Posts Tagged ‘design’

Kick Back on this Giant Camera Beanbag

Design studio Woouf! takes different objects and creates epically cool beanbag chairs out of them. They have one that looks like a giant camera — a perfect fit for any photo studio (or photo-enthusiast bedroom). It’s a bit pricey though: it costs €175 (~$250) each over in their online store.

Camera Suitcase Series Beanbag (via Photojojo)

MMI Concept Camera Uses a Smartphone As Its LCD Screen

The WVIL concept camera that made the rounds on the Internet featured a lens that could operate separately from the camera body, but Or Leviteh‘s MMI camera is even simpler: it’s a small screen-less camera that uses a smartphone as its “camera body”.

MMI enables you to see what the camera sees on your [smartphone] screen, to adjust the settings as needed, and to see the results without getting up and even to upload the pictures online. From the application you can control all settings: white balance, focus, picture burst, timer and even tilt the camera lens, all without having to reach the camera.

Separating the lens and sensor components of a camera from its LCD screen and controls seems to be a pretty popular idea as of late (Nikon even showed off a similar concept camera recently).

MMI cam (via TrendHunter)

Nikon Patents a Simple Way to Attach Your Lens Cap to Your Strap

We’ve seen all kinds of ideas for keeping track of your camera’s lens cap when it’s not being used, including velcro, special mounts, fashionable pouches, and even a retractable cap, but Nikon has come up with the best idea yet: a lens cap that attaches to camera straps! A patent filed by the company in 2009 and published yesterday shows a lens cap that can easily clip onto a strap when not in use — a simple solution to a small problem that apparently many entrepreneurs have been interested in solving. Sorry, but Nikon wins this one.

(via Egami)

“Striped Bird” T-Shirt for Film Shooters

When Lomography teamed up with Threadless for a t-shirt design contest back in 2008, nearly 400 photography-related designs were submitted. This one by Sebastian Guadarrama Gomez, titled “Striped Bird”, was crowned as the winner. You can check out all the other submitted designs here — there’s a lot of awesome ones that we’d love to wear.

Striped Bird [Threadless]

A Theory on Leica’s Red Dot Logo

Maybe when Leica’s designers were brainstorming ideas for the company’s logo, they noticed the flag of Japan and said, “Okay, lets go with that.”


P.S. Co.Design has a great piece on Leica’s brand management.

Tote Your DSLR in Style with a Pixbag Custom-Fit Case

If you find ordinary camera bags too boring, then check out these custom-fit bags for DSLR cameras. Each “Pixbag” is made specifically for a certain DSLR model, ensuring a snug fit in addition to the one-of-a-kind design. It looks like the bag is only available to people living in Europe, but if that’s where you are, you can pick one up for about €50 over on DaWanda (the Etsy of Europe).

Camera Brands with Split Personalities

Logo designer Graham Smith has a neat project called “Brand Reversions” in which the logo styles of famous companies are swapped with their competitors. Canon and Nikon swap styles in the logos above, while Leica’s famous red dot takes on Panasonic’s Lumix brand name. Check out the rest on Smith’s website.

Brand Reversions (via My Modern Met via Laughing Squid)

How Elephants Take Self-Portraits

Lonely Traveller” is a new photography-related t-shirt for sale over on Threadless. Basically, elephants have nature’s version of the XShot Camera Extender.

Lonely Traveller (via Photojojo)

Designer Behind the Kodak Baby Brownie Honored in US Stamp

The USPS has unveiled a new set of stamps called “Pioneers of American Industrial Design” that honors 12 of the most influential American industrial designers of the 20th century, and one of them is Walter Dorwin Teague:

Known as the “dean of industrial design,” Walter Dorwin Teague believed that good artistic design fit both form and function into a single aesthetic package. During his career-long collaboration with Eastman Kodak Company, he designed several popular cameras, including the 1934 “Baby Brownie” (shown on the stamp). [#]

Besides designing cameras for Kodak for 30 years, Teague also worked for the likes of Boeing and Texaco, becoming one of the most prolific industrial designers in US history.

Pioneers of American Industrial Design (via Popular Photography)

Animation Showing How the Canon 10D and 24-85mm Lens are Assembled

This animation was created by students of the Engineering 128: Advanced Engineering Design Graphics course at UC Berkeley during the Spring 2008 semester. The first part shows a Canon 10D DSLR exploding into its individual parts, and then those parts coming together again to slowly rebuild the camera, while the second part does the same for a Canon 24-85mm lens. Pretty dang impressive considering that it’s for an undergraduate course.