Month: December 2012

Home Is Where Your Cube Is

IN St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh, sits a wooden cube, measuring 3m x 3m x 3m, 27 cubic meters, a prototype of what could very well be your new home. The prototype, called QB1 was unveiled at the 2011 Edinburgh Science Festival in Scotland and is the most compact rendition of a house. Project initiator, Dr David Page of the University of Scotland said his goal is introducing low – carbon and energy efficient living, in a compact, yet stylish and convenient way. Made with sustainable materials, the cube is fully equipped with the minimum that anyone could need – lounge, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. The space is divided into three levels, accessible by cleverly designed space-saving stairs. ‘Downstairs’ is the lounge with a sofa that has storage under the seats that can slide out to become seats for the small table. One level up is the kitchen, fully equipped with a fridge, stovetop and hood, oven, sink and storage cupboards. On the same level is the bathroom, complete with a composting toilet and full-sized shower. …

They #3 | FiveThousand

Did you know that some guy called Vincent Connare came up with the most vomit inducing typeface known to man, Comic Sans? Ironic really, because it really is sanscomic. You get me? Anyway, modern publications contain many faux pas from lay out, to typeface, to images, but not this one. Ladies and Gents, They. Founded by cool cat designer Marshall Rake, and cool cat photographer Azita Rasoli, They is ‘a dialogue between literature and art’ and They means business. A different theme is at the centre of each issue (3 so far) and the current theme fornumber 3 is transparency. Included are excellent short stories from a number of different writers but the real kicker is the use of images. Throughout They there are monochrome images (purple), some combined with text – possibly the greatest Sans Serifs ever – some on their own. It is design as it was supposed to be: most excellent. It exhibits typographic (the typography makes me cry) and photographic genius and smart design. Seriously, kids, this publication is so good, it makes …