Introducing Thinglink sounds at Designpartners07

Sounds open up new ways of communicating around objects. They are often an experience greater than text; especially when it comes to using a mobile phone interface for navigating in exhibitions.

Sounds can transport the listener to a historical environment or an emotional state of mind. Sounds can be universal or particular, abstract or rational, and they can carry a message in the original voice of the undersigned.

Thinglink, the online design database, explores the marriage of sounds and objects by enabling Thinglink users to add sounds to things. To demonstrate the new feature we have animated seven products in the New Design category of the Designpartners07 exhibition and given them a chance to speak wise words in their creator’s voice. At Cable Factory the exhibits come to life with mobile technology!

The Thinglink sound demo at Designpartners is built in collaboration with Social Objects Ltd and the Touch project in Norway experimenting with touch-based interactions.




How can I add sounds to things on

1) Sign up at and get yourself a free Thinglink account.2) Add a thing (a design product, for example) to your personal portfolio. Say something about it (description), add an image and write a couple of keywords (tags) that best describle your work. Then add a sound file in mp3 file format (max 4 Mb in size). When you’re done, click submit. 

3) Now your thing appears on your portfolio. Other people can now point to it, leave comments, and recommend your thing to a friend.

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Profile pics by Nene Tsuboi

A Helsinki-based artist Nene Tsuboi from NOW office designed a collection of delicious profile pictures for Thinglink. Pick your favourite! 


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Dear Thinglink users

Over the past months we’ve been quietly working away on a new version of Thinglink. I’m happy to announce the new version of the site: we updated nearly everything!

Some examples of new delicious Thinglink portfolios:
Minna Parikka
Nada Go-Go

All existing Thinglink user accounts have been transferred to the new platform. But note! in order to log in with your username, you need to request a new password. To fetch a new password and log into the new site,
1) point your Web browser to
2) enter your Thinglink username and click “Request new password”
3) check your email for a message from containing your new password
4) log in with your username and the new password at

There are four ways to bookmark a thing:  1) “I like this” 2) “I have this” 3) “I want this” 4)  “I make this”. Use these bookmarks to specify if you like, have, want, or make something that you or someone else has added to the database – and help grow the network of people and things. Explore what kinds of things people like or want the most.

Things you bookmark are added to your portfolio. If you are a coolhunter, use “I like” to mark the things you single out. If you are a collector, use “I want” to mark the things you are looking for. If you represent a retailer, museum, or an exhibition, use “I have” to display the things you stock. If you are a designer or crafter, use “I make” to mark the things you
create. If you have multiple identities, use all four bookmarks to create a mixed portfolio.

You no longer need to have a Flickr account to use Thinglink! You can now upload 5 up to pictures per thing from your computer directly. Existing photos of things have been added to your portfolio. The latest new feature that we just started exploring: you can now add sound files to things.

Your profile tells people who you are, what you do, and where in the world you are. It’s also a good way to direct people to your website. Add as much information as you want. And don’t forget to add your friends so you get their latest things!

We hope you enjoy the new site and as with most things these days, it’s work in progress. So if you hit a snag or have anything to report, please send your feedback to

Thinglink platform is an open source project. It is written in Java and maintained by 101tec, a Germany-based software company and the independent contributors on the Thinglink developer list. If you’re a developer, check out our open Jira and join the Thinglink DevList.

Thanks to all our wonderful partners and collaborators for participating in creating this new Thinglink version 2.0! We hope you’ll come and have a look at the new version of Thinglink and start sharing the things you like, want, have and make with your friends.

Ulla-Maaria Mutanen


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Marimekko fabrics on Thinglink

Marimekko fabrics have garnished Finnish homes since 1950s. Older creations carry many stories and the latest collections call for picnics or new decor. Also designs yet to come can now be browsed on Thinglink and added to the I want wish list for future red-letter days.

Browse Marimekko fabrics


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Trendspotter to inspire

Some people have the ability to find cool things before others. Often times they become trendspotters, inspiring people that others follow. We asked Liisa Jokinen, a design journalist and the co-founder of to pick ten things that she would want for herself.

Liisa Jokinen’s recommendations include for example paintings by the Finnish artists Anna Tuori and Rauha Mäkilä, Bernhard Willhelm’s latest clothes collection,  Jeremy Scott’s prints as well as Marimekko novelties by Samu-Jussi Koski and Maija Louekari.

Anyone can follow Liisa’s portfolio on Thinglink and subscribe to it.

One of Liisa’s favourites is Kim Simmonson.Photo: Ghost Dog by Kim Simmonson.


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Hello, I’m Jenna

I joined the Thinglink team in June through first meeting Ulla last September at Helsinki Design Week where I worked and where Ulla produced a certain Thinglink label demo. While trying out the new product code together at the design exhibition we found lots of common interests that Social Objects project intertwines. We also both feel passionate about good things.

In addition to working on the Social Objects project I’m a freelance journalist writing mostly about design and music, occasional cultural producer and a student at Media Lab at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki focusing mainly on Media and design research in my studies.


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Join mekko exhibition!

Do you have a vintage Marimekko or Vuokko dress? Join our mekko exhibition on starting from July, 4th!

Daringly graphic Marimekko and Vuokko dresses are classic fashion icons in the history of Finnish fashion design. These dresses are like good wine; the more time passes, the better they get. Some of Marimekko’s dresses have been in production for over four decades. Vintage vuokkos and marimekkos are among the most wanted discoveries at flea markets and second hand stores. Some of the dresses pass straight on from mother to daughter.

In praise of these beautiful classics, we are organizing a mekko exhibition – an exhibition of vintage Marimekko and Vuokko dresses.  In addition to new DIY fashion shoots, we’re welcoming nostalgic photos of dresses from your family photo album. Take part in the exhibition and win yourself a new classic dress!

How to participate?

1. Take a cool fashion shoot of yourself with a marimekko dress on, or scan an old pose from the family album and save it in jpg format.
2. Create a free collector’s portfolio on (‘Sign up’)
3. Add your picture to your portfolio by clicking ‘Add’. Write down the story of the dress under ‘description’ and tag the dress with the words ‘mekko exhibition’. When you’re ready, click ‘submit’ at the bottom of the page. You’re in!
4. You can now browse through other people’s dresses by writing ‘mekko exhibition’ in the search box. Pick your favorite dress!

Create your own exhibition on!

If you have cool photos of other kinds of marimekko garments, tag your photo as “vintage marimekko” or start a new exhibition by choosing your own tag!

If you’re passionate about other classic vintage garments, you can be a curator and create your own exhibition on by announcing a certain Thinglink tag on your blog!

Mekko exhibition info in Finnish


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VainioSeitsonen Summer Collection 2007 on Thinglink

Vainioseitsonen is a Finnish fashion brand founded by Merja Seitsonen and Johanna Vainio. Check out their hot summer collection on Thinglink!


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RinneNiinikoski on Thinglink

Aula asked Piia Rinne and Noora Niinikoski, a cutting-edge design duo from Helsinki, to design cool conference T-shirts for Aula06 . These limited-edition, web-two inspired fashion appareil are now on display on!Paidat

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Login to the new Thinglink site

Over the past months we’ve been quietly working away on a new version of Thinglink. I’m happy to announce that the new version of the site is now online!

All existing Thinglink user accounts have been transferred to the new platform. But note! In order to log in with your username, you need to request a new password. To fetch a new password and log into the new site,
1) point your Web browser to
2) enter your Thinglink username and click "Request new password"
3) check your email for a message from (will change into containing your new password
4) log in with your username and the new password at≈

We’re still doing some improvement work but please check the site out and let us know what you think! Picture_1

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