Surf Trail

Tumblr finds: Mostly random prettiness, leading to design blog links

I haven’t visited Tumblr in a while. I missed it.

Remember Tumblr? Pinterest’s angsty-er, wilder, more menacingly multi-interest older cousin? Like Elfaba to Wicked’s Glinda (or Martha Stewart).

Well, here are some excerpts from my last visit, prompted by needing to look for work visuals. Links in the images, as usual.

Cutesy-er things and design links after the jump.

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Disorganized post: Weird inventions and science-y stuff

I just really have to get rid of open tabs.

And, yes, I am aware that there is something called “bookmarking”.

This is going to get ugly. And random.

Transparent body parts. Vestigial traits. A menstruation cartoon by Disney.  Ice sopa. Video game controller infographic.

1. They actually found a way to culture transparent body parts! via

Image (and more) after the jump.

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Around the net: things I liked looking at

Really vague.  But just trying to collect all these links I came across and enjoyed these past weeks.


1. I didn’t even know there were trailers for books.  Cool.

2.  Great playground design by Sofia Petersson’s German lanscape architecture firm Annabau.

3.  Apparently, the world now has an illustrated version of Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style

O_O  (Japanese emoticon phase.)

Where were you when I was in college?

via brainpickings

4.  Rubber band type! From eujoonpaek’s blog entry about Typography Served.



5.  Yet another example of cool Japanese design.  Cafe/day, designed by Suppose Design Office, in Fukuoka.

I also love the blog where I got the link.



by Erin Hanson

Erin Hanson - 1 Minute Photoshop Thoughts

Erin Hanson - Deep Bullshit


6. Fun Pinterest page!

Crochet Ewok!!!!!!!!












Around the net: virtual collage pop stars, really cool shopper experiences, an art-filled calendar and a three-in-one seat

Today is a rainy day.

More time to stay indoors and surf.

1.  First up is a video.

It documents the “birth” of AKB48’s newest member — Eguchi Aimi.  AKB48 is a wildly popular pop girl group in Japan.  Eguchi Aimi is a moving composite of seven of the AKB48 girls, designed to seem like a real human being.

Eguchi Aimi

Just a really really great hype machine.  She was able to build a base of followers through her sheer existence, and now, because of the CGI buzz, the group even becomes more popular.  Hats off to whoever thought of creating her. Twisted, but successful.

via The Telegraph, Tokyohive, Gizmodo, Rekuru, Pure Idol Heart and Coolest Kid on The Blog

2.  There is this very functional and beautiful workbench featured on Georges Zigrandes’ blog.

Estrela Vintage Workbench


3.  Images from The Open Daybook, via brain pickings.  Maria Popova, I continue to adore your choice of things to post.  Someday, maybe, I hope, I get to pick your brain.

4. Fun developments in designing retail spaces! From Peter T’ Hoen’s branding retail en design!

(That sounds like an ad testimonial.)

A redesigned Starbucks in Omotesando.

Starbucks b-side by Hiroshi Fujiwara

Three-storey chicken living station – with ideal laying, roosting and feeding conditions.

Chicken Co-op by raadstudio


Aaargh I love this store concept.  BLESS Home.  A store-residence where apartment-dwellers become curators-shopkeepers of the brand and its espoused lifestyle and products.  Now, that is immersion and integrated experience.


The first BLESShome can be visited for an entirely private BlessShop experience in a private apartment. The clients will be able to visit the Shopkeeper’s home as a friend and can participate in her/his life. There will also even be a possibility to stay overnight.” – Bless SHOP site

via brandd and Garbage Dress

Another “wow”. You by Dialect gadgets and electronics store in Stockholm, by Electric Dreams.  I very much agree with the we heart blog post — “Where do you enjoy the consumer electronics you buy? The majority of the time it’s at home, so, why do consumer electronics shops all look like a clinical, space-age hospital waiting room?”

by Electric Dreams

5.  Beautiful blog by Sofie Brunner and 17 others from Brunner Studios – Sofiliumm.

Featuring Slumber Poufs. What a great name.

Slumber Poufs, by Aleksandra Gaca

6. Nice pictures.

What if you lived at Ikea, by Christian Gideon


Hoshiko the City Child, by Aya Takano

7.  Work tips.

Surf trail: Japanese blogs (mostly food) and Decluttering

I’m sorry.  I’m tech-inept, and can’t seem to figure out why or how the font size and spacing on my previous post got screwed up.

I know it became even more burdensome to read, sorry.

Thanks to the 1000 Things about Japan blog that I mentioned yesterday, I saw all of these links to other Japanese life-related blogs that I enjoyed!

1. Tokyo Mango

Cat ears that express emotions, a Yahoo! Japan iPad app that lets you cut and create your own maps, and a blog of floating self-portraits! I love this.

2.  spacious planet

I liked the post discussing the Japanese middle class.  It is well, vague.  But, I like the attempt at trying to briefly describe the particular lifestyle layer.


From Just A Gaijin Mama

Her blog on mostly snack food reviews.

4.  Just Another Day in Japan, which led me to Surviving in Japan (without much Japanese)

5.  And, through a Krispy Kreme picture on Japanese Snack Food Reviews, I found the cute Japanese milk-drinking campaign!

Milk Japan

And..plush breasts!

Funwari Milk Chan via Topless Robot

6.  Not a Japanese blog.  But I liked Small Notebook. It’s a compilation of tips on practical skills and decluttering.  The blog look feels…delicate, but useful.  If that description makes sense.  I guess it’s the blue tones, spare look and clean, focused (central object, usually still life) pictures.

via Small Notebook

Surf trail: less visual stuff – decision-making, stylized details, a commuting infographic

1. Intelligent idea. via

By Rayz Ong

2.  I think i would need to learn what he did, so I can survive interaction design better.

3.  “In the book’s second section, Munari argues that images can and should have a deliberate “character” in order to be meaningful and memorable to viewers, and that that character is encapsulated in the subtle and not-so-subtle details of a design’s implementation. The design’s style, if you will. What’s more, it doesn’t take much to achieve this character.

To illustrate this, he includes almost 150 simple pen drawings of faces, each one radically different from the last, and each one clearly drawn in only a matter of a few seconds. The illustrator (or illustrators — it doesn’t matter, really) draws on many cultural drawing styles, but even when those seem exhausted new ideas seem to emerge between the stylizations.” – Christopher Fahey

4.  “Schedule them. Create an established time to second-guess yourself, a time when you know your commitment won’t be weakened by the temptations of the moment. If you’re going to break the diet, do it when your need for willpower is at its lowest. Decide to decide the next day, maybe after a healthy breakfast or a little exercise, when you know your inclination to stick to your goals will be naturally high.” – Peter Bregman via bokardo


Nike: Chosen

Ah, Nike.  I see you are starting to be more aggressive about pandering to the microtrend of individual sport.

In 2007, Mark Penn published the book Microtrends.

Apparently, he’s the man who coined the term “soccer moms”.

In the book, Penn discusses other emerging trends that were sparked by at least 1% of the American population, which, he proposes, could become significant in the next years.

In the field of sports, Penn noted the growing interest in niche and individualized sports, and the decreased involvement in the mainstream and more established team sports (e.g. football, basketball).

In this stunning video by Instrument, Nike shows its ready to beat, okay maybe match Vans, Converse, DC and Roxy at their games.

Nike “Chosen” by Instrument

Even if the niche sport “microtrend” may seem a bit dated (“discovered” 4 years ago), the Nike “Chosen” campaign still makes me proud of how Nike seems to have a good nose for youth culture.

Even the copy for the campaign tries to talk to a new audience — no longer the same market that their physical potency- and determination-centered communication used to target.

Instead, the campaign’s copy recognizes the present youth’s inclination towards uniqueness, flair and self-promotion.

“Take the stage and own the spot light. We’re looking for crews pushing the boundaries of style and creativity. Because the further you go, the further we all go.”

via fubiz

I have to correct myself now, though.  It apparently isn’t the first time that a Nike campaign featured skateboarding.  In my search for more old school testosterone-y Nike ads from the 1990’s (to feature in this post), I came across a blog entry which was a collection of Nike ad graphic design that the blogger was impressed with.

This particular ad was released in 2007 – the “This Is How I Fight” campaign.

I love you slightly more today because of this, Nike.  I have to find the agency or communications group that came up with this campaign.  I’m sorry, “Chosen”, but “This Is How I Fight” edged you out in my heart.

And, while I’m at it, I might as well post the very first Nike ads (from 1989) that sparked my liking for the Nike brand, and for copywriting and branding.

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