Thursday, June 29, 2017

Happy 10th Bday iPhone

The most influential product of the last decade was introduced by Apple ten years ago today.

Wired Article: iPhone Turns 10

Friday, June 23, 2017

American Politics Hits the Fashion Runway

The Italian fashion house of Dolce and Gabana has generated controversy for their embrace of political positions.

GQ Article: Raury Protest Fashion Design House

Magazine Cover Design

The New Yorker magazine riffs on a classic film to draw a parallel with the current political administration.


Charlie Chaplin's film Modern Times one of the last silent movies depicts a protagonist who constantly undermines himself by not grasping the mechanisms that frames his environment.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Obama Library Center Plans Revealed

This is the first look at the plans in the works for the 44st President's library. It is described as transformational for the south side of Chicago neighborhood where it will be located.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Up and Coming Designers: Virgil Abloh and Dozie Kanu

A creative voice that you may not know, Virgil Abloh...

What will be the moniker that will be assigned to this era of design where an urban aesthetic is formalized into a language embraced by the "high society" taste makers?

Virgil talks about his retail store and collaborations with Levis..

Virgil discusses his design inspirations and philosophy:

Another Up and Coming Designer - Dozie Kanu

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Matrixx the Movie: A Metaphor for the Virtual World of the 21st Century

The decision to know the truth, the blue pill or the red pill...

Is what you think is real, real or a construct of your imagination...

The Matrix is the system...

Design Ethics -Tristan Harris

Design in the digital era is focused on attracting the human mind and holding its attention, this manipulation of people is the goal of many social media companies.

Tristan Harris points out that this is not in the best interest of the user, but the advertisers.

Tristan Harris website

Monday, May 22, 2017

Art is NOT Design but There is a Connection

The highest price paid for the work of an American artist happened last week when Jean Micheal Basquiat's untitled painting sold for $110 million. Two other artist, Picasso and Andy Warhol 20th century artist captured and defined here times.

Picasso reflected the birth of Modernism, Warhol mirrored the Post-Modern era's break with the past, and Basquiat's aesthetic expresses the graffiti/hip hop/urban inspired aesthetic of the 21st century.

Basquiat Breaks Record...

Basquait Sells for $110 Million

Book: A Quick Kiling in Art

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Institute of Design Selects a New Dean

Dennis Weil (MDes 2001), the newly selected dean of the Institute of Design (ID) at the Illinois Institute of Technology, has embarked on a five city listening tour soliciting feedback from alumni on the future direction of the school.

During his stop in NYC, alumni living on the east coast met at Doblin to share their thoughts on design and ID's future.

Website: Institute of Design

Hair and Beard Trimmers Updated

What does it mean when you pay three times the price for a new product but what it delivers is an experience valued less than another lower priced competitor?

It means a customer experience that translates into disappointment. The newly introduced Bevel Trimmer is the product that has left this consumer underwhelmed.

As a designer I would say the product comes up short to provide the most important element for a premium priced product, the feeling of quality in the way the trimmer sounds and feels when in use.

When products are sold as premium I expect to feel the weight of a solidly built piece of equipment.

In contrast, The Andis BLACKOUT trimmer is classic piece of a tried and true product that delivers where it counts with its update. At half the price, this solidly made smooth running trimmer with power to spare.

An Update on the Ceiling Fan

It is great to see product designers continue to improve the items we use in function and aesthetics.

Article:The Modern Fan Company - Brazilian designer Guto Indio da Costa Edition

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Welcomed Alternative to the Smart Phone

The time has arrived to look back to the value of the simple mobile phone to fill a new need created by the ubiquitous up scale phones and the disappearing land line phones.

The Wisdom of Nokia's Dumbphone

Monday, January 16, 2017

Internationally Renown Stararchitect Zara Hadid

Hadid rose to become one of the world’s most famous architects with her brand of mathematically inspired curving buildings. She died aged 65 after suffering suspected heart failure while on holiday in Miami following an earlier bout of bronchitis.

Video: Architect Zaha Hadid