architecture design

Apple architecture

Apple Store Brisbane

Apple’s new Australian flagship store in Brisbane is gorgeous.
I like the effort Apple does to renovate old buildings, merging history with modern technology.

design productivity

Gorgeous stand-up Desk (Ikea hack)

IKEA stand-up desk

I absolutely LOVE this desk. Minimalistic yet functional.
Want one! (and the loft sized office to fit everything in)

Found trough swissmiss


The Principles of Beautiful Web Design

If you are involved in designing or developing websites, you probably already know Sitepoint. For those of you who want to be a better designer, Sitepoint released “The Principles of Beautiful Web Design” some time ago and it offers you 180 pages of basic site design.

In 5 sections, the book covers the most important aspects of a successful website design:

  • Layout and Composition
  • Color
  • Texture
  • Typography
  • Images

The following pictures are part of a highly recommended book review made by Travis King on

Having her in my weekly RSS feed, it was nice to see Veerle’s blog being mentioned in the book (screenshot on picture #2). For those of you who want to know more about designing websites, follow her weblog for more inspiration.



Web design in 2 minuten

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IKEA tegels

IKEA tiles
© 2008

Ronde tegels voor in de badkamer, gespot in een Amerikaanse IKEA vestiging (niet door mij maar door Apartment Therapy).

Inspiratie voor een nieuwe badkamer komt soms op een onverwacht moment. Zo ook jaren terug bij het zien van de inloopdouche van hotel Figaro in Knokke.

design technology


Vertical notebook stand
© Balmuda Design

The “Floater” is a vertical stand for the famous Apple MacBook Pro notebook.
Looks like a nice stand although US$ 305 is rather expensive, even for this design. Look at the specs at Balmuda design’s website. The review on will also give you a lot more information.

In their own words:

If you connect your notebook computer to a large screen, at work or home, Floater is designed for you. It combines high technology with elegant styling. Close your MacBook pro, connect a keyboard, a screen and a mouse, and you have created a perfect working environment.

Spotted on Unplggd


No Man’s Land tentoonstelling

Nee, ik heb geen tentoonstelling ingericht.
Nee, ik ken Geert Verbeke (nog) niet.

Feit is dat Knack een artikel online heeft over de tentoonstelling “No Man’s Land” van Geert Verbeke. Via zijn Verbeke Foundation kan je nog tot 4 mei 2008 deze tentoonstelling bezoeken in Kemzeke (Stekene). Thema is de kruisbestuiving tussen kunst en design.

Van deze ontwerpers/kunstenaars kan je werk(en) gaan bekijken: Maurice Carlier, Frans Van Praet, Christoph Broich, Arne Quinze, Hans De Pelsmacker en vele anderen. De volledige lijst kan je hier nalezen.


40 fonts voor professioneel gebruik

Typografie freaks en alle anderen die graag gelikte fonts zien, hier een overzicht van 40 gratis (én legaal, soms kan het echt niet op) fonts die geschikt zijn voor professioneel gebruik. In de lijst ook enkele pixelfonts zoals deze, die bovendien erg geschikt zouden zijn voor Flash.

Zelf heb ik héél mooie (wow / aaah / knap!) fonts in de lijst gezien die binnenkort ongetwijfeld in een design terecht komen, ik hoop voor u hetzelfde.
Met dank aan de vriendelijke mensen van Smashing Magazine voor de gratis fonts en MacFreak voor de link.

architecture design

Rolling Bridge

If you are in walking around in London, you could be surprised when this bridge ‘goes up’. While most moving bridges go up the classical way, this ‘rolling bridge‘ does things a little different. How it works? This is what the website has to say:

Rather than a conventional opening bridge mechanism, consisting of a single rigid element that lifts to let boats pass, the Rolling Bridge gets out of the way by curling up until its two ends touch. While in its horizontal position, the bridge is a normal, inconspicuous steel and timber footbridge; fully open, it forms a circle on one bank of the water that bears little resemblance to its former self.

Twelve meters long, the bridge is made in eight steel and timber sections, and is made to curl by hydraulic rams set into the handrail between each section.

The bridge was designed by the London based Heatherwick Studio and won the 2005 British Structural Steel Award.

Rolling Bridge

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design technology

Let your kids clean the house

If you want to get your kids involved while cleaning the house, a traditional vacuum cleaner would not help you. A designer who did a thesis project for Philips developed the first vacuum cleaner that could be called “child friendly”.

More about the “Buster vacuum cleaner for kids” can be found at

Vacuum cleaner