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Design Inspiration: Four Beards One Pencil. Vol. 3

Watch people skate on sand and find out what you can learn from a sugar stick. In this months design inspiration round-up, the creative team share the most creative, innovative and simply fantastic design trends they've fallen in love with.


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This week Sedz tells us what has tickled their beards.

N.B. – the growth of facial hair is not a requirement for working here.

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1) Hobby inspiration - 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.

2) Beats for design - Future & Alchemist:

This week we’ve been focused on creating designs for a new project that we can’t wait to launch soon – you’ll be the first to hear about it! To get our heads in the game we have loved the latest tracks from Future and Alchemist. This is our jam.

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3) Things we declared war on this week - flavoured coffee, back button labels:

If you’ve been following Four Beards, One Pencil over the recent weeks you’ll probably have noticed a theme, our love for coffee. But one thing we cannot condone is flavoured coffee. Nope. Never. Ever!

In our opinion back button labels are just as evil! Back buttons labels patronise all of us. Do we really question where the little arrow in the top left is going to take us? No. They’re redundant visual clutter now and we ain’t having none of it no more.


4) A design lesson from a sugar stick:

When it comes to design if your user doesn’t understand it, then your design is wrong. This article explains all by giving us a lesson in sugar sticks. N.B. You’ve been using them wrong!

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5) Data use we're loving - Google Project Sunroof:

As a digital agency that uses tech for good we love to see projects that aim to make the world a better place. Google’s use of their extensive data and mapping capabilities caught our attention this week. Project Sunroof computes how much sunlight hits your roof in a year.

When you enter your address, Project Sunroof looks up your home in Google Maps and combines that information with other databases to create a plan of the best way you can use solar energy.

design inspiration project sunroof

6) A cool timepiece - Three.Sixty.Five:

Rather than telling the time on a 12 or 24-hour spectrum, this clock tells you what day it is in relation to the whole year. Not particularly useful if you want to know when you need to leave to catch the next bus, but it’s an interesting take on time-telling.

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7) Projection mapping awesomeness:

Projection mapping onto your t-shirt! This incredible piece of innovation straight from a lab in the University of Tokyo.  

Published on March 31, 2017, last updated on June 18, 2018

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