Send a Web Telegram

Have you ever just wanted to send a telegram in morse code but had just thrown away your telegraph for that new Iphone? Fear not! With Web Telegram  you can send a message in Morse Code via Facebook or Twitter. The app was created in honor of Samuel F. B. Morse, the creator of Morse Code. Just enter your name and then your message, and it will do the conversion for you. 

*using this service to troll your friends is encouraged

Cool Repurposing

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Edible ‘stop signs’ in food could help control overeating

Food and Brand Lab Director Brian Wansink found that inserting edible serving size markers in tubes of chips helped curb overeating among college students.

Very interesting article on an experiment done by Cornell university, whole article can be found here.

“As part of an experiment carried out on two groups of college students (98 students total) while they were watching video clips in class, researchers from Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab served tubes of Lays Stackables, some of which contained chips dyed red.”

Dead Drops Project

“‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is open to participation. If you want to install a dead drop in your city/neighborhood follow the ‘how to’ instructions and submit the location and pictures.”

Dead Drops ‘How to’ Video

The first 5 Dead Drops were installed by Aram Bartholl in NYC, Oct. 2010.

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Armadillo Water Bottle Marker Sketch

Marker and ink Sketch of a canteen like water bottle inspired by an armadillo. Done on 14″x17″ marker paper.

Paper Shoe Pt 4 – Finishing it Up

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Our sole search is over! We finally finished weaving together the triangles to make the sole of the shoe.

I swear there are over 1,500 triangles used in these soles.

The fact that there was no glue involved in the sole meant that it can flex freely and the sheer number of triangles meant that one could stand on the sole without just completely crushing the paper.

We couldn’t glue on an inner sole because that would take away from the flexibility so instead we only glue important parts, wich included the heel, toes and inner part of the foot for each sole.

Next we started on the upper part of the shoe which we decided to weave like this.

After a lot of tediousness we finally finished our shoe and got this:

It turned out to be more opened toed than we originally planned because we just couldn’t figure out how to create a paper structure for the top that would aesthetically resemble a running shoe while also giving the user the ability to flex their toes. Overall though our group was pleased with the outcome and it functioned for both walking and running!

Final Shoe Design Board

Nerf Maverick Quick Marker Sketch

Nerf Maverick Quick Marker Sketch

Very quick marker sketch of a Nerf Maverick on 8.5″x11″ paper.

3 Apps to Help You be Productive

With all of the papers, exams, and projects bearing down on me I have come down with a bug. Yes I have come down with the academic disease most like to call, procrastination. Similar to a cold it shows up seasonally, normally around midterms or finals week. It bogs you down preventing you from working, with symptoms that range from zoning out to Internet distractions. To help make sure you don’t get the procrastination bug, I have here a list of free preventative medicine to keep academically healthy:
3. Tackle those emails with Mozilla Thunderbird
            If you are anything like me, you are probably drowning in quite the sea of emails and having multiple email accounts is not helping this issue. For a very long time I checked every account individually for new emails. But then I discovered Mozilla Thunderbird! It is a handy dandy piece of software that collects all of your emails from all accounts so you can read them in one place, and you don’t even have to open a browser to do so.

Download Thunderbird here in any language for Mac, Windows or Linux

2. Organize Your Tasks with iProcrastinate
            Although the name would suggest otherwise this application is actually a really helpful task manager. It’s very easy to use and has a very attractive interface. You can organize your tasks in categories/subjects and priority. You can also view your tasks in groups such as “upcoming” or “due tomorrow”. This app also allows you to break up tasks into smaller steps and star important ones. Have an event that happens every week? This app can do that too! It can even sync from your Mac to your Iphone or though the Internet through Dropbox. You can also view your tasks in a calendar form if you are more of a visual thinker like me. Overall, great app with a great look and makes organizing tasks not get in the way of actually doing my tasks.
Download Iprocrastinate here from the Apple App Store for free for the Mac and $0.99 for Iphone

1. Remember Everything with Evernote 

            This is by far my favorite application of the three. This is a very versatile program that lets you practically capture everything. It is basically a note-taking app, but you can do so much with it. It documents and saves all of your ‘notes’ into ‘notebooks’ and allows you to search them later. It can be used to save recipes, make lists, save ideas; the possibilities are endless. You can also import Word files, Power Point documents, PDFs, images and audio recordings. You create a free account with the website and you can access your notes from anywhere including your phone, tablet, or Ipad. I personally use it to type up notes, record lectures and pretty much save all of the digital documents that I receive. It is a real lifesaver at times and keeps all of my information very organized. Truly you have to check out Evernote for yourself and see how it can really improve how you organize your digital information.

Download Evernote here for Mac or Windows

Good Design Is…

We designers, we don’t work in a vacuum. We need business people. We are not the fine artists we are often confused with. Today you find few companies that take design seriously, as I see it.”

— Dieter Rams