Iconic-Designs-50-Stories-about-50-Things

There’s no shortage of revolutionary products that have been invented every decade for all of the last handful of decades. That’s where the book Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things comes in. Divided into five separate phases–Hot in the City / Page Turners and Screen Sirens / Genius at Work / Home Rules / Personal Effects–this book is a beautifully and articulately designed and illustrated guide to fifty class “things” that affect our everyday lives. As they say, “subjects range from the late 19th century to the present day, and include the Sydney Opera House, the Post-It Note, Coco Chanel’s classic suit, the Sony Walkman™, Hello Kitty™, the typeface Helvetica, the Ford Model T, Harry Beck’s diagrammatic map of the London Underground and the Apple iMac G3.” From the iconic designs and what brought them to life, to essays about what made it possible and their journey to stardom, this book includes everything you need to know about the influential products that have influenced your life whether you realized it or not. Edited by Dr. Grace Lees-Maffei, a Professor of Design History at the University of Hertfordshire, UK and Programme Director for DHeritage, the Professional Doctorate in Heritage. The almost two-hundred-fifty page tome is available on Amazon now in Kindle, paperback and hardcover formats.

Retro-Video-Game-Puzzle-IF2

We’ve long been obsessed with Things Organized Neatly, the Tumblr, Instagram account, and book that displays collections of items arranged in pleasing ways. It’s the reason we’re hard at work on this puzzle. When finished, the puzzle depicts a collection of retro video games and gaming systems aligned ever so perfectly. Each is made in the USA by the New York Puzzle Company and features original photography from artist Jim Golden. At 1000 pieces, it will put you to work for some time, but when you complete it you can use some puzzle glue and frame it on your wall. Out of chaos comes order, right?