Is it nice..?

Sabi for ageing Americans

Posted in Is it Nice..?, Product Design by Ade Chong on January 27, 2012

Loving these products for elderly people, Assaf Wand, the founder of Sabi. These products are great example of form meeting function, and also a reminder that in this century, you don’t necessarily need technology to product clever, advanced products.


London Stock Exchange Clocks

Posted in Is it Nice..?, Product Design by Ade Chong on January 10, 2012

Complete Set of Nine Clocks, manufactured by Solari & Co. in Italy. Installed in 1971, they overlooked the London Stock Exchange until the mid-1990s. Buy them for £20,000 (set of nine clocks) at Remodelista.

Queen Bee Salon & Spa

Posted in Advertising, Is it Nice..? by Ade Chong on January 6, 2012

Guide to Private Hairstyles for Queen Bee Salon & Spa.

via Ads of the World.

The Metric System

Posted in Infographics, Is it Nice..? by Ade Chong on October 17, 2011

I never did get a hang of conversions.

Courtesy of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, via swissmiss.

Your Moment of Zen

Posted in gifs, Is it Nice..? by Ade Chong on September 29, 2011

Your Moment of Zen from The Daily Show.

How long do animals live?

Posted in Infographics, Is it Nice..? by Ade Chong on September 26, 2011

via Information is Beautiful.

Damian Ortega

Posted in Arty, Is it Nice..? by Ade Chong on September 19, 2011

I’m sure that you all know that I just love arranging and organising things, so imagine my delight when I stumbled upon Damian Ortega‘s amazing installations. Born in Mexico and living in Germany, Damian is an artist who specialises in creating sculptures, installations, videos and actions with a wide range of mundane objects. This piece, Cosmic Thing (2002), is one of his most celebrated works. He disassembled a Volkswagen Beetle car and re-composed it piece by piece. Suspended from wire in mid-air, the sculpture resembles a real-life 3-dimensional mechanic’s instruction manual.

Just jizz-worthy. More of his work below!

DIY namecards for a wannabe nomad designer

Posted in Arty, Handmade, Is it Nice..?, Work by Ade Chong on September 18, 2011

At some point this year, I decided that it was time I start updating my own personal brand. Not that I’m shopping for jobs or anything, it’s just that is no longer good enough for me. It’s just a plain WordPress template (cause I’m a coding dinosaur) and I don’t have any personal cards to give away. BUT. All that is about to change, and this is the first step; my brand new DIY namecards.

The main drive for this sudden spurt of effort is my upcoming trip to Europe. Since I’ll be meeting up with some local designers and hopefully, random new friends, I thought it would be nice if I could leave them with something. So I came up with these – a set of cards that are versatile enough for me. Inspired by another project that I was working on, the ‘field notes’ section on the back is a blank space where I can – hopefully – write about my memorable experience with the people I met. I also left an extra line on the front of the card for an alternate contact method (foreign mobile number/Facebook url etc), depending on the circumstances of our encounter.

As for the nerdy, crafty details, I bought A4 grey cards from Fancy Paper, cut them to size by hand and edge painted them with neon red paint. Each card is hand-stamped with custom rubber stamps on both the front and back. The result is a block of cards that are – quite literally – a little rough around the edges. The grey card’s texture causes the stamped ink to look distressed, and the red edges are slightly frayed. But I love the personality of it, it’s very accurate to who I am.

So, there you have it, a multi-purpose set of namecards for a wannabe nomad designer!

Check them out on Behance!

Carly Waito

Posted in Illustrations, Is it Nice..? by Ade Chong on September 9, 2011


Lovely mineral paintings by Carly Waito.

(Smoky Quartz)



(Smoky Quartz)

via But Does it Float

Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.

Posted in Is it Nice..?, Packaging by Ade Chong on September 7, 2011

Just spotted The Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. Poster on FPO. I’m assuming that this new Seattle setup is the latest installment of the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. series. I wonder if/how many other similar stores they have around.

They’re got a scarce few items with some lovely typography and graphics – and infographics – but their other items in store don’t look anywhere as exciting as the Brooklyn Superhero supplies, even though their concept is bang-on. Kind of disappointing following the BSSC’s huge web-cult status.

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