Timeless.

Recently I came across the ‘Timeless Watch” by Rogan.

Made in NYC, the wrist candy repurposes old watch pieces, making each one both unique and a chic example of upcycling.

But the best part of this accessory, its “timeless” empty face, not only neatly dismisses the modern anxieties of analogue-vs.-digital and how to convey the appropriate importance without looking too flashy, but in the process also cleverly comments on the whole convention of keeping time at all.

This watch reminded me of a conversation I had with my cousin not too long ago. He told me he didnt need watches because he always used his phone as a clock instead. This watch practically plays on that concept. Watches these days seem to be more of a fashion accessory as opposed to a means of keeping time.

I liked the concept so much, I ‘re-purposed’ an old leather strapped watch from an OP shop and made my own Timesless watch.

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On a side note, I found a brilliant little comic to illustrate my point:

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There, I Fixed It.

As I always say: “If you can’t make it work, make what can work, work.”

That’s deep. You might want to write that down, it could change your life.

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Similarity: Sometimes, it’s just best not done.

Yes it’s been awhile since I last posted anything. But here’s a little something to kick things off again.

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AFFORDANCE:

In Design, the simplified version of the term refers to the product’s aesthetic affecting the way the user perceives its use.

So last year I was sitting at a restaurant with the family admiring a fairly cool water jug design. It holds a fair amount of water, has a nice shape, overall quite a pleasing design.


Well that was until I walked past one of these a couple of days ago:

Pictured above is a chewing gum disposal unit. Pull one of these off a bin, place it on a restaurant table with water in it and I wouldn’t have known the difference.

Sometimes, when designing a product, I think it best to take a massive step back, pull yourself out of the equation and just honestly ask yourself: “What does this look like?”

Better yet, ask someone non-design related, their answer just might surprise you.

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The woonBOX

It’s been awhile since my last post. But this is blog worthy. A couple of days ago, my friend Kate linked me up.

I present to you the WoonBox. Designed by Dutch designers Arthur Rottier and Peter Jongman.

Designed to be a 3-in-1 portable home solution. It has a kitchen area, toilet and shower.

Time to collect Royalties for using my name in their design. Haha

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Late Again?

Subtly drop the hint with this nifty wall clock. The perfect gift for that friend of yours that’s always late.

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Anti-Theft: Hidden Wall Socket Safe

Safe boxes tend to be on the pricey side, so here’s a cheap alternative for storing little pieces of jewelry and money. It only costs $7.99. Nifty little idea.

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Need A Chair? Here’s Three.

KX – Extendible Chair by Baita Design.

Quite an interesting concept but it probably won’t be the most aesthetically pleasing chair around if only one or two are in use, I’d say it only looks good when it is fully extended, but still, an interesting concept nonthelesss

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Spaces For Ideas: The Expandable Sketchbook

Designed by Brian Ling of Design Sojourn.

Images of original art courtesy of Tan Lun Cheak.

The Spaces for Ideas Expandable Sketchbook is perfect for cataloging and documenting your “big” ideas. The Sketchbook comes in a very portable A6 size (14.8cm high and 12.5cm wide including the spine) and each of its 5 pages expands into a generous A3 size. The design of the sketchbook is kept intentionally minimal and clean, so that you can assign each sketchbook to a single project or activity.

The Beginning of the Idea (Brian’s Sketches):

As stated in the other day’s post: This is the sketchbook that I’ve been waiting for. The idea is just brilliant. This is the kind of thing where people turn around and ask, “Why didn’t I think of that?” So simple yet so good. Normally, it’s $13 per book with $6 shipping. Just two days ago,  Brian ran a one day online sale in which he set a buy one get one free offer! Unfortunately I could not resist with my penchant for collecting sketchbooks. In the end it only cost me $19 altogether postage and handling for two books instead of one! Legen… wait for it, DARY. No idea how usable and functional the book is due to the folding of the paper, but I still can’t wait to start sketching in it, it should arrive in a couple of weeks.

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Images of original art courtesy of Tan Lun Cheak.jhkjjhk

Sketchbooks: Places With Ideas To Fill.

Image courtesy of the Moleskine website.

I just love sketchbooks, collecting them, sketching in them, owning them, the list goes on. I’ve got at least 3 sketchbooks with 2 more on it’s way.

My little Think Pad sketch book that I carry with me almost everywhere. Every little bit of inspiration that strikes me is scribbled down immediately. At other times it is also used for casual/ leisurely sketching.

Moleskine Sketchbook, given to me on my Birthday but I haven’t finished my little Think Pad, so I have restricted myself from opening it. It’s still brand new in it’s packaging!

Finally! This brings me to the other sketchbooks I’ve been waiting for. I’ve had my eyes on this brilliant little sketchbooks for awhile but chose not to buy it due to having a Moleskine waiting for me once my little pad ran out. Actually… I’ll save that for another post, it seriously deserves it’s own post. Part 2 tomorrow perhaps.

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Good Joke Proton. No, Seriously.

To those in Malaysia, the name ‘Proton’ is a common household name known for their cheap cars.  Yup, you guessed it, quality’s cheap too, hence the prices. With no need for an introduction, I present the Proton INSPIRA, being launched in Malaysia:

Now you’re asking what’s the joke right? Hey, wait a second, doesn’t the Inspira look familiar?

As part of a “collaboration” with Mitsubishi, Proton decided to rebadge “base” their Inpira Design on the current Mitsubishi Lancer Evo and I quote what the Chairman of Proton said:

“Proton is ready to move even further ahead to become a recognized player in the global automotive industry. We have been working and collaborating with Mitsubishi for the last 25 years and its a …natural step forward for us to continue to work with them in this project.”
Hahah, becoming recognized as a player in the market? Well done Proton, you guys re-badged an EVO and tadaa, we’ve got a new car design? Go design something yourself and create your own corporate branding, then start talking about being a major player in the Automotive industry. Thanks for giving me my daily dose of laughter. No seriously.
Just for laughs, here are some comments taken from CarAdvice.com
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andronicus says:
Put a Proton badge on…job done!
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Taka says:
OMG the new Proton EVO!
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