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

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Industrial Deisgn needs to change...

One Industrial Design willing admits that the profession needs a serious update to better serve the work of today which increasing has a technology component.

Article: Industrial Design Needs to Grow Up

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The New Rock Stars: Coders?

One thing that can not be denied is that the digital world is reshaping the world as we have known it, and those that can code can demand a handsome pay check for their skills.

Article: The Programmer's Price

Coming Soon! The Newly Revonated Cooper Hewitt Musuem

The Smithsonian National Design Museum will be opening in the coming week after under going a multi-year upgrade.

Core77 Interview with Caroline Baumann

Cooper Hewitt Opening Exhibitions

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Apple Introduces its First Wearable Products

What does Apples foray into wearables mean?

The core beliefs behind this category of product for Apple is considered in the article below.

6 Core Beliefs Behind the New Apple Watch

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nike Unveils the Future of Basketball Courts

This has amazing potential to enhance the excitement of performances of any kind, not just basketball.

Washington Post Article: The Story Behind Nike's Basketball Court

Sunday, August 17, 2014

U.S. Governments: New Digital Service

In a move parallel to the successful United Kingdom Digital Services a small team of experts are tasked with improving the value government delivers to citizens through Federal IT. 

White House Blog Post

Article: White House launches digital team for online upgrades

Update:Cape Town 2014 World Design Capitol

Some of the many projects part of Cape Town's desire to "Live Design, Transform Lives" are discussed in a Metrpolis magazine article.

Article:Eyes on Cape Town

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A product to stimulate hair growth.....Okay it caught my eye because of the growing bald spot atop my head.

Article: The Helmet that Could Cure Baldness

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Bike Design Project: Urban Bike Design Contest

 This competition isn’t on paper. Each team is developing a fully functional, road-tested prototype. High design and deep craft combine to create a very real and viable end product.

The solutions will be revealed today! and voting opens.

The Bike Design Project

The Design Brief

How to Vote

The Bike Designs

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Architecture Icons Animated

Iconic homes of the 20th century have been placed into animated video. Graphic designer Matteo Muci breaks down the intricate buildings into simple lines and geometric shapes.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Internet of Things, Enchanted Objects

A discussion on the new frontier of connected things and how it can be made magical and not intrusive.

Video: NYTimes

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Design Curator: Paola Antonelli Speaks

Design and Violence is an online curatorial experiment that explores the manifestations of violence in contemporary society. Pairing critical thinkers with challenging design case studies, the project aims to spark discussion and bring the ambiguous relationship between design and violence to center stage for designers and the people they serve—all of us.  -MOMA

Video: Discussion on Design and Violence

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Website Redesign: Design Observer Hits Refresh

A well know site for critical conversations on design has redesigned it's website. I encourage you to take a look at the new layout and consider the content.

Site: Design Observer

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

Is Data the New Material for Designers?

Vinay Venkatraman tells us why data and technology are fundamentally changing the way designers are creating new products.

TED Talk: Tinkering Crafts

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Apple After Steve Job's: The Question is Slowly Being Answered...

The status of Apple is an open debate among tech watchers, here is an article that attempts to shed some light on the company after Jobs.

NYTimes Article: Tim Cook Making Apple His Own

Apple's Design Process and Product Philosophy

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Start-Up Design School: 30weeks

An experimental program to give talented designers the hands-on experience, mentorship, critiques, tools, workspace, and connections they need to create products and start companies that may just change the world. It’s 30 weeks. It’s in New York. And it starts September 2014.

Website: How to Apply


Thursday, June 05, 2014

Should Creatives Learn To Code?

Should Creatives Learn To Code? is a question many creative types are asking themselves.
Recently I've encouraged many young aspiring creatives to consider exposing themselves to coding, "just to become familiar with the language of the digital age".

 Writer John Pavlus tackles the question in the article below:

Article: Should You Learn to Code?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Design Milestone: The Beats Goes Mainstream

With the recent purchase of the Beats headphone and streaming music company by Apple, tongues are a wagging trying to understand what it means. For me, the insight is urban hip-hop culture has arrived at the door of this generations most successful design centric company. Not since Nike teamed with Micheal Jordan to release his trail-blazing Air Jordan line of shoes and apparel has the urban hip-hop aesthetic been so unapologetically embraced by an industry leading business organization.

Article: Why Isn't the Guy Who Designed Beats Going to Apple?

The designer of the Beats Robert Brunner's open letter in response to the purchase Beats.

The Letter

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Painters as Foretellers of a Coming Aesthetic: Picasso and Basquiat

Picasso's revolutionary cubist inspired painting Les Demoiselles d'avignon broke with the past signaling the birth of Modernism.

Basquiat's graffitti inspired paintings pointed to a new urban aesthetic were words and images led a cultural revolution of HipHop.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Design Firm: Walker and Company

Tristan Walker has taken on the challenge of identifying and addressing the black consumer market with products designed with their needs in mind. His first product offering seeks to address the grooming products category with a shaving system called Bevel.

CNN Article: Path Through Silicon Valley

Fast Company Article: What High Design Can Do For Neglected Black Consumers

Walker and Company Website

Bevel Shaving System

CODE2040 Fellows Program

I find this story interesting on many levels: there is opportunity to bring the learnings and skills gleaned from silicon valley startups an apply it more broadly to under served markets I get it; the discovery of design by young entrepreneurs is exciting for the aesthetic that can be brought to the marketplace, just think of theBEAT headphones by Dr.Dre's; the time is now to sit at the table and be heard, think of Kayne's demand's and frustration with NIKE.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fashion: Jeans have Faded and Athletic Wear is the New Denim

Athletic wear has surpassed jeans as the preferred clothing among the young with Lulullemon and Nike leading the pack.

denim leggings chart 

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Graphic Designer: Milton Glaser

The legend of modern graphic design is still sharing his unique point of view. Glaser known for the body of his work, but most associated with the 'I Love NY' logo.

Article: Getting to know Milton Glaser, the Godfather of Modern Design

NYTimes Article: "Mad Men" Enlists the Graphics Guru

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Design Conference: Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2014

This conference is looking like the place to be for bleeding-edge look at opportunities for design and designers.
Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2014 Website

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Architecture: Zaha Hadid

Easily one of the most influential architects of the moment, Zaha Hadid has unveiled images of a 40-storey hotel with an exposed exoskeleton that is under construction in Macau, China.

Graudian Article: Zaha Hadid beyond buildings...

City of Dreams hotel in Macau by Zaha HadidZaha Hadid

Marc Newson Talks About Fashion and Furniture

Newson shares his thoughts on the state of fashion and furniture design.

de zeen Article: The design industry is "really pathetic"


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Design History: Charles Rennie Mackintosh - A Modern Man

Easily one of the most inspiring designers of the early 20th century, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, along with his wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, produced beautiful architecture, interiors, graphics and furnishings that referenced the movements of their generation: Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau. But the couple's work pushed beyond the traditions of 19th century conventions to give life to a truly wholistic view of modern living.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Design History: The Allure of Art Nouveau -BBC Videos

This BBC series of videos capture the context and power of the design movement Art Nouveau at the turn of the turn of the 20th century.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Digital Design: Sha Hwang

Sha Hwang discusses his experience as member of the surge team brought together to save the website and other opportunities he has had as a designer.
Bloomberg Article and Video

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

30 Most Inflential Designers by Complex Magazine

These designers have forged products that have been seamlessly integrated into our lives. Their objects and images have become so much a part of our visual vocabulary that we forget that there was once someone there to plan, edit and create them. The innumerable logos, book covers, typefaces, chairs, buildings, shoes, and furniture featured in this list have gone on to not only outlive their creators, but take on a personality and life of their own.   

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Type Design: The Final Interview with Designers Hoefler & Frere-Jones

The Font Men, a short documentary highlighting what made Hoefler and Frere-Jones unique during their 10-year partnership.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Interview with Jonathan Ive

In a rare chance to understand this generations most influential designers the following interview reveals Jonathan Ive's views on design an the future of Apple.

Time Article: Apple Designer...Talks...