Saturday, December 18, 2010

What if 'design' meets medical lab report?

Wired magazine asked designers to update the design of medical lab reports. Please see more designs here

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Placing ads on shipping boxes

I saw this article in the USPS's magazine, and liked it.

Explaining a business while drawing it helps

I agree with this:

Clive Thompson on the Power of Visual Thinking
Wired Magazine / October 2010

When I went online to shop for a laptop this summer, I faced a blizzard of choices. Was an ultralight worth the price, or would a heavier model do? Did I need a big screen, or would it make the computer a pain to lug around? As I flipped from page to page reading screenfuls of specs, the options baffled me. So I picked up a different thinking tool: a crayon.

Using one of my son’s Crayolas, I drew doodles of all the laptops and covered them with little icons depicting the pros, cons, and cost of each. When I stood back and looked at the pictures, the answer leaped out. I could now “see” at a glance which deal best fit my needs and pocketbook (13-inch MacBook Pro with 8 gigs of RAM).

In essence, I used “visual thinking”—drawing pictures to solve a problem. And if you believe the visualization experts, a new language of pictures may be precisely what we need to tackle the world’s biggest challenges.

My crayon experiment was inspired by Dan Roam, a visual-thinking guru and author of The Back of the Napkin. Roam argues that our culture relies too heavily on words: Our school systems—and political systems—are designed to promote people who are verbal and eloquent. And text tends to encourage us to describe our problems as narratives or linear lists of facts.

Read full article

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Quote: good design = attraction

Designers Accord pledge

I like the purpose of Designers Accord.
This is an explanation of the group's pledge:

(from Communication Arts)
The Accord is not prescriptive and calls for self-regulation. It asks that designers7 publicly declare participation in six ongoing actions:
• Initiate a dialogue about environmental and social impact and sustainable alternatives with each and every client.
• Rework client contracts to favor environmentally- and socially-responsible design and work processes.
• Provide strategic and material alternatives for sustainable design.
• Undertake a program to educate your teams about sustainability and sustainable design.
• Consider your ethical footprint. Understand the environmental impact of your firm and work to measure, manage and reduce it on an annual basis.
• Advance the understanding of environmental and social issues from a design perspective by actively contributing to the communal knowledge base for sustainable design.

Read full article at Communication Arts

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Aluminum VIP party bracelet with global party hot spots

Inspired by night life around the world, these Admit One bracelets carry the energy of the night into the day and wardrobe.
Borrowing from what is a universal item – the wrist brand used to designate the lucky at the velvet rope – these bracelets imbue luck with a twist of the wrist. What was once ephemeral becomes an item of lasting beauty.

Design choices:
Paris. NYC. Barcelona. Buenos Aires. Ibiza. London. Los Angeles. Mexico City. Tokyo.

Color choices:
- Neon orange
- Blue
- Neon green
- Hot pink

Aluminum / Paint / Tyvek.

Jason Solarek / NYC.

Fits most female wrists and male wrists medium or smaller. 6" in total length.

Hand painted.

Customization available:
Yes. Please send us your custom city name, and we'll print it on the bracelet.


To purchase, please click here - buy bracelet

* Please note: color choices are tributes to locations, and are not endorsed by any entity.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Beer and cocktail search engine with purchasing power

This is a concept for a website to find the prices of drinks. The prices would be submitted by 'scouts' at first, and then by anyone (wikipedia style). It's Kayak meets your local bar meets Fandango.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Concept for huge translucent art wall that one or more people can walk along to interact with one another

The above is a concept for an interactive art installation to be displayed in public.

The piece would consists of:
- 75' long x 12' high x 1' thick glass/plexiglas panels.
- the panels are colored differently based upon an emotion or theme such as Anger, Memory, Sex.

The piece is meant to be walked by two people in a direction parallel to the glass, one person on each side, while gazing at each other through the piece.

- glass starts off clear, and gradually turns completely solid red by about 3/4 of the length. The last 1/2 consists of solid red covered glass with gashes cut out from the red covering the glass, allowing the people to see each other, but with the gashes over the other.

- glass starts off clear, and gradually turns completely solid black by about 3/4 of the length. The last 1/2 consists of solid black covered glass with small window bubbles cut out of the black covering the glass, allowing the people to see each other but in a limited way.

- glass starts off white, and becomes clear about 1/2 of the way. It then becomes white again by about 3/4 of the length. The second to last 1/8 is solid white. The last 1/8 is solid black with small bubbles windows. This is a reference to the Memory wall.

The piece could be set in or outdoors, in public or private. Madison Square park would be an ideal location.

I was inspired by a photo of the Philip Johnson Glass House (in Metropolis magazine). The picture showed the house's glass walls covered with a temporary red tint, giving the outside world a new interpretation.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cool wine labels

Sketched these while in Brooklyn today. Then came home and mocked them up in Photoshop.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mobile shopping site concept by Solarek Studio

This is a concept for mobile shopping site. We are expanding the fixed investment in the website by migrating the data to a mobile device. With little additional cost, the site's benefits are now available in another shopping medium.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

E-commerce website design for luxury tableware company

I created this design for a fine china company's website. This is part of a series of designs. The design goals:
- Visually represent the brand (elegant, honest).
- Organize a large amount of product data.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New free service by Solarek Studio

We are launching a new service today that helps retailers find hard to locate items, or unload excess product. For example, if a retailer can sell four placesettings, but only has three, the retailer would create a FREE posting on the Retailers Exchange saying it needs this fourth placesetting.

Likewise, a retailer could have four vases, and wish to sell them. It could post for free these items on the website.

The person that makes the post lists his or her contact information, so the buyer and seller can directly negotiate the transaction. There is no costly 'middle man.'

In sum, the Retailers Exchange that connects buyers with sellers.

This service is designed for retailers, brand, and distributors of home goods. You can post a listing for FREE. Please view the listings at: