Hello, 2009 

First post of the year! I hope it’ll be one with many good things worth looking forward to.

2008 closed with me getting hold of some neat pieces of design, thought they’ll be worth sharing here.

First, there’s my i Dog from my office gift exchange.

pluged in puppy

plugged in puppy

A speaker that doubles as a robotic pet. Barks and whines for attention, grooves to the music being played, and comes with volume controls too! The ‘mood matrix’ piqued my interest the most. The emotions of the iDog are shown through moving colored LED lights on it’s face, like so.

jammin' puppy

jammin' puppy

There’s a whole range light movement patterns and color sets  which reflect emotions from ‘Ecstatic’ to ‘Bored’ or ‘Lonely’ or even ‘sick’. Part of the fun of getting to know this little critter is thumbing through the manual (ok maybe I’m strange that way) and getting to know what means what. It’s like learning a new language, and there’s a germ of a story there I think- perhaps it’ll incubate and surface with time 🙂

Also on the topic of Christmas Presents, FSc had a lovely range this year.

I’ve always adored FSc’s art, and discovering her equally creative and quirky range of products this year just made me an even bigger fan.

Here’s one of my favorites. It came ready packaged for a friend, and I couldn’t bring myself to unwrap it. So the photos really don’t do it justice.

"Cynthia's Mocha Mix"

"Cynthia's Mocha Mix"

When I requested FSc to add in my greetings in the design, I didn’t expect her to offer to personalise the artwork to add in the recipient’s name! It was a lovely touch on her part. Like her other works too, the can label was full of her signature quaint and off-beat doodles. Like the ingredients list below.

hm.. wonder what it tastes like?

hm.. wonder what it tastes like?

As someone dabbling with products packaging and design myself, I am impressed (and somewhat humbled) by all the levels of detail which goes into her work. Having a ‘Gold Standard’ like her in front of me keeps me motivated!

And lastly, I’ve finally made a move to add to my digital arsenal.

black, shiny and new!

black, shiny and new!

I’m still getting my head around the controls and I suspect I wouldn’t be fully comfortable with the settings until I’m done with my first 2 or 3 tablet colored pieces. So there’s one of my first new personal challenges this year.

Look forward to seeing how things turn out!