Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Top 10 Things They Never Taught Me In Design School by Michael McDonough

1. Talent is one-third of the success equation.
Talent is important in any profession, but it is no guarantee of success. Hard work and luck are equally important. Hard work means self-discipline and sacrifice. Luck means, among other things, access to power, whether it is social contacts or money or timing. In fact, if you are not very talented, you can still succeed by emphasizing the other two. If you think I am wrong, just look around.

Read the other nine here.

Intelligent Designs

Tufte OpenWhen information needs to be communicated, Edward Tufte demands both truth and beauty.

Why the overwhelming numbers of design flops?

The odd thing is that no one sets out to design something that's mediocre. So why does design go wrong so often?

Monday, April 16, 2007

Interview with iMac designer Jonathan Ive

Listen to an interview with Apple's great designer, Jonathan Ive.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Design House Stockholm

The Swedish company works with local and international designers to offer affordable products with a Scandinavian aesthetic.

Thomas Heatherwick

Heatherwick Studio exists to make unique design projects happen. Established by Thomas Heatherwick in 1994, it is recognized for its work in:

  • architecture
  • sculpture
  • urban infrastructure
  • product design
  • exhibition design
  • strategic thinking

SANAA : kazuyo sejima + ryue nishizawa

imageKazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa have been working
collaboratively under the name ‘sanaa’ since 1995.
Sejima studied architecture at the japan women's university
before collaborating with architect Toyo Ito.

Other site for information on Kazuyo and Rue

Gagosian Gallery

Browse around the Gagosian Gallery.

Patricia Urquiola

photo: Guy Drayton

“She’s like a volcano,” someone said during the Milan furniture fair in April. “A hurricane,” according to another. Read about, Patricia Urquiola.

More information about Patricia.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Are Designer Collaborations Dead?

With ever more retailers tapping fashion's biggest names, the once-hip strategy is becoming cliché and savvy designers are focusing on other markets.