I love this clever invitation from the Society of Design in PA, asking Jessica Hische to come and be a guest speaker. They used twenty-seven actual registered license plates, which individuals in the club now use on their cars.
Designers & Books is a new site from Steve Kroeter and Pentagram showcasing the books that highly respected members of the the design community feel had a formative impact on their lives, their values and their ideas about design. Excellent.
I love that the Japanese have names for things like 'Zakka'.
"Zakka (from the Japanese 'zak-ka'（雑貨）or 'many things') is a fashion and design phenomenon that ... refers to everything and anything that improves your home, life and appearance. It is often based on household items from the West that are regarded as kitsch in their countries of origin, but it can also be Japanese goods, mainly from the fifties, sixties, and seventies. The interest in Nordic design or Scandinavian design, both contemporary and past, is also part of this zakka movement. Zakka can also be contemporary handicraft.
"Zakka has also been described as "the art of seeing the savvy in the ordinary and mundane". The zakka boom could be recognized as merely another in a series of consumer fads, but it also touches issues of self-expression and spirituality. "Cute, corny and kitschy is not enough. To qualify as a zakka, a product must be attractive, sensitive, and laden with subtext.""
I'd kill for one of these spiral clocks. Apparently the spiral face turns slowly over a twelve hour period, with a ball resting on the spiral ledge. When the clock reaches the final twelfth hour it drops through a hole to start all over again. Nice.