Israeli Design Democracy by Peleg Design and Ototo or How to Keep Design Fun and Engaging for All

I’m so excited for this Friday! Im going to be participating in a focus group for super cool Israeli designers Peleg Design and Ototo! They are creating some new products and looking for some democracy-style design input from the less designing-savvy and more designy-loving among us natives.

I’ve been a fan of both Peleg Design and Ototo for a long time now. Their incorporation of functionality, aesthetics and humor had me at ha. It’s about not taking oneself too seriously, or design too seriously, and is about making design accessible – in every aspect of our lives from the office to the kitchen – and even allowing design to be fun. Just take a look at the new and featured products above to see what I mean.

Top left: Domino tabletop candle stand by Peleg Design
Top middle: Zip It bookmark by Peleg Design
Top right: Charging Charlie cable holder by Peleg Design
Bottom left: Tea Sub by Ototo
Bottom middle: Bunny Pops popsicle stick molds by Ototo
Bottom right: Rollertape desktop tape holder by Ototo



Gat to Get it: Southern Israeli City Kiryat Gat Gets Urban Redesign by MIT Students

Kiryat Gat, Israel Urban Plan

Giving new vitality to a sleepy Israeli town, MIT students join Israeli researchers in an exciting international collaboration for urban renovation. Reported by Ariel Schwartz, Senior Editor, at Co.Exist:

“In the 1950s, rapidly built planned cities (also known as “development towns”) sprung up in Israel to accommodate the influx of new citizens, including Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Holocaust survivors. Now many of these development towns are struggling due to depopulation and an aging populace. Teams of MIT graduate students and researchers at Tel Aviv University are using one –named Kiryat Gat–as a living lab for a new kind of high-tech, environmentally sound planned city. The goal is to create a plan for Kiryat Gat that can be used in urban communities around the world…” More here.



When Im Sixty-Four… or Happy Independence Day State of Israel

Israel Celebrates 64 Years of Statehood and Independence

Loving this year’s national Independence Day or Yom Haatzmaot poster celebrating 64 years. Designed by Shlomit Tsur, a graduate of visual communications at Shenkar, and illustrated by Gustavo Viselner. (Id love to find more information about the artists if anyone has any leads, my searches didnt yield much.)

Anyway, the picturesque imagery strikes at the heart of what constitutes our identity, our land and our people: water. Nourishing us, sustaining us and what we all need to live, from plants to people. This year let’s be good to our Land, ourselves, our people and others. Happy 64, Israel, and many more…