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Design Inspiration: Four Beards. One Pencil. Roundup

Every so often, the hirsute creative team at 3 SIDED CUBE shares eight things that they are loving and have stimulated their designer minds. With four beards (don't worry, the growth of facial hair isn't a requirement for working here) and one pencil between them, they scour the web and our local community to show the sparks of creativity that inspire the projects they work on. Unlike the other Four Beards One Pencil blogs, this post is a compilation of our favourite thing from each volume so far!



Volume #1: Resurrecting the Nokia 3310.

News we’re loving: The resurrection of the Nokia 3310.

This modern classic known for its battery life, ruggedness and most importantly – Snake – has been given a facelift by Nokia and was re-introduced to the market in 2017. As opposed to all other phones these days, its appeal lies in the lack of features: there’s no app store, only 16MB of storage (which you can upgrade with a microSD card – how old school) and its 2G connectivity limits you to calls and texts only. But it still comes with Snake so who cares?!


Nokia 3310 design inspiration

Check out the rest of Volume 1.

Volume #2: Little Planet Factory.

“We want one of those things” we’re loving: Little Planet Factory.

This awesome brand Little Planet Factory creates various size models of planets, moons, and suns. Globes can be as tiny as 10mm and can reach 200mm for those who want a more detailed surface. We think these are perfect for anyone’s desk when you’re busy procrastinating at work.


Little planet factory design inspiration

Check out more awesome stuff from Volume 2!

Volume #3: Skateboarding on sand.

Hobby of the month: Skateboarding on frozen sand.

This is possibly the only time we wish Bournemouth were a little bit colder so that we could grab our boards and try this out along the seven miles of golden sand that are conveniently close to CUBE Towers.

Want to see more from Volume 3?

Volume #4: Time to WipEout.

Exciting thing of the month: WipEout.

Born in 1995 and reborn in 2017, WipEout was one of the first games to really champion graphic design, and released in its latest iteration this summer. The sci-fi aesthetic with neo-Tokyo typography, ship and team motif design were revolutionary at the time and we can’t wait to see how this has been pushed on the PS4 (the weapons and racing were pretty damn cool too).

Wipeout design inspiration

Check out the other stuff we covered in Volume 4.

Volume #5: The museum of failure.

Refreshing thought of the month: Celebrating Failure.

The Nokia N-Gage and Donald Trump’s board game feature in this Swedish museum’s veneration of failed products. It’s designed to promote the idea that failure is inevitable, often humorous and a part of the design process not to be feared but embraced. Thinking about the team that thought a Colgate Frozen Lasagne range would be a good idea definitely makes us feel better when we don’t get it bang on…

museum of failure design inspiration

Check out the 7 other cool things we covered in Volume 5!

Volume #6: Vox explainer vids.

This month’s thing that we’re addicted to – Vox’s Youtube Channel.

We can’t get enough of Voxʼs explainer vids at the moment. Theyʼre bite-size, smart, presented with flair and the range from topical insights on Trump to dissections of hip-hop and colour psychology.

More cool internet stuff on Volume 6.

Volume #7: Miniature cities.

This Month’s Movie Madness – Blade Runner 2049 Miniatures.

Weta Workshop, this is just amazing.

Using miniatures in a modern context, the level of detail and craftsmanship is incredible! Can we please go and make something!!

They say miniatures but these things are huge.

But wait… there’s more! Check out Volume 7 if you missed it.

Volume #8: Hololens technology.

Design System of the Month: Hololens Technology.

Fluent Design System exploration from Microsoft, using the Hololens technology: the future of user interfaces!

3D Slices of beautiful landscapes are referenced in Microsoft’s exploration of dimensionality in UI. As part of their Fluent design system, they have created some examples of how interactions could become more captivating and immersive – such as the weather app shown above. We hope to see these floating around our screens and hopefully in our home and workspaces at some point in the near future!

Catch up on the other cool things you missed on Volume 8.

Published on May 18, 2018, last updated on February 24, 2020

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