Thursday, December 13, 2007

Chicago Tribune

Guide to quirky creative gifts

"Nothing ruins a day at the office or football field more than a sore bottom from prolonged sitting. Made of cushy foam, this colorful, indoor/outdoor seat cushion"

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Saturday, December 8, 2007 gets noticed featured on CSS Heroes - a site that catalogs beautiful web sites! Major props to Horace Ko who helped implement the vision for CritBuns' presence on the web.

CSS Heroes allows fans to rate the design. Cast your vote for CritBuns here.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

CritBuns featured NOTCOT Holiday Gift Guide

As a avid reader of design and culture blog NOTCOT, I was thrilled to discover they selected CritBuns for their 2007 Gift Guide! Check out the buns, and all the hard work they've put into curating a collection of some really unique gifts. Each day will have a new addition to the gift guide, an entire page in fact, so check daily. With 28 more days to go, you're bound to find the right present for that certain someone. Thanks, NOTCOT!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tokyo, we love you too

The results are in - Japanese have an affinity for soft curvy seat cushions. At least the ones who showed up at the 100% Design Tokyo Designboom gift mart. I went with a full box of 42 CritBuns, and after 5 days at the show, left empty handed (thanks for translating, Min). More Tokyo pics posted in the photo gallery.

Read the Core77 event coverage here.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Pecha Kucha, round 2

When Pecha Kucha asked me to come speak at November's event, I could hardly pass up the opportunity. This month's volume was sponsored by Oracle, and tied in with the massive Oracle conference taking place in San Francisco. Held for the first time at the Yerba Buena performance center, presenters had one heck of a set-up: a stage, giant projection screen, wireless mic, catered food, cash bar...and over 500 people in the audience!

Rather than repeat the entire CritBuns story from February, I did a product medley consisting of four short stories about four current entrepreneurial ventures: CritBuns, Ecolect, "Untitled" (coming soon from Citizen-Citizen), and Air Bed & Breakfast.

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

User Image: The Breakfast Nook

Thanks for sending in the photo, Angela S.!

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

New Store: Chronicle Books

This is a big year for Chronicle Books, the well known San Francisco based book publisher. They celebrated their 40th anniversary, moved into new headquarters, opened their first free standing gift store under the Chronicle name. Located on Union Street near the Marina neighborhood, Chronicle's retail approach looks to compliment their books with unique gift products; so CritBuns feels right at home. Glad to have you on board too, Chronicle.

Read their blog for more on the store launch, here.

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Friday, October 12, 2007

New Store: MoMA NYC

After two very long years of not-giving-up, the folks at the MoMA Store agreed: CritBuns is made for their audience. Coming to the New York City location on 53rd Street, the MoMA will be retailing an exclusive blue colored CritBuns for the 2007 holiday season. Availabile on their website, or take a visit to their store in New York.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

100% Design Tokyo

I'm not exactly sure what happens when you mix a design crazed country with CritBuns, but we're about to find out. I'll be exhibiting with 25 other entrepreneurial designers from around the world at the designboom giftmart from October 31–November 4 at 100% Design Tokyo. A limited number of CritBuns will be available for purchase, orders will be placed, test chairs used. Come say hello.

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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Chronicle Books goes buns


September 10, 2007 - San Francisco, CA: Award winning publisher Chronicle Books has outfitted their new building with Lime Green CritBuns. The move aims to bring comfort and more productive critiques for the design department. The location at 680 Second Street is Chronicle's newly renovated headquarters. CritBuns will compliment the brand new Knoll furniture throughout the building.

"Bringing in CritBuns just made sense," said inventor Joe Gebbia. "It's an innovative product for an innovative company."

In only one month of use, the design teams have reported that crits improved over 700% while sitting on CritBuns.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Submitted CritQuote

"You're exceptionally attractive, so I'm going to talk some bullshit about how wonderful your creative vision is, but will fail to mention that you completely ripped off everything you saw in the Tate Modern on your semester abroad in London. Please don't read between the lines, but your art sucks - you'll still probably go far."

Submitted by Josh M. at Skidmore College.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

User Image: Movie Night

Long lasting cheek-to-cheek action. Thanks Jane L.!

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Friday, July 20, 2007

As seen on Screenfluent

We spent a lot of hours making look just right. Each menu label was created by hand, photographed, photoshopped, then CSS'd together to create a unique site for a unique product. People are starting to notice the hard work. A web site dedicated to cataloging attractively designed web sites has added into their gallery. Congrats, Horace!

See Screenfluent for CritBuns and examples other design driven web sites.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

'iFoam' big hit for iPhone fans long wait

iDay has finally arrived- Friday, June 29, 2007. Here in San Francisco, the line outside the Apple Store looped around the block. A couple of brave souls towards the front settled in Wednesday night. By early this morning the line had grown a few hundred deep. I biked over to check out the scene and couldn't help but notice the sheer number of people sitting uncomfortably on the sidewalk - no chairs, no seat cushion, not even a towel. And there were 10 hours left to go! Some were going across the street to Walgreen's to buy folding chairs. There must be something better than a gigantic folding chair, I thought. Something lightweight, weatherproof, and easy to clean.

You can see where this is going.

I raced home, collected 20 CritBuns (all could carry), and proceeded back to the Apple Store. I spent the next 5 hours walking the lines at the Apple Store on Stockton St., and two AT&T Stores on Market St., offering Apple fans the 'iFoam' discount. By 3pm, I was down to one pair left, and joined some my friends in line (#62). The insanity climaxed at 6pm when the doors opened. The sheer amount of people, media, celebrities led me to believe this was what my parents experienced going to a Beatles concert.

In the end, CritBuns saved the day for 19 lucky buns, and helped pay for a new iPhone to boot.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Submitted CritCode

Submitted by Patt W. at GSU.

From wikipedia:
A rectilinear polygon is a polygon all of whose edges meet at right angles. Thus the interior angle at each vertex is either 90° or 270°. Rectilinear polygons are a special case of isothetic polygons.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

User Image: CritBuns & farm life

From the art studio to the farm, a little bun for everyone. Thanks for the pic, Jessamee S.!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

IDSA + the CritBuns Story

The story behind CritBuns can never be told enough. The IDSA (Industrial Designer's Society of America) thought so too, and invited me to speak at their 2007 MidEast conference in Cincinnati, OH. The conference was held at the University of Cincinnati's infamous DAAP building, designed by Peter Eisenman. The event catered to students and professionals in and around the Ohio region, and featured speakers from all over the country. Themed with "Big Brands, Big Ideas", I kicked off the festivities with a little brand and big idea - the notion of an independent designer taking their idea to market, and the role of the story in that process. I shared observations and insights acquired over the last 7 years, from prototyping to toolmaking, salesmanship to contracts, focusing on using your product's story to gain brand awareness.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Pecha Kucha talk

20 slides x 20 seconds. This is the format of Pecha Kucha, an informal gathering in San Francisco and other major cities around the world that bring together people making stuff happen, who want to talk about it. I presented in the second half of the evening, to a crowd of over 200 people packed tightly into 330 Ritch Street. CritBuns ruled the floor! The well prepared presentation (days of planning) ran like a well oiled machine, flowing from one slide to the next, hitting punchlines square in the jaw. The story was an animal, and I was its tamer.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

AIGA Auction

We've donated a pair of CritBuns to be part of the San Francisco AIGA Chapter's Heart Throb auction. Proceeds to support Joey's Corner - a non-profit design consultancy. The lucky winner was a gentleman from Protero Hill, CA, and lived a lime green house. Fitting.

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