world view, Ed)

How has the Christian Party responded to this lighthearted squeak of opinion (the original atheist slogan’s use of the word “probably” hardly qualifies it as the most inflammatory of statements) from the usually, let’s face it, quiet and retiring atheists? What pithy slogan has been conjured up to capture the imagination of the world’s ungodly? After, no doubt, much consideration it is: “There definitely is a god”. Ah, bravo!

Oh dear, oh dear. Surely any person with a working brain, a functional use of language and just a mite of enthusiasm for his or her faith could do better than that? Well, fortunately – thanks to a nifty new online gadget The Bus Slogan Generator anyone can come up with their own bus-side theological message. Simply log on and devise your own bus slogans in the privacy of your own homes. For your own amusement. Not to actually post them on a bus or otherwise force them down the necks of our enemies – sorry, I meant fellow world dwellers. Like this:

Can you do better? Send in your efforts to me at the funniest / wittiest / best will be posted up in a follow-up post.