Greg McEvilly married his college sweetheart, Erin, right after graduation and built what had been his dream career in commercial real estate. He was making good money and having fun finding storefronts for retailers and large restaurant chains. It was 2008.
Then the couple had a change of heart. “We wanted to be doing things that really have a substantial impact on the world and helping people in need—and really living our lives to serve and love others,” Greg remembers.
When the housing bubble burst and Greg’s business dried up, it only validated their decision to pursue graduate education: Greg at Dallas Theological Seminary and Erin at Texas Tech.
The couple sold their house, furniture, and 2002 Chevy Avalanche, but still had trouble paying the bills. Like millions of young adults (ages 18-31) during the Great Recession, Greg and Erin were soon living with mom and dad—in this case, Greg’s parents. They chipped in on food and bills and stayed in a converted office in the Dallas, Texas home. “It was just a total act of love and grace from my parents to not charge us rent,” Greg says. Greg and Erin moved to a full house: Greg’s brother was home from college. His sister moved in after college and before landing a full-time job. “It was one of the most trying times, if not the most trying time, in our lives,” says Greg.
But it was also an intellectually fertile time. In his master’s program in Cross Cultural Communications, Greg was writing a thesis on how to eradicate malaria in our lifetime. He brainstormed an alternative-bedding solution for relief camps and institutional orphanages—affordable, lightweight, suspended hammocks that could protect from mosquitos and replace cumbersome metal-framed cots.
After a year and a half, the couple moved out. Greg got Kammok funded on Kickstarter. And he did it while juggling two part-time jobs and wrapping up his master’s program. It was a hustle, but things were taking off. Then, Erin unexpectedly got pregnant. They had an infant company and soon would have an infant son. When their lease was up, the growing family moved back in with Greg’s parents. This time, his brother and sister were out of the house.
It was a time of uncertainty for everyone in the family. Greg’s father, once a technology manager, had been laid off years before and had suffered a serious illness that drained the family’s savings. Greg’s mother, a stay-at-home mom, updated her resume for the first time since she was a young woman and landed part-time, then full-time, work.
Erin was the primary breadwinner for the younger couple, like many other families in the Recession—which resulted in more lost jobs for men and increasing numbers of women who became primary breadwinners. Greg didn’t take a salary from his fledgling business, Kammok, for three and a half years and was a stay-at-home dad once their son arrived.
“It stretched everybody,” Greg said.
Since Greg’s father was out of work, he helped with Kammok, advising on shipping and customer service. He also spent time being a grandfather. Greg says that although it was a hard time for his father, “it was also the best time.” They made it through that season in their lives together.
And Kammok grew. The company’s camping hammocks and accessories are now in 40-plus retailers, including REI. Business has grown five-fold in the past year alone. And as part of its giveback model, through a partnership with Malaria No More, the B corporation has distributed over 40,000 life-saving treatments to children diagnosed with malaria in Africa.
It took another year and a half to move out the second time around, but now Erin and Greg have moved Kammok’s headquarters (and their home) to Austin, Texas.
The time spent living at home was sometimes challenging, Greg said, “but also a huge time of growth to really equip us in ways that we could have never imagined to really handle life a lot better now—with a fast-growing company, in a new city, with a young family and all the risk that's involved in all of that.” Looking back, Greg calls their time living with his parents “an incredibly sweet time that acted as a blessing in disguise.”
the luminaire is a winner of the 2014 biennale interieur awards which acknowledges projects that showcase the impact of new technologies and materials on product design.
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the designers focused on cost savings to make it available to the commuting class, as opposed to the collector’s circuit.
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carefully positioned openings present external views of surrounding greenery, while internally the timber framework is left exposed, furthering the building's strong relationship with the natural environment.
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a 46 foot high, 4.5 foot diameter needle-shaped steel structure pierces the landscape at cornell university's arts quad in ithaca, new york.
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photo report of the exhibition 'coming and going - lance wyman - urban icons' currently on show at MUAC, mexico city.
the fontus self-filling bottle harvests up to 0,5 liters of safe drinking H2O in an hour by separating molecules from high humidity and temperature air.
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It is a shame that the Power Mac G5, and the first-generation Mac Pro, are these beautiful hunks of aluminum that have no present-day use. While the conscientious may deliver them to recycling facilities, wouldn't it be cool if the shells could be usefully repurposed? Germany-based designer Klaus Geiger thought so, and machined a solid piece of walnut to perfectly match the radii in the G5 tower's handles.
Though Geiger's one-off bench was created for a freecycling event in Freiburg, he subsequently became intrigued by the idea of upcycling G5 shells, stating "they are simply too good to be disposed of." He produced at least a couple of other pieces, like the one seen up top and this rolling set of drawers...
...then cranked out some renderings to show what a full line might look like:(more...)
commissioned by the minneapolis parks foundation, the landscape development's design is led by SCAPE / landscape architecture and ROGERS PARTNERS architects+urban designers.
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the dangerous popsicles are first modeled using rhinoceros CAD software and then fabricated by an object connex 500 3D printer.
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Based in Tahoe City, California, Barclay Moore has been making custom furniture in his tiny one-car garage since 1986. Working in the small space, the furniture maker relied heavily on folding sawhorses for their ease of storage and light weight. One huge drawback, however, was their lack of strength and stability—over the years, Moore amassed a pile of broken plastic versions. Last summer, he finally got fed up and decided to invent a sawhorse of his own.
"So the idea came in July, when all my plastic horses lay in ruins," Moore says. "I needed a set that was bomb-proof but that still folded." With a background in engineering, Moore took out a piece of cardboard and began sketching. "The goal was to make something that will last years, fold up, be transportable, be able to stand on it, be able to modify it and use a material that is appropriate," he says. Moore chose plywood for its stiffness, durability, weather resistance, light weight and ability to be machined using tools he already had on hand.
The result is the MORHORSE, which Moore calls a "folding sawhorse on steroids." It comes in two versions: the Clydesdale—"the mother of all horses as far as strength to weight"—and the Mustang, a slimmer and lighter design. Both are CNC-cut from 4-by-8-foot sheets of 3/4-inch CDX plywood, yielding three and six sawhorses per sheet for the Clydesdale and Mustang, respectively. To test the strength of his designs, Moore loaded two Clydesdales with 3,320 pounds of lumber, and they held up without a crack. The Mustang made it to 1,720 pounds—before Moore dropped the load from eight feet to finally break them.
Moore's Kickstarter video(more...)
each of the seats and tables are modular; they are able to fold and stand alone when not in use.
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98% of architecture is "shit," the starchitect said recently. That's far from the worst thing he has said about cities.
Frank Gehry is probably the most quotable architect working today. At 85 years old, with enough star power to blind the sun (and get Brad Pitt to show up uninvited to his parties), the architect is far beyond giving a crap what people think about him. His latest PR kerfluffle, in which he flipped off a journalist and called 98% of architecture "shit," has the architecture press aflutter.
Among other things, the Internet transcends the regional borders of advertising campaigns, which have historically been geo-targeted out of necessity; these days, YouTube affords access to commercials old and new—ironic though it may be that we find ourselves revisiting or discovering ads as content, so too is viralness increasingly a mandate for agencies the world over. We've seen IKEA's regional campaigns before, including BBH Asia Pacific's Apple-spoof 'bookbook' catalog ad for IKEA Singapore; here's their latest work, inspired by The Shining (on the occasion of Halloween):
The transposition of "play" into "pay" may well be the scariest part...
It's very well done, save for the fact that instead of fixing the camera on Danny's body (the Big Wheel is lacking a backrest, as in the source material, but it's close enough), the shot follows his path, which means that he veers to the edge of the frame when cornering—details, people. That said, we'll take any reason to post the classic Steadicam long take:
It would be interesting to see it charted on a map of the IKEA where it was filmed (assuming that they didn't build a faux-showroom set; that would be something else), as in this treatment [exegetical spoiler alert] of the original.(more...)
Imagine biking home in a suit that glowed with every passing car.
Reflective gear, like you see for running or biking, works remarkably well at night. But the problem is it looks athletic, and short of workouts, does the average person want to wear the stuff on a day-to-day basis?
The MFA in Products of Design program at SVA in New York City is holding its Information Session/Open House on Saturday, November 8th, from 1pm to 4pm. Meet faculty Ayse Birsel, Elliott Montgomery, Kyla Fullenwider, Johan Liden, Rebecca Silver, Sinclair Smith and Richard Tyson, along with current students as well as recent graduates. Tour the department and Visible Futures Lab, and preview projects from the two-year curriculum. Here's a bit more:Please join us for our Open House and Information Session. The MFA in Products of Design is an immersive, two-year graduate program that creates exceptional practitioners for leadership in the shifting terrain of design. We educate heads, hearts and hands to reinvent systems and catalyze positive change. Students gain fluency in the three fields crucial to the future of design: Making, from the handmade to digital fabrication; Structures: business, research, systems, strategy, user experience and interaction; and Narratives: video storytelling, history and point of view. Through work that engages emerging science and materials, social cooperation and public life, students develop the skills to address contemporary problems in contemporary ways. Graduates emerge with confidence, methods, experience and strong professional networks. They gain the skills necessary to excel in senior positions at top design firms and progressive organizations, create ingenious enterprises of their own, and become lifelong advocates for the power of design. (more...)
With the Apple Watch announcement, many an inspirational designs in concept Apple wearables have been dashed. The real thing is sleek and very Jony Ive, however the battery life and longevity is still questionable. The iWear came in as a refreshing approach that now questions the possibility of making an iPad-esque wearable. No more watch … let’s have a look…
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an accompanying mobile app displays data in a graphical manner, allowing dancers to interpret their choreography, correct it, and compare it with friends.
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Housed in a former belt factory in Chicago's West Loop, the Soho House pays homage to the neighborhood's industrial past.
The London-born hospitality chain Soho House, a members' only club hot with the techie crowd, has pushed into Chicago as part of its strategic plans for a global takeover. If its Windy City digs are any indication, this is a modern hotel chain that's not afraid to make itself at home in a new city. The Soho House Chicago, opened this summer, is a modern, chic hotel that elegantly honors the industrial roots of its building (and neighborhood) with a few light touches, like retaining wooden panels and fire-safety glass from the original early 20th-century belt factory that once occupied the site.
Design theory is all fine and good, but one of the better things that will happen during an industrial design education is when schools connect with real companies that make real things. The company gets an opportunity to see what fresh minds would do with their product line-up, and design students get real-world feedback on creating something that's actually doable.
Case in point: The annual Zinc Challenge sponsored by InterZinc, a Michigan-based company that unsurprisingly specializes in zinc—the fourth most commonly used metal worldwide, they're quick to point out—and asks ID students to come up with product-based uses for the stuff. "Our challenge [is] a two part zinc casting design competition," the company writes. "The first part based on knowledge, the second on practical design."(more...)