June 2013

The map2 is a pocket-sized paper map that uses clever folding to allow you to zoom in, showing an enlarged view of an area. Designed by Anne Stauche, a usability expert with experience designing digital products, the ‘map2’ was inspired by the “great zooming features of online map systems”.The map2’s ingenious design beautifully combines the functionality of digital maps while retaining the convenience and tactile experience of paper. Available for the cities of London and Berlin, Stauche has plans to produce maps for other cities. A map for New York can currently be funded through Kickstarter. (via DesignTaxi)

A great idea.

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Google-owned Motorola Mobility has unveiled a change in its logo. The redesigned trademark takes after some resemblance of its parent company’s Google Nexus logo. Motorola’s iconic “M” has been kept, however, instead of a red dot, it’s encircled by a colorful border—in colors similar to that of Google’s logo. On the bottom of the new logo, the italicized and bold “MOTOROLA” has been done away with, and replaced with a lower-case gray text of “motorola” and a line that reads “a Google company”. (via DesignTaxi)

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Pixies have unveiled ‘Bagboy’, their first new song in nine years. ‘Bagboy’ can be downloaded for free from Pixies’ official website by submitting an email address. It’s the band’s first new track since 2004’s ‘Bam Thwok’, which was released exclusively through iTunes. Earlier this month (June), it was confirmed that bassist Kim Deal had quit the Pixies. After splitting in 1993, the band reformed in 2004 and toured their 1989 album ‘Doolittle’ between 2009 and 2011 with Deal. They haven’t toured since. (via NME)

Swedish magic.

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