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Japanese Food Type

I’d like to know how closely these pictograms mimic the actual characters they represent. Are they still readable in Japanese ? ( Sachiko can you tell me ? ). A great way of helping you recognise and memorize foods if they are. Interested to know if it’s more for art than a practical tool ? The original Tamalog article in Japanese. Have a look and see what you think. It would make a lovely poster either way.

Update: Uriana Let me know that they are in fact Chinese characters.

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Trainer Boxes

Pin Badges

I’ve had these in my ‘To Blog’ folder for so long i can’t remember where i spotted them! But i wanted to share them anyway. I thought the colour palette and typography on these two were great. Some of them are so retro they look super modern. I wasn’t sure if the trainer boxes were toothpaste, or cigarette packaging at first. Oh! – found it the top one is from MoonStar the lower one from Laboratorium, the sam guys that created the Never Ending Tape Calendar. Lots of stuff to see there.

Update: The badges are in fact Yugoslavian ( Croatian ). My apologies to Marko.

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Cookie Portfolio

Good News! International super star designer and illustrator Cookie ( of Made-In-England ) is up for grabs! Back from a brief 3,000 mile walk, a cup of tea, and a biscuit, his portfolio is up and he’s out on the mean streets of London. If you’re in need of a freelance touch of graphical magic, or indeed some in house talent, give Cookie a buzz. Loving the Monster City rampage at the top. Track him down here: Cookie{at}made-in-england.org

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This Book Will Be Famous - Launch

Asi and I have been beavering away on a little project for a while now. I’ve been hand sewing this book together, and inking up the cover ( made from t-shirt fabric ) ready to launch it out into the wide world. The aim is to create something interesting we can auction for charity at Christmas.

So, what’s the idea ? Well it’s a bit of a cross between Pass the Parcel, Consequences, and the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon. There’s 6 spreads in the book, and we’ve sent it to the most famous person we know to create something or leave a message, and then pass it on to the most famous person they know. Fingers crossed it will get to some exciting people along the way. And you never know, maybe even Mr.Bacon himself ;) Anyway, we’ll keep you updated!

The proceeds of the auction will be going to the NSPCC. So if you could blog about it and help get people excited, the more monies we can hopefully raise for this excellent cause. Thanks :D More from Asi here.

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Octopus Curtain Road

IT’s there right now! Get down to Shoreditch this lunchtime and grab some snaps. He apparently wafts quite nicely in the wind making him feel alive and look as if he’s grappling the building. I love this kind of thing.

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Calendar Tape

What a wicked idea. Two rolls of tape, and you get a calendar that works for any year, forever. Well… for as long at the roll lasts ;) Awesome. You can stick it any where – in your sketch book, on your kitchen wall, in your office. Lovely looking type too. Spotted on Reuben Miller’s packing tape review. ( Shit, how geeky does that sound! ). Design/Concept by the typographically skilled chaps at Laboratorium in Croatia. I want it!

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Meatman

Check his sausage fingers. Oh there’s a tiny topless lady on there too, scaling his love handles… Spotted on Change The Thought via Ffffound.

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Simple Remotes

I was just saying the other day how bloody stupid it is now with cable, freeview, dvd, wii and everything, that to turn on the tv takes 3 remotes sometimes, fiddling with AV settings, and to change channel and adjust the volume can take a further scrabble around for two more. How many buttons do we really need ?? I said i wanted an iPhone Remote app where i can select the buttons i actually want to use and stick the others on the second page. Then anyone in the room can just grab their phone ( usually sitting obediently next us – day and night ) whenever the ads come on. If the old iPod can do everything it needs with one swivel thingy then surely you tv dudes could think about it. Or will it take Apple to design the whole tv for you as well?

Spotted this perfect image over at The Cosmonaut. He says his job is to ‘remove buttons’. I think in a way mine is too. Making complex stuff simple isn’t easy, but people will love you for it if you do it right :)

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Smoking Clouds

More in the way of cloud installations i’ve stumbled over in the last couple of days. Nice idea huh. I like the outdoors indoors, indoors outdoors thing. We should have more of that. Looks like you could make some interesting sets for a short video with this kind of idea. Puppet clouds and smoke chasing people. A Gondry style Beck or Bjork video perhaps. Could be fun to make!

Just found the artist!  A Nice Idea Every Day

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Happy Cup

Be jolly in the mornings. I guess if you take sugar you could always place the cubes on his eyes so as not to spoil the effect… Well, at least it may conjure a smile whilst reading about global economic Armageddon in the papers. Cup by Psyho. Loads more Happy Cup variations here! The yellow one gets top marks for jolliness.

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Sewing Sound

A great sound visualization project by Sounds.Butter. Taking a car radio and sewing machine to create this product prototype. A mate of Vasco ( my always entertaining, circuit bending, desk buddy! ).

I love the idea of marrying up digital and physical, especially by applying dynamic data to materials and media that are traditionally always designed and fixed in their look and feel – like textiles. ( Check out the RSS Knitter if you missed it ). I always wanted to hook up a mic to an embroidery machine. Find some method of interpreting, abstracting and stylising the input from shouting your name, and have it draw out onto your jeans for example. An old idea now, but i think it’d still be fun. You buy some product that is standard and are given the means to make it totally unique to you. You could create a range of plain objects designed by various designers and add your own touch to it ( even if you’re not that creative ), and there you have it – a celebrity designer collaboration with yourself. Ace.

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BatMan

Lovely book cover! ‘Batman’ looks so much cooler in Japanese. All the letter forms have bat ears ;) I’d love a giant screen print of this. And what’s that behind Batman!! Some sort of Mummy ?

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MorphingV eggies

They’d be tricky to chop eh wriggling all the time. Nicely drawn veggie transitions! I’m mesmerized by a RaddishCarrot.

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Cloudy Exhibition

Cloudy weather at this exhibition. Maybe the view will be clearer another day. Spotted on Ffffound. If you know anymore about it please let me know :)

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Topshop Christmas Fairytale

“A dirty nasty evil Witch, has entrapped the village, what a bitch!

To win some shoes, you must peruse, the forest but – be quick!”

Or something like that… It’s a little competition we’ve been working on here at Poke for Topshop. They launching their Gothic Christmas theme and we thought what better than a victorian inspired mechanical toy. A bit of Zoetrope action combined with a credit crunching Year’s Supply of Clothes or shoes to be won. Not bad.

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