Friday, September 25, 2009

Honda U3-X: New Electric Unicycle with 360 Degree Movement

Take out the Honda logos and most people would probably think that the U3-X is either some sort of a compact gym machine or if you're childishly foolish like ourselves, a pleasure contraption - if you catch our drift...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Milan World Expo 2015: Feeding the planet, energy for life

While people across the world are eagerly waiting for the World Expo 2010 Shanghai, we have the conceptual master plan for the Milan World Exposition 2015 at our hands.

Eco // 07 Bicycle, revitalizing sustainable urban commutation

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Biking with its all important eco factor has always been an essential part of short distance traveling, but by adding portability to contemporary bicycle designs, designers have given a whole new dimension to the sustainable urban commutation.

Gator Hydroplane for a thrilling dash through water

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Current hydroplanes come with very little haul which makes them very fast and at the same time very unstable, especially in windy conditions during a race.

Blind communicate better with Tactility concept phone

With the rapid growth in mobile technology, mobile phones have become an essential tool of modern existence. And there is no reason that the visually impaired should remain detached from the necessary communication device.


House with a Modern and Attractive Design

This house, located in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico has a very modern and attractive design and it was designed by Agraz Arquitectos.

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Life Off-Shore: House on the Water

Built in Greece, near the island of Zante in Navagio Beach, this breathtaking house on the water comes from formodesign, and was created as “a rental house for people who want to be independent”. What a sight!

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Prototyping Is One Way Of Developing Strategic Agility.

That makes prototyping a strategy tool in additional to just a design tool.

Study: Expected versus experienced usability

This study shows that expected and experienced usability can differ significantly under the influence of usage, how expected usability can be influenced, and what the effect of poor experienced usability can be.

Zaha Hadid architects: Burnham Pavilion, Chicago

Zaha Hadid architects‘ burnham pavilion recently opened in millennium park, chicago as part of the burnham plan centennial celebrations. the pavilion is composed of an intricate curved aluminium structure, with fabric skins tightly zipped around the metal frame to create the curvilinear shape.

Nantucket Diddy Bagg

A ditty bag is a traditional tool carrier for marine use. Unlike a hard toolbox, it fits just about anywhere and is less likely to ding your shin (or a pretty piece of varnished mahogany) if you bump into it.


Ten Innovative Designs To Help The Sight Impaired

Here’s a look at ten innovative designs to help the sight impaired.


The Visual Assistance Card

Imagine being blind for a minute, and you have to go to the store to pick up a few things. You have everything in your basket ready to be checked out and since you have no cash in your pocket, you whip out the old trustworthy debit card.

Blind And Deaf Communication

How would a blind and a deaf person communicate with each other?


Why Your Next Favorite Notebook Will Be From New Leaf Paper

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New Leaf Paper has made high-quality recycled paper since the 1990s in the hopes of inspiring a fundamental shift toward environmental responsibility in the paper industry. But for a long time their product lines of coated, uncoated, and board grade papers were only offered wholesale, so even if their example was shining, their impact was subdued.

The Design Process; There’s an App for That

One of the most important aspects of a design project is the process. Process can involve extensive sketching, wireframing, design comps, critiques, business planning, standards testing, client feedback, revisions and more.

Jeff Hamada: Booooooom

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Jeff Hamada is a self-described small Japanese artist working out of Vancouver, BC. He was recently selected as one of 100 artists to collaborate with Converse and Product(RED) to celebrate Converse’s 100th year anniversary.

At Last, 9/11 World Trade Center Museum Unveiled

West Chamber with Last Column

Eight years after the September 11 attacks, the final piece of design at Ground Zero has been unveiled: The underground museum linking the two reflecting pools that will mark the footprints of the Twin Towers. Read article here.

Doing More With Less: Using the Down Economy as a Design Brief

A bad economy is tough on a company's bottom line and even tougher on those individuals that have to struggle to make ends meet. But when it comes to the design profession, it's different. Not because the industry is immune from a bad economy--far from it--but because negative economic conditions are often a catalyst for change. It also forces designers to create with more care.

User Experience Designer vs. Creative Director

Professionals within our industry are completely awash with opportunities by which they can tweak and cajole better user experiences from their projects.

Imagine Leadership | By XPLANE & Nitin Nohria

Nitin Nohria and Amanda Pepper of Harvard Business School's Leadership Initiative collaborated with XPLANE to create this video in order to generate a discussion of the value and importance of leadership to address some of society's most pressing problems.

David Merkoski

David Merkoski, Executive Creative Director at frog design, discusses the creation of a U.S. National Design Policy.

Design thinking and the future

In his presentation at LIFT09 in Geneva, Fabio Sergio, creative director at frog design, explores design's role in creating habitable and desirable futures. He shows various examples to explain how people-centered design goes beyond usage or consumption and should be about culture and seeing people how people react to things within their own culture.

Inventions: Déjà Sole

In the digital age we can send texts and pics to anyone, anywhere, instantly. But how might we share feelings? Through our feet, obviously. For GOOD Magazine’s Inventions video series, frog’s VP of Creative Robert Fabricant imagines a new kind of shoe that can take you anywhere.

In the flow

For designers, sometimes it's good to ignore the details.

Extinction of the Expert

How the knowledge economy is changing the innovation game.

Creative Destruction

The mobile industry was built on change. Now what?

Driver Experience Design

Equally important to what we drive is how we drive.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

User Experience Vision Videos

As powerful networked device capabilities continue to enter mainstream use, several technology companies have released "vision" videos portraying how capabilities like augmented reality, flexible OLED screens, and rich sensors can alter our lives in the future.

Logo design A to Z - D

Some time ago this site began a series of posts on logo design. Their goal? To cover as many logos as they can until the end of the year... they started with logos starting with A, today is all about D's.

5 live sketching tips every designer should know

This is the first in a series of tips, tricks and recipes for designers, artists and other visual thinkers working in meetings and other sessions where large amounts of complex information need to be collected and visualized. It’s a peek into how XPLANE approaches discovery and uses visual thinking to communicate key ideas.

Data Visualization and Infographics Resources

Data visualizations and infographics can make complex datasets easier to understand and comprehend. By creating a graphical represenatation of data and statistics, complicated concepts and information can make more sense in less time.


Adaptive Path

Look and observe the various 51+ videos reflecting Adaptive Path's approach to design and the user experience.