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…It’s Things Thursday: Deckstool?


Jason Podlaski takes broken skateboard decks and turns them into unique pieces of furniture called Deckstools.

Each Deckstool is made from recycled skateboard parts, and “the scrapes and scars on the decks create beautiful patterns over the original skateboard artwork”.

The stools are even assembled using original skateboard trucks for hardware, giving them an extra bit of authenticity and leaving nothing to waste. Plus, since each one is made using a used and broken board, each one is a unique and limited edition run of one.


…Champion wants you to remix their hoodie?

Hoodie Remix

The Champion Hoodie Remix competition is a chance for you to show off your design talents and possibly win some fame and money in the process.

To start, you’re given the blank canvas of an all white hoodie, and you can then add colors and patterns to each area of the hoodie to make it your own.

Once you’re happy with the design, submit it to the gallery where others can vote to select their favorite, and the winner will receive $500, and their design will be produced by Champion.

[Champion – Hoodie Remix]

…Google can predict the flu?

Google Flu Trends

Google found that by examining search terms that are indicators of flu activity, they could estimate occurrences of the flu up to two weeks faster than the CDC.

According to Google, millions of people around the world search for online health information, and as you would expect, flu-related searches go up during flu season, allergy-related searches during allergy season, etc.

By comparing past search data to past flu data, they were able to find a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Granted, not every person that searches for “flu” is actually sick, but by comparing data and looking for patters, trends emerge, and specific words and phrases can be picked out that are better predictors than others.

Plus, it’s not all just fun and games. By making flu estimates available each day, Google Flu Trends can provide an early-warning system for outbreaks, weeks ahead of what the CDC can provide.

What are you searching for?

[Google Flu Trends]

…It’s Things Thursday: 1333 Minna?

1333 Minna

If you’re looking for a unique fitted hat that combines contemporary urban style and aesthetic with old world craftsmanship and precision, then look no further than 1333 Minna.

1333 Minna is part of the Goorin Brothers hatmakers group, and “is an evolving alliance of artists and designers based in the heart of San Francisco. Each seasonal collection is crafted form fine fabrics adorned with custom patterns and inspired illustrations”.

This spring, the collection is designed by Reyes, Steel, Retna, and The Mac, all members of the world famous seventh letter crew. Each item is designed to challenge the limits of traditional design, while telling the stories of the artists through color, texture, and patterns.

There’s no denying that hats like these take a bold style to pull off right, but if that’s your thing, then 1333 Minna is for you.

[1333 Minna]

[Goorin Brothers]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Naked & Angry?

Naked & Angry

Naked & Angry is skinnyCorp’s latest venture (the guys behind Threadless) and they’re hoping to take Threadless’ success and expand it into other areas of design.

Their stated goal of Naked & Angry is “to create high quality products from patterns submitted and chosen by the brand’s audience”.

    Anyone can come to Naked & Angry and submit a pattern design to be voted on by other Naked & Angry users. The design will be scored for 14 days at which time it will be given a final score. The highest scoring designs will be manufactured and products will be created inspired by the patterns. The winners will receive a $750 cash prize and 1 free Naked & Angry item.

Their first series of objects was a set of silk neckties, and they’ve now moved on to hand screened wallcoverings, so you can see that the product line is going to be diverse. Apparently their plans include everything from ties and tops to pillows and belts to socks and sweaters to wallpaper, so if you can put a pattern on it, Naked & Angry will turn it into a competition.

Naked & Angry Ties

New patterns will be chosen every season, and the goal is 5-15 various new items at a time.

Will Naked & Angry ever equal the success of Threadless?

My guess would be no, because I can’t imagine that the market for neckties and wallpaper is nearly as big as the market for t-shirts, but regardless, it seems like a great idea, and a great place to check out if you’re looking for something really unique with a handmade touch.

[Naked & Angry]