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Wednesday
Jul092014

Virtual Dressing Room Store In Japan

This micro pop-up store is just 7 meters (about 23ft) in size but you can try on a multitude of outfits and share pictures of yourself in your new virtual duds on social networks. Urban Research, a fast-growing and popular fashion, home and lifestyle retailer, launched an experiment in Tokyo’s Parco Ikebukuro  called ‘Wearable Clothing by Urban Research.

 pic: Fashion Snap

Customers to simply stand in front of one of two 60-inch screens, select clothing items they want to try on and see themselves dressed in the products within seconds. Customers’ movements are represented fluidly on the screen in 3D. Customers can also use an integrated iPad to take pictures of themselves and share them with friends on social networks or add the item to your basket and use the QR code it prints to access the brand’s online store and complete your purchase of the item.

pic: Ryutsuu

Urban Research plans to install six virtual fitting room vendors in 2014 and to have around 100 units in operation by 2020, including overseas.

 

H/T: BOF, Japan Trends

Tuesday
Jul082014

Piece Of Cake - Delicious Still Life Typography

We love when food and design are integrated in unique ways. Moscow-based designer and art director Luda Galchenko has created letters that correspond to the name of her website, “Piece of Cake”, with yummy-looking food. Each letter is carefully crafted with saliva inducing treats and photographed to create the spelling of her site. 
She describes the project as: "Piece of Cake Still Font is a self initiated typographic project that explores the connections between type and still life."


 

H/T: Design Taxi

Monday
Jul072014

Starbucks White Cup Contest 

“The cups are such a great canvas because you can try an abstract design and just keep adding to it,” said Briar Waterman, creative director for Starbucks digital team. “The design variations can be infinite.”

Waterman said he’s inspired by the creativity he sees throughout the Starbucks social community with cup art that’s been posted on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. People are already experimenting with different mediums, and he suggests they should “turn up the volume” on their creativity with this contest.

“The iconic white cup is our billboard,” Hanna [Starbucks director of environmental impact] said “and the reusable cup is an important component of our overall waste reduction strategy.”

Starbucks $1 reusable cup, designed to look like the company’s paper cups, debuted in January of 2013. The plastic cup is sturdier than paper, but thinner than a typical tumbler with a lifespan of about 30 uses. The cups have interior lines to denote a "tall" or "grande" size. Customers receive a dime discount for each refill in the cup, so it pays for itself after 10 uses. And, baristas will clean the reusable cups for customers with a boiling-water rinse before each refill.

Here's a look at some of the nearly 4,000 entries. See the Pinterest page for more. 

On June 23 they announced the winner of the contest. Brita Lynn Thompson, a 20-year-old community college student in Pittsburgh is getting noticed for her doodling as the winner of the Starbucks White Cup Contest. Brita’s winning design will be available this fall on a limited edition Starbucks reusable plastic cup. Here's her design. 

Starbucks

Friday
Jul042014

How The Design Of The US Flag Has Evolved Over The Years

Happy 4th Of July! Here's a look at how the design of the US flag has evolved since 1767.

source: Fast Co

Thursday
Jul032014

What Does Flavor Look And Feel Like? (video)

In an attempt to show how Schwartz Flavour Shots, a new product launch, actually feels and tastes, director Chris Cairns composed The Sound of Taste. This is a what he describes as a kinetic installation or a ‘Sonic Flavourscape’. It's incredibly moving and effective in showing all the herbs and spices that are used in the product. 

How was this done?

The Sound of Taste from Grey London on Vimeo.

The making of 'The Sound of Taste' from Grey London on Vimeo.

 

 

 

Wednesday
Jul022014

British Airway's Color Changing Blankets Track Passengers' Emotions (video)

British Airways has been testing the  “happiness blanket”, a high-tech blanket that changes colors according to the passenger's emotions. The blanket has optical fibers woven into it  that can sense the brainwaves of the user with the use of neuro-sensors measuring a person’s brainwaves. It then changes color, from red to blue, to show when they are at their most relaxed and meditative to anxious. The blanket connects with a headset via Bluetooth that tracks the brainwaves. The tiny LEDs glow according to the feed it receives from the headset.

Why? “Using technology like the ‘happiness blanket’ is another way for us to investigate how our customers’ relaxation and sleep is affected by everything on board, from the amount of light in the cabin, when they eat and their position in the seat,” British Airways said in a news release.

 

H/T: Luxury Launches, Business Week

Tuesday
Jul012014

Pharrell Williams & G-Star Creates Jeans From Ocean Trash (video)

Are we seeing a trend here? Musicians partnering with companies to create up-cycled and re-purposed goods for the good of the environment. On Monday we just posted about Will.i.am and his 3-D printer that makes products from plastic bottles. And today we have Pharrell and his ocean trash denim line, G-Star Raw For The Oceans. Check it out...

RAW FOR THE OCEANS is a G-Star collaboration with Bionic Yarn, owned by Pharrell Williams, and the Vortex Project. Together we will make a sustainable collection from recycled ocean plastic.

Monday
Jun302014

Will.i.am & Coca-Cola Unveil 3D Printer That Makes Items From Used Bottles (video)

will.i.am introduces the EKOCYCLE Cube 3D printer. The EKOCYCLE Cube is not just another tool for making, it is a revolutionary tool for RE-making, and encourages and helps us to change the way we think about recycling by transforming post-consumer waste into new and beautiful objects.

Each machine is pre-loaded with 25 patterns, allowing you to print phone cases, bracelets, vases, bird houses, robots and shoes, just to name a few. The machine has a limited color palette though, with only the options of printing in red, black, white and natural. 

The printer is now available for purchase through 3D Systems. It is priced at USD$1,199 and will be shipped in the second half of 2014. 

H/T: Design Taxi