Have you seen Helvetica, the documentary about typography? Or maybe Objectified, the doc that tackled design? And what about Urbanized, which dug into the design of cities? You probably have. If you haven't, few documentary series capture things Gizmodo cares about more than Gary Hustwit's Design Trilogy. Watch them.
When I spied this French press—AKA press pot, coffee press, coffee plunger, cafetiere (in the UK) or сafetière à piston (in France)—my heart went a-flutter. I think it's so pretty.
When you're in Alaska staking a mining claim for months on end and it's the early 20th century, shaving is a major drag.
Handcuffs have unusual and contradictory design requirements: They must serve one human, and at the same time thwart another.
When carbon fiber was first trotted out in solid rocket motor cases and tanks in the 1960s, it was poised to not only take on fiberglass, but also a whole host of other materials.
I always found David Bowie to be a tad creepy—thanks a lot, Labyrinth—but I've always loved Space Oddity as one of his greatest songs. That and Fame... It's already something of a spaced-out nursery rhyme, so a children's book is a perfect medium shift.
Business cards are so boring. Name, contact info, company, yadda yadda snooze. Is it possible to stand out without being a giant, self-important dickwad? Sure! Be like this guy, his business card slickly contains all the contact information you need from just his e-mail.
Stopwatch. No big deal. You've got one on your wrist, or even on your phone. But it didn't used to be like that. It took a very fast horse and an enterprising company to bring the super-accurate timepiece to America.
Marvin Stone was sipping on a mint julep with some buddies, but he was not enjoying it. In the late 1800s, when this happy hour took place, natural rye grass was the tool used to slurp up your booze.
You might've heard that Gary Hustwit, director of two of our favorite documentaries Helvetica and Objectified, is making a third doc called Urbanized. It's the third part of his "design trilogy" and supposed to focus on the design of cities: the issues and strategies behind urban design and the solutions architects…
I go through the world marveling at the objects around us—from lamp posts to toothbrushes to buildings to sailboats—looking for details, craftsmanship, function, beauty, and purpose. If you know someone nutters like that, here are some gift ideas:
Do you ever stop to realize that another human being carefully conceived and designed every object you will touch today? It's a pretty amazing thought, and after Objectified, you'll be thinking it more often.