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Table Talk May 30, 2008

Posted by goodmind in Task Unification.
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Musical Furnishings might seem cheesy at first, particularly since this Task Unification seems to be targeted towards adults.  On second thought, is the “Musical Rumba Series” (pictured below) really all that different from Microsoft Surface?  Aside from the fact that you can actually eat off of this table.

(via Coudal)

Laundry and Ladders May 20, 2008

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The informing premise behind our framework for Inventive Thinking is that it’s much easier to come up with new ideas within the confines of Five Thinking Patterns.  Limitless brainstorming is rarely successful.

A real world example of this premise, and the pattern of Task Unification is the ironing ladder, available from Tiny Living.  Anyone who has lived in a pint sized apartment knows that the confines of four close walls almost forces the issue of creativity when it comes to arranging furniture.  The ironing ladder combines two functional products in a space saving format ideal for living of any size.

Fashionable Facts May 19, 2008

Posted by goodmind in Attribute Dependency.
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T-shirt design, though creative in scope, is a surprisingly systematic enterprise when it comes to seeking source material. This process is best described as a type of Attribute Dependency, whereby designers rely on trends in advertising to inform new fashion trends for mass consumption.

As the ad industry’s preoccupation with facts, figures, and numbers becomes more even more severe, t-shirt designers are wont to keep pace with their Madison Avenue counterparts using sophisticated measurements. No longer will it suffice to be a walking advertisement in faux retro branded cotton apparel; all the cool kids are walking statistics.

There is really no other explanation for StatAttak (a StolenShirts SubBrand). Each design makes some manner of pointed social commentary, typically using an alarming statistic about life in an African nation as a metric. Of course, like all good t-shirts, these designs are not without an element of irony; they are printed on American Apparel products. There’s no better way to make a statement about poverty in Zambia than by wearing a $25 t-shirt.

(via How About Orange)

Literature Döne(r) Right May 13, 2008

Posted by goodmind in Attribute Dependency, Division.
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Nothing is as entertaining as a witty quip, or scholarly quotation sampled from a dense, wordy work of literature. That’s what makes the Reclam Literature Döner (yes, as in döner kebab so inventive, and such a clever instance of Division.

Similar in principle to the tag cloud, a flash animated cylinder of key literary terms and themes rotates at an eerily realistic, if not hypnotic rate. Clicking on any of the keywords will reveal a quote “fresh from the skewer,” which can be added to your personal Döner, or in other words (no pun intended) to your personal quote library.

The Reclam publishing company has a history of producing literary masterpieces in smaller, more “digestable” samples. Some 140 years ago, Reclam was known for publishing pamphlet versions of multi-volume works, and has managed to remain on the cutting edge “[w]ith an interactive idea that appeals to the generation YouTube, for which even the small books are too wordy, too classical, and too one-dimensional.”

Reclam even makes reading Virgil, or Gunther a social experience; you can recommend your favorite quotes to friends. The only thing missing is an Attribute Dependency change for the English speaking world; those whose German is not up to par will have some difficulty with the Döner. (via Coudal)