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Shelby White is the founder of Designspiration, a resource to organize and share images that you find inspiring. He also runs Wanken, a blog with topics ranging from architecture, design, and motivation. Links: Wanken Blog Follow Shelby on Twitter

San Francisco Carr Apartment




Architect Craig Steely has done an outstanding job renovating this high-rise loft apartment/penthouse. His inspiration came from mood of 70′s space rock and ambient music artists such as Cluster, Brian Eno and Michael Rother. This is really evident in the floor to ceiling ambient light installation on one side of the main living area. The light wall displays videos that are slowed down and each pixel is paired to a 2 inch LED behind the wall. This is what creates the large 8-bit-like pattern. Not only is this light wall really great, but the view is quite possibly one of the best in all of San Francisco. In the pictures after the jump you can see Alcatraz Island and the surrounding bay.

Considering that I’m currently in the process of relocating, it doesn’t help to be looking at such amazing apartments like these—the time will come though.

Via Wanken

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Hoerboard Scomber Mix






The Hoerboard Scomber Mix is designed to be a all-in-one dj workstation. The power cords are hidden in the laser-cut powder-coated steel stand. The Scomber Mix actually comes in an array of colors in either matte or glossy finish. It definitely reminds me of the stand for Apple monitors.

The idea of this seems cool and could possibly be useful, but with that said I’m curious what are your thoughts on it?

Wall of Warburton House




BKK Architects is a great architectural firm based out of Melbourne, Australia (the house itself is located in Victoria). It seems a number of their residential projects utilize wood and lots of it. The vertical wall planks of the first few photos and slabs of rock of the chimney faintly remind me of mid-century housing.

Via Arch Daily

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Old Spice Campaign Stats Poster





If you’ve heard recently, the Old Spice guy Isaiah Mustafa is back. His return makes this the perfect time to share with you a project that I (Shelby) completed a few months ago for fun. The goal was to create a refined and informative infographic. At the time of creating this the Old Spice campaign entitled “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” was in full swing. Wieden + Kennedy were the brains behind the whole campaign and the results of their vision led to an exponential amount of social media buzz, exponentially exceeding the expectations.

The question was how do I design for this. Do I pair the design with what the brand has established or do I take an alternate route? At the time I was heavily inspired by the international typographic style and Massimo Vignelli. This explains for the minimal layout and geometric line angles similar to the New York City subway maps. This direction didn’t come immediately. I had toyed around with various versions that were far from being relevant to Old Spice or being easily readable. Although with the final version having the least amount of information, it felt the most appropriate.

Data was collected from the marketing firm Symphony IRI.
Typeface used: Helvetica Neue Ltd Std

Chicken Point Cabin




Locating a cabin on the side of an Idaho lake is one of the best decisions you could make. It just so happens that this cabin also has a window-wall which is 30 x 20 feet and opens the entire living space up to an amazing view of the lake. Although this looks more like a house, the interior and sleeping quarters and designed similar to that of a traditional cabin. It sleeps ten people.

Architectural firm: Olson Kundig Architects

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