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A Soft Place To Land

  After another hectic week these beautiful crochet playgrounds by Japanese artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam look like the perfect place to unwind. Originally conceived as a large scale artwork, her work became a play ground when  “Two children had entered the gallery [...] and, blissfully unaware of the usual polite protocols that govern the display of fine … Continue reading

Maker Dad

Mark Frauenfelder, you are my hero! Although I am not (yet) a Dad, I am very much looking forward to getting a copy of ‘Maker Dad’. This book focuses on DIY father-daughter projects with a focus “on teaching girls lifelong skills—like computer programming, musicality and how to use basic hand tools—as well as how to be … Continue reading

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Laser Cut Lighthouse Brooch

I have been lucky enough to have an amazing mentor this year. I told her last term sometime that she had been a lighthouse for me during a very hectic term. So, when she got married in the holidays and I wanted to give her something special, I designed and laser cut a lighthouse brooch.


Paper Flowers

In keeping with todays apparent theme, check out these insanely detailed paper flowers by San Francisco-based artist and architect Tiffanie Turner. Crafted from paper and close to a meter in size these beautiful flowers can take 35-80 hours to assemble from crepe paper. via: colossal


Fashion Illustration Using Petals

        Check out these gorgeous fashion illustrations incorporating flower petals by Singapore-based designer Grace Ciao.   via design Taxi


Pom Pom Friends

I teach a class of special needs kids textiles and we have been looking at puppets this semester. We have made felt finger puppets and sock puppets so far. Last week I decided to give these ‘Finger Friends‘ a go with them. I had the students make their own pom poms, an activity we had … Continue reading


3D Printed Furniture Joins

Minale Maeda’s Keystones combines self assembled furniture with downloadable plans for 3D printing. “Keystones reduce the design of a piece of furniture to a single connector – a compact piece that can be 3D printed on-location.” via core77


3D On The Rocks

Suntory Japanese Whisky, most notably known for the Bill Murray commercial in Lost In Translation, has created an amazing advertising campaign using ice and a CNC machine. The “3D on the Rocks” campaign recreates iconic landmarks and imagery into incredibly detailed tiny ice sculptures which are then submerged in Suntory whisky. An incredible and creative use of technology! via core77


Animal Illustrations

Check out these divine animals drawn by Andrea Minini using textured moiré patterns.   via Colossal

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7 Stages for Design Thinking

Check out these great posters by Sophie Campbell on the 7 stages for design thinking.    via Design Research Portal


Monument Valley

    I don’t often get excited about apps, but Monument Valley looks amazing! Heavily influenced by M.C. Escher‘s drawings this puzzle game will bend your perspective. I think I may have to download it UPDATE: I bought it, I’m hooked! It is visually stunning, though fairly easy to play and I finished it in a … Continue reading

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Collaboration Central

After reading this post on Six Design Hats, I went on a little hyperlink journey and came across Post-it Collaboration Central. This website offers a range of ways to use Post-it notes as part of collaborative thinking and idea development. This type of visible thinking is something I have been exploring using Post-its in my teaching … Continue reading


Encouraging Girls STEM Education

Check out these 8 short films aimed at encouraging girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) studies. This week I also read this article about giving good praise to girls and the direct effect it can have on STEM subjects.  “Of all the subjects on earth, people think math is the most fixed,” Dweck … Continue reading



I have recently been experimenting with macrame. I’ve made a few plant hangers now and have learnt how to make Half-Knot Twist Sinnets (below right) and Josephine Knots (bottom left). I made this one with black, light weight poly string and I added some highlights with fluro thread I found at Reverse Garbage. This one is a gift … Continue reading


Temari Spheres

Temari,  Japanese for ‘hand ball’, are embroidered balls constructed from remnants of old kimonos. These absolutely stunning designs were made by Flickr user NanaAkua’s 92-year old Japanese grandmother. Check out more of these beautiful designs on Flickr. via Lost At E Minor


Quotable Graphics

            I recently came across graphic designer Ryan McArthur’s great minimal graphic posters of famous quotes. I love the simple images he has developed to accompany these quotable quotes. You can check out more of his work at   via: Bored Panda


Pallet Reuse

I’ve always thought pallet reuse would make a great major project idea. Check out some creative ideas over at havven.


iD Cards App

This new App from Loughborough Design School and IDSA is a must for design students. The cards break down the names, descriptions and images for 32 different design representations in four different groups—sketches, drawings, models and prototypes. This is a really handy resource to have in your pocket and its FREE! Available on iTunes and Google Play. via: core77


Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney is an amazing festival of Light, Music & Ideas, just what we all need in the middle of a Sydney winter. Last year I went to a couple of the Ideas sessions and was really impressed. If you’re in town check it out. Also, The Pet Shop Boys!

Waste Not

Waste Not is an Australian documentary about rubbish, where it goes, who sorts it for you, and what it is worth if it isn’t just tossed into landfill. Well worth checking out the website for the trailer and resources. via: Waste Not

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