2008 Year In Ideas

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2008 Best Ideas and InnovationsThe New York Times has just submitted its Year In Ideas 2008 collection for your approval. This alphabetical hit-list of great ideas was compiled for viewers to look back into a year of substantial ideas that have left their mark in many genres. Included are a few winners of the design world. TED viewers may recognize Josh Klein’s vending machine for crows design. Or maybe you saw Timesculpture earlier this year, an interesting display of video editing that was used for a Toshiba advertising campaign. Take the time to peruse this Year in Ideas and look at the innovative ways these creative people have gambled on a once seemingly odd idea. It can be an inspiration to all of us.

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Assessing your Assets

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flanagans smart home Imagine taking the time to sort through all of your belongings in your home — minimizing what you want to keep, discarding useless items deemed unnecessary and streamlining how your home helps you function as a person. Before you delve into that great task, you may want to read this book. This guide can help you assess what it is that you surround yourself with, store but rarely use, or have never thought to include in your roster of ‘things.’ It includes the novel idea of using lighting as a way to wake your mind and body each morning, rather than a harsh audio stimulus that can get your day off to a bad start.

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A Mold to Behold

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cake mold
This food grade silicon cake mold is not only cool, but it is non-stick, oven safe to 570 degrees, as well as microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. The cake reminds me of the Jefferson Memorial – just a little smaller, more chocolately and not so old. Yummy!

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Designers Within Reach

Designer Profiles

Famous Designers
For those of us who love to soak up a fact or two, Design Within Reach offers this catalog of designers to sort through and absorb a variety of personal and professional biographies. This takes me back to design school when I was given a laundry list of designers to read about who have made a difference in the design world.

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Four Festive Firs

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Festive Xmas Trees

No matter how you show your holiday spirit, make sure it is unique to you. How clever is this pencil shaving Christmas Tree? I would love to know where I could see this donut Christmas Tree display in person! Stacks of books are used to create a unique tree display in the library at Aalborg University. And my personal favorite (the designer in me) the Corner Christmas Tree, whose form follows function design couldn’t have been any more perfect if nature had designed it.

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