Archive for May, 2009

Online Industrial Design Portfolio Tool

carbonmadeiconaA friend of mine forwarded a designer’s portfolio to me, and noticed they were using I’m not familiar with it, but it looked clean and easy to use, best of all it’s free. I’m looking forward to setting up my own portfolio and will give you a complete review. I would love to hear if you have used this and what you thought.



“Resonance” A Film About Design Strategy



I watched this first on Design Sojourn’s site, and loved it. Thought I’d share it here too.

Where do new ideas come from? This film is about design strategists and how they identify the right ideas. It was produced by the global innovation consultancy Continuum.


Quote: Paul Rand

paul-randTo understand the meaning of design is… to understand the part form and content play… and to realize that design is also commentary, opinion, a point of view, and social responsibility. To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse.

Design is both a verb and a noun. It is the beginning as well as the end, the process and product of imagination.

-Paul Rand Graphic designer.

From his book Design, Form, and Chaos, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1993.


A Touching Story


Photo Courtesy of UC Engineers Without Borders via

I found this story today and wanted to share. It’s about a group of students and faculty from the University of Cincinnati, some engineers and an industrial design student, who have been working on an amazing service for 3 years. Here is a short snippet from University of Cincinnati’s online student newspaper site;

After the sun had finally set, a group of eight friends sat with their mentor under a tree.

“How does all of this make you feel?” asked Dan Oerther, a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of Cincinnati.

While Jordan Vogt, a fifth-year civil engineering student went on and on about two water tanks he had been working on the entire day, the other students he’d grown close to knew that wasn’t all that was on his mind.

The devastation, the poverty, the overall poor health of 500 villagers in Otho Abwao, Kenya, had struck a nerve.

“He was saying, ‘We’re just students; why isn’t every corporation in the world doing the exact same thing? Why wasn’t our entire project funded by someone who should be doing this?’ ” said Neil Schaner, a fifth-year engineering student, of Vogt’s frustration.

Earlier that same day, working on top of a hill to inspect the two concrete tanks that Vogt designed years earlier while halfway around the world, an elderly man, about 70 years old, walked up to him. He took Vogt’s hand in his own and, using the little English he knew, nearly caused Vogt to break down.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” the man said.

This is a must read, for the complete article click here.

Also if you’re interested here is the link to Engineers Without Borders

There’s probably many of us who are reaching out to help others in need, but I’m sure we could all do little more.