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Entries Tagged as 'Good design'

16 Best iPad Apps for Travel

September 6th, 2011 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Novelty, Transportation bliss

One of the most popular posts ever on newelty has been our list of top iPhone apps, so it’s no surprise that I received a request for the best iPad apps from a friend. Having made it happily from Seattle to Nairobi to Copenhagen back to Seattle again–and having found this travel easier and more [...]

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Sharing Bike-Love with Boneshaker

February 20th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Transportation bliss

As regular newelty readers know, I am obsessed with Dutch bikes, a result of being obsessed with the Dutch in general. Which is why I was immediately drawn to Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac, which I picked up at one of my favorite bookstores today. It includes such novelties as a review of Swedish army bicycles, [...]

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Defending the Low-Speed Train

January 4th, 2011 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design

One of my favorite things is to look beyond the travel-blog circuit for interesting posts on the future of travel. On Design Observer, John Thackara has a thought-provoking piece on the whole high-speed train push of the eco-conscious western world. It’s a contrarian thought, but an interesting one. In short and at its core, he [...]

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I’m back. And I miss New York and Paris.

December 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Betty, Good design, Quick Post

Forgive my absence. I started a new job about four months ago, and woo-nelly, it’s been an interesting…albeit challenging ride. Lia has, as always, taken up the reigns as blogger extraordinaire. I owe her big time. I know this fantastic blog comparing Paris to New York has been flying around for a while now, but [...]

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London to Paris by Bike (Really!)

October 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Recommended sights, Transportation bliss

I recently came across this article because of a friend’s friend’s Facebook feed, and I’m glad I did. The concept of a bike trail running continuously between London and Paris is amazing, isn’t it?

Called the Avenue Verte, it already includes views like this in the finished sections:

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Would You/Have You Slept in a Pod Hotel?

October 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Novelty, Obsessed with Japan

The closest I’ve come to a pod hotel is some unfortunate bunks in hostels in my early 20s and the Citizen M (a.k.a. the hotel with the toilet in the middle of the room).

I want to stay in a real pod hotel soon, and Kyoto seems like the place to do it. Cabbage Rose had a write-up of 9h (a.k.a. “9 hours”) which looks well-designed, sharp, and hyper-clean.

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Vlijtig: Fave Dutch Design Blog of the Day

October 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Good design, Obsessed with the Dutch

For the end of design week, I wanted to share this great homemade-design blog I recently came across, Vlijtig. As previously mentioned in this post, one of the reasons I wanted to learn Dutch this year is because I love their aesthetic and wanted to be able to read Dutch design magazines.

I’m not there yet, and so, thank heavens for blogs like Vlijtig that help me make sense of it all.

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Revolutionary (Cycling) Costume of the Day

October 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Dutch bikes, Euro-style cycle chic, Good design

After ignoring the internets all day, I came home to see not only was one of my favorite sites Copenhagen Cycle Chic now also on Twitter, but that this amazing artist, Genna Campton, had created the incredible illustration you see above as an homage to that site.

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Shop Talk: Mr. Lee’s General Store & Haberdashery

October 12th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Novelty, Shop talk

Vancouver is one of my favorite cities, because although it is a big, sprawling city, it doesn’t feel that way. There’s still room for little funky shops like the previously raved-about Regional Assembly of Text and a new favorite find, Mr. Lee’s General Store & Haberdashery.

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Obsessed with Dutch Design

October 11th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Novelty, Obsessed with the Dutch

When I talk about loving the Dutch design aesthetic, what I mean is a spectrum that includes the crazy modern stuff like the kind Droog creates. I actually have a set of these bikes straps to use in your house. I have no idea what I’ll use them for, mind you, but I just love the idea of taking something so practical and making it a design element on the wall. Plus, hello novelty!

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