Sunday, June 26, 2016

Home Decor in an Age of Uncertainty

The article below considers the question why Ikea is useful and continues to be a popular choice for home furnishing.

Guarian Article: The Real Reason You Still Shop at Ikea...

Public Lecture by Design Historian - Alison Clarke

Dr. Alison J. Clarke is Professor of Design History and Theory, at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and Director of the Papanek Foundation. She holds a Masters in Design History from the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum, and a doctorate in social anthropology from University College London. She is the author of Design Anthropology: Object Culture in the 21st Century and appears as a design expert for the BBC television series Home and The Genius of Design. She is currently completing a monograph for MIT Press on Victor Papanek and design activism.


Designer for the Real World? A Public Lecture by Alison J Clarke from MICA Social Design on Vimeo.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Fashion Rebels: Innovating and Changing the Industry


Alessandro Michele of Gucci and Demna Gvasalia of Balenciaga
and Vetements are making clothes that capture the zeitgeist.



NYTimes Magazine Article


Sunday, June 05, 2016

In Tribute to a Cultural Icon - Muhammad Ali

Today America lost the Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century Muhammad Ali.




Friday, May 20, 2016

Apple New Retail Aesthetic and Approach


Fifteen years after open its retails stores Apple is updating their stores aesthetic and customer experience.

Video: of San Francisco's New Apple Store

Friday, May 13, 2016

Article: What was the Greatest Era for Innovation?


The progress of society has been happening for awhile though many think that the last 25 years is the greatest time for innovations.

NYTimes Article: What was the Greatest Era for Innovation

Friday, February 19, 2016

NYC Installs WiFi HotSpots in Place of Public Phones

I am please to see NYC taking a big step in making my graduate thesis proposal a reality. Creating a public infrastructure for wireless connections - marvelous!!



My thesis project propose the replace of parking meters with wireless hotspots to create and infrastructure.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Documentary on the Internet: "Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World"

Coming to Sundance Film Festival 2016 is a film I am very interested in checking out.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Architect Alejandro Aravena TED Talk



When asked to build housing for 100 families in Chile ten years ago, Alejandro Aravena looked to an unusual inspiration: the wisdom of favelas and slums. Rather than building a large building with small units, he built flexible half-homes that each family could expand on. It was a complex problem, but with a simple solution — one that he arrived at by working with the families themselves. With a chalkboard and beautiful images of his designs, Aravena walks us through three projects where clever rethinking led to beautiful design with great benefit. -TED




TED Talk link

NPR Link

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Posters that Cronicle the Age of AIDS

In the nineteen-nineties a physican named Edward Atwater began a collection of Graphic Art totaling more than 6,200 pieces. He recently donated the collection to the University of Rochester.
AIDS Education Posters




Atheletic Footwear Continues to Push the Boundaries

Adidas is pulling out all stops to catch up to Nike's lead in innovative processes and designs.

Beyond enlisting Kayne and a bringing on a number of Nike designers, Adidas is partnering with experienced European luxury brands and embracing new manufacturing processes to gain traction in the race to expand their market share.

Article: Adidas Reinvents the Leather...







Article: Futurecraft, Adidas Step into Design Innovation

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

A great reference for iconic logos. Jens Müller, a Germany-based designer, has amassed a collection of 6,000 such logos that now fill the pages of Logo Modernism, a new book out from Taschen that’s a sort of textbook-dossier of icons created throughout the 20th century.

Article:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Richest Design Prize Award: INDEX

The winners of the 2015 INDEX Award has just been announced. This award seeks to celebrate solving world problems.

INDEX Award Winners




Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Starchitect Changing the NYC Skyline - Bjarke Ingels

Wired Article: Meet the Superstar...

Marc Newson Updates the Fountain Pen

Newson process for approach designs problems is described here:

Newson always carries his sketchbook with him, where he jots down thoughts on whatever design problem he's trying to solve, as well as other ideas for new products or improvements on existing designs. From the sketchbook, Newson moves to the computer. "Only after that [sketching], do I sit down to begin the process of getting my ideas onto the computer with a colleague and special 3D software," he says. "And so the process begins—learning about and choosing the various processes and materials we may use for the design, refining the design bit by bit, meetings with the client, then to prototype."

Article: On Montblanc's Updated Fountain Pen


Monday, September 21, 2015

The Graphic Work of Emory Douglas

The revolutionary art work of the Black Panthers was created by the groups Emory Douglas, who served as the minister of culture producing images for their weekly paper.

Article: Creator of iconic imagery behind Black Panthers

Emory Douglas Revolutionary Art Work

Monday, September 14, 2015

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Google Updates it's Logo

Just a few week ago Google announced a new organizational structure, introducing Alphabet as its parent company.

Article: New Google logo

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

New Shower Head Designed Reduce Water Usage

Silicon Valley start-ups are studying the home and finding opportunities to improve the function and quality of that experience. The latesteffort can be found in the Nebia shower head.


Kickstarter Campaign Video

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Sharing Economy, What is it?

Uber and Airbnb are two models for the new sharing economy. These organizations have disrupted the traditional hospitality and transportation frameworks and replaced them with a series of tough questions to be answered though the creation of new legislative policies.


Article: Gigs with Benefits

Article: This is How Uber Takes Over a City

Article: When is A Worker an Employee?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The New Ford Motor Company

The Ford "Mobility" Company is how Ford is redefining itself, looking at all forms of mobility as they predicts few car owners and congested future.

Article: Ford of the future: Wearables, car swapping, ebikes

FORD OPENS NEW SILICON VALLEY RESEARCH CENTER TO DRIVE INNOVATION IN CONNECTIVITY, MOBILITY, AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

Friday, June 26, 2015

Typography Used on Janet Jackson's New Project

Janet is flaming anticipation for her new music by selecting type very expressive of the digital world in which we are living in. To introduce her single the she animates her name as reflecting the sound waves embedded in the A and the E of her name - cleaver!

Guardian Article with the Animation and Song


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Google Implements My Graduate Thesis...

Well it feels great to know that my thinking about the future of public space is being validated by the implementation of a solution idea that I proposed in 2003 to address a multi-tude of urban issues such as: the growing digital divide, the urban challenge of identifying parking spaces, the need for cities to generate revenues and ultimately for cities to manage the public "virtual" spaces as they have used parking meters for decades to control the use of physical spaces in cities.

Article: Google, Lining City Streets With WI-FI Hubs









Below my thesis poster.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Building the 21st Century Digital Government.

The federal government is engaged in finding the opportunities that technology affords to improve the services provided to the nation. The formation of a group of bright techies are working on the problems of government, they are known as 18F.

Website: 18F GSA

Fast Company Article: Meet the Geeks

Posting: The difference between 18F and USDS

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The Design of the World Trade Center Final Tower

The raise of the star architect of the NOW, just reveal his plans for the WTC.



Wired Article: The Last WTC Tower

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Article: BIG and Weird The Architectural Genius of Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick

The architectural firm of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has rocketed to the forefront of innovation in architecture securing major commissions.

Bloomberg Article: BIG and Weird...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Design Movements


http://www.theartstory.org/section_movements.htm

Design Movement Link

Friday, March 27, 2015

African Fashion Seen Through the Eyes of Siblings

 and African fashion specialist, author of the blog Nothing but the wax collected a list of siblings revolutionizing African style.

View the powerful images collected by Chienin that demonstrates an inspired African aesthetic.

Huffington Post Blog: Double Vision

Monday, March 23, 2015

Taschen Publisher of Design Books

A leader in the publishing of Art and Design titles is Taschen, especial those large beautiful coffee table kinds of books.

Taschen Publisher Titles

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Graphic Designer: Eddie Opara

Pentagram partner Eddie Opara is a London-born graphic designer living in the US. In this interview at AGI Open 2013, he speaks about creating diagrams that capture moments in time, his collaboration with MIT SENSEable City Laboratory and his advice to young designers.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Big News From Apple This Week Was Not a Watch....

Apple has committed $50 million to increase the numbers of women and minorities in the tech pipeline.

Fortune Article: Apple Commits $50 Million

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Fashion Design: Haider Ackerman

There is something about Haider Ackerman's designs that are so visually pleasing. The luxe fabrics, unique shapes, multiple color palettes, mix of textures and so much more...make this Colombian one to watch.

Haider Ackermann Men’s | Spring 2015 Fashion Show

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

A Brief History of User Experience Design

"When the point of contact between the product and the people becomes a point of friction, then the industrial designer has failed. On the other hand, if people are made safer, more comfortable, more eager to purchase, more efficient—or just plain happier—by contact with the product, then the designer has succeeded." - Henry Dreyfuss

Article: A Brief History of User Experience Design

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Tech Titans: Apple, Facebook and Google Build New Headquarters

The titans of the information age: Apple, Facebook and Google have all signed off on building new campuses each design by a star-architect David Foster, Frank Gerhy and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)with Thomas Heatherwick respectively. Below Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick's Google Campus: Below David Foster Design of Apple's HQ: Below Frank Gehry's design of Facebook's campus:

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tristian Walker is Working Hard and Redefining Opportunity

A young leader of his own start-up is making a name for himself in Silicone Valley. Tristan Walker's story is a tale of a new model of business in a venture capital fueled world.

Article:The Invisible Man

Article: A Different Kind of Valley Life

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Will 3D Printing Replicate the Photocopier's Impact on Life, Work and Play?

Companies from Xerox to Kinko's have built fortunes on the technology that provided the ability to reproduce words and images on paper.

Article: How the Photcopier Chamged the Way We Live...

Video Interview with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

I get the impression that Mark Zuckerburg is the present day Henry Ford. As the automobile industry and Ford Motor Company was the defining category and company for the 20th century ability to innovate an scale up an economic model, I see social media and Facebook as the industry and company defining the 21 century and American ingenuity.



Video Interview: Mark Zuckerburg

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fashion's Racial Divide Noticed Again

 Once again the lack of designers of color is noticed and articles are being written highlighting the fact.





NYTimes Article: Fashion's Racial Divide

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jonathan Ive and the Future of Apple


Article: The Shape of Things to Come

This generations most influential product designer sits down for one of his longest interviews to date.

Article: Could Jony Ive Pull off an Apple Car?

Monday, February 16, 2015

What's up with Kayne and Fashion

What does it mean when the power brokers of HipHop share front row with the Queen of fashion? The cultural elite showed up in force to Fashion Week's Addais/Kayne collection.





Article: Are the Sharks Gonna Eat Me Alive...

Article: Does Kayne West's Insane Addais Collection Count as Fashion?

Article: Drake and Kayne West...

Show Review: "Kayne West Hasn't Graduated Fashion School Yet"

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Internet of Things: Where Devices Talk to Other Devices




In our houses, cars, and factories, we’re surrounded by tiny, intelligent devices that capture data about how we live and what we do. Now they are beginning to talk to one another. Soon we’ll be able to choreograph them to respond to our needs, solve our problems, even save our lives.
- Bill Wasik
Wired Article: In the Programmable World...


Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Office Cubicle Turns Fifty

The office work space continues to shift pushed by technology and the changing nature of the work itself.
One significant change in work is its increasing mobility, the ability to work remotely is reducing the amount of physical space needed for housing workers.

The office plan introduced in 1964 was designed by Robert Propst for Herman Miller was call the Action Office. Propst argued the office work was mental work and the environment should enhance that effort.

Article: The office cubicle: from commercial flop to best-selling design classic

Article: How the Open Office May Sabotaging Your Workday

Article: The Cubicle You Call Hell

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Lunch Talks: Short Conversations by Creatives

Hyperakt design firm shares videos of their speaker series with creative professionals.

Video link to Lunch Talks

Exhibition: Hot to Cold: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation

The National Building Museum showcases the work of the international design firm - Bjake Ingels Group (BIG) from January 24, 2015 to August 30, 2015.



BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group Web Site

National Building Museum Page on Hot to Cold

Washington Post's Article on Exhibition: Hot to Cold

Article: High Rise, Bjake Ingels

BIG recently submitted plans to improve the Smithsonian campus in downtown Washington DC (image below).


Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Miracle Material: Graphene

New materials play a instrumental role in unleashing new ways of solving problems and improving products.

"Although it was the thinnest material in the known universe, it was a hundred and fifty times stronger than an equivalent weight of steel—indeed, the strongest material ever measured. It was as pliable as rubber and could stretch to a hundred and twenty per cent of its length. Research by Philip Kim, then at Columbia University, determined that graphene was even more electrically conductive than previously shown."  - John Colapinto


New Yourker Article: Material Question