Slogans and logos are a tool to make the brand more memorable. But sometimes (or very often, as some think) they don’t actually represent the real image of the brand; consumers often see the side that the brand wants them to see.
So the users of Design Crowd, a platform for photo editors, took the challenge of remaking the logos and slogans so that they would be a little closer to reality. And hence they remade the names, slogans and logos in a satirical manner. While some of them are dead on, and some a little bit off the mark, they show an alternative, more honest side of marketing which we wouldn’t normally see.
Most of us have been working from home during this pandemic. That means we’ve had a corner in our home dedicated to our office. Some just open up a laptop in bed, some have a whole professional workstation, some just repurpose their gaming computer. Even so, most probably tried to make it nice and cozy, so that work hours would go smoother.
The designers from HouseholdQuotes decided to inspire some people and maybe even give some ideas on how you could decorate your office based on your favorite TV show or movie. They created the concept and 3D work, making 6 garden rooms that would be the offices of famous characters like Dumbledore or Michael Scott. Perhaps this will give you some fun ideas for your own workplace!
Everyone loves to criticize terrible designs, simply because of how hilariously awful they are. I’m talking about designs that make things look dirty or things that are simply impossible to clean. However, today we have something positive for a change – designs that are so good, you’ll want to shake the designer’s hand.
Tired of all the bad designs, someone started a whole subreddit dedicated to the good ones, and it already has over 162k members that regularly bless us with examples of awesome designs. Check out some of the best ones in the gallery below, and if you want more, check out our previous post here!
As housing prices keep going up, people are choosing smaller, more affordable homes. Many times these homes come with a challenge – to use all of the available space for all necessary furniture and household appliances. One design team from Taipei City, Taiwan, called ‘A Little Design’ have taken on such a challenge for one of their customers.
The idea was to maximize all of the available space in a 22sq.m (236ft. sq) apartment. This was no simple task – the owner asked for a mezzanine floor for their bed and desk, flexible shelves and most importantly – a bathtub. The company succeeded with flying colors – the finished apartment is both cozy and practical. It’s certainly the kind of apartment you wouldn’t mind coming back to after a hard day at work!
We think that in the near future, with real estate prices steadily rising, homes like these will start to become even more popular. So take some inspiration from the photos of this cozy apartment in the gallery below!
Rising housing prices often make people opt for smaller homes
A Taiwanese design studio called ‘A Little Design’ took on a challenge to maximize the living space of a 22sq.m (236ft. sq) apartment
The apartment design included floor to ceiling storage
Making sure no space is wasted
The owner requested a mezzanine to create more usable space upstairs
The way the apartment looks from above
The installed ladder provides a trendy and practical touch
While also providing access to the many bookshelves installed
The client is frequently abroad so the apartment is mostly for sleeping
Now that’s where we’d like to take a nap!
The mezzanine includes a bed
Despite the small size, the apartment has a fully functioning kitchen and a washing machine
With the living space being limited, innovative decisions have to be taken
Such as installing these space-saving tables that can be re-arranged into different positions
The client even asked for the design team to fit a bathtub – and they did!
One day, this guy just kind of figured – “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!
Gyva Grafika, a creative design and decor studio from Lithuania, has perfectly upgraded the walls of an old toilet, bringing the outside to the inside.
They were asked by a restaurant called Galeria Urbana to redecorate their old bathroom without changing its tiles. So, the artists photographed a neighborhood in Kaunas they grew up in and printed some stickers. The result- an unusual interactive experience like you haven’t seen before.
“Lithuania often neglects its public spaces,” Gyva Grafika told Bored Panda. “A lot of people live in the cleanest apartments but once they step outside the situation changes completely. Stairwells, yards, and other public spaces are usually abandoned and ignored. For this reason, we have decided to balance these daily surroundings and introduced the outside to the inside.” Thus, the “WC for architects” was born.
Following the success of the project, Gyva Grafika has now decided to sell tiles just like these. If you’re interested, contact them on social media.
Apple computers may suck at gaming , but they certainly enjoy love of the creative community. Designers, musicians, writers and many other professionals love them and claim they are a perfect piece of technology.
The news of Apple declaring its last 17-inch MacBook Pro circa 2010 may “obsolete”upset many devotees of this particular model and even left them indignant. In fact, they claim that for creative folks this bigger MacBook proved to be everything they needed.
If you are one of these fans, fear not. This does not mean that you have to trash your lovely machines and replace them with something you like less. In my experience, a little upgrade makes this beast into something you will be able to use for years to come. In fact, you are in luck, for this particular Mac, unlike many others, is upgradable. It means you can boost its performance with an SSD, add sufficient amount of RAM and you are good to go! With all that and maybe some cleaning out your Mac will be as fast and furious as the first day you brought it home.
If you want to spruce it up even more, you may want to look at the examples of makeover the owners of MacBooks designed earlier. They never stop being creative, do they? They try to push the boundaries of perfection embellishing their laptops with unique designs.
They play with glowing logo, creating funny and beautiful images around it to express their unique self and to make sure that no one will have another laptop like theirs. Sometimes they make redesign logo into celestial body, an integrate part of a complex picture and sometimes they just highlight the “fruity” essence of it and the significant place apples take in legends, art, history of mankind, and pop-culture.
Wood, plastic, vinyl decals and even acrylic paints – everything is good to transform glossy barren grey desert into an artistic statement.
Historic references, Disney and Pixar animation, famous paintings, comic book heroes, beloved sci-fi and fantasy characters and original artwork that plays amazingly well with the glowing central element.
Here are examples of amazing art to inspire your fantastic MacBook makeover!
Paintings of historical interiors are always fascinating as they are a glimpse of the stylistic conventions from past eras. They give us an insight into a past life, decorating trends of the time, people’s lifestyles and, of course, the state of mind of the artist who created them. They give us a wonderful opportunity to discover the past!
With this in mind, we wouldn’t lie saying that such paintings as Vincent van Gogh’s ‘The Bedroom’, Grant Wood’s ‘The Sun Shine on the Corner’, Wassily Kandinsky’s ‘Interior (My Dining Room)’ and many more, are historical records. UK-based creative agency NeoMam decided to revive these famous paintings and for their client Home Advisor create paintery interiors as if they were real-life rooms of the modern world.
If you ever visited your grandparents’ or your great grandparents’ homes, you probably noticed how differently their rooms are decorated when compared to your own place. But have you though how the same rooms might have looked four, five or even six hundred years ago?
The designers at HomeAdvisor, a digital marketplace for home services, have created a unique project that shows how much the interior design trends changed over the past 600 years. From the wooden panels in Renaissance apartments to the funky and abstract furniture in postmodern style homes, check out the interior design trends throughout the years in the gallery below!
“Art and culture were reborn as the French Renaissance spread across Europe. Architects found a renewed enthusiasm for ornate decoration and fine detail, inspired by a new sense of humanism and freedom. Arabesque and Asian influences revitalized the decorative arts, and careful attention to symmetry and geometry brought a new sense of harmony to European interiors.
We designed the cabinet in our Renaissance living room image in the shape of a small palazzo (palace) which was common at the time. Its columns and balconies echo the shape of the building, evoking harmony. The Turkish rug is inspired by one seen in a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger, a German painter who lived in Renaissance-era London. Rugs like this were first woven in western Turkey in the 14th century and became very popular in Renaissance Europe.”
“Turkish rugs fell out of fashion during the Baroque period, as more opulent and elaborate architecture required fixtures and fittings to match. The Catholic Church was the first to develop this new sense of affluence as an attempt to impress the uneducated masses with their wealth and power. Hence the frames of the Louis XIV-style suite seem to be dripping with gold.
Beneath the gilded finish, the frame of the furniture was often made from tropical wood. Other exotic materials such as ivory were popular, and surfaces such as floors and table-tops were usually marble. Our color scheme here is dramatic and sensual. The play of light around a baroque living room would have been exaggerated to create a sense of movement and enormity.”
“Towards the end of the Baroque period, a subset of the style briefly stole the limelight. Rococo style (from the French word rocaille, meaning shell ornamentation) was famous for just three decades during the reign of Louis XV. It is lighter, more whimsical, and freer than Baroque. For some, it better suited the intimacy of the family home than the grand church style that came before it.
The shell and floral motifs in our Rococo living room are typical of the style’s more playful influence on home décor. The cabriole legs and scroll feet of the furniture delicately balance high-spirits and elegance. Social gatherings in the home were becoming more common in the early 18th century. The Rococo style allowed homeowners to demonstrate their wealth and taste without appearing showy or stuffy.”
“The late Georgian era ushered in a new age of architecture that responded to the Baroque and Rococo periods. The rediscovery of Pompeii contributed to new understandings of Roman and Greek architecture. This inspired a movement towards more ‘tasteful,’ refined, and timeless design principles, free from the pomp and novelty of the Baroque trend.
Notice the straight lines and logical, almost mathematical layout of our Neoclassical living room. These design principles were spread throughout Europe by artists studying at the French Academy in Rome. Note the column-like shape of the fireplace, lamps, and paneling. Colors were mild and undramatic. A plain palate emphasized the stoic, superior sense of form that the Neoclassical embodied.”
“The Arts and Crafts movement began in England as a reaction against the mechanization of creativity and the economic injustices of the industrial age. It was not so much a style as an approach, putting the responsibility for design and craft back in the hands of skilled workers. However, Arts and Crafts interiors shared an aesthetic of simplicity, quality of material, and a connection to nature.
The ideas and look of the Arts and Crafts movement spread to American living rooms via the influence of touring architect-designers, journals, and society lectures. Gustav Stickley was America’s foremost Arts and Crafts designer. You can see his influence in the chunky, function-led woodwork of the furniture in the image, which makes a feature of exposed joinery. This emphasis on wood, brass, and the artisan’s touch gives Arts and Crafts interiors a dark, earthy, and textured palette.”
“Art Nouveau was a ‘new art’ for a new century. Interior designers paired handcraft with new industrial techniques, which often made for an expensive process. Furniture and fittings were extravagant and modern, exhibiting the influence of Japanese art, which European artists were seeing for the first time near the end of the 19th century.
The vases and lamps in our Art Nouveau living room are inspired by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the celebrated artist and first Design Director at Tiffany’s. His glass-blown forms were a tribute to the natural world, and their lush, iridescent and swirling colors are typical of Art Nouveau.”
“If Bauhaus and Modernism were the utilization of 20th-century advances, Art Deco was a glamorous celebration. Interior designers were inspired by the geometry and motion of the machine age, materials, and symbols of ancient cultures, and rebirth in nature. And they weren’t afraid to use them all together.
Designers created a feeling of opulence by using a wide range of materials, including lacquered wood, stained glass, stainless steel, aluminum, jewels, and leather. Bold colors and striking contrasts conjured power and confidence.
Strong, straight lines echo through the fireplace and mirror trim to the skyscrapers in the woodcuts on the wall. Note also how these lines boldly counterpoint the shell-shaped sofa, flowing chairs, and spiky ornaments and houseplant.”
“Like the Arts and Crafts movement, Modernism is less of a style than a philosophy. “A house is a machine for living in,” said Swiss architect and designer Le Corbusier, the pioneer of Modernism. The Modernist living room utilized the latest materials and technologies. It was designed to be comfortable, functional, and affordable. Beauty was a bonus, although elegant design solutions were highly valued.
These ‘limits’ proved inspiring to the first generation of professional ‘interior designers.’ The table you see above is inspired by a famous design by Japanese-American designer Isamu Noguchi. It consists only of a plate of glass, two identical wooden supports, and a pivot rod to hold them together. The original Anglepoise lamp was invented by an engineer who was inspired by his work on vehicle suspension – demonstrating the close connection between Modernist interiors and the 20th-century industry.”
“The Bauhaus (rhymes with ‘cow-house’) was a hugely influential German school of art and architecture. It existed for just 14 years until the Nazi government closed it down in 1933. Bauhaus design was a radical subset of Modernism, with greater emphasis on the human spirit and the craftsperson. As with Modernism, form followed function. Bauhaus interiors were true to their materials, meaning that they didn’t hide the underlying structure of a furniture piece to make it pretty.
Our Bauhaus rug is inspired by the work of Anni Albers, a graduate and teacher of the Bauhaus school. Albers experimented with shape and color to produce textiles that were equally art and craft. The lamp is modeled after the MT8 or ‘Bauhaus Lamp.’ Its circular, cylindrical, and spherical parts create geometric unity and can be built with minimal time and materials. This type of opaque lampshade had only previously been seen in industrial settings.”
“The Mid-Century Modern movement emerged as a softer, suburban take on Modernism, integrating natural elements. Interior designers introduced rustic elements and freer use of color inspired by Scandinavian and Brazilian furniture trends. Materials such as rattan, bamboo, and wicker felt both natural and modern when brought into the living room in the form of chairs, mirrors, and trim.
Statement lighting remains a simple way to add pizzazz to a well-used family living room. The lampshade and standing lamp in our picture both borrow formal elements from Modernism and Bauhaus but have the playful look of repurposed outdoor tools. The bright mustard of the armchair and vases exemplify the common Mid-Century Modern technique of pairing muted neutrals with a saturated signature color.”
“Postmodern design can trace its artistic influences from epoch-defining surrealist, Marcel Duchamp, to Pop Art’s crown jester, Andy Warhol, to the ambiguous Bad Taste of Jeff Koons. It all came together in the 1980s when designers threw off the shackles of Modernism and approached interiors with a sense of humor and the brash confidence we associate with the decade.
In a Postmodern living room, every piece is a talking piece – because each one has a double-meaning or visual joke to unpack. The arches in our image question classical ideals of form, both flattening and unflattening a traditionally austere shape with an optical illusion conjured by their irreverent color palette. The rug’s meaning is simpler. It adds a rock n’ roll feel with its vinyl record shape – a Warhol-like ironic celebration of late 20th-century materialism.”
“A cluttered age calls for a pared-back living room. Today’s contemporary style borrows the clean lines of Modernism and the airy, outdoors feel of the Mid-Century Modern home. Interior designers in the late 2010s love to give a nod to Bauhaus by peeling away surfaces to show the materials at work. However, today’s cutting-edge building materials and textiles can sit happily alongside repurposed industrial features from past eras.
The smooth, bare floor and uncluttered walls of our contemporary living room create a typical sense of space and light. Abstract art on the walls prevents the area from feeling empty and draws out the subtle style of the otherwise minimalist surroundings. Observe, too, the use of line to draw your eye around, such as the horizontal central light, which is both extraordinary and very simple – and seems to widen and heighten the room.”
One day this guy just kind of figured “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending around the web. Something that always peeks his interests is old technology, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness so if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!
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We are examining design through a broad, multidisciplinary lens, and encourage sessions which bring new approaches to audience participation and knowledge sharing, from panel discussions and solo presentations to workshops, interactive design labs and more. In our second application cycle we will now be accepting content discussing The Future of Living and Technology.
AyA Kitchens in partnership with U31 Design and Cleaf addressed The Future of Canadian Living in 2018 through several pod-like treehouses that displayed innovative uses of texture, height, and space.
The Future of Living – How will our public and private spaces shape our future: personal, social and environmental? How do we design with empathy for both humanity and our fragile planet? Are modern needs forming or fracturing our communities? Are you designing for a world that no longer exists? This stream will uncover new ways of living and challenge the processes and policies we work within.
Powered by Microsoft HoloLens,Harrison Fae Design reimagined the idea of your inner child in 2019 their space PLAY.
Technology – Technology is evolving every industry, and designers must expertly navigate this world where change is a constant. How do you create client trust in technology? How do you seamlessly – and appropriately – integrate technology into a space? How, when and where is technology best utilized? And how do you sustainably leverage new techniques to future proof your business and career, no matter what new norms emerge?
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From private chefs to meditation rooms, companies have pulled out all the stops when it comes to amenities in the workplace. Whether driven by the battle for talent or employee demands, tech and media organizations in particular continue to vie with one another to provide employee benefits. Cafes, phone booths, and lounges have become commonplace, with nap rooms and fitness centers following suit. But how much amenity is too much amenity? Is there any downside to this trend, and what should we consider to be the new basics of the office?
A group of workplace experts gathered at the Poppin showroom in San Francisco earlier this year to discuss these questions and point to a way forward in office design. Primo Orpilla, whose award-winning firm Studio O+A created some of the first amenity-rich offices in the tech sector, spoke to the origins of the trend. “We really just wanted to create a place where people would come together, collaborate, share ideas and maybe spend a little more time, and that time be more meaningful,” he said. “It was also a great way for the company to show that they cared.”
But now the pendulum might have swung too far, said Alex Spilger, vice president of development and director of sustainability at Cushman & Wakefield: “I see friends that work for these tech companies that say, ‘I want to leave my job but I’m afraid to give up the free massage and the free food,’ and I have to ask them, ‘Are you staying there for the right reasons?’”
Amenities cannot be expected to stand in for a sense of purpose among employees, and companies have to work at fostering that spirit of community. “The spaces have to have meaning to the company and to the employees,” said Verda Alexander, cofounder of Studio O+A. “The idea of superficial amenity spaces really needs to fall by the wayside.”
So what kinds of amenities would not be considered superficial? Sometimes, essential amenities are determined by the culture of the organization, said John Liu, facilities director at Rakuten. At his company, “AV is gargantuan everywhere because that allows [companies] to have video conferencing with every office, to be able to sync up without having employees travel as much.” Hoteling is another such amenity, which Liu finds he has to figure more and more into his headcount projections.
However, workers aren’t just concerned about short-term benefits for themselves or their employers. “People want to work for companies that care,” Spilger said, “so a commitment to sustainability is a core amenity.” The urban (or suburban) context, and the company’s commitments to the community outside also figure heavily in employees’ list of wants. “Those values are part of the new basics,” said Jason Bonnet, vice president of development at Brookfield Properties. “I can get a paycheck from any tech company here, but what are you really doing when I step outside as it relates to improving where I live?” At Brookfield’s new developments in San Francisco, such as 5M and Pier 70, office spaces are situated within a mixed-use context. The developers have built social impact into the plans, offering ground-level activations and donating spaces to non-profits.
Talking about the backlash against tech giants in Seattle and San Francisco, Alexander said she wished offices could integrate “more amenity spaces that are maybe on the ground floor, accessible to the public and that interact with the public. I would love to see more social responsibility, environmental responsibility, and any kind of amenity space that could directly engage the public.”
Spilger summed up the discussion by offering a demographic analysis of where workplace design needs to focus next. “A lot of amenities were driven by millennials—ping pong tables, foosball, free food, happy hours,” he said. “Those millennials are starting families. They no longer need the happy hour or the ping pong table; they want flexibility, autonomy, and purpose behind the work.”