douglas wilson

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Restored Tempo Matador

If I had $110,000 laying around, I would seriously consider buying this beauty. What an amazing truck and what an amazing restoration!

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Dieter Rams - Cold War Modern

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Explanatory Slings

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Continious Lean

"A Continuous Lean is about things. American things, good looking things, well designed things and all sorts of other things. Sometimes A Continuous Lean even talks about people and ideas. That’s it, keep it simple. More good, less bad."

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hi-Fi Literature

A great collection of Hi-Fi Stereo manuals and literature - Hi-Fi Lit.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Socket Deer

These fun and simple electrical outlet covers are interesting to look at and practical as well!

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Ampersand Cutting Board

I recently purchased this amazing Ampersand Cutting Board from the fine folks at House Industries. Cutting cheese has never been better!

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Thursday, January 15, 2009


Gary Hustwit (of Helvetica: The Film fame) has a new film coming out called Objectified. It is about industrial design and the process of making things. I know it sounds lame, but I am excited about it!

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Modern Birdhouses

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The World's First Car Navigation System

Think GPS is a new idea? Think again: The World's First Car Navigation System.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

RGB Glasses

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Designer Tape

Tired of the same, old packaging tape? How about some designer tape?

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Where Will You Eat Tonight?

A really great (but too expensive for my taste) idea: City Plates.

via Coudal.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Type Chair

Need a new chair? Perhaps this Type Chair is for you!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Matches Calendar

Looking for a new and unique calender for 2009? Can you read Ukrainian? Then this calendar made of matches is for you!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Branding of Polaroid

A great read for anyone interested in Polaroid, packaging, or advertising: The Branding of Polaroid.

via Coudal.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Flight to Nowhere

Friday, November 14, 2008

Vintage and Retro Typography

Here is a nice collection of vintage and retro typography.

Thanks to former student Adam Bowlin for the link.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Visualized Wi-Fi

A study of the Wi-Fi at The State Library of Queensland, Australia and sketches of how people interact with their laptops.

Via SwissMiss.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Typewriter Ribbon Tins

Monday, November 3, 2008

Frustration-Free Packaging

I know this is a silly thing to get excited about, but Amazon is introducing Frustration-Free Packaging. It gets rid of the stupid, dangerous plastic clam-shell packaging that always cuts my hands as I try to open things that I purchase.

Also, it should help reduce packaging waste. Yea!

Thanks for the heads-up, Frank.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Painted VW Buses

Yet again, this is why the internet is awesome: Painted VW Buses.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Old Car Manual Project

This is why the internet is great: browse hundreds of old car manuals at The Old Car Manual Project

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Control, Alt, Delete Tea Cups

Such a great idea - Control, Alt, Delete Tea Cups!

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

I Own This!

Driving back from a nice visit to Kansas City, I stopped off at a flea market ... and I walked out with this eight-foot hand-painted sign! It came from an old shoe store in Windsor, Missouri and it was love and first sight.

I can't tell you how excited I am about it! See more pictures on my Flickr.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

This Table Will Self-Destruct

A table that slowly destructs itself each time a new table is sold: This Table Will Self-Destruct. Interesting idea!

via Coudal.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Vintage Polish Soap Labels

Monday, October 6, 2008

Making Maps in England

I really really love maps. This printing, the colours, the type - everything about maps I love. Yet somehow, seeing this 1953 documentary about making British Ordnance Survey maps makes me love them even more.

via ILike.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Type Cubes

Want to create your own typeface out of wooden blocks (and who doesn't)? You can with Type Cubes.

And if you are more of a digital person, you can do it online with FontStruct.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Alphabet Bags

Good friends Lucas and Hayley (of Keep Calm and The Manicule fame) have started a new line called Alphabet Bags. They are exactly what they sound like - 26 cotton tote bags each printed with a nice, big letter of the alphabet.

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TV Cosy

You know the test patterns on TV? Well, now cover your TV with the the hand-made version!

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Anti-Theft Lunch Bag

Tired of your co-workers stealing your sandwich from the company refrigerator? Well, just get these anti-theft lunch baggies and you can guarantee your sandwich will be waiting for you at lunch time!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I Feel Golden

Friday, September 19, 2008


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Jumbo Hostel

Unless you fly first class, it isn't a very comfortable sleep in an airplane. Swedish entrepreneur Oscar Dios is out to change that with Jumbo Hostel - a hostel built inside a grounded Boeing 747. Read more about it here.

Looks like I'll be flying through Stockholm sometime!

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Mono Scoot

I have been considering getting a scooter recently and the one above is totally the one I want! If only it was actually ever built...

via the recently rediscovered Paleo-Future.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Online Pocket Protector Collection

Exactly what the title says: Online Pocket Protector Collection. Awesome!

via Coudal.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hidden Radio

I haven't seen a product design that has impressed me this much in a long time...

The Hidden Radio has no visible user interface - but in fact, the entire radio IS the user interface. Push the radio down (or pull up) to adjust the volume and rotate the radio to tune in a station.

Read more about it here.

Beautiful. Simple. Elegant. Did I mention I like this?

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Onion Nalgene Bottle

Pretty much everything The Onion does is hilarious, but
this water bottle hit close to home as I am known by my students for always carrying my Nalgene water bottle everywhere.

*Note* I do actually go camping with my Nalgene, I swear.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Type Coasters

For the true type nerd that likes to drink: Type Coasters. (unfortunately, sold out!)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hand Dryers Around the World

I have uploaded my collection of photographs of electric hand dryers from all around the world to my Flickr account. After my recent trip to Europe, I now have 75 dryers in the collection. Enjoy!

Some of these have also been featured at Polar Inertia.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Bubble Calendar

What a clever idea - Bubble Calendar!

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Leadholders Collection

Following in the footsteps of my previous post, Coudal has pointed me in the direction of another great online collection of drafting pencils - but apparently, if you want to be fancy, you call them "leadholders."

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Brand Name Pencil Collection

Who knew there were so many different brands of pencils in the world? Bob Truby does and he collects them. With so many different type styles and letterforms packed into such a small area, they are definitely worth a look!

via H&FJ.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

We're #1!

Have you ever wondered about the history of the "#1" Foam Hand? No? Well, read about it anyway!

via Coudal.

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Manicule

Good friends, Lucas and Hayley (of Keep Calm fame) have opened a new online store called The Manicule. They are selling tea towels, coffee mugs, and other such lovely things. Check it out and enjoy their phrases in your home soon!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Family Tree of the Mortarboard

Ever wonder why you wear a mortarboard hat when you graduate from University? Yale University Magazine has a great family tree of all things hat.

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Shaving Blades

Here is a nice small set of old shaving blades and boxes on Flickr.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Mechanical Digital Clock

UK product designer, Duncan Shotton has created a beautiful clock that appears to be digital but is in fact, wonderfully analog.


Linecaster Documentary

If you have ever seen a Linotype machine, I am sure that you were fascinated by such a complex and amazing machine. You also were probably curious to learn how the thing works, seeing all of the wheels and gears and levers.

Even if you have no idea what I am talking about, you should check out this great 1960 documentary on linecasting machines that was created in Italy. The narration is in English, and it is well worth your time!

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