As a community of designers, strategists and marketers, it benefits us to remember that we’re not only designing (or strategizing) to solve problems, but also contributing to culture by shaping the behaviors and expectations of a collective audience.
We have an opportunity to not only provide improved function and resolution of friction via the use of every product, website, application or campaign we create — but to design and plan for products and experiences that provide a sense of delight and discovery to those that interact with them.
Tom Hulme from IDEO put up his presentation he did at the Wired 2011 conference earlier this month. Great stuff in here about launching to learn, looking at the world through your customers’ eyes and designing flexible systems. I saw him speak at Firestarters #2, and this is a good follow on from that presentation.
One of my profs during my undergrad once told the class ‘Everything is interesting if you’re interested’. And you know what? He’s right. Well, 99.9% of the time that is. Everything *is* interesting if you take an interest. So take that attitude and look around you: what can you redesign, make better, recreate? Thermostats. And beautifully done too. We need more of this type of design. A write-up in Wired describes it in detail.
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I love this poster. In fact, I might buy it (from the Baltimore Print Studios). Found on the Swiss Miss blog.
Steve Jobs died. By now you’ll have heard this and pretty much everything that can be said will have been said by now, or will be said over the next few days. I admire his ability to marry technology and arts, his fighting spirit, his vision and his grit. And I think we cannot even comprehend now what his legacy is or what it will be. I wish his family strength and consolation.
Polyvore has been on my radar for a while, it’s like being a little girl again and dressing up dolls. And who secretly doesn’t want to be a magazine editor? Adweek has a nice article on Polyvore, who apparently have 11 million subscribers!
I’ve been wanting to hop on a plane to NYC to visit the BMW Guggenheim Lab, but sadly won’t be able to, so I’m lapping up everything that’s being written about it online. Great blogpost here with pics that makes me want to jump up and down with excitement.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be reading lots of stuff, but probably not so much online, it’ll hopefully be travelguides (including my latest pride and joy, an 1899 Baedeker for North Italy) and novels.
Nathan Myhrvold’s Modernist Cuisine cookbook. To call it a cookbook is doing it such a disservice. It’s much more. It’s the cookbook to end all other modern cuisine cookbooks. It’s a masterpiece, a landmark. A book that is hailed as as important to cooking as L’Escoffier’s book was. A masterpiece that will change the face of cooking. Amongst the kitchen tools needed is listed military grade lasers. We saw and handled it at Selfridges over the weekend. Man, it’s good. And heavy, at a cool 24 kilograms for the set. And a whopping £395. But I reckon well worth it. Get it now before it sells out.