We rented a summer cottage in Damariscotta, Maine for the Thanksgiving weekend. It was one long ass ride but it was worth battling the traffic for some nice relaxing time away. Although the lake was starting to freeze I took turns paddling the boys around the lake (which is much bigger than this picture indicates). It was cold but they both would have stayed out there all night...as you can see the moon is coming up in the background. http://www.damariscotta.com/
Not only had I never seen my the Bills lose before (in ten home game visits) but I got to witness the worst beating in team history. Still, even with that, between the tailgating and the weekend away with my brother and his sons it was a good time for all. As always we had a great time shopping at Wegman's before the game and I got a new jersey as seen in this picture with my nephew Anthony.
If you know someone that is looking for a humidifier I think that this design should get a look. We designed it for the Bionaire brand but the home decor aesthetic was the result of a terrific hypothesis by Don Bryce and Carl Engelbourg. The result took vision and Perseverance by many whose names I do not know. Given the aesthetic of the rest of the category this is a huge step that we tried to take without alienating consumers or completely removing the functional cues. Great project.
Our friends at Recycline were thoughtful enough to send us a truck load of products from the first run. I gave a couple of the colanders away thinking that what my designer friends would love is the soft, subtle form and the bold colors but what is getting all of the rave reviews is the sturdy construction. People are thrilled with how beefy and stable the design is...as shown in this great photo by Marshall Troy.
I am not sure that this works from a cleanability standpoint but getting the standard stubby electric stump handle down to a form that is closer to a traditional wet-shave stick handle seems like a trend that everyone is jumping onto. I wonder what the rechargeable base looks like?
Patrick Thrailkill and Evo won an award a few years ago with a concept very similar to this and better looking. I can not remember the name of the competition but I think it was japanese. This one is called Wattson. Here is what Wattson does, with both numbers and colors, wattson shows you how much electricity your home is using at any given moment. Wattson can also store up to 4 weeks of energy-use history which can be downloaded to your computer and viewed using software soon to be available from our website. I think that they copied Patrick.
If you have the opportunity check out the drilling episode of the History channel series Modern Marvels. I watched it while I was home sick last week but they re-air old episodes all of the time. They cover the invention of the drill bit, Black and Deckers revolutionary handheld version, the drilling of the seven mile hole in Russia and new laser drilling techniques that are the key to unlocking the potential of geothermal. They also talk about sideways drilling (used in Oil and water), good stuff.
We worked on a project all summer for a high-end window covering manufacturers sample book. It was a really interesting project about creating an informative and enjoyable user experience while also upholding some lofty brand expectations. In the process it occurred to me just how hard it is to create a good pattern that is appealing to a large variety of consumers.
This is especially good for those living far away. Send them a box of these and they will know you care. They are expensive so be sure to get yourself the sampler and try some of the exotic flavors for yourself before gifting. Heather J, these are the chocolates (by Richart) that we send to clients who are not cooperating in hopes of swaying them. Is that wrong?