In 2008 Yves Behar, of the Fuse Project, worked with New York City’s Health Department to promote safe sex in the Big Apple. which resulted in his creation of the NYC Condom dispenser (above) along with the condom packaging (below).
To keep the condom distribution campaign fresh, the city decided to redesign the overall look of the packaging by introducing a ‘call for entries’ competition. The five finalists have been announced and voting has begun. Peruse the following and vote for your favorite. (more…)
In an effort to increase bike commuting NYC has made plans to upcycle 225 parking meters by converting them into circular bike racks as seen above. According to Inhabitat: “The increase in bike racks is small compared to the current need in New York — there’s currently only one bike rack for every 30 bicyclists. It is meaningful, however — especially because they are sacrificing the ease with which you can pay to park a car. The meters are going to be replaced by “muni meters” at the end of each block.”
London’s Unpackaged Grocery says “no” to packaging. With the wasteful packaging we find in most of our markets this concept is refreshing to see.
Beginning life as a market stall in 2006, Unpackaged is a unique and brilliant concept that is so simple it hurts, especially considering the sheer amount of packaging waste that is ridiculously filling our planet’s landfill sites. Within the beautifully designed shop, organic whole foods, dried fruit, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, even refillable oils, vinegars and wines are all available to place straight into your own containers, that you will have brought along with you … if you haven’t then reusable bags are available.
Design Indaba has grown into one of the world’s largest design events since its inception in 1995.
From Design Indaba:
With a focus on international thought leadership, the Design Indaba Conference has become one of the world’s leading design events and hosts more than 40 speakers and 2 500 delegates.
The conference is being held in South Africa at the end of the month from February 26 to the 28th. For more on the conference and to see the list of notable speakers from around the world go here.
The curriculum zeroes in on three aspects of design for social change: evolving your big idea, developing your pitch, and funding your project. These lessons will be divided into two tracks, as described below: (more…)
Around the 2009 holiday season, Banksy put up some new work at the Regent’s Canal in the UK. As you may recall, one of the pieces (seen above) involved painting over a fellow artist’s work – a sprayer by the name of King Robbo – which had stood unharmed since 1985. In response, King Robbo covered up Banksy’s work with 3 foot high silver letters spelling out his name.
Babelgum has created an interesting video (seen above) offering their insight into the battle of the two artists that is worth a look.
In a few months the world will have its eyes on South Africa—the country hosting the largest sporting event in the world—the 2010 World Cup. The info graphic (seen above) depicts the three athletic footwear brands (Adidas, Nike, Puma) that will be battling for best representation, and visible association with top teams and players, during and after the global championship.
The graphic informs on the size (revenues), leadership, acquisition history and brand portfolios of Adidas, Puma and Nike—with Nike still being the global lead (in terms of revenue), but with Adidas catching up quickly.