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Looks like we found our new house wine December 5, 2016 – Posted in: books in design, product design

What do you get when you cross a  product design agency and a Italian winery?  The answer: Librottiglia, a newly designed set of wines featuring short stories built into their labels.  The name is derived from the Italian translations of the words book (libro) and bottle (bottiglia). The stories are printed on textured paper and are held closed by  a single piece of twine. The series kicks off with three stories, each conceptually assigned to its…

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Cheers to the Aleing Authors! October 3, 2013 – Posted in: graphic design, Uncategorized

Here’s to Steph Sabo and his cleverly designed visuals for an imaginary  line of craft beers. Produced by Old Inkwell Artisan Brewers these handcrafted brews beer explore the “connection between an author’s escalating success and troubled life.”   Sabo explains: Aleing Authors is a a unique assortment of craft beers inspired by influential authors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Subtle references to the six authors are incorporated on each bottle. The beer name and…

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Plates of Wonder: A salute to the Irani cafés of India March 22, 2013

Check out this nifty campaign created by OgilvyOne UK for Dishoom, a new cafe steeped in the tradition of the old endangered Irani cafes of India which entertained and welcomed people from all walks of life to come and share food and stories.The campaign launched with 80 typographic plates that “incorporate the personal memories of Irani cafés from the older generation in Bombay and the UK, collected through spoken accounts and on the internet,” which includes a section…

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An Illuminated Book February 20, 2013

Introducing Lumio, a book-looking lamp.Simply open the “book” and wham you have a lightweight portable lamp. No cords, no switches and 8 hours of battery life.Built in magnets let you attach the lamp to any number of surfaces. It can be used as a table lamp, a wall sconce, a ceiling pendant, for ambient or outdoor lighting, or any other creative use you can think of. Yes, even a reading light!Lumio will retail for $95.…

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Cooking up the future in the ‘Library Test Kitchen’ June 26, 2012

 The Neo-Carrel “What if you thought seriously about the library as a laboratory, as a place where people do things, where they make things?”says Jeffrey Schnapp. The class is called “The Library Test Kitchen.” It is taught by Schnapp and offered through the  Graduate School of Design (GSD) at Harvard University. During the class “ideas flew like cream pies at a food fight” and before the semester was out some of the ideas were developed…

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