Patent art – as art

Patent art – as art

It is interesting and fun browsing the USPTO patent archives.  Older patents often have beautiful hand drawn art attached to them as part of the filing. You can download PDF scans of these old patents and modify them to make awesome wall art. Here are a few examples...
New Color Services blog

New Color Services blog

The Outside Open design interns have been busy since launching the poster – they just went live with a refreshed blog design for Color Services Photo Lab in Santa Barbara. The new design is very clean and fully responsive – go take a look for...
DIY Letter shape birdhouses [U]

DIY Letter shape birdhouses [U]

We discovered that a family of Oak Titmouse birds has moved into one of the alphabet bird boxes that I made for the kids! It’s amazing how many times (and how fast) they go in and out all day as they gather grubs for the chicks. I set up my tripod and zoom lens...
Restore an old fire hydrant to make awesome office art!

Restore an old fire hydrant to make awesome office art!

I really enjoy industrial design. Objects that have been created for a specific purpose tend to encompass clean and honest design with no pretense.  Recently I began lusting after fire hydrants. A quick Craig’s List search and I was in the money! Below is...