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The Birth Of A Tool

The Birth Of A Tool is a three-part doc­u­men­tary series show­ing the hand-crafted process of how John Nee­man Tools are made. The films are beau­ti­fully shot, and are just mes­mer­iz­ing. See­ing a mas­ter crafts­man at work is a thing of beauty. There’s some­thing spe­cial about mak­ing some­thing real with your hands.

John Nee­man Tools is a small Latvia based com­pany that pro­duces super high qual­ity knives, axes, chisel and long­bow using tra­di­tional tech­niques. The way they com­bined wood, metal and leather is superb.

Above is Part I, and here is Part II and Part III.

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Norway Passport

Neue Norwegian Passport

Neue Norwegian Passport

Neue Norwegian Passport

Oslo based stu­dio, Neue, has been awarded the task of redesign­ing the Nor­we­gian pass­port. I’m not sure if these designs are final, or if it’s just con­cept, but they’re won­der­ful. More gov­ern­ments should embrace great design like this, espe­cially the US.

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Lo Siento

Lo Siento

Lo Siento

Lo Siento

Lo Siento is a Barcelona based design stu­dio pro­duc­ing print, web, motion and exhi­bi­tion work. A lot of great stuff in their port­fo­lio. My favorite is this leaflet for the new Design Museum of Barcelona. It’s printed in 3 col­ors and languages.

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v-a

v-a

v-a

v-a

v-a

v-a is a design stu­dio based in Lis­bon and New York pro­duc­ing some won­der­ful work like this book­let. I espe­cially love the big block of color for the cover, com­bined with the clean grid-aligned type.

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Hofstede Design

Hofstede Design

Hofstede Design

Hofstede Design

A bunch of great new work by Aus­tralian stu­dio Hof­st­ede Design.

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Il Capo




This is an excerpt on NOWNESS from the doc­u­men­tary, Il Capo (The Chief) by Ital­ian film­maker Yuri Ancar­ani. The film fol­lows a mar­ble quarry boss who uses sim­ple hand ges­tures to guide his crew. The topic is fas­ci­nat­ing, but what strikes me the most about the excerpt is the won­der­ful aes­thet­ics cre­ated by mix­ing the beau­ti­ful land­scape, excel­lent cin­e­matog­ra­phy, and a super min­i­mal sound design. All you hear are the sounds of the machin­ery and the mas­sive mar­ble blocks being extracted. It’s all won­der­ful and worth a look.

Via Kot­tke

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Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture Branding

Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture

Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture

Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture

Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture

Mark Bloom and Paul Hutchin­son col­lab­o­rated on this beau­ti­ful iden­tity, book and web­site for Mark Tessier Land­scape Archi­tec­ture.

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Tomasz Berezowski

Tomasz Berezowski

Tomasz Berezowski

Tomasz Berezowski

I’m really enjoy­ing the work of Pol­ish archi­tect and graphic designer Tomasz Bere­zowski. His design work is looks like it come right out of the 60s. Sim­ple, typo­graphic design.

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Toko: PTW Architects

Toko PTW Architects

Toko PTW Architects

Toko PTW Architects

Toko PTW Architects

Beau­ti­ful work by Toko for PTW Archi­tects to cel­e­brate their 125th anniver­sary. Toko designed a tem­po­rary iden­tity and 9 bilin­gual books show­cas­ing the firms work.

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Hartmut Esslinger

Hartmut Esslinger Wega

Hartmut Esslinger Wega

Hartmut Esslinger Wega

Hart­mut Esslinger is a Ger­man indus­trial designer who founded Frog, and is mostly known for cre­at­ing the Snow White look for Apple dur­ing the 80s.

I per­son­ally love the designs that he did for Ger­man audio and visual man­u­fac­turer Wega, which even­tu­ally became part of Sony. The aes­thetic has a bit of the Braun/Rams feel to it, but it’s also very unique. More organic and fluid. But you can clearly see that Esslinger and Rams had the same approach to prod­uct design dur­ing those days.

See­ing won­der­ful prod­uct design like this always makes me won­der why aren’t more designers/companies design­ing like this. Apple has proven that con­sumers appre­ci­ate beau­ti­ful, min­i­mal design, so why do we see so much ugly shit? I don’t understand.

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2015 Rationale Calendar

2015 Rationale Calendar

2015 Rationale Calendar

2015 Rationale Calendar

Sean Wol­cott of Ratio­nale designed this min­i­mal wall cal­en­dar. It comes in two ver­sion, Sans and Serif, and the dates are pre­sented in two columns with space for notes.

The spi­ral bound cal­en­dar mea­sures at 11x17”, and is printed on high-quality 100# Cougar cover stock.

You can pur­chase one here.

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