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A photo booth that captures 3D mini replicas of you — Lost At E Minor: For creative people

Finally, a 3D printing photo booth that makes an action figure OF you, for you, while you wait! More information and photos, after the jump:

A photo booth that captures 3D mini replicas of you — Lost At E Minor: For creative people.


Want That in a Bag? It’s Going to Cost You – WSJ.com

“In San Francisco, “we just want to reduce the amount of single-use plastic bags out there,” says Jack Macy, Commercial Zero Waste Coordinator for the San Francisco Department of the Environment. “If a 10-cent fee can serve as a disincentive to consumers who go to the store expecting to get a new set of plastic bags each time, then these rules will be doing their job.”

Restaurants are exempt from the new rules until next year, and noncompliant plastic bags will remain acceptable for certain items, such as bulk candy and deli meats. Food-stamp recipients won’t be charged the 10-cent fee, according to the ordinance.”

Read more about the Checkout Bag Ordinance and San Francisco via Want That in a Bag? It’s Going to Cost You – WSJ.com.

The quotation above couches the issue well. I know Jack and worked with him and his team on the development of the collateral for this campaign and can tell you, he’s a helluva good guy. A lot of thought went into this move, and it’s good legislation….

no more plastic bags, San Francisco

no more plastic bags, San Francisco

at least 10 cents for your checkout bag in SF

at least 10 cents for your checkout bag in SF

SF: avoid the charge, BRING YOUR BAG.

SF: avoid the charge, BRING YOUR BAG.


Floating London airport proposal by Gensler

“Providing a further endorsement to the Thames Estuary as the preferred location for London’s new airport, Gensler have designed a unique solution creating an entirely new approach to modern airport design and construction with a clear focus on convenience and accessibility.

The proposals also envisage a new future for Heathrow as the largest urban expansion project in Europe with the development of an eco city – Heathrow Gardens – on the former airfield that can utilise the existing infrastructure to provide additional homes for 300,000 people and employment for over 200,000.”

CLICK:

via Floating London airport proposal by Gensler.


Scientific Illustration

This is a fabulous scroll of scientific illustrations :

CLICK: Scientific Illustration.


trash talking tuesdays: use your mug

. . . do you really want to use something only once before throwing it away?

63,000,000. That’s just one estimate of the number of disposable paper coffee cups consumed every day, …and that’s just in America.

Coffee sleeve designed to encourage using a mug and not a paper cup for your coffee

Coffee sleeve designed to encourage using a mug rather than a paper cup for your morning coffee.

We want to divert as much as possible from the landfill via recycling and composting programs. That’s always true. So if you do have your coffee in a paper cup, please do put it in the green or blue bin. Yes, either one. But better yet, avoid generating waste at all. Just bring your own mug.

My client and I created the following design to spread the word on this point, and it was printed on recycled paper coffee sleeves throughout San Francisco, in the spring of 2012. We realized everyone has a favorite mug. . . why not use it? At first we thought there’d be push-back for advertising on the sleeve of the paper coffee cup that you should not use the paper coffee cup, but we received a lot of support from local business owners who frankly, would love to spend less on packaging. They also know first-hand the sheer volume of items that are thrown away.

Have your morning coffee. But consider bringing your own mug or tumbler. Waste nothing.

Did you know paper cups are made from virgin paper content and not recycled content? Did you know that even paper coffee cups are sprayed with plastic? Here’s a Link for more information about how the paper cups are made, and why not using them will benefit the environment.


design project, We Compost

SFE_zw_ad_half_page_wine by markevnic72
SFE_zw_ad_half_page_wine, a photo by markevnic72 on Flickr.

The SF Environment Zero Waste team had a story to tell.

What does a coffee filter have to do with wine? It might seem to be non sequitur at first glance but we did want to get your attention by inviting that question. Upon a closer look the story is revealed: Your food scraps and discarded paper become the compost that is used in the vineyards of the Bay Area, and wonderful wine is the product of that cycle.

San Francisco has some of the purest compost around and it’s because of our broad public participation rates. We created this campaign to remind everyone they can play a part in the city’s Zero Waste success story. Separate your unconsumed food and send it back to the earth to grow more food.

Use the green bin.

Here are some more variations on that theme, these designs were published in the San Francisco neighborhood newspaper, the Richmond Review.

We compost campaign, 2012

We compost campaign, 2012

We compost campaign, 2012

We compost campaign, 2012


design project: signage for CityCycle program

SF Environment had a story to tell.

The transportation team of the Department of the Environment was instrumental in starting the City Cycle program, a bicycle sharing program available to City and County of San Francisco government employees. Check it out here. They needed a logo to identify the program.

This design is a poster that will designate reserved bicycle parking areas.

and, here’s a poster that will be used to advertise the program:

City Cycle information poster

City Cycle information poster

Here’s a previous iteration of the image used for the poster:

concept logo for CityCycle, a SF Environment initiative

concept logo for CityCycle, a SF Environment initiative


when you see your design out in the world…

richmond_design_geary_bus by markevnic72
richmond_design_geary_bus, a photo by markevnic72 on Flickr.

…there’s always a little thrill when you see your design out in the world. And it’s especially gratifying when you know your design has the potential to make some positive impact. Our campaign focused on a neighborhood in San Francisco, the Richmond, with the aim to remind people why composting is such a simple and yet incredible idea. Check out our website to find out more about composting, and all the benefits that derive from doing it. Use the green bin!