Thursday, May 31, 2007

YouTube Founders: Video Ads Coming

At the D5 conference, YouTube founders (and now Google employees) Chad Hurley and Steve Chen were just interviewed by Walt Mossberg.

Design According to Ive

Here's an article [6/25/2003] from Wired magazine, covering British-born designer, Jonathan Ive who heads up Apple's industrial design team.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Serrenia's super marina

Foster and Partners design radical resort complex

The ultra luxury new US$2 billion residential resort and hotel designed by Foster & Partners, built by Vantage Real Estate Development, a subsidiary of Shaheen Business and Investment Group, (SBIG). Inspired by the unique landscape in which it is situated, Serrenia is set over 650 acres, or three million square metres, with 736 residential units, including palaces and a range of villas and apartments. In addition, there is a 200-room 7-star luxury hotel, a world-class spa, a signature 18-hole golf course, restaurants, retail and several sporting facilities. Serrenia's Marina 'Hub' is one of the focal points of the development - with an extraordinary wave shaped floating roof and a vast airy, cool space below. A central pier, yacht marina and beach club extend from the hub.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Embracing Risk to Learn, Grow and Innovate

Embracing Risk to Learn, Grow and Innovate

View the pdf.

Embracing Risk to Learn, Grow and Innovate
By Diego Rodriguez and Ryan Jacoby

Spring 2007
"In the world of ‘design thinking,’ acknowledging risk is the first step toward taking action, and with action comes insight, evidence, and real options."


Design*Sponge is a daily website dedicated to home and product design run by Brooklyn-based writer, Grace Bonney. Launched in August of 2004, Design*Sponge features store and product reviews, sale and contest announcements, new designer profiles, trend forecasting and store/studio tours. In addition, Design*Sponge features a unique section dedicated to covering student design, national and international design shows. The site is updated constantly throughout the day (with an average of 6-10 posts a day), and attracts a core group of devoted readers. Design*Sponge currently has over 20,000 daily readers.

Logo Design Tutorials

One of the hardest parts of personal branding is the logo. A logo can decide what people think of you, as a professional logo can say volumes about a person, brand, or site. Bloggers far too often forget that a logo can help brand them. On E Logo Design, they have compiled a link list of 50 logo design tutorials that might help you create the logo you have always wanted.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Graphic Design Blog

Graphic design blog is to share views on design books, websites, graphic design programs, graphic design training, design employment freelancing ideas and all things graphic design.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Trends in Web Design

Web Desktop design style block elementBlocks. Usually, it is an area of screen with a border, a header and a footer, to aggregate logically connected elements: links, text, a score card, an article preview. Blocks may come with optional shadow.

The truth about Google's so-called "simplicity"

The truth about Google? It isn't simple.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Volvo Monitoring & Concept Center: Tandem Vehicle

Volvo's Monitoring & Concept Center (VMCC) in California have produced what they believe is a feasible future transport product based upon an inline occupant configuration. The designers at VMCC envisage a sleek two-seat commuter vehicle which uses very little energy and rarely gets caught in traffic.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

David Kelley: The future of design is human-centered

Low-key and thoughtful, IDEO founder David Kelley seems the antithesis of the "design star" -- and indeed, he says that product design, within the past two decades, has become much less about the design and more about the user who'll be experiencing it. See the video here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Fenske Upload

Ernie Schenck says a lot of people are spending a lot of time these days trying to get all clairvoyant on us. Trying to predict whether advertising will zig or zag. Ernie says print is over.

15 Worst iPhone Concepts: Shameful Designs Exposed

The guys over at Productdose have an hilarious and cringeworthy gallery of iPhone concepts made by Apple's public. While these Fanboy mockups are almost embarrassing to look at, the real gold is in the writer's comments. One of the designs is described as "the world's most powerful tip calculator"

Go take a look, if you dare.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

James Dyson: Business whirlwind

James DysonJames Dyson, the man who pioneered the "bagless" vacuum cleaner, says he stumbled across the idea while renovating his country house in the Cotswolds.

Noticing how vacuum cleaner bags clogged with dust, he set to work to try to resolve the problem.

Other links about James Dyson:

  1. James Dyson on living a life of failure.
  2. Dyson is cleaning up in his industry.
  3. Dyson's website.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Skyscraper Creates All Its Own Energy

Here's a skyscraper, to be built in Dubai, called the Burj al-Taqa ('Energy Tower'), and it will produce 100% of its own power. The tower will have a huge (197 foot diameter) wind turbine on its roof, and arrays of solar cells that will total 161,459 square feet in size.

Web 2.0 'neglecting good design'

Jakob Nielsen, Nielsen Norman
Nielsen: Making a site easy to use should be the first priority
Hype about Web 2.0 is making web firms neglect the basics of good design, web usability guru Jakob Nielsen has said.

He warned that the rush to make webpages more dynamic often meant users were badly served.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Q&A: Bill Moggridge - What Makes for Good Design

Bill Moggridge has been an industrial designer for 40 years. In 1979, he designed what many call the first laptop computer: the GRiD Compass, which was used by businesspeople as well as by NASA and the U.S. military. The Compass established the language of laptop design: hinged closure, flat display, low-profile keyboard, and metal housing. In 1991, Moggridge cofounded Ideo, a design consultancy based in Palo Alto, CA. He is the founder of a movement known as "interaction design," which aims to do for the virtual world what industrial design does for the physical. In the recently published book Designing Interactions, he interviews 42 influential designers.

Technology Review: You say that at the beginning of any design, two things matter most: people and prototypes. Why?

Help Me Redesign the Web

The Web was conceived as a way for researchers and scientists to share documents, not as a medium for visual expression.

The aesthetics of Web pages, such as they were, derived from computer screens and typewritten documents. Early Web users no more felt the graphical limitations of the hypertext markup language (HTML) than they had resented having only one golf-ball font on their old IBM Selectrics. They were so delighted with the Net that the look was irrelevant.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Secret of Apple Design

Apple, Inc. has made an art of not talking about its products. Fans, journalists, and rumormongers who love it or love to hate it have long had to practice a sort of Kremlinology to gather the merest hints as to what is coming next out of Cupertino.

Friday, May 04, 2007

A Design for Discovery

Several years ago Marc Gobé, Chairman and CEO of Desgrippes Gobé New York, was selected to work a new global identity project for Coca-Cola. The main objective and challenge was to inspire a new generation of consumers to connect with the brand. Given that Coca-Cola is a global presence, Marc Gobé involved designers from our European and Asian offices, and developed some 200 design ideas.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Alice Rawsthorn on design for the unwealthiest 90 percent

The numbers seem nutty. There are 6.5 billion people on this planet, 90 percent of whom can't afford basic products and services. Half of them, nearly three billion people, don't have regular access to food, shelter or clean water. Yet whenever we think, or talk, about design, it's invariably about something that's intended to be sold to one of the privileged minority - the richest 10 percent.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Advertising is Broken

Brandon Schauer interviews Clement Mok - "I see the opportunity to marry Experience Modeling with the smarts of the Information Architect to structure a powerful model in the user's world, whether that be through cell phones or tagging systems. The opportunity is to create a model that ties together the deep ethnographic understanding of the user, the system engineering understanding, and the brand/marketing understanding. Tying these three things together is quite powerful."