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Archigrams by Michie Cao Game of Phones by Luke Stern and Sam Wander Experience Journal by Hanna Yoon Flight Deck by Aastha Bhargava Glovken by Nga Nguyen Maker's Alphabet by Sneha Pai and Melody Quintana QNSMADE by Amy Wu by Sarah Henry A Memory Between Us by Dami You Taskit Notes by Effy Zhang




We’re getting near the end of the semester, so most of the students launched their projects last week. In just one week, we went from 3 launched projects to 13!

The full range of projects is amazing, running the gamut from productivity tools to community interviews, fashion to books. Check out the full list of launched projects below!

  • Flight Deck by Aastha Bhargava, a deck of cards for aviation enthusiasts about all the instruments in a cockpit.
  • QNSMADE by Amy Wu, a website that celebrates the people and artisans of Queens.
  • A Memory Between Us by Dami You, a postcard set for travel companions. Featured as Kickstarter’s project of the day!
  • Taskit Notes by Effy Zhang, a sticky notepad for individuals or teams to track their time
  • Experience Journal by Hanna Yoon, a notebook for people who want to pay more attention to their surroundings.
  • Mount Thunder by Jeffrey Gochman and Trent Thompson, a high-quality purveyor of video game-inspired posters.
  • Game of Phones by Luke Stern and Sam Wander, a card game for smartphones and their users.
  • Maker’s Alphabet by Melody Quintana and Sneha Pai, an illustrated book about all the things you can make.
  • Archigrams by Michie Cao, a set of flashcards and posters that introduce famous buildings in a minimalist style.
  • The Upstanding Desk by Mikey Chen and Sam Carmichael, an adjustable converter for turning your normal desk into a standing desk.
  • Glovken by Nga Nguyen, a lightweight fashion glove for commuters.
  • by Sarah Henry, a collection of step-by-step guides for unique experiences.
  • Geo/Day by Sunnie Sang, a blogazine and Etsy store for geometric inspirations.

The people I get to share my two years with.

This is an amazing collection of work from the first-year SVA IXD grad students. Many of these are in-progress Kickstarter projects so check them out!

Love this course concept! Love these Kickstarter projects!


The next invention of home espresso works in your microwave. It sounds like it’s a real space saver, but I’m skeptical it can actually replace a proper machine. I really love the Nespresso machines for what they do when it comes to an on-demand shot at home, but for travel to places where good espresso is hard to find, I could see loving this little guy. Check out the full report.

I’m what you would call a moderate coffee snob. I haven’t gone as far as packed a gram scale into my carry-on luggage, but as the owner of a Rancilio Silvia — and a Hario Woodneck — and a Baratza burr grinder — I’m intrigued by any method of having good coffee on the road.

Plus, the design is way sexy.

My story of the grandmother who owns this pink 1974 Lamborghini reappeared in The Times today in the Word Play blog, of all places. Auto Ego has gone on temporary hiatus, but I am working on one right now — and it involves Marfa!

And regarding that previous post… I also love how in even the most carefully designed interiors (with Italian sofas and cantilevered bathroom sinks made out of Umbrian marble) you’ll almost always find an Ikea Expedit (in one form or another) lurking somewhere, being very very useful. Really, the best piece of furniture made in the last 25 years (and I’ll stand by that).

“ I really got a chance to know the house. It’s what I always tell clients, which is to live in a place for a year before you do anything, so you can see how the sun moves through it, and learn all its habits. ”

—    Julian King, who worked on this townhouse in Chelsea for seven years. As someone who has worked from home for about 12 years, I really appreciate how the sun moves through a house (and a house having habits).

Museum, located inside an old freight elevator in downtown Manhattan, just opened its doors. Current exhibition is of everyday objects. (via Opening Ceremony)


Recycled skateboard stool - Jason

Want one or four of these.


HANDMADE TYPE a typography experiment by Tien-Min Liao

If I spend more than three minutes staring at something trying to figure out what the hell is going on, chances are I’m going to reblog. This was also a cheery way to start the morning.

(via hibouette)

Paper Chair, by Peter Plantan and Nusa Zupanc, winner of the AWR Award for Eco Design. I want one.

Wish I were writing here instead of at my desk. Maybe tomorrow…