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HP Designer Matchup Challenge, narrowing it down

HP Designer Matchup Challenge

Huge thanks to all the people who voted in our first round of deciding factors in the HP Designer Matchup Challenge. The winner, by such a narrow margin, was the Amber Ale. (I highly approve of drinking good beer.)

The fine people at graypants, my partners in crime design for this challenge, took the result and created these sketches that may hint at what we have in mind, depending of course on the outcome of the second round of voting (below).

These were created on the HP TouchSmart PC and Photoshop CS6 that was provided. The TouchSmart is shown below among the stacks of carboard in the graypants studio, which is amazing. I didn’t really capture how big it is. The structure was originally made for shipbuilding so the ceilings with many skylights are a gillion feet high.

the HP TouchSmart on a red desk in front of a blue laser cutter and surrounded by stacks of cardboard

The blue machine in the background is one of their laser cutters and I got to watch it in action. That was pretty darn cool.

detail of the laser cutter slicing rings for a lampshade into cardboard and including an itty bitty graypants logo

Also the chair you see below (and on the screen which is showing the graypants website because I’m sneaky like that) is made by graypants and it’s really comfortable (as in, I wondered if I could talk them into selling me two of them before I left that day). It’s one of their slice cafe + dining chairs and they can made three of them out of one sheet of plywood. It also has a low-VOC finish (I am a fan of low-VOC). Cheers for the intersection of design and sustainability.

the HP TouchSmart on a red desk in front of a blue laser cutter and surrounded by stacks of cardboard

I have more photographs of the graypants studio (including my attempts to capture just how big the really big globe lamp that hangs over their workspace is) right over here.

And now it’s time for another round of voting to get us on our way to a final product. Posting will be open until Friday at 5pm my time (Seattle):

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Thanks everybody, we’ll be back with a little sneak peek of the final product before HP sends us off to New York to unveil it at Fashion Week.

While we’re waiting go vote for the week two options for the other teams that are taking part in the challenge: AphroChic, Fashionable Florals, Design Milk, down to five looks, Curbly, Outdoor/Garden from Reclaimed/Repurposed/Upcycled materials and Design Crush, necklace designs. I cannot wait to see all the final designs!

· comments [5] · 08-22-2012 · categories:events · technology ·

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Seanna Lea // Aug 22, 2012 at 5:30 am

    I don’t really drink beer, but when I do I normally buy single bottles from the Boston Beer and Wine Exchange. It is an awesome place. If I am not buying there, I’m buying some fruity cider or lemonade in a 4-pack.

  • 2 megan // Aug 22, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Seanna Lea – Great to know, I’m going to be visiting Boston (briefly, we’re mostly road tripping) soon! I love beer and cannot wait to try the East coast ones unavailable to me over here.

  • 3 jessypie // Aug 23, 2012 at 6:55 am

    I buy single bottles or mix a six – I hardly ever buy more than a couple bottles of the same thing at the same time. I am too busy trying all the things to commit to anything!

    And if your East Coast road trip will be taking you to Philadelphia – or NYC – let’s talk. :)

  • 4 karin // Aug 29, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Those slice cafe chairs look awesome. I might have to make my way over to the studio to try them out (am in need of dining chairs).

  • 5 laura // Sep 2, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    the slice chairs are $500! arhgg!

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