Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Science Barge

The Science Barge is a sustainable urban farm designed by New York Sun Works, an environmental nonprofit organization. The Science Barge tours New York City’s public waterfront parks, offering sustainability education programs to wide audiences.

Other pictures of the The Science Barge.

Dyson Airblade

Dry your hands in a jiffy.

Cutting Edge Designers

Bruce Nussbaum of BusinessWeek shares his thoughts on p and coming 'cutting edge designers'.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Blended Wing Prototype Takes to the Air

X48b Air travel has a few problems. Airplanes are loud, both inside and out. Oh, and they're expensive. With fuel prices on the rise, airlines will be looking for new ways to decrease fuel expenses. If you ask NASA, maybe the best solution is to chop off the front and back of an airplane's fuselage, and just fly the wings.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

MIT team designs sleek, skintight spacesuit

In the 40 years that humans have been traveling into space, the suits they wear have changed very little. The bulky, gas-pressurized outfits give astronauts a bubble of protection, but their significant mass and the pressure itself severely limit mobility.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Emily Chang - Strategic Designer

Photo of Emily Emily Chang is an award-winning web and interaction designer, technology strategist and principal of Ideacodes, a web consultancy in San Francisco co-founded with Max Kiesler. She writes about web and user experience design, technology, and next generation web at EmilyChang.com, and is the creator of the popular web 2.0 resource, eHub and eHub Interviews (including the translated eHub Channel at CNET Japan).

Check out her blog site.

Le Tech: Technology of the Tour de France

The bikes in the Tour de France aren’t just regular bikes. They are technological marvels. some of you are thinking that there couldn’t be much tech since they are guys riding bikes. Well, you’d be wrong.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Dosh Wallet

The Dosh wallet is designed and manufactured in Sydney Australia. The unique blend of flexible and semi-flexible polymers created a wallet that is durable, stylish, and packed with clever features for modern lifestyles. The patented design consists of purpose designed areas for storage of credit cards, notes, and coins.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Design Inspiration Gallery

Faveup is a simple gallery of inspirational design. Everybody gets designer's block sometimes so it's nice to have somewhere to go to get your creative juices flowing again. Faveup also gives credit where credit is due, rewarding great design with the respect and linkage it deserves.

Monday, July 23, 2007

3-D software gets real

Today's 3-D design software is so true to life that engineers can see how their products work even before they start to build them, reports Business 2.0 Magazine.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Design as Business Fodder

Industrial designer Robert Brunner
talks about his entrepreneurial career decisions and his post-Pentagram future.

The very first iPhone

In late June, the iPod iPhone hit the US market. Apple aficionados queued for days to be first in line to get their greedy little paws on the long awaited gadget. fudder-employee Marc Esslinger is an Apple-fan as well . Also because he has a very special relationship to Apple.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

An ethnography primer

Great design always connects with people. Designers inspire, provoke, validate, entertain and provide utility for people. To truly connect, designers need to have compassion and empathy for their audiences. Designers need to understand the relationship between what they produce and the meaning their product has for others. And they need to observe the people they are designing for in their own environments.

AIGA, in collaboration with Cheskin, has produced a simple and straight-forward primer introducing the crucial role that ethnography plays in designing.

An Ethnography Primer

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Norman Foster

Norman Foster was born in Manchester in 1935. After graduating from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961 he won a Henry Fellowship to Yale University, where he gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture.

He is the founder and chairman of Foster + Partners.

Extreme Sailing: The Biggest Boat in the World

Tom Perkins had done it all. He'd made a fortune, conquered Silicon Valley, even been Danielle Steel's fifth husband for a time. His venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, was an early backer of Genentech, Netscape, and Google. But when he turned 70 a few years ago, Perkins decided to do something even grander and a bit crazier: He would build the biggest, riskiest, fastest, most technologically advanced, single-hulled sailing mega yacht in the world.

Additional information about the Maltese Falcon

Thursday, July 12, 2007

ESI Design

ESI Design is one of the world’s foremost experiential design firms — they create physical and virtual spaces for people to interact, exchange ideas and learn from each other.

They design for a wide variety of environments. Thier client list includes museums, retailers, corporations, real estate developers, parks, hospitals, foundations and so on.

Design e2

The Economies of Being Environmentally Conscious is an original HD multipart television series that explores the living vitality of the environment. Eight different topics, from sustainable architecture to water culture to alternative energy to organic farming to recycled clothing and more.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Cut & Paste


Cut & Paste wants you to take center stage once again for the upcoming 2007 tournament this fall. The call for entries deadline is July 17, and from that point, chosen candidates, based on "Originality, Technique, and Overall Dopeness", from each city will perform a 15 minute test round to qualify as a live tournament contestant. Like last year, they're not skimping on the prizes with a 13" Macbook for first place, Wacom Intuos3 Tablets for semifinalists, Adobe CS3 Master Collection for the Audience Prize, and a Wacom Cintiq 21UX Pen-Based Display for the Jury Prize. Eight final contestants selected from each city will be announced on August 3rd, 2007.

Friday, July 06, 2007

The Designer Who Inspired Intel and Apple

Design guru Naoto Fukasawa's philosophy of sleek simplicity and user-friendliness has influenced many top design firms with blue chip technology clients.

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Top Ten Ways Japanese Live Small

Leave it to the Japanese, the same folks who invented the transistor radio, to come up with a multitude of ways to miniaturize their lives and save valuable space. "Livin' Large"? Not here, buster!

Apple applies for multi-touch mouse patent

Ooo la la, what's this? Apple filed a patent application for a "mouse with optical sensing surface."