I was recently quoted as saying, “I don’t give a shit” if Instagram has more users than Twitter. If you read the article you’ll note there’s a big “if” before my not giving of said shit.
Of course, I am trivializing what Instagram is to many people. It’s a beautifully executed app that enables the creation and enjoyment of art, as well as human connection, which is often a good thing. But my rant had very little to do with it (or with Twitter). My rant was the result of increasing frustration with the one-dimensionality that those who report on, invest in, and build consumer Internet services talk about success.

Numbers are important. Number of users is important. So are lots of other things. Different services create value in different ways. Trust your gut as much (or more) than the numbers. Figure out what matters and build something good.

Dope Packaging: Boxed Business Card

Back at cha with one of my favorite blog segments that originated when we used mix206.com heavy, Dope Packaging of the Day. Where we discovery and then highlight some of the dopiest packaging design out there. Today we’re going international to highlight a boxed business card created by Young & Rubicam. The concept is simple, once you get an understanding of the type of the business it’s used for. Tam Cargo is a cargo airline based in Campinas, Brazil. It operates scheduled services within Latin America and between Brazil and the United States, as well as charter services. So it only makes sense that they use a box to deliver their contact info.

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Discovery: Kit Bike by Lucid Design

At one point in time you’ve either heard someone speak of a folding bicycle or thought about it yourself. So it’s safe to say we’re all familiar in some way or form with folding bikes unless you’re a part of a select few that still live under rocks over the past decade.

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Anywho we here at Artoholiks are cycling enthusiast, we love the culture, gadgets and techie innovations that spring out the wood works occasionally. Alrighty, let’s get straight to the point – in recent years when a new bike or concept is unveiled, they normally showcase technologically advanced designed that either make the bike more aerodynamic, faster hybrids & futuristic in appearance losing some of the traditional classic look fixie/single gear cyclist like ourselves are use to. But the bike creators at Lucid Design, they unveiled their Kit Bike last month at which earned a Red Dot 2014 Design Award.

The Indian based company created a conceptual “bike in a bag” that can be quickly dismantled into parts with the aid of a ale key to fit into a neatly crafted backpack. This bike is made of hollow aluminum tubes beautifully welded; which makes it fairly light to carry around – assembled or disassembled. Also “the entire bike can be assembled or dismantled from one side making the process extremely simple and quick,” said Mirchandani, the creative director at Lucid Designs.

If you commute on a bike regularly either via bus or train along the way then you know how frustrating it can be at times, dealing with inconsiderate-ignorant commuters who seem to have a problem with you having your bike. So now can you picture, a Kid Bike securely packed in a bag on your back; making your daily commute more comfortable and relaxed on long trips.

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Alright, so there aren’t plans to mass produce this bad boy yet. We’re keeping our fingers crossed hoping for the best because this kit bike will definitely serve well for fellow bikers who want a fold-able bike that isn’t lacking in appearance or elements of a typical fixie/single gear bike. [button colour=”orange” type=”squarearrow” size=”small” link=”http://vimeo.com/100789284″ target=”_blank”]Get more info here[/button]


ARTO TV: Certified Artohoik Chuck Routhier

Designer Chuck Routhier tells us a story about his creative process when creating his furniture, lighting, bag products. Check it out below!

chuck routhier, furniture / lighting / bag designer from chuck routhier on Vimeo.