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