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LG announces future phone design contest winners
Friday, July 31, 2009
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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Monday, July 27, 2009
This post in the Design Blog highlights the "City Scooter", designed by Austrian Florian Wille, it provides the consumer with the thrill of a motorcycle but the convention of a compact car. This 3 wheeler features a big loading space up front which can be used to provide space for miscellaneous items that motorcycles often lack, and also serves as a crash zone offering riders more safety. Will we be seeing similar designs for these types of electric vehicles in the future?
Friday, July 24, 2009
Some of the winners included: SHoP Architects of New York for architecture; Tsao & McKown Architects, also of New York, for interior design; Francisco Costa of the Calvin Klein collection for fashion; Hood Design, in Oakland, Calif., for landscape design; Boym Partners, in New York, for product design; Perceptive Pixel Inc., of New York, for interaction design; and The New York Times graphics department for communication design.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Yesterday we were saddened to learn that Heinz Edelmann had passed away. Not only did Edelmann serve as the art director for the Beatles 1968 iconic film, Yellow Submarine, but Edelmann was one of the first to adopt graphic design into fine art. Though he is credited as the art director for the film, he is generally credited as the art director, but in fact he created a lot of the characters and was deeply involved in developing the story itself. Although the film became a staple of popular culture, it seems that Edelmann's work fundamentally changed afterwards. He often points out that he could never quite connect with the '60s mind set.
In a tribute piece by Christoph Niemann, Niemann writes:
Born in 1934 in the former Czechoslovakia, Heinz Edelmann studied art education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dusseldorf, at a time when graphic design was not really being taught. In the '50s, the Disseldorf academy was one of the most dynamic places in Germany, with Joseph Beuys as the Academy's most important figure. Since the late '50s, Edelmann has been working in design, illustration, advertising, animation and as a teacher (which he used to tell us was mentioned as an "occupation" in his passport).
He has lived and worked in Germany, in England and the Netherlands.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Komarov looks at the reasons why many iPhone Apps just don't live on, despite being built by well-trained designers and developers.
Many applications share the same design problems that prevent customers from fully enjoying them. Recently, Komarov conducted a review of 100 apps from the App Store and identified the five most frequent iPhone design and usability mistakes, which are:
- Over-blown visuals.
- Neglecting technological limitations, such as slow Internet connection, slow processors and single-threaded OS architectures.
- Confusing navigation (flow, layout and taxonomy).
- Confusing the iPhone with a computer. Neglecting to use new iPhone interactions (fingers instead of the mouse; multi-touch gestures; turn, tilt and rotate) and technological features such as phone functions, built-in GPS and accelerometer.
- Disregard of context. A lack of understanding of how, when, where and why the mobile device is being used.
iPhone Apps Design Mistakes: Over-Blown Visuals
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Here are a few. For the rest, check out their website.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Here are two of the designs:
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
When Lance Armstrong heads into the final stretch of the Tour de France race at the end of this month, he’ll have support from an unexpected fan: Damien Hirst has created a design, above, that will appear on Mr. Armstrong’s bicycle during the 21st stage of the race,
Read the full article here.
We can not control natural disasters, but now the "Esis", as detailed in this post in The Design Blog might be able to at least shelter and provide space for families in need during these times. The Esis is lightweight, compact, easy to setup, and easy to transport. The inflatable tent also serves as a flywheel generator, giving some much needed power to those that need it.
What are some examples of companies that are manufacturing innovative products like these to help people through natural disasters?
Monday, July 13, 2009
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Thursday, July 9, 2009
According to Wikipedia, In 1982 he entered into an exclusive $1,000,000 per year contract with Apple Computer to create a design strategy which transformed Apple from a "Silicon Valley Start-Up" into a global brand. Setting up shop in California for the first time, Esslinger & frogdesign created the "Snow White design language" which was applied to all Apple product lines from 1984 to 1990, commencing with the Apple IIc and including the Macintosh computer. The original IIC was acquired by the Whitney Museum of Art in New York and Time voted it Design of the Year. Soon after Steve Jobs departure, Esslinger broke his own lucrative contract with Apple and followed Jobs to NeXT
Now Esslinger has a book out, A Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of Business in which he discusses his design strategy and personal career trajectory.
Reena Jana of BusinessWeek writes that the book is meant primarily for corporate execs, so designers may not garner much from his book. According to Jana, he doesn't go deep into design process.
Still, there would be a lot of interesting information from a man who has had such direct influence on design.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Here's an interesting deisgn for a stealth watch/text messaging device from Oakley that I came across in this post in The Design Blog. It seems as if we are beginning to eliminate traditional gadgets and replacing it with multi-functional devices like this one. When will a watch/music player/phone/computing device be released?
Monday, July 6, 2009
Wired reports that an iPod Nano and an iPodTouch camera just may be in the works over at Apple. Though we should warn you that this may be a hoax as Apple is notoriously secretive on their designs.
Wired writes, "It was a sure thing, based on designs of silicon cases leaked by a third party manufacturer. Oh, wait. No it wasn’t. The fire of speculation licked higher as the gasoline of rumor was sloshed and splattered around the internet, only to fizzle under the halon blanket of Apple’s silence. This time the silicone points to cameras in both the iPod Nano and a new iPod Touch (yes, cameras in iPods — yet another recycled rumor). The Touch case looks accurate enough, with a gap for both the lens and the Wi-Fi radio to peek through. Otherwise, the case designs of the iPods themselves do not vary."
So will we be able to take pics with the Nano and Touch?
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Joe Strupp of Editor and Publisher reports, "One of the things we heard was that the traditional loyal audience did not like the change," Rich Graziano, who became CEO, president and publisher of the paper March 30 said Wednesday. "The feedback was that they didn't like the change on the banner." The Courant's redesign was implemented in September; it reverted to its original format on Monday.
Should Grazino and his staff have changed the design back to its original look?