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Posted by Kat Bauman  |   1 Jul 2014  |  Comments (0)


For those of us with an unambiguous interest in The Past, the archives of British Pathe are nigh on gold. The century old company has its roots in the development of both motion film and the newsreel, and had stake in news and film from 1896 through the 1970s. As a result they've been there to cover some of the most crucial, terrifying and inspiring historical moments of the 20th century. Their archive is entirely digitized and available online, most notably on YouTube, where you can browse over 85,000 of their original film segments for free. Most also feature original commentary, clarifying and historically situating moments many of us have only heard about. Titanic footage? Nazi rally? Fatal suffragette political demonstrations? Early Schwarzenegger show reels? They've got it all.

While the vast majority of footage features newsworthy social or political subjects, matters of culture and humor are certainly included too. As counterbalance to the playlist of Days That Shook the World, consider perhaps 20th Century Hair, or The World Cup. For video art dabblers, history wonks, and folks who enjoy feeling like they were born at a better (or worse) time in history, this is an especially good rabbit hole.

As an introduction to the breadth and specificity of their archive, here are a few choice samples of technological inventions British Pathe found it worthwhile to cover.

A Bond-worthy, spike filled "security" valise:


Posted by shaggy  |  27 Nov 2012

Tiny House advocates explain that these small simple structures provide a flexible, affordable, reasonable (albeit small) solution for residential use, urban infill, and pocket communities. But what sort of person would actually want to live in (or next to) a house with less square footage than a roll of paper towels? Dee will offer her experience designing and building micro-houses with a focus on the unique benefits and challenges of taking small to the extreme.

See more of Dee in action at the Portland Alternative Dwellings site.

Posted by shaggy  |  16 Oct 2012

"Whole Hog Butchery - Utilizing and Enjoying Everything from Nose to Tail"

Rob Roy is the Butcher and Charcutier for Nostrana Restaurant in Southeast Portland Oregon. From the trotters to the cheeks he respects every part of the animal while transforming them into delicious edibles. Rob has been working at Nostrana for over four years developing relationships with local farmers and dedicating his work to utilizing their whole animals. Rob studied art and language in Florence Italy and was instantly immersed in Italian cuisine. He treasured the quality of ingredients, the importance of local agriculture, and the 'food-glorifying' style of Italian cooking. After returning he sought out artistic culinary adventures that resonated with these ideals of food sourcing and cooking. He graciously contributed to some of Portland's best traditional Italian restaurants, Assaggio, Genoa, and Nostrana, where his dream position has come to fruition.

Read more details at the Curiosity Club page.

Posted by core jr  |  10 Aug 2012  |  Comments (0)


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We're not sure how many of you have already checked out for this last month of summer, but we're as busy as ever here at Core HQ. This past month saw the live announcement of over 200 honorees in our second annual Design Awards program over the course of 17 live broadcasts from around the world. Congratulations to all of the winners, runners-up and notables, and keep your eye on Core77 and for news about the C77DA13!

Of course, we also had plenty of regularly scheduled programming, including the first post in a series of columns on product licensing by Bruce Tharp, an exclusive interview with the founders of the 'iconic' Noun Project, and a must-read case study from the fellas at Outlier Tailored Performance. And while the Olympics dominate headlines, we've got a handful of photo galleries from London Town, from the Farnborough Airshow to RCA's Graduate Show and the popular Barbican's 007 Bond Style exhibition... plus a photo essay on Metal Molding in the South of Brazil.

- Core Jr.


Christian Scholz

Janina Alleyne

Cathy Schaefer

MacMaster Design

Zach Heinrichs

» Check out our full
August Newsletter here

Posted by shaggy  |  12 Jun 2012

Core77's Hand-Eye Supply is extremely excited to welcome Ben Falcon, the Frame Set Painter for Chris King's Cielo Bikes to the Curiosity Club.

Posted by core jr  |   8 Jun 2012  |  Comments (0)


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Greetings Design Fans,

After the whirlwind of NY Design Week, we're excited to bring you our full coverage of the best and brightest from the week's festivities including editor's picks, photo gallery and more! Speaking of the best and brightest, check out the full gallery of Core77's debut All City All Stars exhibition during NY Design Week—we showcased 35 New York City-based designers representing all five boroughs in our showcase!

Our two newest columns arrive just in time for summer reading—Steve Portigal argues for the Power of Bad Ideas. And as you rev-up the engine on your summer vacation plans, take a moment to contemplate Don Norman's newest column on automobile reviews. But before you get too relaxed, MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the live announcements of the 2012 Core77 Design Awards. July 8-16. 9 Days. 17 Categories. Eight Countries. 74 Jurors. Live!!

Happy Summer,
LinYee Yuan
Managing Editor


Vivi Feng - Brooklyn, New York
Michael Barthels - Berlin, Germany
Jean-Francois Fullum - North Reading, Massachusetts
Matt Betteker - Billund, Denmark
Ivan Ponce - Portland, Oregon

» Check out our full
June Newsletter here

Posted by shaggy  |  17 Apr 2012

Stainless steel is now 100 years old, and has many industrial accomplishments under its belt due to its strength, beauty, and stainlessness. Yet it remains an elusive medium to many artisans because of perceived challenges (such as the cost and skill of TIG welding). This is a shame since it pairs so well with glass, wood, and textiles - and is truly beautiful on its own.

Curiosity Club Channel

Posted by shaggy  |   3 Apr 2012

Live from Portland, Oregon - Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club!

Tuesday Apr. 3rd 6:00 PM

Lyle Poulin: Hand-Forge "The Modern Blacksmith: Tradition, Tools and Technique"

Whatever happened to the village blacksmith? Not so long ago, villages were organized around trade districts, and each one had a blacksmith shop. Traditionally the blacksmith shaped hot metal on the anvil for the village's many needs: from horseshoes, wheels, and gates to tools and weapons. Though our needs, wants, and fashions have evolved since then, the fundamentals of forging metal are largely unchanged. Come and learn about the work of the modern blacksmith in a historical context. We'll explore the diversity and evolution of the blacksmith's various tools and techniques through the ages, including a look at the future potential of metal work at the intersection of old craft and modern technology.

See more Curiosity Club here!

Posted by Michael DiTullo  |   5 Dec 2011  |  Comments (0)


A few weeks ago swissnex San Francisco hosted an SFMOMA Architecture and Design Forum panel discussion on the topic of Dieter Rams and the effect of Modernism on today's design landscape. Panelists included Yves Behar of Fuse Project, Cathy Baily of Heath Ceramics (previously), Markus Diebel of InCase (interviewed), and myself, Michael DiTullo of frog. The event was moderated by SFMOMA Architecture and Design curator Joseph Becker. We received some fantastic questions from the audience as well as from Joseph, including inquiries on the "tyranny of good design", what the shape of the designer of the future will be, and the impact of smart products on industrial design. I think you will enjoy the video below documented by Fora TV. You can jump to individual clips of specific questions on their site HERE.

Posted by shaggy  |  29 Nov 2011

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Visit Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club here.

Posted by shaggy  |   8 Nov 2011

Core77 welcomes James M. Harrison, Architect and Sculptor to our bi-weekly creative speaker series: The Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club hosted at the Hand-Eye Supply store in Portland, OR.

Posted by Michael DiTullo  |   7 Nov 2011  |  Comments (0)


Last week John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design and author of The Laws of Simplicity visited the frog San Francisco studio. John presented to a group of RISD alumni and frogs about how the school is responding and influencing the world around it, and updated us on an initiative he is spearheading called "STEM to STEAM". STEM represents a movement to refocus education in the United States on the specific fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM to STEAM seeks to add Art to that formula, something I entirely agree on. The problems that will challenge us in the decades to come will not be the same as yesterday. Creativity is not a silver bullet, but coupling it with our more traditional focus on left brain learning will surely yield new results.

Before the presentation, I sat down with John in our studio library and we talked about what he is passionate about, as well as trading a few RISD stories. There are several RISD alum at frog spread throughout the world including Executive Creative Director Nick de la Mare (MID'95), and Creative Director Jonas Damon (BFA'93 ID). I myself am an alum (BFA'98 ID). Check out the video, which is a bit of a sneak peak into the type of content that will be covered in Designmind's upcoming "Passion" issue, and please, support STEM to STEAM! [Ed Note: For more info about STEM, read Andy Polaine's column from September's Design Education issue.]


Posted by hipstomp / Rain Noe  |  14 Oct 2011  |  Comments (0)


While it's the Jobs biography I'm waiting on, a recent announcement has me curious: Discovery and NBC have apparently put together a one-hour documentary called "iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World," hosted by Mythbusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman.

"Someone once said that to follow the path that others have laid before you is a very reasonable course of action, therefore all progress is made by unreasonable men," Savage said. "Steve Jobs was an unreasonable man. He didn't simply give the public what they wanted, he defined entirely new ways of thinking about our lives in the digital space: productivity, creativity, music, communication, media and art. He has touched, directly and indirectly, all of our lives."

I have no idea how long this documentary has been in the works for or if it has been hastily thrown together, but either way it's airing this coming Sunday, October 16th.


Posted by shaggy  |  11 Oct 2011  |  Comments (0)

Join us for a presentation by Matt Foster of Foster Knives: "Matt Foster has spent his entire career working in the sporting goods and shooting sports industry. His professional experience with knives and design began at Gerber Legendary Blades. Noticing that there was a market niche not being served by existing makers and designers, he taught himself to design and make his own brand of knives. Experience gained from designing his own knives led him to design and create other products relevant to his career: scope mounts, shotgun stocks, gun cleaning equipment and firearms accessories."

Visit the Curiosity Club to see upcoming speakers

Posted by shaggy  |  27 Sep 2011  |  Comments (0)

"A Change In Trade: Why the Linear and Prescriptive Innovation Process is No Longer Relevant in a Digital World."

The design world is in a state of flux; the big agency and linear budget-busting approaches to solving problems are breaking down. New brands are born daily and old strategies no longer suffice to support them. This presents an exciting opportunity for the field of design to rethink its trade and either continue to innovate, or break.

David Thorpe, Oved Valadez, and Tom Lakovic of INDUSTRY discuss this shift in "A Change in Trade: How approaching design with an adaptive perspective is necessary in today's design world."

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Posted by shaggy  |  30 Aug 2011


Posted by shaggy  |  16 Aug 2011

Learn more here - See the Curiosity Club here

Posted by shaggy  |  17 May 2011

Join us for a short presentation and a hands-on demo by Steve Davee, teacher and tinkering evangelist, this week on the Core77 Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club.

Posted by shaggy  |   3 May 2011

"Why Made in Portland Kicks Ass"

Grove will discuss the numerous benefits of local manufacturing, touching on the difficulties they've encountered in their mission to keep it local. Portland is known for it's strong DIY culture and artisan community, and Grove takes this spirit to the extreme by doing everything themselves. Joe and Ken will talk about how they transformed their idealistic vision into reality.

Posted by core jr  |  20 Apr 2011  |  Comments (0)


In case you missed it, SVA is live streaming 20 MFA candidates from the Designer as Author program as they present and defend their theses. It's a unique take on the public dissertation platform and a peek inside some of the bright young design minds of the future. They're at about the mid-way point right now but they'll be going until 8PM EST tonight. Pop by and weigh-in on the discussion!

Stream online here!!

Posted by shaggy  |   8 Mar 2011

Tonight, Core77 welcomes Katy Meegan of Em-Space Book Arts Center to our bi-weekly creative speaker series: The Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club hosted at the Hand-Eye Supply store in Portland, OR. Come early and check out our space or check in with us online for the live broadcast!

Posted by LinYee Yuan  |  26 Jan 2011  |  Comments (0)


Make: Live, a new live web show from the folks from Make Magazine, premieres today with an episode dedicated to Arduino. Hosts Matt Richardson and Becky Stern kick-off the series with Steve Hoefer's Secret Gumball Machine and Colin Cunningham's MidiVox shield. The show will be broadcast every other Wednesday from NYC and archived through an iTunes podcast and on the Make Youtube Channel. Viewers can join in the UStream chat or mark tweets with #makelive to interact live with the show.

Wednesday January 26th
9pm EST/6pm PST


Posted by shaggy  |  14 Dec 2010

See more about the Curiosity Club here.

Posted by core jr  |   9 Dec 2010  |  Comments (1)

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Zach Lieberman is a Brooklyn-based interactive artist, hacker and researcher. His installations and performance use custom built hardware and open source software to create new playful modes of expression--and always with an element of surprise! Zach's extensive body of work includes the EyeWriter project, a low-cost, open source eye-tracking system originally made for legendary LA graffiti writer Tony Quan, aka TEMPTONE who was diagnosed with ALS in 2003. And the hugely successful iQ Font campaign for Toyota, Zach collaborated with typographers Pierre & Damiena and pro racer Stef van Campenhoudt to generate a typeface from tracking the movements of a car.

Posted by shaggy  |  19 Nov 2010  |  Comments (0)

As a part of our Hand-Eye Supply duties we test out new product. Yesterday we gave this intriguing Japanese Saw a tryout! It incorporates an internal piston system that "puffs" air from a blow hole on to the work piece using the kinetic energy from the worker's hand motion. The "puff" clears away saw dust so that you can clearly see your cut line. It may seem gimmicky but as Japanese saws enable extremely precise cuts this is an indispensable feature!


Posted by shaggy  |  19 Oct 2010

Blake Van Roekel: Keuken

"The Intellectual Palette; Design in the Kitchen"
Blake Van Roekel is the owner of Keuken and a co-founder of the successful and popular Art+Palate Supper Club. Her menus are inspired by art and design, literature and music resulting in meals that are thematic and unique to the time and place of the event. Her goal is to introduce greater levels of meaning to the food on our plates by not only stimulating our taste buds, but our emotions and intellect as well.