Sometimes – you just have days like this.
Like the time you slept in too late on a gorgeously sunny Sunday, jump on the train to the city with the intention of hopping on a ferry to the beach, only to realize that the entire rest of the city also slept in and had the exact same idea as you – and you will have to wait for 1.5 hours in line before there’s a place on a ferry for you. And you think… nope. No beach for me today. Mission aborted.
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I was just saying to my hubby Antok a few weeks ago that somebody should design a backpack with multiple stacked layers, basically, separate layered compartments with zippers, so I don’t have to rummage at the bottom of my bag for random things all the time. And, it would be so handy to be able to put the heavy things in the bottom, while the lighter things and the things I need quick access to (like drink bottles) stay at the top. So, I couldn’t believe it when I saw this perfect grocery backpack on Pinterest the other day!
A GROCERY backpack! With four compartments to divide things, it would be so easy to carry to the markets. Brilliant, I thought! I simply love this!
The CORNUCOPIA bag by Betabrand is sheer GENIUS in grocery backpack format. It’s is exactly like I was imagining – a layered section backpack that lets you pack heavy stuff at the bottom and lighter stuff at the top – saving rummaging and re-packing!
I’m so glad that somebody invented this amazing grocery backpack. I got so excited, that I was all like “Shut UP and TAKE MY MONEY!” and bought one right away! That rarely happens… usually I save all the ideas of things I want to buy on my Wishlist or Product Design board for later deliberation. But once in a while – my heart and my head just scream “Yes!”
While the bag that caught my eye is the mustard one, I actually bought the more conservative charcoal colorway, as the neutral tone will suit my style better.
It also comes in a brand new tricolor combination, which I absolutely LOVE as well… but then went for the trusty charcoal anyway. Yeah – that’s so like me. But I have enough color in my life…
I just received the email this afternoon to tell me that my new backpack is on it’s way, all the way from the US to the sunny shores of Australia. Oh – and I can’t wait! It’ll be like Christmas in September.
This morning, I was SO inspired listening to the most recent podcast of Elise Gets Crafty by the incredibly talented Elise Joy, that I decided to make an infographic summarizing the one main point from the episode that made light bulbs start flashing in my head. This is the kind of MBA-quality wisdom you usually would have to pay big dollars for in consulting fees. You can listen to the full episode on iTunes here or stream it from your computer here. Just look for Episode 28 featuring an interview with Tara Gentile.
While I was at university studying Industrial (Product) Design… I would have loved for somebody to present me with this simple chart and formula to show me how product pricing actually has to work in the real world of business. So I made one myself right now!
Enjoy, use, and share!
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This is quite possibly the best product and/or life hack I have ever seen – using LEGO men – ahem, LEGO people, to hold your stray cables and prevent them from falling from the desk after you unplug your device. I am SO doing this! Now, where is my childhood LEGO set?
If you can’t find any little LEGO men around the house to make this DIY, you can always buy little packs of figurines from Amazon. The best way to stick your LEGO to the furniture is to use Sugru – a mouldable synthetic rubber that can be used to repair and customise objects.
I would love to know who thought up this brilliant idea – if you know the original source of the image, please leave a comment below!
UPDATE: I have since stumbled across the source of this picture and information, you can read more about the Sugru vs. LEGO hack over here.
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Excuse me for a moment while I present to you – this.
Look at those sexy curves, that slim body, that rose gold glow of the latest iPhone 6 design.
Who would have thought a piece of electronics could cause such lust?
But there you go – it is every product designer and industrial designer’s dream to create a product that is so desirable on so many levels that it is no longer just about the physical product that you hold in your hand but about the whole experience, from the out-of-box, to the surprise and delight discovered when in use.
Buy it for a good price here.
I love these three fantastic ideas to make with strawberries – this is food design at it’s very finest! Perhaps you too will be as inspired as I was when I first saw these ideas on the Blue Apron blog. The best thing is – that all three are really simple to do! Those who know me will appreciate that I am definitely no chef, but I’m sure I could pull these off with not too much trouble.
1. Strawberry Roses on Panna Cotta
These strawberry roses are going to be the highlight of any dessert! Impress your dinner guests and provide a fresh burst of flavor at the same time. They look so good, I want to eat them right off my computer screen.
2. Strawberry Santa Hats on Brownie Cupcakes
This is a perfect Christmas idea to bookmark for when you have some plain cupcake mix to use up and a punnet full of fresh strawberries. Cream and white chocolate make the perfect fur trim for these little Santa hats!
3. Strawberry Hearts on Nutella Poptarts
Nothing is cuter than hearts – and nothing is more delicious than Nutella-filled anything! This gorgeous idea can be used to create a very adult dish from a nostalgic favorite.
So – which one are you going to make first?
Have you ever wanted to eat lunch on the go and hygienically carry your cutlery? Usually a packed lunch is fine on the way there, its just that after you eat, there’s nowhere to keep the dirty spoon, fork and knife. Here is an awesome product design idea I stumbled across on Pinterest recently – cutlery covers, so perfect for your purse!
I couldn’t find the link to the original product – can anybody help me out to find the source?
If I can find out where to buy these, I’ll take three, thanks!
I just stumbled upon this clever chair on Pinterest – thanks Richelle Plett for the tip! This is such a genius idea for avid gardeners – its a garden fork with a built in seat that becomes a very handy and stable stool. You can stake it anywhere you need to sit in the garden – or even use it to dig up the garden when you’re not resting! If anybody can tell me the original source or designer of this amazing product, I’d be incredibly grateful. This is a great example of combining two products into one to create a fantastic new product idea, a garden fork stool! Now – does anybody know where I can buy one?
I think I need a couch monster!
This cute little guy AKA the “Beast Pillow” is handmade in Los Angeles by designer Debi van Zyl.
I can totally imagine coming home to him sitting on my couch, bed or chair. I would tell him my secrets, and he would keep them. My daughter would cuddle him and drag him across the living room floor, and my husband would use him as a pillow and fall asleep on him! We would try not to sit on top of him – but it might happen. Hopefully he wouldn’t be offended!
Each beast is made to order – and takes 2-3 weeks to produce. He’s a rather popular fellow, and you can get him right here.
I want one, now!