Triple Word Score

A reimagining of a classic. Designer Andrew Clifford Capener has created the A-1 Scrabble designer edition which features your choice of fonts and a scrabble board and interior box are made out of solid walnut, and the exterior box is made from birch. Each of the 6 board pieces is magnetized to fit together perfectly and each piece slides nicely into its respective slot in the box and is secured by interior magnets as well. The interior of the exterior box as well as the bottoms of the 6 board pieces are lined with cork, to protect them while in use.

It does not, however, help you figure out what to do with a “Q” four “E”s, a “B” and an “L”. I also want one of my very own.

(Via Monoscope)

Auto Art

I met my very first industrial designer when I was about 16. Well, to be fair, he was really just a an 18 year old kid getting ready to go off to Pratt Institute in New York to study Industrial Design. Either way, as a career choice, it was something completely new to me. This

It’s The Best

One of the great things about the end of a year (beside the excitement of the fresh start awaiting you when that clock strikes midnight on the 31st), is the year-end list.  There’s best movies of 2010, best albums, best books, best games, best, well, you get the idea.  There are so many there could

What’s The Big Idea?

The teaser on the cover of the National Geographic was “Little Ideas That Can Change The World.”  And yeah, it sometimes is that simple, isn’t it?  A tiny notion that leads to something huge.  There’s a Peter Gabriel song I like a lot called Mercy Street.  There’s a line in it that always gets me;

Making Room

I’m currently living in approximately 700 square feet of living space.  It’s small, but not unbearable.  There’s something very comforting about knowing exactly how much stuff I can cram in here at any given time.  Old magazines?  I’m sorry you’ll have to go.  Excessive knickknacks?  No, not so much.  It’s not that I don’t have

What’s Your Story?

When I moved to Portland, I lived downtown.  I spent my first few weeks here exploring my new neighborhood.  Walking the streets, taking unknown lefts and rights, wondering if it would ever feel like home.  I would peek in the windows of restaurants I couldn’t afford, and smoke heavy bars dotted with afternoon drinkers.  I’d

Park(ing) Day

I used to have what I consider the best type of commute to work; I could walk.  It was beautiful.  I could get a little fresh air, some exercise, see the neighborhood from the sidewalk rather than flying by outside my windshield.  I loved it.  No worries about parking or traffic, just a nice stroll

Bend, Flex, Ride

I don’t personally commute via bicycle, but it’s very popular around these parts.  But, for those far more fit than me, there’s this new and interesting development the bendable bike. The bendable bike, created by industrial design student, Kevin Scott, was designed to prevent thefts by enabling riders to easily secure their bikes to any

Plastic Fantastic

The news making that buzzing sound around the water cooler is the proposed plastic bag ban in Portland. It made me wonder; what’s to become of the bags we have now? Art, of course. Which, of course, makes me wonder what of the other recyclables?  Newspaper? Plastic bottles?  The possibilities are endless.


Welcome to Portland, IDSA members! We love the DIY theme. A big thanks to everyone who helped to make a great conference!  Be sure and visit our neighborhood, Old Town/Chinatown, while you are here, and check out our favorite spots: Compound (One word: Godzilla) Ground Kontrol (Played Pacman lately?) Tanner Goods/The Woodlands (High end design