There is nothing quite like the little surprises in life. For example, when completely ordinary everyday objects reveal that they are actually exquisitely crafted ‘objets d’art’. And why wouldn’t your cup of morning coffee, as you sip away the weariness, gradually reveal an adorable octopus?

Beautiful. By Yumi-Yumi & via Etsy.

No Choice

Does your work have to do with design, do you own an iPad and are you interested in the world around you? Goodie. Then stop by the iTunes Store today and take a close look at Al Gore’s “Our Choice(< iTunes link). Or browse on over to the PushPopPress’ website to see the UI in action.

Screenshot nicked from the trailer

Regardless of your political convictions, the app’s user interface alone is worth the $4.99 admission price. Finally someone who put some love into creating an iPad-appropriate experience. Brilliant work!

PIG 05049: Pork Liquorice

If that headline sounds weird to you: welcome to the club. The club of ‘I-know-nothing-and-live-under-a-rock’. No worries though, I founded that club long before you were born.

This morning, while holding on to my first cup of coffee and ever so slowly regaining consciousness, I learn about this book by Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma — PIG 05049 — that was first published in 2007 (yes, three years ago; see ‘rock’ above).


Sculpt This!

Brazilian born Dalton Ghetti creates some of the tiniest artwork many of us have ever seen. Without a magnifying glass, he uses mostly razors and needles to create his pencil-tip artwork. After having grown up in Brazil he now makes his living as a carpenter in Bridgeport, CT and carves pencils in his free time.

His work is being shown at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT until August 29. Do stop by if you happen to be in the area. Via NY Daily News and

And yes, there are a lot more pictures after the break!


Sharpie Liquid Pencil? No Yuo!

Don’t get caught dead with this one.

Anyone writing with an instrument this ugly who isn’t either a) getting paid ungodly amounts of money to do so, or b) being threatened with physical violence, needs to have her/his head examined. Pronto.

Granted, not every single daily task needs to be completed using the latest (?) in design-conscious utensils/tools. But for the love of all that is holy, folks — do have a little pride in what you write with, will ya?

(And no, that’s not a typo up there.)

The new shiny, it’s here!

Following an agonizing (?) 10-day wait Steve finally sent the long-awaited:

“Alright, you’ve suffered long enough – stop by my store this morning and pick up your bowl of Mulligatawny new shiny.”

email. Needless to say, I was thrilled. Deep down I knew he wasn’t going to make me wait for two whole years. The big softie.

The new and the old shiny wrestled; guess who won?

Everything went as usual — store overcrowded, staff super-friendly, and once being helped everything was smooth sailing.


Yo Android, stencil yer heart out!

I already own the iPhone version, the iPad stencil’s on the way and here come the folks and put their newly released Android version up for sale.

Click the image above to visit

If your particular way of earning a living has anything at all to do with information architecture or user interface design, you owe it to yourself to investigate these fabulous products in more detail.


iOS wallpaper

Click the image above to download the full-size PNG file

Not my own creation, but one of the coolest iPhone/iPad wallpapers nonetheless. Now if I could only remember where I got it from.