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 GroupVisual.io, 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?

Product Design: PBS Off Book Series

PBS Website

Design Synthesis: A Video Lesson

Interaction designer Jon Kolko explain his understanding of Design Synsthesis and where it exist.

His book: Exposing the Magic of Design

Exhibition: MOMA Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000

MoMA’s ambitious survey of 20th century design for children is the first large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking.

The exhibition will bring together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately, including school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.

The exhibition, on view at MoMA from July 29 to November 5, 2012