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.

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.

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.

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.

Hofstede Design

Hofstede Design

Hofstede Design

Hofstede Design

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

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