Since my post about the stairs around Julliard I found this video about some musical stairs that were installed in Odenplan, Stockholm. The idea was that if stairs were made to be fun, that more people would use them. As it turns out, the stairs saw a 66% increase in usage because of this. Cute, right?
Now imagine if we did more imaginative things like this with stairs, but instead of music they produced power? Foot traffic is one of the most under utilized forms of potential energy. In my opinion they should rip out escalator all together and make stairs that capture the energy of your step to power buildings. I definitely realize that there are people out there with disabilities and so you have elevators to help them. Wouldn’t it be nice to start using these everyday objects in a more productive way?
I spent a few minutes drooling over the work of Christopher Brand, a book designer who appears not to be able to do any wrong. Chris graduated from SVA in 2007 and since then he’s been designing some really knock out book covers and is now currently working over at Penguin Books.
I grabbed 4 of my favorite covers he did as you can see above. I love the deep blue and reds of the first cover, the faux 3D of the second, the collage-y feel of the third and the fact that he collaborated with Sam Weber on the fourth just makes him all the cooler.
In the third photo is a set of stairs which looks something like ribs floating in the air. It’s a neat effect and I’ve never seen stairs constructed quite like this. The punch of red on the inside make them absolutely awesome. In the last photo it’s not so much about the stairs but how the end of the stairs sort of transform into benches both at the top and bottom levels. It’s a clever detail that will probably go unrecognized.
It’s interesting to me that they put such effort into the stairs, but it makes a lot of sense as well. Stairs often get neglected, being relegated to back alleys or enclosed in stairwells, but I’ve been seeing more and more of a push to make stairs more visible. They can always be used visually as something as exciting plus it encourages people (Read: Americans) to not be lazy and take elevators all the time.
For my work I use two things to keep me organized. The first is a to-do list for my computer called TaskMate which allows me to write down everything I’m going to be writing about for the next few days or so. It’s simple and uncomplicated and gets the job done. The second thing is my Field Notes memo book with graph paper. A lot of the time I’m trying to juggle a bunch of things so I try to write everything down and then check it off afterward.
I got an email a few weeks ago that they were releasing a new color set called Just Below Zero which come in Steel Grey, Sno-Cone and Steel Blue, all with metallic silver printing on the cover. Mine are just plain brown, which suits me just fine, but these new ones are pretty sweet. I’d definitely be ordering a set if I hadn’t just received a three pack not too long ago.
On my desktop I have standard folders for most everything, but I have 3 folders used for blog post ideas, inspiration and projects which I use different looking folders to help separate them. I switched to these Helveticons folders and now really stand out, with they’re bright yellow against the dark desktop wallpaper (I’ve been using Alex Cornell’s wallpaper). Fun and free make me happy.