Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Book: Steve Jobs Biography

The biographer, Walter Issacson, speaks about his insights on Apple's founder and creative genius.

NYTimes Article: The Genius of Jobs

The New Yorker Article: The Tweaker

MLK Memorial on the National Mall

After years of hard work the King memorial was officially dedicated on October 16, 2011.

Friday, October 07, 2011

iSad: The Passing of Steve Jobs

NYTimes: Apple’s Visionary Redefined Digital Age

The Six Pillars of Steve's Design Philosophy

"In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer. It's interior decorating. It's the fabric of the curtains and the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service."

"My position coming back to Apple was that our industry was in a coma. It reminded me of Detroit in the '70s, when American cars were boats on wheels."

-Interview with Fortune Magazine, 2000

"Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice."

"My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other's kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That's how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they're done by a team of people."

Article: Mourning Jobs

What can Designers Learn from Hip-Hop Artist?

Its hard to glean the impact of culture's impact when your in the mist of living in it. So questioning the influence of Hip-Hop and what it reveals about the state of affairs of the last twenty-five years will be the subject hundreds of books and future documentaries, but one designer has considered the subject in the link below.

Blog Post: What Visual Designers can Learn from Biggie Smalls

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

A Company to Consider for Design Researchers: GfK

GfK looks like a very interesting organization that would be stimulating for a Designer/Research person. There physical collection of 100,000 package designs spanning the last thirty years is rich in and of itself.

GfK's Website

Apple's New iPhone Interface: Siri

Apple revealed the step in smoothing the interaction between humans and computers with it's Suri interface for the iPhone.

Apple's latest contribution grew out of a military research project. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), under its Perceptive Assistant that Learns (PAL) program, has awarded SRI the first two phases of a five-year contract to develop an enduring personalized cognitive assistant.

Original Project Description

Fast Company Magazine Article