The CARBONARA pencil

The use of the material is no gimmick. Just like a roadster is modeled on the lines of a coupe, but made to be faster, lighter, and better, the CARBONARA pencil is designed to be stronger, lighter, and better than a regular mechanical pencil. The carbon fiber gives it its light weight, but also plays a crucial role in the functioning of the pencil. The pencil comes with two hollow slots running across the side, separated by a pillar in the middle. Press down on one slot, and the other one expands ever so slightly… More at YD.

I kind of like the design, but there is a reason the humble wooden pencil remains king. It works.

The L100 CLASSIC

In 1970, JBL released the iconic L100 Loudspeaker. Over the years, the L100 became the bestselling loudspeaker in JBL’s history.

In 2018, we are proud to bring you the JBL L100 Classic, a modern take on a time-honored legend. The Classic features vintage styling, including a retro-inspired design and iconic Quadrex foam grille, along with newly developed acoustic technology and designs for elite performance… More here.

I have no idea if this is a good speaker, but the design caught me immediately. So retro and modern in equal measure.

Rollbe Click

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We measure things on a daily basis – straight or curved lines, square or round objects, drawing, cutting, comparing – Rollbe is quick, easy and designed to keep you equipped at all times. Designers, architects, carpenters, sewers, decorators and many other professionals draft specific layouts and templates. Measuring curves and design details are necessary for these professions. Rollbe allows measuring curves and straight lines or surfaces in a convenient way… More at Kickstarter.

Such an obvious idea.

Iconix

BIC Lighter

Iconix is a comprehensive collection of iconic product design objects, chronologically organized from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to the present. Each spread of this richly illustrated book showcases the author’s representation of the chosen design, expressing its essence and capturing its spirit. In the introductory text, he shares his concept of the term iconicity to help the reader understand what makes these products stand out and why they are considered icons today… More here.

Looks like a decent book with some nice imagery to demonstrate iconic designs, but likely not something you will keep coming back to.

If Apple had never existed

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I wonder if these rugged aesthetics, now commonplace in cutting-edge websites, can work at scale – in mobile apps used by +1b people. Instagram’s new UI paved the way: can this effort be replicated in other categories (e.g. gaming)? Is brutalism a fad or the future of app design? Would it make apps more usable, easy-to-use and delightful? To end with, would it generate more growth? Conversions experts sometimes suggest that more text equals more engagement – what if we push this idea to the extreme? More at Pierre Buttin.

Obviously the intention is different here, but I for one believe that Apple has done a huge amount for software design over the years. We had some grim interfaces on mobile before the iPhone, but I guess Palm OS was OK. Thanks to Kirk for the link.