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Making/Design

black and brown Dachshund standing in carboard box the best material

Why I love cardboard and you should too

When I was a kid I made a fort/spaceship out of cardboard and was fully armed with an arsenal of nerf guns and stocked up with snacks for my imaginary journey to some yet-to-be-explored planet or jungle. How did I travel there? In a giant scribbled upon refrigerator box, I connected to my bunk bed of course.

black iphone 4 on white table iterated on from day 1

The 5 steps of Iteration while organizing

Remember the first cell phone? Giant plastic bricks with huge antennas. Not really portable or cell-like at all and super expensive, but man was it cool to have a phone not wired to the wall.

custom motorcycle, why is it so expensive?

Why Custom work and Home Organizers are so Expensive

Oh baby bear, everything you have must be juuust right, doesn’t it? Your porridge is the perfect temperature, your bed isn’t too hard or soft, and your chair happens to be in the sweet spot of comfort. You need everything you have, and use, to be perfect for you, which is tough in this day and age of mass production where everything’s made to generally suit everyone. You buy things, and the producer of the product gets close to delivering on what you need, yet, it’s never

A Lincoln Steering wheel

What makes the Lincoln steering wheel design amazing?

Every captain needs the right cockpit to steer their ship, and the better the cockpit, the better the ride. Lincoln clearly gets that because they have designed one of the best steering wheels on the market. It’s intuitive, functional, and looks riveting. Let’s take a look at all the things they got right when designing this high-end luxury steering wheel.

man making and designing guitar

Why I love building and designing

I’m quite concerned, I might be addicted to frustration. Well, I suppose it’s not actually the frustration I’m addicted to, it’s the solution that cures the frustration, but it’s like Pavlov’s dog, ring the bell and the dog salivates. There are times when you get so frustrated with a problem while making something that you want to throw it at the wall, then burn it with kerosene in a bonfire, and to top it off by dumping the ashes in a porta-potty at a Grateful Dead concert. However, once you calm down and think through the problem, then come up with a viable solution that works, you become filled with a euphoria only gods typically get to experience. Thus, addiction.

No more reaching, no more bending: Revolving Shelves

Spiraling motions are at the core of most natural phenomena. As graphic designers, we love using the golden spiral to get designs in a perfect proportion. So I think it makes plenty of sense to incorporate a circular motion into a product design by using revolving shelving to make it easier to organize and access anything in a cupboard, closet, or garage.

Drone doing the peace sign - simple design

If only designing simply were easy

Common sense would lead you to believe that making something simple is easy. There’s not much there so there shouldn’t be much to it, right? Incorrect, making something simple is extremely difficult because you must find the balance between having exactly what’s needed while walking the tight rope to be sure you don’t add in too much.