Saturday, February 28, 2009
This seems like a great concept! pain pills and water to be packaged and sold together. I don't know how many times a headache has snuck up at places like theme parks, concerts, public park functions, etc. where finding pain meds for sale is nil to non-existent. This concept addressed by Prietman Goode makes the concept of the pain pills and the water easy to vend, easy to buy, and easy to use. One side note is the amount of waste generated with this solution... however it is a great solution with (in my mind) acceptable waste to solve a real problem.
Check out some of their other industrial design solutions over at Priestman Goode.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
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Monday, February 23, 2009
Back in college I purchased a large architectural dictionary to help me learn term and building parts. It was the only one I could find and it was horrible. The dictionary only had a few images describing the building... everything else was spelled out in complete sentences. It was terribly difficult to translate the writing into the visual world. When I got out of school I found better dictionaries which had more drawings than words.
Merriam Webster has a abridged visual architectural dictionary with some of the more popular terms. It is a nice start... however, if you want a very good visual dictionary, check out 'A Visual Dictionary of Architecture' It is one of the best!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
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Saturday, February 14, 2009
The very large and intense fire at China's 40 story CCTV & Hotel Building. It seems to have been passed over on USA news, as the regular news gave it just a 5 second mention.
I'm not sure what this building was made of, yet the tower took off like a torch (maybe they build with flash-paper in China). Lets hope this raises China's fire codes to more of a modern day standard. If you know more about the fire, please leave a comment, or post links.
The TVCC building, adjacent to the iconic CCTV building, included Mandarin Hotel Group’s flagship property in China and was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
Chinese investigators are now blaming illegal fireworks, set off by state broadcaster CCTV’s staff as part of celebrations to mark the end of the Chinese Lunar New Year, for the blaze.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
So my youngest dog, Shala, loves to chase a red laser dot. When the sun goes down, she will beg and beg to have me shine the dot around the yard and have her chase it. Amused, it got me thinking, when she responds to the laser, how much of the red color can she see?
Psychology Today discusses the research scientist did to determine which colors a dog could see and they produced a wonderful color diagram showing the color a dog can see vs what a human can see.
... dogs see the colors of the world as basically yellow, blue and gray. They see the colors green, yellow and orange as yellowish, and they see violet and blue as blue. Blue-green is seen as a gray.
Also check out his homepage.
Warning... His language is very 'New Yorkish' and may not be office safe.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
It is the balancing act that every city planning board must go through. They are charged to maintain a certain level of quality and maintain an approved/historic architectural character and style. The mayor on the other hand just wants the revenue and the business, the city wants the style. It is a difficult position to be in. Apple is a good company with lots of draw. It would help the town economical and bring more people into the area. Unfortunately, allowing Apple to enter the town and break the architectural rhythm would set dangerous precedence for other businesses. The risk is a Vegas style street scape where anything goes... the other risk is a beautiful town with little life.
What Apple is going through is a normal process all businesses go through. A design is posted to the city, and comments are returned from the city board. Design changes occur and compromise is reached. The problem..... Apple and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson re-submitted the 1st design to the board for the 4th attempt. I'm sure you can guess, if it failed the first time, it sure as hell failed the next time. Really, it is contemptuious to waste the councels time resubmitting a failed design. It is also a few other things... one of which is unprofessional.
Let us hope Apple and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson decides that a technology store can have a beautiful classical face.
Friday, February 6, 2009
When I was a child, Regan was in power and the nation was in a slump. The words recession and depression were thrown around. I asked my Dad what the difference was.... His response, 'A recession is when your neighbor is out of work... a depression is when you are out of work.' I know now he borrowed that line, but those words still rings true.
Raise your glass to all those who still have a job... your keeping the economy alive. Now lets raise a glass to all those out of work... may fortune shine on you and may locked doors swing wide open.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
LOL! A quick calculation of how much one of those beasts would cost.... But that is just the base model.... would you like Air with that? LINK