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

Kibisi partners

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.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

Car on the railway tracks


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


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.


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

Guepardo human powered vehicle from Argentina Photo

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


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.


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


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

Design conversations

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.