Department of Design

Curated by Timoni West.

Primarily focused on product design, technology, cognitive psychology, and the brain. Also—pretty pictures, sometimes moving.


August 29th, 2014

Glitchometry by Daniel temkin, via but does it float.


Decided to design some flags for my neighborhood, East Williamsburg. The neighborhood is a sleepy combination of Puerto Rican and Italian, and a lot of the signage is very mid-century, so I took the colors and logos inspiration from the shops on Graham—that middle one is lifted directly from Cafe Capri.

The flags are all some combination of the Puerto Rican flag (triangle, star, stripes) and Italian (three broad stripes). The big star has fifteen points, in honor of our original ward: 15. And I’m very admiring of Japanese family crests—mons—so you’ll see a whiff of that influence as well.

I added in the smaller starfield because my favorite thing about living in this neighborhood is going out into the backyard and being able to see them.

No source. :(

(Source: paulinaalan)

Abracadabra, by poisonappleprintshop.



August 28th, 2014

Concept Sentinel work for X-Men: Days of Future Past, by MACIEJ KUCIARA

The Neverending Story’s Empress concept redesign by Nicolas Francoeur.

Bene Gesserit concept character design, by Bruno Gauthier Leblanc.

…These games also tend to frame misogyny and sexual exploitation as an everlasting fact of life, as something unescapable and unchangeable. This dominant narrative surrounding the inevitability of female objectification and victimhood is so powerful that it not only defines our concepts of reality, but it even sets the parameters for how we think about entirely fictional worlds, even those taking place in the realms of fantasy and science fiction.

It’s so normalized that when these elements are critiqued, the knee-jerk response I hear most often is that: if these stories did not include the exploitation of women, then the game world would feel too unrealistic or not historically accurate.

What does it say about our culture when games routinely bend or break the laws of physics, and no one bats an eye, when dragons, ogres, and magic are inserted into historically-influenced settings without objection? We’re perfectly willing to suspend our disbelief when it comes to multiple lives, superpowers, health regeneration, and the ability to carry dozens of weapons in a massive invisible backpack. But somehow, the idea of a world without sexual violence and exploitation is deemed too strange, and too bizarre, to be believable.

Women as Background Decoration (Part 2), on Feminist Frequency.

Anita Sarkeesian is so great. Too bad she didn’t feel safe sleeping at her own house last night after being physically threatened for saying nothing more inflammatory than what you just read, above.

Ever seen Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs? Forget about it. Marketers still learn it in school, but psychologists left it behind a long time ago.

There are 14 things that humans will always be motivated to gain or protect: Avoiding death, avoiding pain, air, water, food, homeostasis (bodily functions), sleep, sex, love, protection of children, status, affiliation, justice, and understanding each of those things better.

All of those things will have an audience — and trigger emotional responses to different degrees — but on the internet, Status, Affiliation, Justice, & Understanding are particularly useful because they are just ideas. They are also unlimited, and you can create them from scratch, for free.

August 27th, 2014

Aligning one’s life.

Over the past few years, I’ve been focusing on reducing what I own, and working towards having a more minimal and flexible life, one where I can travel freely. It’s been going well, and while I’ve casually picked up a few blogs and subs that are inspiring or written by like-minded people, I started collecting a list in earnest a few weeks back. I’m looking for more recommendations. Here’s what I have so far:

Elsewhere Man
Intelligent Travel
Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site
The Four-Hour Workday (really!)
Global Goose

And of course…

Any other recommendations or favorites would be much appreciated.


Guillermo Del Toro’s The Book of Life looks incredible.

Color Photos from the Filming of Jaws on Katama Bay, Martha’s Vineyard in 1974, from vintage everyday.

In no way is this fake shark not completely terrifying anyway.

Mary Galloway’s The Night Market. Her other work in the series is lovely too.