design to annoy

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a theoretical look at designing inefficient packaging. a project i found online by erik askin that deals with designing “bad” packaging to make smoking more annoying.

what if to discourage smoking, cigarette cartons were designed to be less convenient? in 1940 raymond leowy re-designed the packaging and logo for lucky strike cigarettes revitalizing the brand and bringing great success to the company. the standard flip-top cigarette box is an excellent design. in terms of presentation, accessibility, and branding, a pack of cigarettes is fantastic. currently, cigarette companies are required to put warnings on their packages about the dangers of smoking. what if we took it a step further?

first, what makes the cigarette carton such a good idea? 1) convenience. cartons allow smokers to easily access and store cigarettes, and the design is easy to manufacture. 2) branding. the logo orientation and point of purchase display provides excellent brand advertising and turns the area behind the register into a huge billboard. 3) portability. cartons fill well into our daily lives by accommodating items such as wallets and cell phones, and fit easily into our pockets.

within reason, how impractical can we make cigarette cartons?

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by testing out different orientations, sizes, and flip tops, the least-ergonomic and least efficient design within reason was discovered…

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“the diamond carton”

by addressing issues such as accessibility, portability, branding, and manufacturing, the diamond carton makes life subtly harder for smokers.

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the box’s physical orientation makes it hard to display the logo and brand.

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the orientation and taper of the carton, makes access and sharing difficult (some might say that is a positive thing).

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the multi-faceted sides fit poorly in the pocket.

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the point of purchase, the carton is oriented in such a way that brand advertising is minimized.

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the manufacturing pattern for the diamond carton is more complicated and requires more material.

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the diamond carton is an example of packaging which is meant to make your life harder. while this concept would be tough to implement, it is an interesting look at how by ‘breaking the rules’ of design, we could discourage the use of a harmful product… make smoking inconvenient for smokers. by lb

johnny cash and friends: some strange friends!!!

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justin timberlake? kanye west? johnny cash? they just don’t belong on the same line?

i have to say i had not seen this johnny cash video of the song “gods gonna cut you down” also known as “run on” if you happen to be a moby fan… amazing song, interesting video… it is a cool homage to johnny and nice to see all these current losers tryin to connect themselves to the man. a bunch of em made some sense like iggy pop, kris kristofferson, denis hopper, woody harrelson, mick jones, even bono maybe, keith richards, johnny depp, q-tip, patti smith, and ok fine even jay z. but what the hell are these other guys doin in there? lame-o’s like kanye west, justin timberlake, chris martin, adam levine (maroon 5), amy lee of evanescence, emily robison, sharon stone, and brian wilson? …that said we can always forgive those using kate moss for decoration. by dd

this is calming

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surfing at 1000 frames per second. all images were shot using the phantom flex, phantom miro m-320s and the new phantom 4k flex with arri ultra prime lenses and chris bryan films custom underwater housing’s. by lb

I WANT THEM ALL.

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from conway electric, this white extension cord featuring a flexible cotton-covered wire cord connected to a die-cast aluminum stainless steel housing. the exto2 12ft in white is sold for $65.

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i think i like this only for the odd shape.. a chef quality cutting board in maple, featuring a circular handle, smooth beveled edges and a minimal engraved branding. the amoeba cutting board comes in 2 different sizes and can be purchased for $145.

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i bought this a few months ago, and let me tell you… i get at least one compliment a day. areaware produced 4 different shaped brass key rings with a minimal screw clasp. designed by karl zahn, if you have tiny wrists like mine, you can slip it on or clip it to a belt. this contour key ring can be purchased for $16.

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simple and rustic bottle opener from areaware, designed by brendan ravenhill. this is not just a regular bottle opener.. this one features 2 magnets, 1 allowing the bottle opener to be kept on the fridge and one to catch a bottle cap!! this opener can be purchased for $14.

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from hasami porcelain, an unglazed porcelain bottle with a cork stopper in natural. not sure what the point of this is, but it looks pretty and i wouldn’t mind pouring my wine out of this rather than an ordinary bottle. you can purchase this for $36.

these are a few of my favorite things… all of which can be purchased on needsupply.com. they have a lot of amazing things and would recommend all to check it out – if not for yourself then as a special gift for someone special. by lb

jovian aurora

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jupiter is happening today. it has been described as a planet on steroids with everything being bigger and more intense than any other planet. here’s a picture of recently discovered jovian aurora, which are ultraviolet polar light shows.

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and here is a beautiful image from NASA showing a rare triple eclipse. by kl

 

‘the leather issue’

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odiseo.

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my latest find is odiseo – a biannual publication that offers both visual and intellectual stimuli circulating around erotic photography and contemporary essays. the most interesting aspect of odiseo is that it balances philosophical stories and essays with images that lie in between art and erotica. odiseo is a project initiated by barcelona based design agency folch.

‘we do define ourselves as erotic, but not as a magazine. as opposed to most magazines we do not seek to publish current content, but rather speculative essays dealing with topics that may or may not be of relevance in the near future.’
– pol pérez

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odiseo vol.7 is dedicated to the notion of truth. the issue is launched as a triptych, which was shot by photographer juan hernández. in this publication you’ll find a sensitive approach with photographic essays by one of my favorite photographers, paul jung, as well as some great written opinion pieces including eugenia lapteva and hans frederik jacobsen. by lb

BE MY MIRROR

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a perfect expression of minimalism, symmetry and tidiness. i love these twin cubic cable holders by kebei li. they feel like a distant second cousin of felix gonzalez-torres’s “perfect lovers”… except you can have your own. check out more of kebei’s work @kebeiiiiiiiiiiii by kl

marcel dzama at the new york city ballet

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very excited to attend the “the most incredible thing” at the new york city ballet this saturday that features scenography and costumes by the artist marcel dzama. if you dont know the artist make sure to look up his work and check out the short feature above. by kt

walk the line: a good place to go to

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i was online looking for a magnifying glass, when i stumbled upon this lovely object in this lovely store. the line nyc (see link in the shop section of our blog).

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“swedish metal-smith skultuna places a convex lens in a luminous ring of polished brass that eliminates the need for a handle.” more importantly, this is just a beautiful object to look at… i just wish it was a 50% bigger and twice as heavy. but it may be just right for you. $135 at the line nyc.

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“it was designed by olivia herms, a veteran of stockholm-based claesson koivisto rune who is now working in the munich studio of designer konstantin grcic.”

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another beautifully selected object was this all natural hand made horse hair and oil-treated beechwood brush. it is fitted with bristles of horse hair hand tied by wires on the other side of the brush. “designed in the tradition of swedish craftsmanship by iris hantverk whom has more than a century of brush making experience.” just $29 at the line nyc.

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and the dust pan to go with it… “black metal form, with its ruffled edges, has a short, looped handle for easy hanging.” just $15 at the line nyc.

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good vintage: this beautiful vintage hermes world clock is just one of the few random items they have lying around the apartment at the line. i inquired about this but unfortunately it was already sold out. now i really want it.

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vintage hermes world clock: $1,900 at the line.

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so go and check it out… fashioned after ‘the apartment’, except done much much better, their new york store is located on green street in soho. don’t look for “a store” as this one is located upstairs in the 2nd floor, don’t mind the silly sign that reads “by appointment only” listen, we’ve all made mistakes. upstairs you will find a nice quaint apt where you can rummage through an imaginary persons closet and try things on, except everything will be available in your size. this is a concept store above your average retail store… after all who can afford retail spaces in new york these days other than the gap, h&m, and footlocker? damn this capitalist society. we are, i suppose, champagne communists you may say, but au contraire, we just hate buying shit you have to throw away tomorrow. horse hair english mattress, fine bone china, and apc jeans (because you’ll never have to throw those jeans away… apc will buy back your torn ones). in any case we love this store and wish there would be many more like this in our beloved new york city which has been depleted of energy and interest by the real estate elite. go bernie, go the line. and so be it if we don’t fit your image of cliches. see link in the shop section for the line nyc. by uh