Archive for the 'Design' Category

UPDATE: Personalisation within Design

January 24, 2010

In an update to this topic, I want to explore Decoration in design, or Decoration Graphics.  Specifically, design wares made with the designer in mind as a consumer.  Design goods for designers.

Decoration is desribed as adornment and embellishment.  It is the practise of bestowing character to an object or surface.  Decoration is a reflection of the decorators personality and interest.  The above image details wall stickers to develop the notion of scale to children, and as an accompanying aid in storytelling.

This clock is a perfect example of my investigation into the personalisation of design.  Why is it perfect?  Because it is a functional piece of design which has been progressively altered to bestow personality.  Most jobs have an average work day consiting of the hours 9 til 5.  These are the most important times on the clock face, and in this design have been made obvious to transcend this idea that 9.00am and 5.00 pm are the most important in the clock face.

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Personalisation within Design

January 2, 2010

This topic is something I have decided to look into after seeing work by Henrietta Swift.

Her sticker collection ‘LIghten my mood’  is noval and tongue in cheek.  You can’t help but smile at the idea of personalising your lightswitches.  The idea goes further than just personalisation.  It is the notion of characterising and bestowing the inanimate with personality.

When I thought about this, I thought of how some of us have the need to personalise objects – stickers on our keyboards, on our laptops, on notebooks, graffiti – tagging etc.

Above: Keyboard sticker set by Christopher Monro Delorenzo.


We used to learn our alphabets by reading those classroom banners that associated each letter with an animal or object. These days as kids become increasingly computer dependent at an early age I thought it was about time to adapt an old method to a new medium.

From cultural icons to greek mythology, this keyboard sticker set will advance the alphabetical knowledge of any child, or adult.”

I think what I find intriguing about this topic, is how Design can be pushed further than it’s original intention or purpose.  In these previous examples we can see that the function of the product remains, but the aesthetic has been pushed further, to create new understanding and meaning.

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This topic bleeds into Customisation within design.  One such example, is the brand Converse.  Sure, you can buy a pair of converse from a retailer, and yourself customise the shoe by changing the laces, the way the laces are threaded, or by even adding badges etc.  You can go further however, by using the brand’s website to totally overhaul the design of your shoe.

You can modify most aspects of the shoe, and even add your own identity signature.  What would be truely innovative, is if you could upload your own artwork to the website, to be printed on to the shoe you are designing.

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Xbox facias

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Personalising our technology – Whether we do it professionally :

By customising the outer shell, hinge, inner casing and the colour of the apple logo via an external specialist company,

OR by using a lower tech, more personal method of adorning our laptops in stickers.  Stickers especially reflect fragments of ones personality.  What music they are in to, what brands they like or sapire to wear, the franchises they affiliate themselves with.  Stickers can be an efficient way of personalising possesions.

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Alison Carmichael:

iPhone face wallpapers:

Wallpapers for the iPhone are a really fun way to personalise the screen of your phone.  Because the screen is so large, the iPhone lends it’s screen nicely to be characterised.  The mobile phone is such personal object – especially the iPhone as it is capable of so much, and can hold so much information.  It sort of makes sense that it should have a personality.  Mobile phone supplier the carphone warehouse caught on to this notion years ago, with this advertising campaign:

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Going back to the beginning of this entry, there is definately a fascination with seeing the human characterstics in inanimate, everyday objects.  This blog http://www.facesinplaces.blogspot.com/ stores such objects with faces in one website.

Guinness glasses

March 13, 2009

“New Guinness glasses display exact number of alcohol units

LONDON – Diageo has scored an industry first by rolling out glassware for its Guinness brand which features unit information.

New Guinness glasses
New Guinness glasses

The new glassware is designed to help drinkers understand at a glance exactly how many units of alcohol they are drinking in their pint of Guinness (2.3 UK units). It is hoped that the new unit information will make it easier for people to stay within Government recommended guidelines on alcohol unit consumption. Starting this month Diageo will provide more than half a million glasses to pubs, bars and other retailers across Great Britain.

Guinness is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the signing of the original lease on St James’ Gate Brewery in Dublin by Arthur Guinness.

Diageo will be marking the anniversary with a programme of marketing activities throughout 2009. The Arthur Guinness signature has also been added to the glass as a tribute to the brand’s heritage other changes to the glassware include a new ‘250′ logo which is prominently featured on one side of the glass and ‘1759-2009′ alongside the traditional harp symbol imprinted on the other.

Diageo is also supporting the on-trade with the first in a new range of core POS that has been created for the 250th anniversary.”

Original text from: http://www.marketingmagazine.co.uk/News/EmailThisArticle/879537/New-Guinness-glasses-display-exact-number-alcohol-units

Get switched on with Mr Switch

March 12, 2009

“‘Mr Switch’ is designed to add a little character to an otherwise inanimate object.

Currently looking for a manufacturer.

Designer: John Caswell (United Kingdom)
Manufacturer: Looking for manufacturer”

originally from: http://www.designspotter.com/product/2009/03/Mr-Switch.html

This is a very novel idea, really fun and quirky.  I don’t know how this facia would interact with the rest of a home’s decor though.  I can’t see it in every room of the home, but perhaps in a study, design house, or even a childrens bedroom? I see it working well in these environments 🙂

Lego brick USB

March 9, 2009

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How kewl are these? Available in different GB capacities and varying colours.  Fitted with lid the dongle makes the classic 2:4 lego brick, and seperated the classic 2:1.  Slot them together, mix and match them up… if you can afford more than one that is.  They are pretty pricey considering you can just ebay or amazon yourself a bog starndard memory stick.  But it’s not about that is it.

Yumbrella

March 8, 2009

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New fruitbowl shaped like an unpturned umbrella by Benjamin Hubert.  The design comes in a variety of colours.  Rest your fruit in the bowl section and hang your babanas or grapes form the handle.  Why not? Quirky and fashionable.