Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Designing the Kindle 2

Designing the Kindle 2
In an interview, Kindle unit head Ian Freed talks about the trade-offs Amazon considered in deciding what would go in the new Kindle, which is now shipping.

Friday, February 20, 2009

NORTH Office by Skylab Architecture

NORTH is a team of designers, writers, creative directors, film and music makers that asked Skylab Architecture to help them to create a space that is not an office. Checkout their new office.


Ergonomics Crash Course for Interaction Designers

An excellent crash course on physical ergonomics aimed at interaction designers

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bringing Holistic Awareness to Your Design

Gone are the days when the user experience and the user interface were an afterthought in the website design process, to be added on when programming was nearing completion.

Holistic Awareness Fig 1

Sunday, February 15, 2009

21 Really Good Logos

A logo is much more than just a graphic. These seemingly simple marks carry a lot of weight—so how do you go about crafting one that’s top-notch?

The Ultimate Design Brief

Picture the scene. You've just landed a new client, who hurries a brief to you for a marketing brochure. There are a few holes in the brief, but instead of asking for constant clarification, you get to work. Later you’re told the design "isn't quite right". Before you know it, the client is refusing to pay.

What is good design?

Sustainability, process, creativity, innovation, value - what are the components of good design?

Newspaper design

I found this blog site about the world of newspaper design very interesting. Check it out.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

5 Secrets of Strategic Designers

Strategic Designers have a very unique approach to things, especially in regard to the design process. The strategic designers’ pathway around the design process oscillates from a “bird’s eye” view of things to a “telescopic” focused one and then back up to a “bird’s eye” view again.

Massive Mobile

By 2012 there will be 4.3 billion mobile subscribers (about 61% of the world population) and 803 million of them will be using their phones as social networking devices.

Top Innovative Comapnies

Fast Company magazine recent came out with its listing the worlds top 50 most innovative companies.

Talk To The Hand


Physical and screen-based interfaces have collapsed into each other and both industrial and interaction designers have a whole new set of issues to grapple with.

Design for Sustainability

A few dozen leaders within the sustainable design industry met at Adobe headquarters to discuss the topic of sustainability.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

VC Blog

VisualComplexity intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web.

History of Multi-touch Research

BusinessWeek has an article on the veiled threat that Apple has made to competitors regarding multi-touch technology. But the interesting part was a link to a whitepaper written by Bill Buxton. It’s a great historical overview/crash course of touch and multi-touch research that preceeded Apple’s work back almost 30 years.

Formway's FREE seating system offers ultimate office flexibility

Nowadays offices have ceased being boring and instead boast of a vibrant environment that permeates down to the seating arrangements. So, exit boring old chairs and enter newer concepts like Formway’s iconic FREE range office seating system.

More Glass House Simplicity

John Maeda talks about his day hanging out with some amazing people at the Philip Johnson Glass House.

Apple Should Design An Electric Car...Interior

Only 21% responding to a recent survey claim they would buy an Apple electric car. 48% would buy one from BMW. Good. Apple shouldn't design an electric car. They should design the interior of one. Read the rest of the article here.

How to Break into Game Design, With Zero Experience

So how does one get into game design if they have zippo experience? Steve Gaynor shares his thoughts on how he did it.

Is Ikea Built To Last

Ikea in Belfast
Ikea's new range is packed with its trademark sense of fun and frugality. But with other homeware stores suffering, is the Swedish giant in danger of extinction?

Interaction Design

Interaction designers at IDEO build novel and empathic models to make products and services human-accessible and delightful.

Driver Design Experience

Equally important to what we drive is how we drive.

Geometry of Design

The book titled 'Geometry of Design', illustrates how mathematics can enhance design and take it to a whole new level. A whole section of the book showed the geometric foundation behind the design of the Volkswagen Beetle.

30 Dual Element Logos, Do You See Them All?

All of these logos combine two or more individual concepts to create one seamless design. Some are a little more obvious than others, but all equally impressive.
Pencil + House

20 Cool App Website Designs

Here are some well designed app website designs.

Drawing Board to the Desktop: A Designer’s Path

In 1972, when I was a sophomore in high school in suburban Cleveland, I was asked to do a poster for our drama club’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” I found a nice big piece of cardboard, did the most...

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Reported Photos of Kindle 2

Mobileread.com posts purported images, price, and release date of the Kindle 2, expected to be announced Monday, Feb. 9th.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

For The Scoot People with Too Much Luggage

You have to go to work every day, but it’s only a short distance. You would like a more eco-friendly ride, but have too much to carry!

Flashback Fridays: Apple Computer

In 1991 the Apple we know so well today was totally different. Steve Jobs had not yet returned to the company. Apple’s new focus was to diversify its core technologies beyond the scope of computers and CEO John Sculley was not shy about sharing the company’s secrets unlike the iron curtain Apple hangs today. Take a step back and check out some of these concepts from yesteryear.