Based in San Francisco, Link Studio has another take on the custom-manufactured kid’s furniture concept. This play table and bench can be ordered in any dimension to fit your kid–or to anticipate his growth rate. The bench can be a chair, the tabletop can be etched with any design or vector graphic you like–there are flowers on this one, but there’s one with a train track back in the studio. The set clocks in around $700, which is also not far off for this custom manufacture thing.
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What books on design or aesthetics do y’all like? The one that comes immediately to mind for me is Edward Tufte’s Visual Display of Quantitative Information. I also liked Design of Everyday Things.
What else is good? What’s the graphic designer’s bible? Specialist titles (for example, design of typography) are also welcome.
British inventor Josh Silver, a former professor of physics at Oxford University, has come up with a game-changer of a product design with his water-lensed glasses.
Silver has devised a pair of glasses which rely on the principle that the fatter a lens the more powerful it becomes. Inside the device’s tough plastic lenses are two clear circular sacs filled with fluid, each of which is connected to a small syringe attached to either arm of the spectacles.
The wearer adjusts a dial on the syringe to add or reduce amount of fluid in the membrane, thus changing the power of the lens. When the wearer is happy with the strength of each lens the membrane is sealed by twisting a small screw, and the syringes removed. The principle is so simple, the team has discovered, that with very little guidance people are perfectly capable of creating glasses to their own prescription.
You can mass-produce millions of these, rather than manufacturing myriad individual lenses each tuned to a user’s specific vision deficiencies. And while the one-size-fits-all mentality may not fly in developed nations, Silver’s goal is to help the hundreds of millions of people in developing countries who suffer from poor eyesight.