“… at some level, I think you’re aware of a calm and considered solution, that therefore speaks about how you’re going to use it, not the terrible struggles that we designers and engineers had in trying to solve some of the problems.”—Jonathan Ive on one of his designs
“Good design should be innovative.
Good design should make a product useful.
Good design is aesthetic design.
Good design will make a product understandable.
Good design is honest.
Good design is unobtrusive.
Good design is long lived.
Good design is consistent in every detail.
Good design is environmentally friendly.
Last but not least, good design is as little design as possible.”—Dieter Rams
“Cargo is a web publishing (CMS) and community-building platform currently in development. It powers a variety of creative communities in the fields of Education, Design, Research, and Conceptual Art. ”
Click on Featured projects on the left and then explore way too many web sites on typography, photography, etc.
“Universities and schools around the nation—and even the world—are distributing iPads to students and faculty to start the new school year. Some are using the device to lure talented freshmen; others hope faculty and students will merely experiment with the tablet as a learning tool. But a few educators are betting the iPad will herald a revolution in the classroom, once-and-for-all displacing musty textbooks in favor of a mobile multimedia device that can engage students in new and innovative ways.
“The National Association of College Stores (NACS) expects e-books to grow from 2 percent of the textbook market now to 15 percent by 2012. Software developers are putting resources into an effort to ensure that iPad educational tools are more than just glorified PDF readers.”
In July 2002, Appled filed a patent for a “Breathing Status LED Indicator” (No. US 6,658,577 B2). They described it as a “blinking effect of the sleep-mode indicator in accordance with the present invention mimics the rhythm of breathing which is psychologically appealing.”
“Conan made an unexpected appearance in the writers’ room Monday morning. His daily visits had dried up since the bad news started to trickle in, but today he sat among us and spoke briefly about his disappointment and his options. Then he polled the room, asking each of us what we’d do: take the 12:05 a.m. time slot the network was offering or get out. Nearly unanimously, we favored cutting and running. Everyone thought it was a terrible offer and that we were being set up to fail. Before he got up to leave, Conan confessed, “I think they cured me of my addiction to The Tonight Show.”
“If I’m presenting photo packages to a bride and groom, I can tell you when the guy sees that iPad, he sits up and gets excited for the first time in the whole wedding-planning process,” said Stephen Yanni, a photographer who does weddings across Florida. Since starting to offer iPad albums just two months ago, about half his clients are buying them.”
Interesting idea. I wonder if this could be used in other areas as well? Births, graduations, bar mitzvahs, presentation to important clients (but, does a client get to keep it?), given to students entering a university with everything they need to know, access, or use preloaded on the iPad.
“Begin with China’s 1.3 billion people. In one year, they go through roughly 45 billion pairs of the throwaway utensils; that averages out to nearly 130 million pairs of chopsticks a day. (The export market accounts for 18 billion pairs annually.)
Greenpeace China has estimated that to keep up with this demand, 100 acres of trees need to be felled every 24 hours.”
Actually, this would also be good for the rest of the world to do as well. When I get some takeout with good bamboo chopsticks (which seem to be most chopsticks in the U.S. these days), I keep them. I have about 5 sets. When I get Chinese to go, I give them back the in the bag disposable set and use my own. The round bamboo chopsticks last forever and can be easily cleaned with detergent and a sponge.
I bought a pair of fancy painted chopsticks but, after a few years, the paint fell off parts. The bamboo sets can be reused many times and when they are worn out, compost them.
MB: MoMA [the Museum of Modern Art, New York] asked me to do an invitation for its 2009 ‘Party in the Garden’, something festive and spring-like. I came up with a rather nice design that included gardeny shapes and drinky shapes but in a sort of semi-abstract way, and could be altered from year to year, to get a different look with the same design. They loved it! Then, at the last minute, someone higher up in the museum asked for something ‘edgy’ and hired Ed Ruscha to do it. (He made something out of fake grass.)
I was upset partly because of the old bait and switch; and if I’d been asked to do edgy, I easily could have; plus I wasn’t paid much and you can bet Ruscha doesn’t go for cheap; but mostly because I love his work! He’s my hero! It was just too heartbreaking. Not that what I did was a work of staggering genius or anything, but neither was his.
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and it’s affordable! A must for DSLR HD use and film students.
Of course, this was always the way to do it going back to CD-ROM interactive design but we mostly did simple prototypes as Photoshop screens which were linked quickly in Macromedia Director. Why spend a lot of time on the final work when your client might shoot it down. Time is better spent prototyping any kind of design project as simply and directly as possible. Start with a pencil and paper! Fast and simple prototyping will also result in a better final product as well since you had to spend time actually thinking about how things work and how they look.
BTW: I say “fast” but I don’t say that as an objective (as is often the case in American culture) but rather it is a byproduct of keeping prototyping simple, undedicated to any final design or technology, and incomplete.
“Nurses should not have to work in an environment where it is even possible to make that kind of mistake,” said Nancy Pratt, a senior vice president at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego who is a vocal advocate for changing the system. “The nuclear power and airline industries would never tolerate a situation where a simple misconnection could lead to a death.”
Tubes intended to inflate blood-pressure cuffs have been connected to intravenous lines, leading to deadly air embolisms. Intravenous fluids have been connected to tubes intended to deliver oxygen, leading to suffocation.
“This is a deadly design failure in health care,” said Debora Simmons, a registered nurse at the University of Texas Health Science Center who studies medical errors. “Everybody has put out alerts about this, but nothing has happened from a regulatory standpoint.”
“The more I think and write about Mad Men, the more I take the show as a personal insult. So fuck you, Mad Men, you phony gray-flannel-suit, male-chauvinist, no-talent, WASP. white-shirted, racist, anti-Semitic Republican SOBs!
Besides, when I was in my 30s I was better-looking than Jon Hamm.”—
It seems people read more with and on the iPad. I wonder if this translates to kids and teens reading more if they read it on an iPad? Convenience and portability seem to trump the printed text only book.
0ver 10 years ago, I said it was odd that California did not have high speed rail from SF (via Oakland and San Jose) to San Diego (via Los Angeles). Well, the construction of the SF station has begun. First connecting to Sacramento. I guess the politicians wanted to go from the capital to the Bay Area first…
Acela from Boston to DC is the only existing high speed rail in the U.S. However, it only goes 60 or so MPH from Boston to NY. Then about 70+ from NY to DC as average speeds. High speed compared to what was out there. For flatter states and on flat terrain like the Central Valley of CA, it will be much faster.
Of course, high speed rail that is elevated and sent into tunnels over rough topography in non urban areas, can go much faster.
Let’s hope the Glenwood Canyon model is used for elevated high speed lines over mountain ranges and valleys. The i70 interstate that snakes though Glenwood Canyon in Colorado is one of the best examples of a transportation route following the landscape with minimally disturbing it. And that was built in the 1980s!