Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cookie Dough Creations

Let it Dough! - an incredibly cute and creative holiday story by Christoph Niemann for the NY Times.

To see all the images Niemann created, check them out here.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

3D Printed Typeface

Three dimensional typography in a whole new light. Not simply spatial letterforms, this new 3D typeface by Freedom of Creation is a custom dimensional ribbon that can be 3D printed. Its only legible from one angle and from any other direction the piece can just function as art.

An online interface allows you to choose what word(s) you want printed in this ribbony face. The typeface is a blend of arabic and latin letterforms and is called Kashida (and also Kasheeda) I think the readability is still a bit rough, even from the correct angle, but conceptually, I love it! I'm excited to see where this goes in the future.

If you're interested in purchasing some 3D typography for yourself, the prices are assigned by letter and sizes small, medium and large allow for a varying price range.

Via FastCo Design

Friday, December 10, 2010


I love very much...but at the same time, I find them a tad bit creepy haha Regardless...I want some :)

Check them out on Etsy - $16.00 for a set of 8 or visit the whole shop at foliage on Etsy.

Photos by Marie Gardeski

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Lauren Manning Design Work

Hi my name is Lauren Manning and here's a bit of my work in a temporary portfolio while my full site is under construction. here is my new portfolio site.

I am a designer, thinker and storyteller interested in constructing brand stories through design systems, solving problems with collaborative thinking and innovative solutions, and creating a narrative from raw data to communicate effectively through visualization.


For more information on any project, my resume or recommendations, feel free to email me.

Data Communication/Visualization
“It’s like comparing apples to oranges.” This phrase is the best way to describe the current state of data visualizations. For the designer, its easy to find good visualizations and bad ones, but how to apply the successful elements of particular designs to one’s own data set starts to get a little more complicated. Data sets vary tremendously, so one man’s brilliant solution can be another’s complete failure. Instead of seeing many excellent visualizations of all different data sets, what if you could see tons of visualizations of the same data set? What new comparisons, knowledge and structure might be developed from this?

Using a data set created from two years of meticulous life documenting, I visualized one point of data – food consumed – over forty ways. Exploring various methods, techniques, styles, degrees of complexity, degrees of additional context and many other elements, a true “apples to apples” comparison has emerged.

The project has been featured on and

The Curiosity Project
The Curiosity Project is an effort to bridge the very unique gap between the print and digital worlds. By combining QR codes (that work!), a blog, hand making and pure curiosity the hope is to restructure the way we interact with both print and digital media.

Be Versatile
Part of a self promotion piece, this project showcases multiple hand-crafted techniques to create various letterforms spelling the phrase “Be Versatile.” The making of all of the letters was videotaped and the one hundred hours of footage compressed into a two minute high speed time lapse. The video shows the “proof” of the making process while the phrase itself it meant to inspire designers to use methods beyond the computer to explore ways of communicating.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gingerbread Awesomeness

Tis the season for gingerbread creations!

Here's a few nice ones I found - but I was a bit surprised to find so few that weren't your typical gingerbread shed with candy cane fence.

I particularly love the gingerbread houses on the cups. The blog,, shows not only how she made them, but how to do it yourself! Love it!

How creative...I think you can buy them...or just be really creative this holiday season and make them yourself :)

If only...

And I love this one! I really wish this what my old architecture professor wanted when he asked us to use creative modeling materials :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The ever expanding world of the Pantone Brand

I'd been familiar with the mugs for quite some time and while I think its a bit much, I not ashamed to admit - I'd have a good time at the Pantone Hotel. But I just came across the Pantone folding chairs, and I have to say - I definitely laughed a little. Its not that these products haven't been successful or aren't well designed. I guess its more that I had no clue enough people even know what Pantone is to appeal to a large enough audience for how many products they've got.

I guess the niche, nerdy designer market is plenty good enough :)

I Hope This Gets To You

This is too cute and so creative! Its been mentioned it might be fake, but after checking out the guy's twitter page, I am choosing to just hope its real :)

Its a video from Walter May to his girlfriend, Lex, who moved across the country for grad school. He created this in secret with his roommates, the band The Daylights, having begged all their mutual friends not to tell her about it. He wants her to find out about it organically.

I love that something going viral is so common these days. Its crazy to think she really might find out about this video just by its spreading naturally.

Thanks Kendall for sharing :)

UPDATE: She got it in a mere 3 days! So impressive!
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