Eddie Murphy asks, “Why Don’t White People Just Leave When There’s a Ghost in the House?”

Curator: Isabella Bruno
date: October 27, 2014
Categories: Experience Design
Tags: digital exhibition, Documentary

In the lead-up to Halloween, I’ve selected five projects to scare, provoke and stimulate the designer’s brain. These aren’t all ghosts and goblins, but each has something special to offer.

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Swedish Studio Kokokaka Pushes the Limits of Interactive Experience Design

Curator: Peter McClelland
date: October 1, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Brand & Identity Design, Experience Design
Tags: advertising, commercial, video
Swedish creative shop Kokokaka first caught my eye several years ago with their super smart and beautifully executed work for Wrangler which you can still check out here

Who knew you could build an interactive experience in which you actually interact with the product? Since then, Kokokaka has continued to push out great work for Ikea, Volvo, Louis Vuitton, and a handful of design-centric brands. Beyond just clever interactive pieces, all their work harmonizes the use of color, type, and of course photography and video styling.

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Aaron Koblin Doing It Yet Again with "Unnumbered Sparks"

Curator: Sue Murphy
date: September 8, 2014
Categories: Art, Environmental Design, Experience Design
Tags: art, digital, installation, interactive, sculpture
If life was like The Matrix I'd ask for the Aaron Koblin card to be loaded into my brain. I'm always excited to see what project he's been working on. I have a hard time explaining to my family what I do, I can't even imagine how he does it. 
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Noisli: Background Noise and Color Generator for Working and Relaxing

Curator: Wade Jeffree
date: August 12, 2014
Categories: Design in Music, Experience Design, Information Design, Product Design
Tags: apps, productivity, user experience

Noisli is an app and browser-based background-noise generator as well as an ambient color background creator that “brings you the healthy benefits of the chromotherapy.” It allows you to mix and match different kinds of background noise at once. You can listen to rain, wind, water streams, a camp fire and thunder storms, and you can even make it as if you're traveling on a train to a remote client meeting.


The design is as beautifully simple as the concept: to increase productivity and relieve the anxiety of a tight deadline. It's used by coders, programmers, bloggers and writers I know and work with, and they all vouch for its efficacy.


I also use it everyday, especially in those "get shit done"moments. Coupled with a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, I find myself instantly more productive. It's also useful when delving into a new book or going to sleep, although I don't use it for this purpose as often as I'd like. The timer is also quite handy, allowing you to set a time to fade out the audio.


Simple concept, executed with the user in mind. Brilliant.

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Artist Aakash Nihalani "Skewers" His Subjects with Bold, Graphic Forms

Curator: Jennette Snape
date: August 8, 2014
Categories: Environmental Design, Experience Design, Illustration
Tags: art
New York artist Aakash Nihalani (AA) has been "skewering" his subjects in Brooklyn as part of a new series of work called "Landline." 

Working with bold isometric forms created from bright neon tape, AA transforms outdoor spaces (and often people) into playful installations. 
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