Pollution is everywhere so here is my idea for making the most of it.
Who says that British trains lack glamour? I was on a train recently and beside me was this sunglasses holder.
This reminds me of some things I made a while ago.
When I was a youngster I used to have an emotional attachment to the litter I made. For example if I took an orange from my house and went to a friends house to play, I wouldn’t be able to leave the orange peel in a bin at the house of my friend. I felt that the peel was from my house, and it would be distressed if it was left in a foreign place. So I would put it back in my pocket to return it to my house’s bin. Though I generally forgot to empty my pockets and so gathered a mix of receipts, tickets, sweet wrappers and organics. Even now I find I have so much in my pockets making it difficult to find anything. In this age of separating your rubbish for recycling here is the idea applied to pockets. Separating your plastic from your paper and orange peel will never be a problem again. This may not appeal to fashionistas as I was told that actually putting things in pockets is a big no no. The lumps ruin your lines apparently. © 2009
I walked over a street which was covered in embeded bottle tops. I thought there was something randomly beautiful to it, like art created by the Berliners. I remembered this when seeing the gum observation on designobserver.com
In a recent converstation my friend described my views on a particular subject as ‘wishywashy’. It is true that I like to keep an open mind on things and perhaps this seat design would be perfect for me in our future discussions.
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Website stats are an obsession for some people. How many visitors? What age are they? How long do they spend on the site? The list goes on. Here is my idea to take this statistical obsession one step further. A doorbell with built in home visitor statistics display. (C) Dominic Wilcox
Whenever I visit the park there are always some excellent Frisbee throwers. I find it slightly mesmerising watching that Frisbee glide on the air back and forth. While I was mid mesmerisation I thought to myself what if there was a giant Frisbee that we could strap ourselves into and go on journeys.
Here is an idea I thought up at the pub.
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Berlin seems to have an unusually high amount of street posts. Whenever I walk down a street and approach one of these street posts I am always tempted to see if I can just walk straight at it, with the post passing between my legs. I try not to break my stride but the split second before I arrive at the post I hesitate, my heart beat increases as I become unsure that the pole will pass under me without hurting me. This is a problem that I set about solving in my latest idea to create a device that gauges the height of the oncoming pole, compares it to the height of my inner leg and indicates to me if it is safe to walk over it or not.
I was walking down a street in Kreuzberg and noticed there seemed to be a lot of smashed bottles on the ground. I mentioned this to my German friend Christian and he said ‘Yes there is a lot of gravity in Berlin’. He meant to say there is a lot of graffiti in Berlin but miss-pronounced it.
I told him that I thought he said the reason there were lots of smashed bottles on the ground was due to excessive gravity in Berlin and we laughed. I took a photo of a smashed bottle and came up with a solution to the problem as pictured.
Like all Englishmen I enjoy a nice cup of tea at 4pm each day. One of the joys of tea drinking is dunking a chocolate biscuits (cookies) in it. I’m refering to those lovely plain biscuits that have melted chocolate on top. I like the way the chocolate melts on contact with the tea but I don’t like how it gets all over your fingers when you hold it. Here is a solution that came out of a chat with Richard Shed and Thorsten van Elten at, yet again, a pub. (c) 2009 Dominic Wilcox
I’m currently living in Berlin for a couple of months in an area called Kreuzberg. It’s very laid back and everything seems slower than London. Within this relaxed pace I’m appreciating the small things in life. Here is a short video of something I enjoyed doing today, one of those little, special moments. Some people may know what I mean, others won’t.