Friday, June 27, 2008
PANTONE has the big time color thing as we all know. You've got your swatch books, your tabs, the whole color matching system. Then you've got the paint, which is an unassailably cool idea with an outrageous price. (Doesn't that decrease its coolness?) Where oh where could Pantone go next?
I think some dudes and babes at PANTONE were thinking, "Hey, what if people can't see our awesome colorificness? What can we do about that?" And voila: PANTONE Eyewear
The coolest thing about this little product is the sets of colored arms you get with your new frames. So you're never stuck with - horror of hue horrors - JUST 1 COLOR. --GASP--
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Do you like powder coating? I sure do. It's provides a kind of tactile joy that paint can't even begin to touch. But you can begin to touch powder coating. Just pick up a Noguchi Prismatic Table.
That's powder coating.
"Huh?" you say.
Powder coating is an advanced method of applying a decorative and protective finish to a wide range of materials and products that are used by both industries and consumers.
Well... the "powder" used for this process is a mixture of finely ground particles of pigment and resin, which is sprayed onto a surface to be coated. The charged powder particles adhere to the electrically grounded surfaces (like the aforementioned Noguchi Prismatic Table) until heated and fused into a smooth coating in a curing oven. The result is a uniform, durable, high-quality, and attractive finish. Powder coating is the fastest-growing finishing technology in North America, representing over 10% of all industrial finishing applications.
"Ok sure, but is there a foundation or organization to represent this new finishing industry?" you ask.
Yes indeed! The Powder Coating Institute (PCI), represents the North American powder coating industry, promotes powder coating technology and communicates the benefits of powder coating to manufacturers, consumers, and government. So there you go!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
"I mean, the Cyclones for my vacuum cleaner took over 5000 prototypes. That's 5000 failures before I'd cracked it. So the moral of the tale is keep on failing. It works!" - James Dyson, talking about the process behind a successful design.