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In Tokyo Smoke Backlash, the 3D Printed Bong Isn't the Real Problem

In Tokyo Smoke Backlash, the 3D Printed Bong Isn't the Real Problem

By now, the furor over Toronto-based designer Alex Josephson's and Tokyo Smoke founder Alan Gertner's remarks about perceived lack of creativity in the glass community has manifest itself not only in trolls smearing Tokyo Smoke across the digital ether, but also in physical glass recreations of the company's divisive abstract contemporary bong, itself 3D printed in "really high-grade steel." In a video interview with Viceland, Tokyo Smoke's founder Alan Gertner, who helped raise three million dollars in Series...


Charting the Future of Smoking

Charting the Future of Smoking

Predictions are innately prone to err given reality's propensity to throwing rocks in our forward-moving bicycle spokes. This holds especially true for smoking.

It's tough to shake the sense that when you walk into a garden variety head shop, you're entering an anachronistic time capsule whose scant indicators of our present time rarely span beyond a shelf of shiny new vaporizers and a glassy eyed sales associate with his neck craned in obeisance to a smart phone behind the counter. 

Hence the rise of online head shops, places where people don't need to be physically in the presence...


Good Design is Innovative: PAX 3

Good Design is Innovative: PAX 3

Continuing our exploration of cannabis-focused products that exemplify Deter Ram's "10 Principles for Good Design," let's look to one of the first players credited with thoughtfully applying design to the cannabis space.  

Embodying Rams's good design principle of innovation, last week PAX released its latest sleek pocket vaporizer, PAX 3

The vapor company used some of the $46.7 million from its Series-C funding round to implement important innovations on its previous models, though all not apparent beyond the shiny updated color options. 

Made...


Good Design Makes a Product Useful: the Voong

Good Design Makes a Product Useful: the Voong

Highlighting Deter Rams's second principle of good design (i.e. "Good Design Makes a Product Useful"), let's look at Toronto design firm Castor's porcelain Voong, which is a combination water pipe + flower vase. Its dual functionality as a water pipe that, even when in use, still manages to work as a flower vase, further underscores the design's ingenuity.

Castor recognized the industrial design potential for this breed of smoking device as an "opportunity to modernize an object that has been exclusive to the domain of craft."  

As further...


It's High Time for Good Design

It's High Time for Good Design

It's no secret that cannabis is a nascent industry that serious business people are coming to view as a veritable helicopter ticket to the top of Money Mountain. That alone doesn't give existing cannabis artists and product designers license to ignore the principles of good design. 

Though there are many players in the cannabis space sharing great design with the ever-growing community in favor of the plant, their work is still overshadowed by stigmas largely upheld through the poor design choices that've characterized this space for at least the last few decades. 

Because "design" connotes the kind...