Thursday, December 31, 2009

Industrial Design Is in His Blood

Tucker Viemeister
Designers often talk about the moment they realized their destiny lay in design. For Tucker Viemeister, it was pretty much the moment he was conceived. By Alissa Walker

All Up In A Cell

Audi Allivictus by David Polášek

Concept cars is what everybody needs in the future. You bet. This right here is a futuristic vision of the Audi cell car set up on independent axles and center turning drive shafts. By Yanko Design

The Decade's 14 Biggest Design Moments

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. A look back at the last ten years in the design world reveals 14 moments where design changed the way we interacted with technology, culture, sustainability, and ourselves. By Fast Company

Three Brilliant Bits of LED Lighting Design

Jean-Marie Massaud

Today's most beautiful lamps also tout some ultra-smart engineering details. By Fast Company

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

yves behar/ fuse project: one laptop per child generation 3



Back in 2007 yves behar of fuse project together with nicholas negroponte
released the 'one laptop per child XO laptop'. By Designboom

Designing Interactions is a book and a DVD as well as this website

In this book Bill Moggridge introduces us to 40 influential designers who have shaped our interaction with technology. The introduction and final chapter combine to describe the approach to designing interactions that has evolved at IDEO.

NYC High Line Designers Turn Their Eyes to Downtown Cleveland

How do you revitalize a downtown area that's become a ghost town? With a stunning new park. By Fast Company

Three Strategies

Yes, not smart designing

Monday, December 21, 2009

Apple Launches Redesign of the App Store [SCREENSHOTS]

Apple has begun a rollout of a redesign of the iPhone App Store within iTunes. By Ben Parr

Friday, December 18, 2009

3 High Design Hammocks

Hammocks have come a long way since pre-Columbian natives in South America wove together sheets from the bark of a Hamack tree and strung them up between two poles. By Spot Cool Stuff

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Barefoot Running Shoes

Question: What’s the single best designed piece of running equipment?

Answer: It’s a pair of gear you already own—your bare feet.

Barefoot Running Shoes: Vibram Five Finger KSO

23 creative and amazing bike designs

If you think that bikes are pretty boring, think again. These bicycles or concepts will maybe convince you to drop your car, or at least they will be please your eyes.

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The 15 Best Articles For Designers in 2009

Here are fifteen of the most popular design related articles from 2009. There are great resources for fonts, Photoshop, web design templates, as well as amazing web design and graphic design tutorials. By Design Reviver

"Objectified" - Jonathan Ive talks about Mac design & Unibody MacBook manufacture



A clip from the 2009 documentary "Objectified" which is all about industrial design. Here, we see the wonderfully creative genius of Jonathan Ive, as he talks about the Mac, and specifically the Unibody design of the MacBook/MacBook Air & MacBook Pro.

What good is design research?

A recent article by Don Norman brings up some valuable and provocative questions about the value of design research. By Adam Richardson

5 Best Data Visualization Projects of the Year – 2009

It was a huge year for data. There's no denying it. Data is about to explode. By Flowing Data

5 Best Data Visualization Projects of the Year – 2009

Mag+, The magazine’s digital future

This conceptual video is a corporate collaborative research project initiated by Bonnier R&D into the experience of reading magazines on handheld digital devices. It illustrates one possible vision for digital magazines in the near future.

Mag+ from Bonnier on Vimeo.

60+ Creative & Inspirational Newsletter Designs

Web designers know how to build a modern, semantic and accessibility-oriented website, with proper XHTML and CSS. They understand all the necessary ingredients in making a good website and their implementation.

How about creating an equally good newsletter that matches its company’s standard. Many companies practice sending newsletters periodically/occasionally to their clients. By Best Design Tuts

10 Twitter Design Lists You Must Follow

With Twitter giving one the ability to create lists, here's a list of 10 Twitter Design lists to follow. By Just Creative Design

.mitIntroduces the Copenhagen Wheel

The Copenhagen Wheel, which turns any bike you already own into an “electric bike with regeneration and real-time environmental sensing capabilities.”

How to Present like a Pro!

One skill many designers should often work on is presentation. Designers of all levels can always benefit from a little more jazz in their presentations. By Design Sojourn

Spaces for Ideas: The Beginning

An idea and a sketchbook. By Design Sojourn

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Team iPhone versus team Droid

Form vs. function -- it's a classic challenge in the design world. When it comes to developing mobile devices, many designers would agree that consistency and an efficient user experience matter most. By Tim McLaughlin

HTC evolve Concept Tablet

HTC evolve is a concept tablet computer that features a “concave side” ergonomic body design. By picocool

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Picture table on the wall!

Picture Table. As the name says, it’s a table that becomes a picture when not in use. By picocool

Timeless Design: Future Perfect

Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chair, the Eames lounge chair, George Nelson’s Ball clock, and Giancarlo Mattioli’s Nesso lamp are just a few of the prodigious products that one might claim are timeless. By dwell
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Design Crime: Electrolux Musical Vacuum Cleaner

Electrolux unveils a prototype of its Silent vacuum cleaner--with speakers and an iPod dock. By Cliff Kuang

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Architecture and Design's New Hot Spots: Hong Kong and Shenzhen

If some of architecture and design's biggest names seemed conspicuously absent from this month's Art Basel Miami Beach--that annual, must-attend conclave for the glitzy-arty set--it was because they were halfway around the world in the adjacent Chinese cities of Hong Kong and Shenzhen. By
Aric Chen

Ditch the Resume; Make a Chart Instead

We all know it: Polish that resume all you want, but it's gonna be "read" for 10 seconds, tops. So it makes a lot of sense to ditch the resume altogether, and create a chart instead.

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Three Limbs Less and Still Rollin

This particular wheelchair was designed specifically for Bryan Anderson of Pride Mobility.

Wheelchair for Bryan by Mark Veljkovich

10/GUI

Over a quarter-century ago, Xerox introduced the modern graphical user interface paradigm we today take for granted.

That it has endured is a testament to the genius of its design. But the industry is now at a crossroads: New technologies promise higher-bandwidth interaction, but have yet to find a truly viable implementation.

10/GUI aims to bridge this gap by rethinking the desktop to leverage technology in an intuitive and powerful way.

10/GUI from C. Miller on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Nokia Unik cellphone changes texture with your mood

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Targeting the global market, French designer Clement Logereau has designed a unique mobile handset that lets users modify its back made of 152 customizable small squares. By Naresh Chauhan

Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when

Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia had all the capacities to reclaim its place as the world's dominant economic force. At TEDIndia, he graphs global economic growth since 1858 and predicts the exact date that India and China will outstrip the US.

Ring°Wall: World Largest Multi-Touch and Multi-User Wall

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The World's Biggest, largest, longest Multi-Touch (and evidently Multi-User) Wall.

Design in the Wild: VW + Fun = Viral


“The Fun Theory” is a series of experiments, captured on video, to find out if making the world more fun can improve people’s behavior.

Among the experiments: does turning a set of subway stairs into a real-life piano encourage people to use them (answer: yes, 66% more).

Kitchen ecology exhibition in seoul

Ecology is a broad discipline. The greek 'oikos', where ecology is derived from, means 'the home', the place where we live. The micro-cosmos of our kitchen is a good place to start in investigating our habits and relationship with nature.

Eye Candy of the Day: 300 of the World's Hottest Poster Designs

Typo/Graphic Posters unveils a beautifully redesigned site, showing off typopgraphically driven posters from over the world. By Cliff Kuang

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Monday, December 07, 2009

Designing Superior Shopping Experiences

Imagine shopping in a store where the displays never change. Customers select items by browsing through monolithic aisles of products. Store displays are minimal and uninteresting. Items in the displays are hard to find or even unavailable. By George Plesko

Sunday, December 06, 2009

101 Things

A set of short, easily digested learnings from the world of Interaction Design, inspired by "101 Things I Learned in Architecture School", by Matthew Frederick

The Designers Accord Global Summit on Sustainability & Education

The Designers Accord Global Summit on Sustainability & Education held October 23rd & 24th in San Francisco, marked an important step forward for the sustainable design movement.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Elder care by remote

A new technology trend called "aging in place," is designed to help seniors stay longer where they're most comfortable—at home—rather than having to move into nursing or assisted-living facilities. By Arlene Weintraub

World's best design schools

Chiba University

As the world's business landscape evolves, universities are attempting to keep up by fostering teaching that supports an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems. By Venessa Wong

BusinessWeek /Architectural Record 2009 Award Winners

Even amid the recession and real estate bust, businesses are still investing in architecture. Their goals: energy efficiency, heightened productivity, and, not incidentally, providing an economic catalyst for their neighboring economies. By Reena Jana

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Innovative Laser Crosswalk Concept

Innovative Laser Crosswalk Concept

Virtual Wall is an innovative device that makes it safer for pedestrians to cross the road by projecting laser images when the red traffic light is on. By Toxel.com

KiBiSi: A New Danish Product-Design KiBiSi: A New Danish Product-Design Supergroup

Three of Denmark's best-known designers join forces, to tackle headphones and chairs (among other other things). By Cliff Kuang

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Engaging your customer

The core of Continuum's strategy is to give customers new ways to engage with Sprint's rich content and capabilities, to create an immersive experience in the retail environment store.

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Car on the railway tracks

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Many of us park our cars at the railway station and then catch the local train to work or wherever it is that we have to go. By Matthias Pugin

Monday, November 23, 2009

A very social phone

It was about time that someone came up with the concept of a phone that was dedicated to social networking. By Yanko Design

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6 Things Video Games Can Teach Us About Web Usability

Those who think video games are not educational, this post is for you. Not only can video games be an enjoyable experience, they can teach us many things. By Mark Riggan

Even the elderly could not resist the Nintendo Wii (source: BBC)

UX Design Tools & Techniques

Jeffrey Dunn shares insights to UX design tools and techniques.

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Real or Imaginary: The effectiveness of using personas in product design

The use of personas as a method for communicating user requirements in collaborative design environments is well established. However, very little research has been conducted to quantify the benefits of using this technique. By Frank Long

Move Like a Cheetah with this Incredible Human Powered Vehicle

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Is it a tricycle? Is it a weird bike? It's neither. Called Pardo, as an abbreviation of the word guepardo (which is cheetah in Spanish), this human powered vehicle seeks to imitate the movement and feeling of the animal. See how it works and more pics in the extended. By Paula Alvardo

Four Key Principles of Mobile User Experience Design

Dakota Reese Brown, shares her thoughts regrading mobile user experience design.

How to Design a Band Website Layout in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you’ll learn step-by-step how to design an awesome band website that any rock and roller would be proud to call their own. The theme is grungy and worn-and-torn and we’ll use a handful of freebies along the way. By Shannon Noack

How to Design a Band Website Layout in Photoshop

Nike Cellphone brings a sporty spirt to your chatter

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Intended toward highly active users, designer James Caldwell has come up with a mobile phone concept that seems to bring a sporty spirit to your chatter. By Naresh Chauhan

12 ATVs that’ll take you off-road in the future

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Roads or no roads, ATVs can go anywhere. But, can cars be left far behind? By Jayaprashanth

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Hoover Dam Bypass Will Make You Ooooh and Aaaah



There's not much to say about these images of the Hoover Dam Bypass except expletives mixed with a dozen shades of amazement. By Jesus Diaz

Freedom Leg Looks About 1,000,000x Better than Crutches


Crutches. In a thousand years, their design hasn't fundamentally changed. And for something as minor as a sprained ankle or broken foot, the Freedom Leg looks like a welcome alternative.

Monday, November 09, 2009

12 of the World's Coolest Packaging Designs

Here are some interesting designs.

BlackFire

New product design video of an adjustable Clamplight. www.blackfire-usa.com. Animation created by LiGHT-FiSH www.light-fish.com.


Media Centers: Not Just for Nerds

A media center is, first of all: it’s a computer. It’s a computer from which you have a bunch of cords and plugs and bluetooth and everything running into and out of so you can, from that one machine, run your whole media experience in your home. By Yanko Design

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3D desktop concept

It's a map when it's not a computer. By Mac Funamizu

Touching the 3D objects would be really fun. Dragging, throwing, resizing, etc., but crushing paper to dispose it would be the most interesting.

Concept phone 'mobile script'

A contemporary mobile phone must maintain such functions, as: mobility, constant Internet access, access to the documents, games and to give the best possibilities and means of communication and contact. A new generation mobile phone “Mobile script” gives all these possibilities! By Aleksander Mukomelov

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Different Window AC

The concept of Blinds doubling up as Solar Powered Window Air Conditioner is not new, but there is something that makes Briz tad different. By Yanko Design

Briz Solar Powered Air-conditioner Blinds by Nari Kim & Pullip Lim

EXO Reaction Housing



In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it became obvious that America was frustratingly ill-prepared to house people displaced by a natural disaster. frog Senior Visual Designer Michael McDaniel took this as a design challenge. His EXO Reaction Housing system—inspired by the humble Styrofoam cup—could be deployed quickly and cheaply to help us when we need it most.

Vertical Farms, a Tower of B.S.

Urban farming might be ridiculous--but ridiculousness has its uses. By Cliff Kuang

30 Design Minds on Their Favorite Designs and How Design Should Evolve

Maybe you don't work at a big, high-powered graphic design house like Little & Company, but you can still benefit from their largesse. By Cliff Kuang

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Fixing Conferences: Six Lessons From the Designers Accord Summit

Conferences are akin to watching television without Tivo, or going to AAA to get a triptik instead of mapping a journey on Google. Conferences are an old workhorse model--a mix of passive consumption and fluorescent lighting--that is at odds with the seeds of inspiration they are supposed to inspire. By Valerie Casey

Designers Accord Summit
The alex ebook reader is one of the newest entries in the steadily growing e-reader market. Article by Designboom.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Nokia CORE phone acts as computer mouse to access its own interface

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The Nokia CORE cellphone is a concept inspired by the futurism graphics of Star Wars. Designed around its interface, which resembles a solar system where all functions revolve around the core, the shape of the phone is derived from the interface core and is expanded around it. By Bharat

Electric Taxi Car for safe and sustainable commutation on city roads

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Inspired by the popular Eastern transports named “Rickshaw,” Portuguese designer David Vidal has come up with the electric version of the public transport system. By Naresh Chauhan

eRinGo, a cross between a motorbike and a car

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Over the period, we have seen cars evolving from a simple means of commutation to modern sports cars crossing all the barriers in speed as well as comfort. However, the “eRinGo” by Iranian designer Mohammad Ghezel is a unique vehicle, possibly a cross between a motorbike and a car, which puts itself into its own class. By Naresh Chauhan

Multi-function Design Table

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Designing is a professional job and requires a lot of equipment, apart from that special knack of creating something out of the blue. By Naresh Chauhan