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Tuesday
May272014

Solar Streets (video)

New Roadways May Ditch Asphalt for Energy-Generating Sunshine Collectors

 H/T: Take Part

Monday
May262014

7-Eleven Hipster Mason Jar Slurpees Come With Mustache Straw

Summer is almost here and it's Slurpee time. 7-Eleven is making sure that you can exude your hipster cool while drinking your Slurpee from a 26-ounce plastic mason jar ($2.99) and a matching "mustache straw" ($.99).. I'm sure we'll be seeing these pop up on Instagram.

Love the variety of mustaches! 

H/T: Gawker

Friday
May232014

The Lumen: A Retro-reflective City Bicycle

With more and more people biking, safety is a huge concern, especially at night. The Lumen is a 100% retro-reflective city bicycle inspired by late nights, city lights, and full moons. Designed and built in San Francisco by Mission Bicycle. The Lumen uses retro-reflective tech that reflects light directly back at the source, instead of scattering it. Mission Bicycle Company used Halo Coatings patented reflective technology, utilizing a paint with tons of tiny reflective spheres, which function similar to cat eyes

Citi Bike and other bike sharing programs around the world should consider The Lumen. Mission Bicycle has also done a great job designing the bike frame. It's a beautiful bike day or night. 

H/T: Supercompressor

Thursday
May222014

For Creative Types: Be Prepared With The Napkin Sketchbook 

That genius idea of yours has come to you a thousand times - at a bar, a restaurant, a diner, at the kitchen table, or on the road. You may sketch your idea down on a napkin and then realize it has been tossed out, soaked with the condensation of your drink or you just wiped the barbecue sauce off your face with that gazillion dollar idea. Baum-kuchen has created just the thing to keep those ideas safe – the Napkin Sketchbook.

The leather books are $42 and includes ten napkins and a thin-tip Sharpie. Not to mention, these are refillable at any lunch or midnight watering hole where good ideas come from. 

Wednesday
May212014

Beverage Package Design: A Six-Pack Bowling Set

We love packaging that can be repurposed - especially into a game.   

Ford Jekson by Constantin Bolimonid is a conceptual package that gives a second life to beer bottles by turning them into a set of bowling pins. It is a beautifully designed concept made with wood. 

Each pack would come complete with six pins, as well as a tiny bowling ball. Although it is just a concept right now, it would be great to see a craft beer company make this a reality. 

H/T: Supercompressor

Tuesday
May202014

Grab A Burrito At Chipotle With Malcolm Gladwell, Toni Morrison, George Saunders And Other Authors

Ever grab lunch, sit down and realize you are bored out of your mind eating alone? That's exactly what happened to Eating Animals author, Jonathan Foer, when he grabbed lunch at Chipotle. So he decided to email Chipotle's CEO and suggest some "interesting text" by recognized authors to be printed on the bags or cups. Parts of the email read: 

"‘I bet a shitload of people go into your restaurants every day, and I bet some of them have very similar experiences, and even if they didn’t have that negative experience, they could have a positive experience if they had access to some kind of interesting text...Wouldn’t it be cool to just put some interesting stuff on it [the packaging]? Get really high-quality writers of different kinds, creating texts of different kinds that you just give to your customers as a service.’”

The CEO listened. Chipotle cups and bags will now feature works from Jonathan Foer, Malcolm Gladwell, Toni Morrison, George Saunders, Michael Lewis, Bill Hader, Sarah Silverman, Judd Apatow and others as part of what the company calls, Cultivating Thought.

Here's a sneak peek:

Source: Vanity Fair

Monday
May192014

Wake Up With The Nescafé Alarm Cap (video)

Does your coffee wake you up? Well, Nescafé is making sure it does with it's new, innovative, 3D printed alarm cap. It glows and plays seven different tones synchronized with light, which are scientifically proven to create a soft and natural awakening. To turn it off, you must twist the cap off which then emanates the unique aroma of the coffee. 

H/T: Design Milk

Friday
May162014

100 Days Of Luxury

How do you define luxury? Sara Bernat, a branding student at the School of Visual Arts, is asking that to a group of people from various fields.  Titled, 100 Days Of Luxury, she is interviewing 100 people from different disciplines who she feels would offer an interesting and perhaps unique perspective on their perceptions of luxury. 

It's interesting to click through and read the responses from each person.  It's not all Chanel handbags, Louboutin heels and dinner at Per Se. So far, the pattern I see is that ultimately, luxury is a gift. A gift of time, money, resources, self indulgence big or small, etc. We'll keep following her project and see what her takeaway is at the end so stay tuned! 

p.s. I'm day 31.

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