Whether you’re a web designer, a print designer, or a photographer, you probably share a common trait with me and other creative types - a love for all things design related.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
He was on the design team that developed the first IBM computer. He worked on design for the OXO Good Grips kitchen tools and Ford's SmartGauge.
Posted by Rick at 6:26 PM
The concept of airliner + cityloader Transport Efficiency 2020 offers the separation of long and short distance transportation freight traffic.
Posted by Rick at 5:47 PM
Twitter has just turned three but it it’s still the most talked about webapp in ages. That’s because people are constantly coming up with ways to extract, arrange, and present its data. Take a look at some nicely designed 3rd-party websites that harness its power.
Posted by Rick at 7:14 AM
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The Palm Pre is going to be a hot item when it launches this summer--possibly hot enough to tackle the iPhone.
Posted by Rick at 8:07 PM
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Ask Charles Wood of Worrell Design and he’ll say hell yes! TDK Trans-it Edge makes other USB sticks look like fashion rejects. Given that storage devices are seen as a impulse purchase, the packaging was as important as the drive itself. With this in mind he designed the packaging simultaneously with the drive.
Posted by Rick at 12:57 PM
The Tweetsphere is already quite crowded with aggregate and visual interfaces (think Twitter Blocks, Tweet Stats, Tweet Volume, Twitter Meter, Tweetpad, Twitter Counter, and many more), but this one seems to stand out in terms of its interactive and real-time tracking features, maybe conceptually similar to those found at Digg Labs.
Posted by Rick at 12:54 PM
How does an organization with a mission of educating the public about complex mental health issues—from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder—create the most effective online experience to get information into the hands of the people who need it the most?
Posted by Rick at 12:53 PM
Intriguing: Zippi Cash will let you search online transactions and eBay sales to find out how much stuff lying around your house could actually be worth. Coming soon to the iTunes App Store.
Posted by Rick at 12:49 PM
The building's design draws its inspiration from the ability of cacti thriving
in a desert. the energy efficient structure features sunshade panels that open
and close according to the sun's intensity, as well as a botanic dome adding
to its green rating.
Posted by Rick at 12:47 PM
The interactive installation maeve (MACE-Everyville) provides visual and tangible access to the social and intellectual networks behind architectural projects. The installation is part of the 11th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.
Posted by Rick at 12:39 PM
The global recession is commanding most of the attention of business executives and government leaders. But they should not lose sight of innovation: managers know that the future of their businesses depend on it, and government leaders understand that the long-term growth prospects of cities and nations are tied to it.
Posted by Rick at 12:25 PM
If the financial crisis was caused by the over-consumption of things we couldn’t afford, cheap mortgages for instance, and the environmental crisis is being caused by the over-consumption of things we can’t afford, the earth’s resources, and the health crisis is being caused by the over-consumption of things we can’t afford, calories, then it points towards there being a bit of a problem with endless consumption.
Posted by Rick at 12:23 PM
“The whole objective is to enable people to stay at home as long as they can,” says Bruce Carey-Smith, a BIME design engineer. The system reports the wealth of information it collects—from potential problems to successful interventions—to health care providers. “It’s about supporting—not about replacing—the role of care staff,” Carey-Smith says.
Posted by Rick at 12:17 PM
This lovely short film presents an original scenario for a future interface to virtual world making. Like the famous Apple Navigator film from decades ago, or ATT's You Will series of ads, or the Minority Report's scene of transparent gesture interface, this fictional depiction is convincing and inspiring.
Posted by Rick at 12:05 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2009
As designers, we all have been influenced in some way by Apple, whether it be their brilliant OS, stunning industrial innovation, or the trends they have started in web/application design. Apple focuses a lot on usability. This can be seen in their products, and Apple.com. It is important for Apple.com to be a usable site, because it leaves a good impression on users, and they will therefore be more likely to buy products from Apple.
Posted by Rick at 2:37 PM
In this talk from 2003, design critic Don Norman turns his incisive eye toward beauty, fun, pleasure and emotion, as he looks at design that makes people happy. He names the three emotional cues that a well-designed product must hit to succeed.
Posted by Rick at 2:34 PM
Bruce Nussbaum’s (B-week) wrote a post with the title “The U.S. Is A Failure At Innovation.” Whether is design-driven innovation, technology-driven innovation or business model innovation, US is still the leader. Let us review.
Posted by Rick at 2:28 PM
If there's anything good that has come out of the financial crisis it's the slew of high-quality graphics to help us understand what's going on. Some visualizations attempt to explain it all while others focus on affected business.
Posted by Rick at 11:36 AM
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
Are you one of those musically inclined people who love to jam at the drop of a hat? Designer Jose Tomas DeLuna thinks that there is a market for the creative music junkies who like to mix their music on the go. As a result he has conceptualized KRE8, which is mobile phone but has plenty of musically enhanced features. It’s a device that bridges musical creativity and communication.
Posted by Rick at 12:38 PM
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Until recently, the closest most of us got to experience gestural computing interfaces were in futuristic Hollywood films like Minority Report. But with the advent of the iPhone and Wii, gestural UI is now common place — and in its infancy.
Posted by Rick at 12:30 PM
When Microsoft decides to imagine the future, it never fails to impress. Not only do you have some of the smartest people envisioning what’s possible, but they also invest so much into communicating these ideas through sights and sounds which the production value can be compared to most blockbuster sci-fi films.
Posted by Rick at 12:19 PM
PNC Financial Services Group provides retail banking, corporate and institutional banking, and asset management services to more than 2.9 million people across the East Coast. Eager to make lifelong customers from the emerging Generation Y market, PNC came to IDEO to develop and refine their financial service offering for these 70 million young, tech-savvy consumers.
Posted by Rick at 11:48 AM
In recent years, IDEO has spent a lot of time and effort thinking about education. The firm’s work with Ormondale Elementary School, in Portola Valley, California, helped pioneer a special “investigative-learning” curriculum that inspires students to be seekers of knowledge.
Posted by Rick at 11:41 AM