Thursday, November 19, 2009

Chair_01 - Introducing the Webster Chair

The NDC would like to officially introduce our first chair, the aptly named, Webster!

Ch-ch-chair in the grove. More photos to come with the new collective website launch.

- Heather

Saturday, November 14, 2009

From the Archives:

Back when the National Design Collective was but a hot embryonic sack on the verge of bursting with creative juices, we designed this poster for the Ottawa/Montreal based band Henrietta Island who were playing with the Wind Up Radio Sessions, and the Liptonians.

The clean look, subject, and color was chosen to stand out from other band posters that clutter streets and billboards around town.

For commodity printing, grey levels were modified for readability. This version also had the band's myspace url's printed on the bottom like a "for sale" poster.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Canadian Birdhouse

This birdhouse was designed for the Bluebird.

The form of the enclosure, modeled after the “stubby” bottle, was chosen both for its national iconography and to represent one of the most effective recycling/reuse programs in the world.

The form incorporates traditional birdhouse features such as the round opening and cylindrical perch. The entrance hole is too small for predators and larger birds to enter. There are three small holes on the floor of the house to allow for airflow and drainage.

The body of the house is slip-cast ceramic, a natural material that is well suited for years of outdoor use and local craft production. The perch is made from locally sourced maple wood and finished with nontoxic orange wax. The house is hung from an aluminium cable that will not corrode in outdoor environments. The ceramic is a benign material that can safely be land-filled, the wood can be composted, and aluminium is one of the world's most recycled materials.

This birdhouse concept was submitted to the Toronto Botanical Gardens "For The Birds" competition last May. A prototype will be completed soon, and hopefully production will be ready for next summer.


Sunday, November 1, 2009


This great flash animation reminded us of the Powers of Ten video by Ray and Charles Eames, so here they both are:

I love good info-graphics!


Happy Halloween

Since Halloween is the custom of commemorating the souls in purgatory, we decided to commemorate the millions of dinosaurs that died 160 million years ago.

"T-rex with clown shoes" - Scott

- Jess