Makeshift – Bicimaquinas.

More often than not when we think of design, we think of beautiful, or elegant, objects. Or we think in terms of type, color, balance, gestalt, tension etc. The reality is, good design is the product of solving a problem. Filling a need, and many times the end result is not the most beautiful looking thing, but instead the most practical for the problem it needs to solve.

The video below from Makeshift Magazine is about that very fact of good design. “Bicimaquinas” solve a problem. How do you provide tools to the people of Guatemala when the average salary is two dollars a day, and a large portion of the  people can’t afford electricity? The answer is Bicimaquinas. This is a great story about how one individual has set out to provide a force of change through the design and build out of tools that are powered by the remains of discarded bikes. Believe me it’s worth the 3 minutes it takes to watch it.

Playing on a Shoe String, Livia Ritthaler’s Minimalist Gramophone.

It’s a rainy Saturday morning here in the Midwest, and for some reason I was thinking back to the days of art school. Days when I was young, broke, and had to be inventive when it came to entertainment, eating, and doing things with little or no money. I think that is why I love the “Minimalist Gramophone by design student Livia Ritthaler.

It’s inventive, it works, and it seems quite entertaining. Hopefully she is eating something better than Raman Noodles while listening to her records.

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Minimalist gramophone

I just moved to London to finish my bachelor with the graphics program. Because I can afford neither the money nor the space a record player, I’ve even built one.

A phonograph of three materials, paper, wood and metal. Operated by their own hands.

Livia Ritthaler
Graphic and Communication Design