Design Thinking: History, Theory, Technology and Practice
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Kanye Goes to Harvard's Design School
Odd as it may seem, Mr. West is one of the loudest promoters of design role in popular culture. He appears to honestly value design and is on a journey to harness its creative power to change if not "save the world".
New Director of the Smithsonian's Copper Hewitt Design Musuem
A new director for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City.
Caroline Baumann was named to the post Thursday.
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I have long stated that fashion design is problematic for me when considered beside the other design professions like architecture, industrial and graphic design. The challenge I have with fashion is that is overwhelmingly driven by stylist in search of fads and less about problem solving as I believe drives the other design practitioners.
But on occasion I have gladly given props to Nike for changing athletic apparel category through design. Now I gladly acknowledge G-Star for its progressive and innovative approach to fashion, specifically its RAW 3D denim jean designs.
Article: Best G Star Jeans
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Its Been Awhile Since Ive Posted....
I guess there are moments when life is full and blogging takes a back seat, but I will now get back to the task of posting interesting design stuff.
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The New Industrial Revolution
In a nutshell, the term “Maker” refers to a new category of builders who are using open-source methods and the latest technology to bring manufacturing out of its traditional factory context, and into the realm of the personal desktop computer. “Until recently, the ability to manufacture was reserved for those who owned factories,” Anderson says. “What’s happened over the last five years is that we’ve brought the Web’s democratizing power to manufacturing. Today, you can manufacture with the push of a button.”
Read more: http://business.time.com/2012/10/01/how-the-maker-movement-plans-to-transform-the-u-s-economy/#ixzz2GppAe6OQ
How the ‘Maker’ Movement Plans to Transform the U.S. EconomyBook Review: Maker: The New Industrial Revolution
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Google is Going Though a Redesign
The iconic simple search homepage is being updated.
The changes are subtile but can have a tremendous impact on the user experience.
Fast Company Article
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Auto Design: Why Do Electric Cars have Grills?
I thought this was a great question(see the attached article). The opportunity to replace this once useful requirement for air intake needed for the internal combustion engine.
Surpreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Talks Design
Prior to being nominated to the high court, Justice Breyer served as an appeals judge in Boston and played a leading role in the architect selection process for the courthouse (the eventual winner, Pei Cobb Freed).
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Friday, November 09, 2012
Inside the 'NYT' Graphics Department
Lessons from the leading graphic design team. The New York Times graphics department discuss how they operate and how to they create powerful work.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wearable Gadgets a New Frontier
Smart phones are here, so what's coming next? Gadgets that you wear and that provide personalized information. (i.e. Nike's Fuelband shown below)
The Making of the Eames LCW Chair
For the most part, these processes are virtually identical to those
developed by Charles and Ray Eames over 65 years ago.
But in very quiet
but telling ways, is still guided by humans simply because the materials are natural and don’t lend themselves to automation.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Movie Scene: Fight Club
A short commentary on consumerism's psychological influence on how Ed Norton's character, Jack, reflects on the objects in his apartment as a mirror into his identity. Spoiler alert: He was not successful.
But what do the objects that we acquire say about who we are?
The world's best selling chair when introduced in 1859 by Michael Thonet, a cabinet maker, was innovative in that it was made from machine-made and hand-made parts. Still in production 150 years later No. 14's consist of only six components. This first ready to assembly chair could cheaply and easily be shipped around the world. More than 50 million of these chairs have been sold.
A Brief Interview with Architect David Adjaye
The international renown architect David Adjaye sits down for a Q and A with Time magazine. His work can be seen in the DC area, two recently opened public libraries and the planned Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (2015).
Marc Newson has a Book of on the Way
The breath of work produced by Marc Newson is truly amazing. The designer of this generation as impacted both the Art and Design worlds with some of his best known works. In the video below he discusses his forthcoming book.
Widely viewed as a father of the field of interaction design, a
discipline that focuses on improving the human experience with digital
products.A founding member of IDEO, a leading product design consultancy based in silicon valley. Bill, as he was affectionate called was recently appoint as director of the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum will be missed. R.I.P. NYTimes Article: William Moggridge Dies
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Interior Design: Designing Set for Televison
Anton Goss, 41, a Los Angeles-based set designer who’s carved out a
niche designing sets for single-named daytime talk-show hosts, including
Oprah, Tyra, Ellen and now Ricki.
Designer Beats: Music that Inspires Creativity
When I think of the music that has inspired me this year Robert Glasper (Black Radio), Rebecca Fergueson (Heaven) and most recently Emeli Sandae (Our Version of Events) come to mind.
Exhibition: 40 under 40 - Craft FuturesThe exhibition 40 under 40: Craft Futures investigates evolving notions of craft within traditional media such as ceramics and metalwork, as well as in fields as varied as sculpture, industrial design, installation art, fashion design, sustainable manufacturing, and mathematics. The range of disciplines represented illustrates new avenues for the handmade in contemporary culture.
Design Exhibition: House and Home
The House & Home exhibition at the National Building Museum April 28, 2012 - May 1, 2017. This look at the American domestic life considers what 'home' means.Remarkable transformations in technology, laws, and consumer culture have brought about enormous change in American domestic life.
The Architect and the Lost Art of Drawing
Drawing is fundamental to the architect/designer catching and communicating their visions. The tools have changed since the days of old, but now the computer is causing concern among purist in the field.
Architect and the Lost Art of DrawingDrawings with a Purpose
Graphic Design Exhibiton: Now in Production
The exhibition explores some of the most vibrant sectors and genres of graphic design from 2000 to the present.
Last day to catch this exhibition is September 3rd, 2012.
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The Federal Government Goes Digital
“I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology to make a real difference in people’s lives.”
– President Barack Obama
MicroSoft's New Logo
The Seattle based software company has refresh its logo for the first time in 25 years. Its waving flag and Helvetic typeface has replaced by a more static colorful square and a softer typeface, Segoe.
A Better Ketchup Container
If you've stopped by a fast food establishment recently you my have experience a new way to place ketchup on your fries. Heinz "Dip and Squeeze" packet offers users the choice to squeeze or dip their fries.
Sustainable and Customizable iPad Case
I looked into available iPad cases and concluded that the offering came up short and so I have yet to purchase a case. The Papernomad case may just change that. Their simple solution really strike me as very fitting contrast to the device. A paper case for the device that is in many ways replacing the printed page.
Consumer Product: Omega Juicer
When a product addresses the issues around its use from ease of use, performing it function well, its construction and choice of materials to ease of clean-up it should be applauded. In this case the Omega fruit and vegetable juice fills the bill.
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Location: Washington DC, Mid-Atlantic Region, United States
Master Certificate, Project Management - George Washington University; Master of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology - The Institute of Design; Bachelor of Science, Business Management - Wayne State University