For all the complex solutions proposed to lower building energy use, Simon Hare has a project to demonstrate the power of simplicity in green buildings.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Using smart grid tech, solar panels and energy-efficient appliances to create homes that produce as much energy as they us.
Posted by Rick at 2:35 PM
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Apple’s product designs have taken a direction towards deception — a gentle sort of deception that doesn’t trick you into thinking the product has something it doesn’t, but a deception that promotes and extends the appearance of certain features so that they appear better.
Posted by Rick at 2:25 PM
Friday, July 10, 2009
Spying or surveillance is a demanding as well as dangerous job, just meant for experts, which requires refined tools to make an operation successful.
Posted by Rick at 1:14 PM
Here’s an interesting Future Vision Montage by Microsoft Office Labs. In an effort to understand certain questions such as “How will emerging technology improve our productivity in the years ahead?” or “What opportunities will arise from evolving trends and global change?”, Microsoft has collaborated with customers, partners, and thought leaders across multiple disciplines to develop scenarios that explore how long-term trends, customer challenges, and emerging technologies might converge to improve our lives, both at work and home.
Posted by Rick at 12:22 PM
Form Magazine (Germany) and Creativity Magazine (US) have recently published two interesting pieces, respectively “InfoGraphics” and “Information Beautification”, on the recent outburst of interest for Information Visualization.
Posted by Rick at 12:19 PM
People often ask if technical or science-related presentations can be as compelling as presentations covering other less technical topics.
Posted by Rick at 11:57 AM
The logo is the face of any brand — the very first impression — so its design is extremely important.
Posted by Rick at 11:14 AM
Designers at all levels of experience could probably list hundreds of opinions about what makes design successful.
Posted by Rick at 9:00 AM
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Designers are keen observers, just like researchers. But designers are very different animals who process information in a unique way. They seem to pick up signals from consumers that differ from the ones researchers observe.
Posted by Rick at 5:00 PM
As designers working to improve the quality of life in other countries, the firm IDEO has spent more than 10 years creating a methodology focused on designing for the user. And now, IDEO wants to give all of that methodology away...free.
Posted by Rick at 4:54 PM
A Fine Line offers a step-by-step overview of the innovation process — from targeting goals to shepherding new products and services to the marketplace — in order to reveal how to arrive at an authentic human design that connects strongly with consumers.
Posted by Rick at 4:47 PM
With the lows of financial times, and bleak economic outlook lately it can be a bit unnerving for us as creatives. Will our jobs be in danger if there are budget cuts? Will our client/freelance work slow down as a result of small business having to cut expenses? Is there enough work out there for all of us?
Posted by Rick at 1:10 PM
An interview with Bill DeRouchey about his view on the field of interaction design, and the challenges designers face and about authentic experiences.
Design patterns are solutions to recurring problems. By extension, UI design patterns are solutions to common user interface problems.
Posted by Rick at 12:39 PM
For a service who’s value might not be immediately clear to many, this particular FIOS commercial goes beyond the usual monetary value + HD channels-focused differentiation and highlights the user experience.
It does an excellent job of showing people what about the FIOS interface (and service) is interesting by showing you (the ad viewer) exactly what future you (the user) would see on their TV if you had FIOS. The ad also made me (yet again) go check to see if FIOS is available in Park Slope yet (it isn’t).
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Thursday, July 02, 2009
Jabra's latest Bluetooth headsets come with a bizarre extra--a charger base-station equipped with a color touchscreen.
Posted by Rick at 12:31 PM