Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Newsweek Features frog design’s Concepts for “Resurrecting the Republican Brand”

Frog design was asked by Newsweek magazine to provide ideas and design direction for “resurrecting the Republican brand,” featured the (December 29) print issue.

Before the Levees Break: A Plan to Save the Netherlands

On a late fall afternoon on the western edge of the Netherlands, coastal engineer Marcel Stive stands atop a 40-foot dune. He stares out beyond the posse of wet-suit-clad surfers wading into the breakers of the North Sea. Where the surfers see inviting waves, Stive sees dry land—and a distant storm.

Modular Robot Concept Design Digs In

A new robot concept is raising the hopes of the building industry that the high-tech future will be populated with smart excavating robots that will easily replace the high-cost of insurance-needing human contractors.Eddytheexcavatorgallery10

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Barcelona opens a design center

Spain’s Dhub is officially open.

Is IDEO still king of innovation?

As the playing field for design management becomes more crowded, does IDEO still have an advantage?

Ford's Green Plan to Drive Sales


Promising a slew of new green vehicles, the troubled Detroit automaker is turning to top design firms to make those cars innovative and appealing.

How Apple Could Survive Without Steve Jobs

This isn't a question. It's a suggestion.
[Steve Jobs]

2008 Design Company of the Year: Nike

In 2008, Nike Design was about heritage, pioneering technology and an entirely new way to build shoes, proving that--even in design--some things are better with age.

Applying "design thinking" to, um, design

Lessons from the development process of Google's Chrome.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Google's Mayer: Staying Innovative In a Downturn

The mantra that's been flooding the Googleplex this year? 'Scarcity brings clarity,' explains Marissa Mayer, Google Vice-President.

24 Fantastic Future Wonders of Green Design

The ‘green movement’ has swept the world and architecture is at the forefront of the new industrial revolution - buildings being by far the biggest energy-sappers in the world.

Five Questions

A short video talking about design thinking.


Great concept designs never fade away, they always remain alive in the memory of designers and the Nokia Aeon is definitely one of them.


Supervision is the personal financial assistant you wish you had. The electronic budget diary scans receipts, charts money coming in/out, talks to your bank, and gives you monthly expense details so you can balance your finances more effectively - or for most people, at all. The display doubles as a touchscreen and comes with a stylus so you can manage your monies the old fashioned way too.

Alan Kay: A powerful idea about teaching ideas

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What's design got to do with it?

The film 'What's design got to do with it?' shows how a selection of Danish companies have successfully used different design disciplines and design strategies. The video shows that the concept of ’Danish Design’ is changing and undergoing a very interesting development these years.

The Ideas Exchange

To reach customers better some firms have taken the idea of a focus group to its logical extreme and created huge online communities.


Blog covering the happenings at the Institute of Design at Stanford.

Green Appliances and Kitchens

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As the Consumer Marketing Manager of Sub-Zero and Wolf, Christopher Parr knows what people want in their kitchens, and knows what it takes for a fridge to be green.

Sucking Waste Out of Sight, Out of Mind

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Here is an infrastructure investment America should consider: an Envac waste disposal system. Instead of filling our streets with garbage bags and waiting for trucks to pick them up, many European cities (they invest in infrastructure that isn't for cars there) are trying out these clever underground vacuum systems.

Simple Is Not As Simple As It Seems

An article in the New York Times says customers are being more attracted to "simple" products:

And, as it turns out, the buyers of consumer electronics could very well have been a leading economic indicator. Over the last year, they chose to buy two inexpensive and simple products, the Wii and the Flip, over competing gadgets bristling with more features.

Larry Burns: Reinventing the car

General Motors veep Larry Burns previews cool next-gen car design: sleek, customizable (and computer-enhanced) vehicles that run clean on hydrogen -- and pump energy back into the electrical grid when they're idle.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Robert Brunner

Robert BrunnerBefore Jonathan Ive, there was Robert Brunner, the designer behind Apple's original, iconic PowerBook. Brunner, now has a new product-design studio, Ammunition, worked with Amazon.com's Lab126 unit, also staffed with Apple veterans, to design the Kindle e-book reader

Apple Store - Glass Staircases

A unique and eye-catching feature of Apple's high-profile stores is the glass staircase, intended to attract visitors to visit the second (or even third) floor, which most retail shoppers avoid. Besides the visually interesting design, the stairways and their accompanying glass bridges are engineering and architectural marvels, and made possibly by recent advances in glass technology that allows its use in more demanding applications.

Six Design Lessons From the Apple Store

Here are a few design ideas and lessons, to learn from the Apple Store.

20 Cool Interaction Design Concepts

Here are twenty interaction design concepts, both 2D and 3D concepts. Every interaction designer out there should have a look at these concepts to get inspired!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

21 Simple But Impressive Corporate Web Designs Of Top Brands

If you want to come up with some creative web design ideas or just need to motivate and inspire yourself, browse these 21 simple but impressive corporate web designs of top brands.



Welcome to IDEO Labs workshop, playroom, garage, and launch pad. This is a place where they show bits of what they’re working on, talk about prototyping, and share their excitement over the tools that help them create.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Social Innovation

How can we unleash and leverage the power of the global design community on some of the world’s most intractable problems? Find out here.

Speed bumps that won't flatten your tires

Speed Bumps That Flatten for Slow SpeedsDesigners Jae-yun Kim & Jong-Su Lee say it’s time to move on! No more of this silly giant bumps in the road when we could advance!

Liquid Mongoose adds Picasa to its repertoire

Liquid Mongoose, the purveyors of the do-it-yourself DVD and music CD sleeves has put out a new version of its bookmarklet that supports Picasa Web albums.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

The visual thinking weblog

Visualization can be a very powerful tool. Even simple images have the power to be provocative, insightful, challenging, and even funny

Feeling Muji

Team Muji From left, Go Kimura, Nagamoto, Yoshida, Yusuke Koyama, Yasui and Hajime IkeuchiSatoshi Yasui is the kind of designer who can riff on any product--including socks. Not just any socks, but comfy ones with a 90-degree heel, knit for a perfect fit by Czech grandmothers, that he and his 15-member design team at Muji transformed into one of the Japanese retailer's roughly 7,000 products.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A green city blooms in the desert

Abu Dhabi, which reckons the world will wean itself from fossil fuels, is building a city that runs on solar power, recycles all waste, and bans cars. How will it work?

Saturday, December 06, 2008

10 Futuristic Concept Laptop Designs

Technology grows too fast and to keep ourselves synchronized with the modern trends, we must take into account every progress whether that may be of past or of the future.

Compiled below is a list of the most futuristic concept laptop designs, some of which have won achievement awards while the rest are just too cool to know about.

10 Top Social News Sites Ranked by Design

Digg, Reddit, Mixx, Slashdot, and so on. They are all great social news and media websites, but how do they rank in terms of how easy they are on the eyes?

Creative and Unsual Bike Designs

Creative and Unusual Bike Designs
Collection of creative and unusual bicycle designs from around the world.

Mobile Optimized Websites, More Harm Than Good?

Many websites automatically redirect iPhones to mobile versions of their sites. Many of these sites often deliver limited content, wasting space, and eliminate zooming.


2008 Masters of Design

A Dutch superstar, an unyielding architect, a force for good, a style soothsayer, a digital visionary and 71 perfect products. That’s what you’ll find here in our fifth annual report on the intersection of business and design.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

2008 International Design Excellence Award

International Design Excellence Awards 2008

Out of 1517 entries, 35 were awarded the coveted Gold award, while 77 received Silver awards and 93 won Bronze awards. For the first time this year, 389 finalists were named in addition to the winners. For the first time in the history of the competition, the expert jury bestowed two “Best in Show” awards: one to SizeChina, a design research project that assembled data from a representative cross-section of people from mainland China to create the first-ever digital database of Chinese head and face shapes; and the other to Apple’s now-iconic iPhone.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Beautiful and Expressive Packaging Design

Creative Product Designs
Packaging design has the primary goal to attract customers’ attention. For this purpose, package designs can not simply inform the customers, but also provoke feelings and communicate emotions. An effective packaging looks attractive, impresses with its creativity and is just nice to have on the shelf.


Founded in December 2007, Dzine blog Is all about designs. Here you can find inspirational designs and some good tips in logo, graphics and web designing. The goal of this site is to share quality graphic design resources, graphic design tips and much more good inspirational designs and useful information in designing, precisely and regularly.

Packages You Won’t Need a Saw to Open

A number of retailers and manufacturers have a gift for holiday shoppers: product packaging that will not result in lacerations and stab wounds.

Blog Interface Design 2.0

Blogs have permeated just about every corner of human interest from arphids to zoology and continue to grow at a furious pace. Despite their popularity, many blogs suffer from interface design shortcomings. Unlike issues of spam and authority, these problems have relatively straightforward solutions that could considerably increase the utility of blog content.

Are Digital Marketing + Social Design Compatible?

Social media and marketing is no longer an 'emerging media' buzzword, but a discipline that nearly every marketer has embraced. What tactics are smart marketers eyeing? Where does the discipline lie within an agency? What kinds of new social media models will emerge in 2008?

Music on your arm

Now you can carry music on your arm.

Design Matters

Go here.


Seven Habits of Highly Effective Green Cities
What all greening cities -- and we use the word "greening" as no city, not even Portland, is yet truly green with a capital "G" -- have in common is vision and policy plan for smart growth. After that, the other important factors seem to be:
  • Good streets for bike and pedestrian traffic
  • Robust transit
  • Lots of green canopy
  • Expanding and connecting of open spaces
  • Natural storm water management techniques
  • Renewable energy for metropolitan power generation



NOTCOT Inc is a growing network of design sites currently including NOTCOT.com and innovative community contributed sites NOTCOT.org + NotCouture.com + Liqurious.com (+ previously TasteSpotting.com).

NOTCOT is a visual filtration of ideas + aesthetics + amusements. NOTCOT's two sites have become the daily sources of inspiration for creatives everywhere, fighting the good fight against "creative block" since 2005 with visually stunning imagery, the latest in international trends, and a passion for all things well designed.

Miami Dade College is a Super Building

Located at Biscayne Boulevard and NE 5th Street in downtown Miami, the Campus Center for Miami Dade college looks like something out of OMA’s handbag.

Are Designers also Marketers?


Bokardo is a blog about interface design for social web sites and applications.

20 cool interaction design concepts

Here are twenty interaction design concepts, both 2D and 3D concepts. Every interaction designer out there should have a look at these concepts to get inspired! As the products are totally different they have not been ranked, just numbered, enjoy!

Shanghai and Industrial Design

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Waikit Chung, born and grew up in the Netherlands and graduated with a Bachelor and Master Degree in Industrial Design from the Delft University of Technology. This is his blog on design.

Currently, he's designing experiences for all kind of people at Asentio Design in Shanghai, China.

What makes IDEO so... IDEO?


Want to see what makes a firm like IDEO an almost magical appeal when you're a design student -- what makes it so successful at continually turning out concepts that not only answer design questions, but answer them in ways that are often so far off the beaten path that they create entirely new product definitions? Read on

Quito 1: Paisajes Emergentes

Paisajes Emergentes

In August of this year, a design competition was launched to generate ideas to repurpose Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport after its planned closing in a couple of years.


The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is the voice of the industrial design profession, advancing the quality and positive impact of design.

Industrial Design Sandbox

Here's a neat blog site I've discovered regarding thoughts about industrial design, its future, and present.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Compressed-Air Cars Planned for Airport Test, US Launch

If Luxembourg's Motor Development International gets its wish, the next wave of alternative-energy vehicles will be a real bunch of windbags.

50 Strange Buildings of the World

The Crooked HouseHere are some rather odd and different building designs.

Liz Diller: Architecture is a special effects machine

In this engrossing EG talk, architect Liz Diller shares her firm DS+R's more unusual work, including the Blur Building, whose walls are made of fog, and the revamped Alice Tully Hall, which is wrapped in glowing wooden skin.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Sunday, November 02, 2008

The Future of Healthcare Is In Your Hand(set)

Cell phones changed everything in emerging markets. Isolated communities got a taste of access and upward mobility they’d never known before. Entire economies shifted as people were able to leapfrog roadblocks to communication. Now mobile technology is promising to transform healthcare in the same way.

Designer Open 2008

DESIGNERSOPEN 2008 is one of the biggest design events in the east of Germany. During three days (24-26 Oct.)

How Blog

Here's a great resource for information on design.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Alli packaging for GSK consumer healthcare

In preparation for the launch of alli, the first FDA-approved over-the-counter diet pill, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare sought IDEO’s help in designing the product’s packaging. IDEO looked closely at key behaviors of dieters as well as stages of the dieter’s personal journey, conceiving a system of tools and materials to support individuals physically and emotionally, before, during, and after their diet.

Design Thinking

A blog who main topic is 'design thinking.'

Reconsidering Nike

Nike has come a long way since its early attempts to green its supply chain.

Design Mind magazine launch

Watch/listen to a few comments from Frog executives and the creative team behind Design Mind about print and the publication itself.

Go to Design Mind magazine.

Design Thinking and Marketing

What does “design thinking” actually mean?

Getting people to imagine

Where do you learn experience design and interactive design? Are the D-schools doing a good job producing design thinkers? What about cross-disciplinary designs? How expensive are D-schools?

Organic Essentialism

World's most lightweight suitcase.

'Onehundred&ten' is the world's most lightweight suitcase, designed by ross lovegrove
for british high-end luggage maker globetrotter.

Banpo Bridge

Just a twist of design, a splattering of paint, a cheeky addition to something old can make it look brightly cheerful and attractive to the eyes again.

50 Stunning Examples of a great redesign: My Top Picks

A redesign can be worth its weight in gold if you get it right. There is a thin line between freshening up your design, and taking a step backwards with a redesign. Sometimes a redesign can be subtle and simple, and other times it can be a huge re-vamp of a company and it’s goals. Check these.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Work is a pleasure in tomorrow's office

Work stations with a built-in treadmill and portable meeting rooms are just some of the developments that may become commonplace in the offices of the future.

Monday, October 20, 2008

7 Ingredients of good corporate design

For a good corporate design, we need to be aware of two main elements, which can be further broken down into a total of seven “ingredients”.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Gadgets we love...because of fine design

American industrial designers are the secret heroes of the marketplace, finessing products to make them easier to use and help them sell better. Here's how five top firms have been busy shaping our world.

8 concept cars that'll never see production

These prototypes may never go into production, but you'll find elements of their designs in the cars of the future.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Information Architecture for Audio: Doing It Right

Audio content is becoming increasingly prevalent. But do you know how to design it effectively? Jens Jacobsen combines information architecture, journalism, usability engineering and interface design to resolve some of the issues that arise from introducing audio. He shows us how he makes his magic..

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Futuristic PCs


Review the fourth Microsoft-sponsored Next-Gen PC Design Competition, which this year encouraged entrants to dream up futuristic designs that not only feature eye-catching aesthetics, but also cater to people's passions

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

(Re)building a town

When a tornado leveled Greensburg, Kansas a class of college students took it on to help rebuild the town - with an eye on the environment.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Take on the urban with Beema

Beema is a inner city trick bike by Andreas Martin that allows you to take on any obstacle that the urban area throws up; chairs, banks, rails or just the street. It fills the gap between FMX, scooter and BMX.

Design for Social Impact

How can we unleash and leverage the power of the global design community on some of the world’s most intractable problems? How can we increase the collaboration between the design industry and the the social sector? And do so in a systematic and sustainable way? Read this great PDF article to find out.

5 Unusually Inventive Kitchen Furniture Concepts

When you think of interesting design in the home, the kitchen typically isn’t the first room that springs to mind.

Crazy: City-In-a-Pyramid Could House a Million Dubaians

A particularly optimistic design firm in Dubai called Timelinks has proposed designs for the Ziggurat, a complete city to be layered inside of a massive pyramid that could serve as home for a million people at a time.

Web Design: Black Layouts

Here are some beautiful designed black layouts.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Some interesting desgn concepts

Creative Concept Car Designs
According to Wikipedia, a concept car is a car prototype made to showcase a concept, new styling, technology and more. At Toxel, they believe that concept cars are made to inspire!