Vestaboard Flips Out Bit by Bit With Old School Messaging

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                                The satisfying percussion of the mechanical split-flap display once synonymous with arrivals and departures within the halls of train stations, bus depots, and airports makes a welcome return as the <a href="https://www.vestaboard.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Vestaboard</a> – a mechanical messaging and display system refreshed with wi-fi connectivity, app integration, and voice-command technology.
The nostalgic ASMR-inducing click-clacking mechanics remains at the heart of the Vestaboard experience – a 37″ x 21″ x 3″ messaging system outfitted with a 23 x 7 grid alphanumeric layout (alongside 8 TBD art/colors characters) designed to display up to 161 characters at one time. Seen from the perspective of a digital native, the Vestaboard’s inherent brevity seems practically the manifestation of a concisely written tweet. And in fact, the Vestaboard is Twitter compatible. The system also plays nice with IFTTT, Google Calendar, Slack, and other info-productivity technologies. So beyond sharing 160 character tweets with coworkers, the display is a novel way
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Roxxlyn Encases Your Precious iPhone X in 350 Million Year Old Rock

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                                <a href="https://roxxlyn.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Roxxlyn</a> isn&#8217;t your average Apple iPhone accessory maker by any regard. Instead of typical plastics and rubbers normally utilized for protective duties, the German company specializes in producing luxurious iPhone cases featuring genuine quarried minerals as old as 350 million years old: granite, quartz, marble, and slate offered in a rainbow of hues. The resulting hand-machined cases seem nearly as precious as the phone its protecting within itself.

Each case is machined with diamond tools for precision, then engraved across the top surface using a high performance laser, finally sanded and cleaned to a smooth finish.

Weighing just 50 grams and only 0.7mm thin, the 2-piece luxury iPhone accessories features intricately detailed layers of sliced stone securely fastened to an anodized aluminum body frame without adding an excess of heft. Inside is equally luxe, with a protective layer of Alcantara or vegetable leather keeping devices safe while in its
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Loight: A Rechargable Lighting Concept Inspired by Lanterns

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                                To many people, being energy efficient is a priority these days. We all know we can do our part in reducing our personal carbon footprint by doing simple acts like turning off the lights when not in use or decreasing our usage of heaters and coolers. What if we can take it further though, by incorporating a lifestyle change that dates back to the 1800s? Inspired by the efficiency of lanterns, industrial designer <a href="http://ghiaci.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Zahra Ghiasi</a> designed the concept of the Loight rechargeable light that challenges us to evaluate our dependency on light.
In theory, the Loight light is a personal light that you carry with you everywhere in the home. Each family member would have their own Loight and it’s only when the entire family is together that the room is the brightest. The light intensity can be adjusted depending on different situations and can be charged wirelessly with its
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Friday Five with Sam Valenti IV of Ghostly

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Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, Sam Valenti IV developed an interest in techno music spun from the city’s Motown roots. Recognizing a lack of options for electronic musicians, he launched Ghostly International in his dorm room in 1999 while studying at the University of Michigan. It began as a “genre-less” record label with musician Matthew Dear and over the years it’s grown into an innovative platform for not only music but art, clothing, and design objects that come about through collaborations with various artists and brands, some of which you can see here. In this week’s Friday Five, Valenti delves into five of his favorite things.
  1. My technics 1200 turntables
    A standard that will never be beat. I learned to DJ on “belt drive” decks, which are super fragile and wobbly but once I upgraded to these tanks you can never go back. I see
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Svart: The Energy Positive Solar Powered Arctic Hotel

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/snohettas-solar-arctic-hotel/snohetta-hotel-arctic-3/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/Sn%C3%B8hetta-Hotel-Arctic-3-810x516.jpg" alt="Svart: The Energy Positive Solar Powered Arctic Hotel" /></a>
                                Unveiling an &#8220;energy-positive&#8221; concept doesn&#8217;t seem so out of left field for Norwegian architecture firm <a href="https://snohetta.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Snøhetta</a>. They&#8217;re the same braintrust of designers responsible for <a href="https://design-milk.com/tverrfjellhytta-by-snohetta/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">this unparalleled vision</a> for wildlife observation, and their community of uniquely situated <a href="https://design-milk.com/stargaze-sleep-snohettas-7th-room-treehotel/" data-wpel-link="internal">treehouse guest suites</a> nestled high amongst Swedish pine trees, both inspiring an impulsive urge for adventure. Their latest announcement, <a href="http://www.svart.no/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Svart</a>, is imagined for the most northerly of latitudes – a proposed Arctic Circle energy-positive, Powerhouse certified hotel capturing the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape from 360-degrees.
It should go without saying, Snøhetta relishes projects utilizing technology as a means, but not necessarily as an end, concurrently solving complex challenges related to humankind while bringing nature and the landscape to the forefront of experience. “Svart” is the first Arctic building to be built according to an energy standard where more renewable energy is produced over its lifetime in total than would be required to build,
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The Orbita Clock’s “Revolutionary” Movement

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                                The name may evoke the movement of planetary bodies, yet the <a href="https://www.behance.net/gallery/61187357/ORBITA-clock" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Orbita</a> clock is a refreshingly organic 2-piece design very much reflective of terra firma – a wooden wall clock concept designed by Portuguese designer, 2Ø3 (Two O Three) forgoing traditional identifying time telling identifiers for a minimalist system demarcated without a single numeral.
Two pared down overlapping wood rings – each marked with a single dash, representing the hour and minute – traditional clock hands, numerical indicators, and even a center are nowhere to be found. Instead, the donut-upon-donut Orbita wall clock revolves with barely perceptible speed with every passing minute, a sculptural presence rather than a glaring time keeping one. At its core, it’s a design relying upon our learned ability to remember the positions of every minute and hour, a competency arguably earned over a lifetime of wondering, “Is it time to go home yet?” or
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Meural Canvas Gesture-Controlled Digital Art Frame Goes Version 2.0

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                                The <a href="https://meural.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Meural Canvas</a> earned a place as one of our <a href="https://design-milk.com/2016-gift-guide-tech/" data-wpel-link="internal">past Tech Gift Guide picks,</a> an early prognosticator of the digital art canvas category explosion that introduced an entire world of both static and animated artwork intended to replace or supplement traditional wall art. The first Meural stood out for its unique gesture-based controls, and it&#8217;s now heading into its second iteration with several refinements and options.
Meural is offered in two versions: the 20 by 50.2 by 1.6 inches Winslow Canvas surrounded by a tasteful 1.5-inch natural walnut frame, or the slightly smaller framed Leonora Canvas available in either black or white. Both models use the same 27-inch 1080p LCD partnered with 8GB of memory (4GB for storing art, and 4GB for storing firmware and software updates). The only difference is the size and material of the exterior frame, with each capable of displaying a wide assortment
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A’ Design Awards & Competition 2018 – Call for Entries

                                <em>The following post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.adesignaward.com/?utm_source=designmilk&amp;utm_medium=post&amp;utm_campaign=callentries2018"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">A’ Design Award and Competition</a>. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design.</em>
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                                The <a href="http://www.adesignaward.com/?utm_source=designmilk&amp;utm_medium=post&amp;utm_campaign=callentries2018"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">A’ Design Award and Competition</a> is open and accepting entries! If you want to nominate your designs, you can now register and upload your design today to know how good your design is: get a complimentary preliminary score.
If you are not familiar with the A’ Design Award and Competition, then here’s a quick overview: A’ Design Award is the world’s leading design award, reaching design enthusiasts in over 180 countries in 40 languages. Whether you’re just starting out, or have your own studio, A’ Design Award is an fantastic way to get recognition in the industry. The entries are peer-reviewed and voted on by a prestigious jury panel of design professionals, scholars, and media members who follow specific
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Depeche Node: An All-In-One Apple Lightning Charger

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                                I Love Handles specializes in <a href="https://ilovehandles.com/shop/trunk/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">unique Apple-centric accessories</a> and <a href="https://ilovehandles.com/shop/switchboard/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">homewares</a>, each sharing a common DNA for organizational acuity enhanced with a playful aesthetic. The boutique&#8217;s latest design, <a href="https://ilovehandles.com/shop/node/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Node</a>, exhibits a similarly ingenious take on tech: a plus+ sign multi-port connector engineered to connect and charge multiple Apple Lightning based devices and accessories all at once.

It’s even possible to charge the Apple Magic Mouse with the Node, though in a slightly awkward configuration.

The design is an extremely simple 4-way interchange comprised of 2 male with 2 female Lightning ports, allowing easy concurrent charging for the Apple Pencil, iPad, iPhone, iPod, and the Apple Magic Mouse from a single source. Neat freaks like ourselves appreciate the extremely compact and portable design; in use the Node keeps charging devices neatly organized and aligned in one spot. The Node becomes available this month for just under $20 over at I
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The Basics, The Inevitable and The Extra Touch: What You Need When You’re Expecting Guests

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                                I used to think that the holidays were the only time I needed to prepare for overnight guests but I realized that hosting guests is a year-round activity. Your family members might want to stop by on their summer vacation, your cousins want to stay over during spring break, or you want you have friends spend the night rather than drive home after a night out. To make my house guests feel more comfortable when they’re away from their own home, I prepare the basics, the inevitable, and the extra touch.
1. The basics: Even though your house guests probably came prepared to spend the night, there’s always the off-chance that they forgot something. Rather than waiting for them to ask, I like to have a basket that includes all the basic necessities. This includes fresh linens, toothbrush and toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, tissues, phone charger and a set of
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