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On teaching kids to ride a bike

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 in Children, Cycling, Education, parenting, Transportation

Henry Cutler, the Brooklyn transplant industrial designer/owner of Amsterdam based Workcycles has a great piece on the stages of teaching children to ride a bicycle. Read for yourself… (by the way, check out that badass cross frame Opa in the background of the photo above. Gorgeous.)

Nice junglegym

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 in Children, New York, parenting, Toys

I’m presently working on a children’s space, so I appreciated some of the details on this climbing set in Washington Market Park at Greenwich and Reade. I particularly like the use of heavy gauge chicken wire for the fencing to maintain safety and visibility. I also like the water tower. Nice touch for NYC. And cute kid!

Convert-O Tricycle

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 in Children, Cycling, I want it, parenting, Toys, Transportation

I totally stopped this kid and his mom on the street today to find out about this tricycle. I did A LOT of research on tricycles before settling on one for my son, but I never came across this. The Convert-O Tricycle from Anthony Bros. does a nice if not awkwardly balanced conversion to a bicycle which is great for kids learning to ride a bike, but who cares about that right now…. Look at this thing! Cast aluminum parts. Gorgeous lines and proportions. Look at the front wheel spokes!! Everything should look like this. Amazing. Classic. But not cheap.

Shoes in a Basket

Posted on Apr 24, 2011 in Clothing, Food, parenting, SS&CO projects, Toys

 

Henry’s basket as set aside for him to find upon waking Easter morning. I wonder if it will be the first time a child wakes to find shoes in among all the candy, fake grass and fluffy stuff. KR thought of that one and I thought it was a wonderful idea. I’d like to have a pair of Natives myself. Happy Easter all. May your dreams escape and live forever.

Bugaboo Donkey

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 in parenting, Transportation

If you don’t have a kid(s) then the name Bugaboo may not mean much to you, but if you are familiar then you know the Amsterdam based company is the market leader in high end stroller systems. Well, they have outdone themselves with the release of the Donkey. It expands laterally to accommodate a second child. Arguments can easily be made against side by side twin stroller designs, but the flexibility of the Donkey looks like it’s engineered beautifully and seamlessly within the existing modular system and the existing Bugaboo design language. I can’t wait to get another baby! (Via my wife.)

Architect Barbie is on the way…

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 in Architecture, Endless stuff, parenting, Toys

My mother the architect emailed me a link to the AIA’s news release that Mattel will be releasing “Architect Barbie” this Summer. I am not sure where to begin on this one— it just seems plain weird to me. Is Barbie even relevant enough anymore for this to make a difference in the aspirations of young girls? Apparently the AIA thought it could help inspire more young women to join the field. As of November 2010, women made up only 17% of AIA members. Read on…

The benefits of a design education

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 in Illustration, parenting, SS&CO projects, Toys



As designers go, I don’t really consider drawing to be my strongest suit and I can be frequently heard hedging myself with phrases like, “I’m not really like a car guy.” But I gotta say, when my son hands me a crayon and points at a blank piece of paper and says, “dada, make it racecar,” and I bust this out in 10 seconds to his total delight, it feels really really good. So thank you Pratt. And thank you Joel.