I can’t say with certainty whether it’s simply my advancing age or increased practicality due to experience, but I often find analog tools to be more attractive than their digital counterparts. I often accuse the multitude of mobile apps. that help run my life of giving me a “lazy brain” – the age of a digital assistant that thinks for you has arrived. When it comes to managing tasks, a concept learned in elementary school long before the David Allen book, I simply need a number of categorized lists with a weekly/monthly overview of what I’ve accomplished at the end. The Stick-Up Weekly Calendar is a sticky note and calendar which would likely accomplish much of what I need to do. It’s not entirely portable, nor sortable, or saved in the cloud, nor is it able to ping you when it’s due, but is any of this really required?
From their description:
Put it right by your keyboard on your desk as a wrist pad. You can write down your to-dos for the week, peel off a sheet, then tack up the sheet on your computer or wall as a reminder. You can stick it to the refrigerator for weekly menu planning or grocery list. Once you’re done, just tear it off and enjoy your sense of accomplishment.
Simple and attractive. Maybe going analog will be the new killer app.
Some interesting thoughts, especially the ‘failed social experiment’ with ‘nomadic workers’. There is a diiference in expectations between a mobile workspace and being required to sit in a different seat each time you go to the office. I think we can create our workspace anywhere we are which in my case is almost always a morass of papers and objects. And I never throw anything out.
Taking his cue from a turn-of-the-century Magnavox gramophone Designer Matt Richmond’s inspiring piece transforms your iPhone into a beautiful sculptural audio console. Using passive amplification the iPhone horn allows your iPhones speaker to be heard clearly across the room; a fantastic way to listen to podcasts or Pandora. Made with a wooden dock of walnut (ash, poplar, or hickory) this is a beautiful object to inspire you when you are working from your office. A great idea to try on our own. iPhone Phonograph
A wonderful modern addition to one of my favorite pieces of ’70’s nostalgia, Torre & Tagus Designs Retro Flip Clock features a clean attractive design that will look right at home with the FLIQLO screensaver and Flipclock for the iPhone. While big on style this clock comes up short on function; the clock doesn’t have an alarm making this more of an item for your desk than bedroom. Retro Flip Clock
This is certainly a far more elegant way to plan projects than the taping together sheets of A3 method I currently use. Perfect for both short and long term projects, the Moleskine Project Planner features one giant sheet of heavyweight paper folded in to 54 zig-zag accordion pages. This allows you to pull out the folds so you can view whole project linearly. Very nice. Moleskine Project Planner
Once upon a time there was a grey and square world, all in black and white, and then the revolution of forms, the invention of colour arrived. Brionvega.
It is an important heritage that requires on the one hand respect for the past, and on the other a vision propelled towards the future, as required by a world which is more and more technological.
Since the sixties, Brionvega is synonymous with stylistic innovation, technology, and aesthetic sense.
Brionvega recently reissued Marco Zanuso and Richard Sapper’s ts502 radio as the ts522 with up-to-date technology and a return to its original interface panel. This is a simple, beautiful piece of design. I don’t listen to local radio anymore but with a device a beautiful as this it wouldn’t matter. Brionvega ts522
The Mendip desk matt by Theo Williams is a beautiful and refined personal ‘island’ for writing or working with your laptop. Includes a container for pencil, paper clip, small papers, post-it and other ephemera. An intelligent and actual answer for the organization of a movable and flexible work position. Uses moulded polyurethane with transparent film (black version) or elasticated velvet fabric (the red).
The Refresh from Bluelounge is a useful and convenient portable charging station for three or more devices. The rubberized surface keeps your devices from sliding about while the angle allows you to see their displays at a glance. Charging tips are built right into the Refresh and feature two iPod dock connectors, one mini USB, one micro USB, and two standard USB sockets.
Perfect for a shared space or for those with a mix of personal and business devices. Refresh Charging Station
Though a subject of some debate many people still prefer the sound that is produced by the distortion characteristics of tube-based amplifiers. Tube amplifiers, and in this case the amplifier in a radio, are often characterized as sounding warmer or fatter. I tend to agree but I think for most people it’s simply fun to own a piece of nostalgia. The Jonas Damon 2B marries the old with new through attractive design and the ability to hook up your more modern iPod through an input jack in the back. You can even watch the tubes at work (and warm your hands at the same time). Jonas Damon 2B Ltd. Edition Vacuum Tube Radio
Developed in collaboration with BASF, Royal College of Art graduate Georges Moanack has designed Ultra Lead – a playful electrical management system that allows electrical devices from around the world to be used without changing their power plugs.
Ultra Lead is a modular extension lead that offers a new way of managing electrical connections in a flexible, open and global way. Each module can be bought separately and amongst the types of connections you can get are Uk, EU, USA, USB among others. Once you link them together, they will work as a one unit.
Mobile phone as flower or plant? I guess if you are going to have a mess of wires on your floor it makes some sense to make it as attractive as possible. AC Adapter MIDORI was designed by Akira Takashi Miyama.
More information on the AC Adapter MIDORI here.
Here’s a tip from Notcot on what to do with all those reusable tote bags you might be collecting.
The reusable bag trend is a bit out of control. They are pretty much the new t-shirt as far as things to put your graphics on. In concept, i love it ~ less plastic bags, less waste, but then a new problem has cropped up, i think i have an unhealthy amount of reusable bags and tote bags that i love too much to part with, but there is no way i can use that many at one time, even with piles in every house, car, bag, etc… What i HAVE needed lately are throw pillows though (i’m working on figuring out what to do with my empty room, so far stuck an ikea couch/bed and a big desk to play with in there)! And whether you want to call it a new way to reuse cotton tote bags, or recession chic, or multipurpose bag/pillow covers… once the random idea popped up i had to try it!
I guess it would help to have bags that you would actually want seen – the ones we have stuffed in a drawer all look like crap.
Eventually we all come home and after spending time working from cafés, airport lounges, and wherever there might be a free access point, it’s nice to be able to sit down at a nice solid desk. The StudioDesk is that but also incorporates a sliding desktop surface that hides all the usual desktop clutter.
All peripherals and excess cables are hidden just under the sliding desktop surface. The storage compartment is therefore conveniently accessed from above. An elongated slot across the width of the desktop allows the necessary peripheral & power cables to enter/exit at any point, thereby keeping the desktop clear of clutter.