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

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Oscar Niemeyer, the Brazilian architect who did so much to shape his nation's capital, died last week, aged 104. photos of his work

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

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.
Something to watch for is how auto manufactures handle this. Come to think of it rear engine car like the Porsche 911, did not have front facing grills in the past but now they do...hmm .Article: Why Do All These Electric Cars Have Grills

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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).

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.

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)
Fast Company Article
UP by Jawbone

Friday, October 19, 2012

Designers and Book Fair 2012

This looks like an interesting gathering of designers and great books. So if you find yourself in NYC the last weekend of October check it out.
Designers and Book Fair 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Panel Discussion with Cooper Hewitt 2012 Design Winners

A great discussion among design professionals, sharing their life and design stories.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

The Prophetic Words of Steve Jobs (1983)

Steve Jobs in a presentation about 30 years before the introduction of the personal computer shared is vision for Apple and much of life as we experience it today. The “Lost” Steve Jobs Speech from 1983; Foreshadowing Wireless Networking, the iPad, and the App Store

The Computer History Museum

Computer History Museum, billed as “the world’s largest museum for the preservation and presentation of the computer revolution and its impact.”
Computer History Museum Online Exhibition: Revolution Computing Timeline NYTimes Article: Computer History Museum...

Thursday, September 27, 2012

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.

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?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Design Icon: Thonet Chair No. 14

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.

Article: World Most Popular Chair

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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.

Book: Marc Newson. Works.

Article: 10-minutes-with-marc-newson

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What is an Open Ended Design Process?

3D model making is offering opportunity to include more input from clients and end users in the design process.

NYTimes Article: In a Shifting World of Product Design

The Passing of the Father of the Laptop

 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

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. 

NYTimes Article: Designing Sets for Oprah, Ellen...

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Video: Learning to See as a Way to Think

 Inge Druckrey has been teaching design for more than 40 years. But what she has really been doing is teaching people to see.
Inge Druckrey: Teaching to See from Edward Tufte on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Branding: Twitter

Twitter has dropped its wordmark for a blue bird.

Fast company

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

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 Futures

The 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.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Site

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.

National Building Museum Site

Sunday, September 02, 2012

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 Drawing Drawings with a Purpose

Friday, August 24, 2012

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.

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
Presidential Memorandum Digital Government Strategy Document Press Release: Census Releases Its First Mobile App GSA Digital Services Innovation Center Opens

Thursday, August 23, 2012

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.
Microsoft's New Look

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Design Legend: George Nelson

George Nelson was one of the founding designers of American modernism.
Creating a Design Driven Company

Challenge: Bill Gates Looks to Redesign the Tiolet

Gates Foundation: Inventing a Toilet for the 21st Century

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.
Article: Dip and Squeeze Patent Lawsuit

Friday, August 10, 2012

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.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Product Design: Digital Master Lock

Wow! Who would have thought one of the iconic mechanical devices would move to a digital interface.
Article: A Padlock with a Digital User Interface

Monday, July 30, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Infographic that Help End Slavery

The drawing became a key visual weapon in the 18th- and 19th-century fight against slavery, information design that changes minds.
Fast Company Article

Architect Frank Gehry – Part 1

Architect Frank Gehry – Part 1

Architect Frank Gehry – Part 2

Architect Frank Gehry – Part 2

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.
Omega's Website A Guide to Storing Fruits and Vegetables

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Audio: The Digital Democracy of Sound

Digital technology has changed how we find, make and listen to music. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation investigates in an eight part series how electricity change the way we experience music. The Wire Episode 8

Friday, July 20, 2012

Automobile Design: Renault's Twizy Win Design Award

The vehicles of the future are appearing more often as the variety of electric cars finds its place among high end and low end offerings.
NYTimes Article

Friday, July 13, 2012

History of the Olympic Logo

The internationally recognized five interconnected rings signifying the unity of humankind, according to Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympics, a French aristocrat who designed the symbol for the 20th anniversary of the Games.
NYTimes Article: Who Made the Olympic Rings? More History of the Rings

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bill's Design Talks: Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson has had a string of successes in his career most recently the Nano wrist watch (TikTok) that rocked the Kickstarter funding site and winner of the 2012 Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award winner for Product Design. . Scott sat down with Bill Moggridge as part of his design talk series.

Scott Wilson Talk Metropolis Interview with Scott Wilson

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Technology Policy Reports

The federal government is hard at work considering the future. To know what's next checkout the many reports online associated with the Big Data Initiative.

  The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)—in concert with several Federal departments and agencies—created the Big Data Research and Development Initiative to:

 White House Site

  • Advance state-of-the-art core technologies needed to collect, store, preserve, manage, analyze, and share huge quantities of data. 
  • Harness these technologies to accelerate the pace of discovery in science and engineering, strengthen our national security, and transform teaching and learning; and 
  • Expand the workforce needed to develop and use Big Data technologies.
Today’s initiative responds to recommendations by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, which last year concluded that the Federal Government is under-investing in technologies related to Big Data. In response, OSTP launched a Senior Steering Group on Big Data to coordinate and expand the Government’s investments in this critical area.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Student Designs a Running Shoe

The Royal College of Art student, Luc Fusaro, designed what he believes is the lightest sprint shoe yet.

Video Link

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bad Design Does Exist

Adidas' Jeremy Scott x adidas Roundhouse Mid "Handcuffs", or the "shackle" sneaker fails on a number of levels.

Whatever reference that can be ascribed to shackles is not a positive one and with that alone should have cause the designer and the Adidas to pause. But at $350 is beyond rationale to try and sale  cheaply made footwear.

Fashion design as I have stated many times is a fickle (more subjective) business and stands apart in my mind from the other design disciplines.
Maybe this would be better received as high art, but design I think not.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Visual Commmunication: The Infographic

A handy guide to use in the purchase of your fruits and vegetables, unfortunately this graphic is focused on the planting seasons of the western United States. But the organization of the information makes it easy to digest.

 More infographics follow link: Visualization News

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pepsi Adds a Chief of Design Officer

Pepsi is following Coke in adding a senior manager for Design. Mauro Porcini, 3M's longtime design guru, as its first chief design officer.Mr. Porcini will be charged with creating a culture of design at PepsiCo as well as globally managing design for a variety of key food and beverage brands. His reach will extend from package design to advertising, industrial design and digital experiences. He will report to Brad Jakeman, global beverage group president.

In conclusion, more corporation are finding that design can add value and can add a competitive advantage.

AD Age Article: Pepsi Adds Chief Design Officer Role

Designer: Jonathan Ive Interview

How does a person rise to become the most influential designer of his generation? Working for Apple under Steve Jobs has allowed the talented designer Jonathan Ive to become one of the icons of this eras design leaders.


Interview: Simplicity isn't simple

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Design Strategy: Samsung’s design chief, Sunghan Kim

Kim grasps the complexity of the digital ecosystem in which designer must navigate, he calls it a platform economy.

Each ecosystem partner is jostling to maximize the value it can capture along the customer journey. Not only are many of their platform stakeholders also competitors, some that don’t pose threats today might become forces to be reckoned with tomorrow. Even platform owners have to walk a fine line: They have to open their product enough to attract partners and profit while ensuring that they retain control. This multisided market of buyers and sellers of hardware, software, service, distribution, and advertising then needs to be re-created for new areas for innovation.

Fast Company Article: Ecosystems Rule Over Products Now...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Google Moves into Hardware

With the purchase of the California based product design firm Mike & Maaike and the recent acquisition Google appears to be strengthening its position in the mobile device space.

Businessweek Article: Google is Now a Hardware Company

Wired Article: Goolge Finally Closes $12.5B Takeover...

Fashion Design: The State of Men's Undergarments

Behold the Frigo No. 1, as the new design is called, the first underwear with an interior mesh pouch that is suspended from elastic straps, so it can be adjusted to fit different characteristics of the male anatomy. It’s sort of like a bra with one cup. Also, the waistband and leg holes are bonded to resist bunching, and laser-cut vents placed along the lower back allow for aeration.

NYTimes Article: Victor's Secret

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Book: 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design

The prolific design writer Steven Heller with design critic Veronique Vienne comes 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design -- a thoughtfully curated inventory of abstract concepts that defined and shaped the art and craft of graphic design, each illustrated with exemplary images and historical context.

Teaching design thinking and mentoring high school students

Marty Linder’s long-running iDo program that pairs San Francisco State University students with Bay Area high school students to imbue the latter school’s curriculum with healthy doses of design thinking and design practice.

Jefferson Award Winner: Martin Linder

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The winners of the National Design Awards 2012 were just announced, and the list contains many interesting people.

Cooper Hewitt Web Page

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Book Design: Water Matters

The decision to use information graphics to tell the story of water conservation makes the subject approachable in way that just maybe more people will learn and practice better water usage.
Eddie Opara's New Work

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Mogul as Designer: Brookland Nets Logo

It is increasing common that a entertainer moves into "designing" (aka putting their stamp of approval) on something. This time the hip-hop mogul and part owner of the Brookland Nets basketball team is reported as the designer of the team's new logo.

The new Nets logos have a vintage feel to them and are clear in identifying the place, team and sport it is intended to represent. The element of not is the colors, black and white, making the Nets the only basketball if not sport team with this particular color scheme.

Washington Post Article: Brookland Nets to don black and white

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Design Student: Jonathan Mak Long

The design student, Jonathan Mak Long, a then-19 year old graphic design student at Hong Kong Polytechnic University , whose tribute to Steve Jobs struck a cord was asked to work on a Ad project Sharing Happiness campaign for Coke.

ADAge Article:Student Creates Coke Image

The Wristwatch, Seeks to become Relevant Again

If your above a certain age you might have noticed that a wristwatch is less of a necessity for keeping track of time. Our ever present personal electronic devices have become our defacto time tracker. So what is to become of the traditional wristwatch? A few companies have begun to explore how to make the wristwatch useful in new ways and have received financial support through the idea promotion site of Kickstarter.
NY Times Article: The Wristwatch Looks for a New Use

Friday, April 20, 2012

AIGA Webinar on Data Visualization

Callie Neylan leads a great discussion on Designing with Data with Angela Shen-Hsieh is a partner at, a design consultancy specializing in data visualization and data-driven software user interfaces and Jared Waxman is the group manager for online optimization and analytics for Adobe.

Webinar: Design + Data = Power

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Herman Miller Collection

The standard for modern American furniture design has been established and continues to be maintained by the Michigan based company Herman Miller.

The Herman Miller Collection includes familiar and well-loved pieces from the company's early collaborations with the giants of 20th design, many reintroduced after decades or freshly reinterpreted with new materials and manufacturing technologies. Names like Eames, Nelson, Noguchi, Girard, Bennett, and Burdick are a foundation for the program.

Rooted in Herman Miller's archives of timeless classics, the Collection takes its cues from George Nelson, Herman Miller's Director of Design from 1945 - 1972, who, in the Herman Miller 1952 catalog, wrote of the importance of continuing the creation of a permanent collection "designed to meet fully the requirements for modern living."
Herman Miller Collection

Friday, April 13, 2012

Communication Design: Data Visualization

The Google sponsored challenge to show where our tax dollars go Grand Prize Winner was:

Where Did my Tax Dollars Go?

A more dynamic example of data visualization is the interactive timeline representing the 2011 uprisings in the Middle East.

Arab Spring Timeline

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Competition to Redesign parts of the National Mall

The National Mall has been loved to death. It is our country’s most visited national park, with more than 25 million annual visitors and 3,000 annual permitted events. This 700-acre park was not built to withstand this level of use and has not received adequate resources to be restored and maintained to a level befitting its role as an irreplaceable piece of our American fabric.

This is a welcomed opportunity to improve what I have heard described as the nation's living room, the national mall has been allowed to languish over the years. Now the is an effort to improve the functional and aesthetic qualities of the land making up the space connecting the institutions of our government, museums and open spaces.

Trust for the National Mall

Friday, April 06, 2012

Auto Design: Ferdinand Porsche (1935-2012)

Ferdinand Porsche the designer of the iconic 911 sport car introduced in 1963.

“Design must be functional and functionality must be translated into visual aesthetics, without any reliance on gimmicks that have to be explained,” he said.

NYTimes Bio
Tribune Bio

Thursday, April 05, 2012

A Folding Bike

Tern Folding Bicycles are catching the eye of industry insiders because of its rapid growth and solid product.

Tern Website

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Manufacturing in America

Herman Miller continues to churn out furniture products from its Michigan plants that are competitive with other brands. How do they do it?