“Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams” is a comprehensive outline of almost four decades of work by Dieter Rams. Clearly the most influential industrial designer of the last century, Rams’ work is prominently examined from his earliest contributions.
The book was prompted by an exhibition of Ram’s design work that began in Osaka in 2008, and was edited by Ueki-Polet, a celebrated Japanese design curator who joined forces with Ram’s personal acquaintance, Klaus Klemp, himself an expert on industrial product design.
While Rams contributes to the text independently, the book includes a convergence of internationally known design experts who discuss his work within the context of today’s contemporary design. Included are a premier collection of images and sketches that reflect Ram’s designs and models during his time with German consumer products companies, Braun, Vitsoe and FSB.
Less and More is a substantial, museum-quality, bound volume worthy of even the most discerning collectors. Readers walk away from it possessed with a renewed understanding of what design is and what it has the potential to do. The beautifully illustrated pages explain Rams’ basic design principals and his overall philosophy as a designer. It explores the array of possibilities created by design for the consumer, and for the manufacturer, in terms of improving life through functional, attractive, earth-friendly solutions. Rams’ were ahead of their time. Probably most noted for his “ten commandments” of design, this text aptly proves that they are just as relevant today as they were when he wrote them decades ago.
Cooking for Geeks isn’t just for geeks. It is a book for anyone that is looking to utilise various gadgets and tools to making cooking more fun and exciting, and to make better tasting food. It gives a burgeoning cook the ideas and techniques to be truly creative in the kitchen.
This book makes the science behind cooking easy and understandable for even novices, and can set a cook off on a culinary journey that makes even the fanciest of restaurant cooking a possibility. It will make you think about how food cooks, and how it can be cooked in new, different, and exciting ways. This book is a must-have for anyone truly serious about better understanding their kitchen, and wanting to make better food.
Flipboard is a new app for the iPad that markets itself as a “personalized, social magazine” (flipboard.com). The idea behind Flipboard is to put your social media stream into one place, and make a beautiful, easy-to-use user interface. When you first log in to Flipboard, you connect it to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. It then aggregates the feeds from your accounts into a magazine-like UI. It is most known for its beautiful interface and the page-turn functionality – a little bit antiquated, but nevertheless well-executed. You cannot directly post to Facebook or twitter form Flipboard, but you can comment on or like material. Flipboard not only pulls in the feeds but it also looks at links in the feeds and gathers other information from the web, to create an overall pleasing experience.
The HP HDX16-1005EA 16in Blu-ray Notebook is a stylish powerful notebook with enough graphics power to be a power drain. Perfect for watch Blu-ray movies on the train – but best to book a seat with a power socket.
Jack Bauer since been captured in a fictional African civil war is back in Washington DC facing charges for the crimes he has previously committed in days 1-6. Luckily for Jack action will no doubt break up the legal drama, just in time to get him killing the bad guys within the first 15 real time minutes. Read the rest of this entry »
Sony’s impressive PlayStation 3, with its Blu-ray player and wireless connectivity, handily fills the home media niche. But the heart of the system belongs, as always, to the games, and those who desire the most out of their time with their PS3 should stock games from a variety of genres to fend off boredom. While new PS3 games are introduced frequently, several standout games have risen to the top of the heap. Read the rest of this entry »
Lets face it the reason to own Blu-ray is for its awesome picture and ear-shattering digital surround sound, but with so many films and television shows coming out on the format, it can be hard to choose which titles to start with. Read the rest of this entry »
The Squeezebox is a stylish internet music device that plugs into your hi-fi, allowing you to stream music over your home network from your computer or from one of thousands of internet radio stations. Sure Squeezebox is not a new device but its still standing strong. Read the rest of this entry »
Batman: The Dark Knight on Blu-ray is probably one of the best Blu-ray titles available at the minute, it combines stunning high definition video shot on IMAX cameras with stunning crisp Lossless HD surround sound. Story wise, you wont be left wanting either – this film faithfully follows up on Batman returns and delivers a dark but believable sequel. Read the rest of this entry »
Here at Slash Cool we like reading about things that make us think, and one author that manages to do that time after time is Michio Kaku – the world acclaimed theoretical physicist. In this latest book Kaku explains the physics of the science fiction explaining what is and is not possible. Kaku’s talent is to explain such things as 26 dimensional space-time in laymens terms. Read the rest of this entry »
The Big Bang Theory is a unique sitcom filled with geek humor, think a younger friends with a PHD. Not only is this show a great way to while away some of your life but its also a great way to get your other half understanding you… an education for them if you will!
Denon make great products, and the Denon DVD-3800BD Blu-ray Player looks to further this reputation. The HD format war is over, so there is no reason to be holding back from joining the Blu-ray camp. Read the rest of this entry »
It has been 18 long tortuous months for fans of 24 as the writer’s strike caused the loss of a season. Luckily the guys at Fox thought ahead and have come out with a 2 hour special episode to keep you going until next year – when the next full 24 hours of 24 will air. In this adventure we see Jack Bauer in Africa, where he gets caught up in the middle of a civil war. We have the trailer of 24:Redemption, click below to watch
The Samsung BD-P1500 Blu-ray player is a fantastic buy for those on a budget, bringing the latest HD films within reach of your hungry HD TV. Sure it hasn’t got all the latest features of some of the more expensive Sony Blu-ray players but it is still a great buy.
Sony’s PlayStation 3 is still the king of consoles. The PlayStation 4 is probably well under development by now but the PS3 is still worth buying if you dont already have one. Sure the XBOX 360 is a great machine, but the PS3 combines the best gfx gaming power with a good upgradable Blu-Ray player. The PlayStation 3 is a must for all gamers and your TV is lonely without one. The PS3 makes the hot list for sure…
Ability to play the guitar is a bonus, but either way this beautiful piece of carbon fibre is going to look sweet in your pad. The Handle is very light as expected, so you can truly air guitar in style, what you can actually play – excellent then you can plug it in and impress even more!
The first 2 made-for-DVD movies from the Stargate franchise, featuring the SG1 regulars. This DVD is a must have for true fans and is a has a good enough storyline to keep your other half happy. Go and buy this now it will keep you going until the new Startrek film…
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