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An inovative solution that looks at ways of improving the lifespan of the Businesscard.

An innovative solution that looks at ways of improving the lifespan of the Business card.

The Business card is probably the most commonly used item of stationary, yet so many are badly designed. A badly designed Business Card is going to be put at the bottom of a pile and chosen over one that captures the client’s attention. This design by Jamie Wieck, allows the client to interact with the Business card and use it to grow their own cress. Not only would a clever idea like this get attention, but the fact that it requires the client to further tend to it after receiving it would definitely act as a sound reminder of who you were.

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Using the natural occurance of moss to create typography.

Using the natural occurance of moss to create typography.

Nice typography from crosshatchling. Combining nature with the built environment using ‘Moss Type.’ By allowing moss to grow and behave in its natural environment, something with quite an urban, manmade aesthetic has been produced.

'Bed.'

'Bed.'

Dominic Wilcox is another designer who’s work is very concept based. ‘Bed’ is a piece which aims to combine the object with the human form.

Here, he looks at the idea of everyone having certain sleeping positions which are unique to them. ‘Bed’ communicates this in a cleverly effective way. The fact that the bed is usually such a recognisable object in our day-to-day lives, makes this slightly altered version of the real thing even more powerful.

Turning the negitive of chocolate melting into a positive.

Turning the negitive of chocolate melting into a positive.

If you can ‘say it with flowers’ can you ‘say it with chocolate’? Is a clever concept by recent Central Saint Martins graduate, Jamie Wieck. What I like about this piece, is the way of thinking that has been applied in order to produce a Graphic solution to a very humanistic, everyday problem.

The larger majority of us can surely remember the last time we bought chocolate and have got home to discover that it has melted into a gooey mess, much to our disappointment. Jamie has manged to take the inevitable of this and subsequently turn a negative into a positive. By focusing on the design of the chocolate packaging and shape of the chocolates themselves, Jamie has designed a choc box that is able to create its own gift message.

http://www.jamiewieck.com is an online portfolio that is structured around a series of questions and possible solutions. Personally, I think this is a really nice way of structuring a website and communicating how Graphic based solutions can be applied to a problem.

The properties of XURF being used in lighting appliences.

The properties of XURF being used in lighting appliences.

‘XURF’ is the abbreviated name given to the material, Expandable Surface Systems. XURF Systems are continuously morphable curved surfaces with very unique properties. In the same way that a flower is able to control the movement of it’s petals in reaction to light, Expandable Surface Systems use similar light sensitive properties that allows it to function accordingly. The combination of this unique biological behaviour coupled with tessellated, mathematical structures upon its surface, makes ‘XURF’ an innovative, smart material that has an extensive range of uses. Applications include interior and exterior architectural surfaces, outdoor sculptures and a variety of design products.

Take a look over at the clever lot who developed this material, Milgo Bufkin.

More information on this particular material, along with others can be found at http://www.transstudio.com/tm2/