Buying well-designed American-made goods is a conscious act, akin to buying food at a farmers’ market. Is it sometimes more expensive? Yes, but there’s value in not only knowing the origin of what you purchase but also in creating a connection with the maker of your goods. With that in mind, Fast Company found the 76 best products designed and made domestically—everything from surfboards to coffee filters to handbags stitched from cast-off clothes—and dug deep into their creation for our free iPad app.
Our U.S. Design pop up shop in partnership with Fab.com ends this Friday. We set out to find companies that are still committed to making beautiful things in America. Now we’d like to help our readers buy the products featured in our iPad app (which is free).
The store includes everything from surfboards to coffee filters to Herman Miller chairs, and through the app you’ll get these products at a steep discount from what you’d pay at retail. You’ll also get a subscription to Fast Company with each purchase.
Read more about the partnership here.
Pick up the app here.
We made a special iPad app to coincide with our annual Design issue. Check out this demo video. Get the app for free on iTunes.
Chris Ware’s iPad-Only Comic, “Touch Sensitive,” Perfects the Form
NERD ALERT! Okay, admittedly I shouldn’t be so excited about this, but just watch this video of a new iPad app that displays your iTunes music library as a 3D galaxy! This blows any previously created iTunes visualizer out of the water, ocean, and planet— literally. If you were to project this at a party, your friends might even stop dancing just to look at it. It’s Friday. Get your geek on!
Planetary, a free iPad app from the data-artists at Bloom, is jaw-droppingly, eye-poppingly gorgeous. It analyzes your iTunes music library and visualizes it as a 3D galaxy, where artists become stars that form constellations, albums are planets orbiting those stars, and individual tracks are moons that spin around the planets. It’s “music of the spheres” made stunningly literal. But according to Bloom, it’s so much more than that.
Full writeup from Co.Design.