Good buckets

Wading through the sea of mud at times and relying on our happy boats to take us to shore.

We search for plugs to bolster the gap.

Maybe sometimes all we need is a really good bucket to welly it out ourselves!

Have we got the fare?

Sometimes we need to leave warmth and safety of our haven and choose to travel down the dimly lit places in order to catch a glimpse of the bespoke and ever-changing light that is flashing brightly in the distance. To me this image and it’s colours represent the changes in our lives whether it be minute-by-minute, or year-by-year. One thing is constant – there is always a train of light in the distance. The question is – have we got the fare?

Let’s

                   Let me write the book.

Let it transpire that …

I was enlightened

I was permitted to see

I was enabled to touch

I was invited to participate

… and it was ok to feel


ref: http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2012/229/3/b/unspoken_words__unwritten_ideas_by_a2star-d5bhfq2.jpg

Life goes on……

Could we sum up life any better – a single brain can pause on a thought for an hour.

Meanwhile……. watch the heartbeat!

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reference: http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/frequency.png

Design Evaluation: Ball Point Pen (Biro)

Biro

Being one for liking to write a lot – the design of the ball point pen was an obvious choice to review.

Innovative:

Ball point pens took writing instruments out of inkwells and safely into pockets.

When faced with the risk of a fountain pen spewing forward it’s contents onto a document or into a shirt pocket – there certainly was a requirement for a new idea.  A better idea.  An idea that would change the way we wrote forever.

Thus came the ball point pen, accredited to a newspaper editor called László Bíró, and his brother György, a chemist.  His innovative approach dealt not only with the issues of smudged writings and the endless refilling of ink – it addressed the need for speed and convenience.

Whilst the design of the outer casing was no great big deal, it was his understanding of the need for quick-drying ink and the ability to use it anywhere (with the exceptions of under water) that made his design the one that would succeed where many prior attempts failed.

Birome advertisement in Argentine magazine Leoplán, 1945.

Advertised features of this new design:
•New writing tool
•Automatic and writes with ink
•Always charged.
•Write with spherical tip.
•Dries instantly.
•Allows many carbon copies.
•Unque for aviation.
•Indelible ink.

Useful:

The biro by it’s very essence was useful.  You could now write anywhere!  Limitations such as atmospheric pressure (as noted by the U.S. Air force and the RAF ) were no longer an issue.  The combination of the newly-developed ink coupled with a simple tubular design made it a household item within a short space of time.

Nowadays, even with the readily-available smart screen devices and mobile phones, the pen is still very much needed.  Afterall, how else can we sign legal documents, write a birthday card or simply scribble down a note to a loved one.

Aesthetic:

Biro’s by their very nature are not designed generally to be aesthetically beautiful.  The beauty is in their simplicity of design.

That said, since it’s inception, there has been an endless deluge of creative ideas based around the ordinary ball point.

A pen has become somewhat of a personal-taste item.  For some it is simply a necessary item in their desk, for others it’s an extension of their personality.

Regular functional pens

plain pens

Funny Pens

funny pens

Colourful Pens

coloured pens

Elegant Pens

fancy pens

Understandable:

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Biro The first ball point pen

The design of the biro was as simple as could be.  Pick it up and write!

No longer had users the worry of spilling ink whilst filling inkwells in their fountain pens.  This was a pen that was always ready for use.

Standard components include the freely-rotating ball point itself (distributing the ink), a socket holding the ball in place, and a self-contained ink reservoir supplying ink to the ball

Unobtrusive:

Whether we write with a 50c run-of-the-mill pen or a gilt edge Faberge pen, the end result is the same.  We are enabled to write in ink.

The user’s self-expression is by no means curtailed as this product’s inner workings have come to be housed in thousands of creative designs. Whether it’s a pineapple, a jewel-encrusted shell or a simple Bic – we get a product that works and does what it says.

faberge pen

Honest:

A pen is a pen is a pen etc.  It writes.  It makes no claims that it will bring world peace nor that it will enable the write to become a world-renowned scribe .

Long lasting:

The owner has no further expectations of this item other than it will indeed it write.  The only understood constraint is that at some point in its life – the ink will run out.  Whilst the use of a cheaper model has a shorter lifespan, I don’t believe the design concept is anywhere near being antiquated.

Thorough:

Due to the simplicity of the design, there is pretty much no room for error when using a pen.  As with all items there may be the occasional mishap that involves ink leaking but it’s a very small risk.  Overall it’s design lends itself to being tough enough to endure the hardship of rattling around in a pencil case or the bottom of a handbag.

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Environmentally Friendly:

In truth, most everyday pens are not designed to be environmentally friendly.  The very nature of an average pen suggests that at some point in its life it will be retired to a receptacle that will be emptied into a landfill somewhere.

The only saving grace with a more expensive pen is that it will be most likely made from a recyclable material and that it will also offer the user a chance to replace the ink reservoir.

As little design as possible:

A pen by it’s very nature is simple.  A cylindrical-designed shaft, a roller ball, and an ink reservoir.  Everything else is added for aesthetic purposes.  Personal choice drives the need to deviate from the original humble design.

References:

http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2008/06/dayintech_0610

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballpoint_pen

Hallmark doesn’t own the rights on Valentines Day

Every year billions of people wait on affirmation that comes in the form of a red envelope on Valentines Day.

It’s nice to see that some people are taking it a step further creatively.  These guys are thinking “outside the box” and are creating pieces of art that will last much longer than the over-priced card, the nearly-dead roses and in some cases unfortunately the sentiment.

http://mashable.com/2014/02/10/social-media-valentines/

Ah how the Google mind works – isn’t it marvellous! – or is it?

When popping up another one of a million light-hearted posts on Facebook I found myself in dire need to find an image to express “verbal diarrhoea” – of all things.

Whilst perusing through the multitude of Google-derived offerings, I found my bad mind had overwritten my sense of maturity as I landed on the following image – (the connection between the subject being searched for and the visual I met still escapes me by the way.)
Is it Google or my bad mind??

So I thought hmmm…… ok so lets click it and see if it is indeed just as bad as I expected.  It turns out to be a link to a blog created by a couple of London guys that pretty much annihilate self-appointed food “experts”.

I then went on to read a couple of entries.  At which point I finally remembered what my original mission was.

The lesson??  Don’t let things that look like sausages distract you from your job in hand – pardon the pun!

On a design front – perhaps clear tags would have removed this non-related visual from popping up in my search and I’d be further along with the project in hand by now!

A cool merge of man and nature

Remember the Ballymun flats? They hurt both our eyes AND our social conscience!
Here’s an innovative idea planned for Milan Italy that in my opinion addresses the issue of the impact of architectural /residential requirements on the asthetics of our natural surroundings.
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