I missed the video of this talk the first time around. There’s a shout-out to MLKSHK in the middle, but that’s not why you should watch it. Jon Bell delivers a captivating talk about “Design Relevance”.

I can’t stop sharing this with people.

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I'm so curious how this board actually rides. The wheels + bearings must make it weigh a ton, and all those wheels seem like it wouldn't go very fast because of the varying friction. Still, I'd love to try it here in SF.

Found this on Laughing Squid.

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No two snowflakes are alike? Not so fast. Now I can't UNSEE that snowflake, I'm going to see it everywhere. Just like the clouds/bushes in Super Mario Brothers.

Found via Coudal, who by the way, runs such a fantastic link blog I tend to never repost stuff from their feed because I figure everyone reads them. But if you don't, you should start.

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This folding bike would probably be incredibly impractical and hard to fix and find parts. But it is soooooo prettttttty.

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My appreciation for wine is pretty limited, but I do love a good wine label. Logan Signature Wines are very nice.

(My favorite beer right now has my favorite label: Pliny The Elder)

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This iPhone/Touch skin is made to work with an App built for the visually impaired. It appears there is no App available at this time, however. For now it's more like a special keyboard with no application. Still a great idea. [via slantback]

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This book just made my heart flutter. Called "Everyday Engineering" it examines the engineering and planning that goes into the world around us. As a self-taught engineer this is exactly the sort of subject I spend hours thinking about.

A memory that always sticks out in my head about discovery is being a kid and sitting in the front seat with my dad as we drove along a paved mountain road. I had noticed the reflectors were buried beneath the surface of the road, with a slope cut in the direction the oncoming traffic so the reflector would be visible.

For miles I stared at these things until it finally dawned on me what they were for. Since I grew up in the middle of California's Central Valley, snow is not a typical occurrence. The reason the reflectors were buried beneath the ground is so that snow-plows can scrape the surface of the road without ripping up the reflectors.

It was incredibly pleasing to have come up with the solution, and I still spend a lot of time staring at structures to determine why and how they work.

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