I just wanted to take a moment and thank all those that subscribed to my blog and read my posts. It meant a lot. I won’t be posting here anymore, looking to simplify life a bit.
Thanks again for the time you took out of your day to stop by.
Wish you all the best on your industrial design endeavors.
Friday, usually is a day where Twitter users recommend someone they follow to those that follow them. I’m posting my Follow Friday here, just for fun. I started a small list of Industrial Designers on Twitter, you’re welcome to follow the list or pick individuals out. If you’re not on the list (and you’re a designer) don’t get offended, I just haven’t added you yet. Let me know in the comments section or by email, and I’ll add you right away.
(images from Scott Robertson’s Drive website)
I’ve always admired Scott Robertson’s entertainment design. His work features off-the-wall crazy concepts with dead-eye perspective, and brilliant realism. If you haven’t heard of him or haven’t seen his work, take a second and check him out. I’m sure you’ll be inspired too.
We all struggle with our obsessions of materialism, some more then others.
I’ve retired to the notion, I’ll never overcome it.
For more about this video, here’s the original posting on Wallpaper
One of my favorite sites is Sketch-A-Day.com. Spencer Nugent, one of the creators of IDSketching.com, decided to start this project as a way to motivate himself to keep the skills sharp. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out.
Every designer should do a sketch-a-day, then post it to the world, including myself.
Don’t design for everyone. It’s impossible. All you end up doing is designing something that makes everyone unhappy. -Leisa Reichelt
Leisa is a Freelance User Experience Designer & Researcher. I’ve just started following her on twitter and have been impressed with her insights into user interactions. You can follow her blog at http://www.disambiguity.com/
I just read a great article on Core77 about Feng Zhu. If you aren’t familiar with this talented designer I’m sure you’ve seen his work in many movies. Ever since I was in school his work has always been inspirational to me. Now if you’re new to design and looking for a school to attend (with an emphasis on entertainment concept design), you can learn from the master. Feng Zhu has opened his own school in Singapore, check it out.
I came across a great blog by Rebecca, she’s a UI and interaction designer based in the UK. She had a great post today on evolving design practice and the ideal design curriculum. She quotes from an interview with Hugh Dubberly, entitled “Becoming a Digital Designer.” The interview is from 2006, but I found it still very pertinent. Dubberly’s feelings toward design and it’s purpose is right on. Thanks Rebecca for this great find;
I believe design should make the world better. It should serve people.
It should make things stronger, faster, clearer—and cheaper. It
should surprise. It should engage. It should delight.
I believe design is a collaborative process. In that sense, design is
political. It is a sort of discussion. And the designer’s role is to help
facilitate the discussion. The traditional tools of drawing and prototyping
are remarkably helpful in this role. Sometimes the subject of
the discussion is abstract. In such times, designers must be able
to prototype abstractions—they must be able to create models,
which are simply tools for thinking.
I believe designers should root their work in the context of its
use. We must understand our audience. Who are they? What do
they believe? What do they want? At the same time, we must
understand the economic systems and technologies which make
products possible. All three equations—audience, business, and
technology—must be solved simultaneously.
Click here to view the entire interview with Hugh Dubberly, “Becoming a Digital Designer” article.
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.
Photo Courtesy of UC Engineers Without Borders via www.newsrecord.org
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.
Here’s another I.D. Spotlight for your enjoyment. This one features Marc Newson and a great series of videos from the BBC. I know it’s a little long, each one is 10 minutes for a grand total of 50, but well worth the time if you haven’t already seen it. If you don’t have the time, at least check out the first.
This week I wanted to spotlight Philippe Starck. Sorry for picking another well know designer, I promise to mix it up in the future. Again I just ripped off Wikipedia, but do a little search on him yourself. I’m sure you’ll find some things you didn’t know. For me I found some products I didn’t know he influenced, and realized I completely disagree with his thoughts on evolution and feelings toward “God being a trap.” At any rate, I still appreciate his contribution to our industry.
Philippe Patrick Starck (born January 18, 1949, Paris) is a French Product designer and probably the best known designer in the New Design style. His designs range from spectacular interior designs to mass produced consumer goods such as toothbrushes, chairs, and even houses.
He was educated in Paris at École Nissim de Camondo and in 1968, he founded his first design firm, which specialized in inflatable objects. In 1969, he became art director of his firm along with Pierre Cardin.
Starck’s career started to climb in earnest in 1982 when he designed the interior for the private apartments of the French President François Mitterrand.
Starck has worked independently as an interior designer and as a product designer since 1975. Most notably, in 2002, he created a number of relatively inexpensive product designs for the large American retailer Target Stores.
His most recent notable designs include an optical mouse for Microsoft, yachts, and even new packaging for a beer company. He was commissioned to design the Virgin Galactic ”spaceport” in New Mexico (Foster and Partners are its architects).
He made the exihibt Democratic Ecology with Pramac.
Unlike most other New Design artists, Starck’s work does not concentrate on the creation of provocative and expensive single pieces. Instead, his product designs are of usable household items which Starck himself helps to market for mass production. His products and furnishings are often stylized, streamlined and organic in their look and are also constructed using unusual combinations of materials (such as glass and stone, plastic and aluminum, plush fabric and chrome, etc.).
-info and photo from wikipedia
Some websites of interest regarding Philippe…
Every once in a while I’ll spotlight a designer from industry. This may be someone well know, not so well know, past, or present. The purpose is to become more acquainted with others in our field. Today’s designer, Yves Behar, is well know. I grabbed this excerpt from Wikipedia;
Upon founding fuseproject, Behar says his goals are threefold. Firstly, he wants to be a futurist, optimistic about the possibilities of new technology. Secondly, he’s a humanist, in that his designs seek to put the human experience first. And, finally, he’s a committed naturalist, promoting sustainable ways of living and consuming. That fusion, of technology with humanity, of brand and story, of all aspects of design, from product to advertising to online to point of purchase to user experience, is his central message. He states, “We have one foot in the consumer’s space and one foot in our client’s space, so we can act as the bridge, or the glue.” 
Béhar’s designs and creative positioning are at work in diverse areas as fashion, lifestyle, sports and technology, for clients such as Birkenstock,BMW’s MINI, haasprojekt, Herman Miller, HBF, Hewlett Packard, Hussein Chalayan, Microsoft, Nike, OLPC, Philou, PUIG and Toshiba.
In 2005, a massive chandelier sculpted by Behar for Swarovski was installed at JFK airport. The piece is a loose tangle of organic curves with 55,000 crystals, and includes a motion detector triggering 2,000 blue light-emitting diodes that react to the movement of passengers .
He designed a set-top box for French broadcaster Canal Plus. “Le cube”, in black and white.
Objectified is a documentary film by Gary Hustwit. The movie examines the world of industrial design, and will feature leading designers in our field.
Paola Antonelli (Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Chris Bangle (BMW Group, Munich)
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (Paris)
Andrew Blauvelt (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis)
Tim Brown (IDEO)
Anthony Dunne (London)
Dan Formosa (Smart Design)
Naoto Fukasawa (Tokyo)
Jonathan Ive (Apple, California)
Hella Jongerius (Rotterdam)
David Kelley (IDEO)
Bill Moggridge (IDEO)
Marc Newson (London/Paris)
Fiona Raby (London)
Dieter Rams (Kronberg, Germany)
Karim Rashid (New York)
Alice Rawsthorn (International Herald Tribune)
Davin Stowell (Smart Design)
Jane Fulton Suri (IDEO)
Rob Walker (New York Times Magazine)
and more participants TBA
Visit the movie site and learn more! www.objectifiedfilm.com/about/
Photo and excerpt taken from an article on IDSA’s website;
He was self-described as the first “industrial designer” in the US, because he stamped the title on his letterhead in 1920. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, one of a family of ten, he attended the Elam School of Art there and apprenticed as an artist at the New Zealand Herald newspaper from 1904 to 1909.
…he was asked to also design products for clients in 1923, many of them in art deco style. Among them were scales for Peerless and the International Ticket Scale Corporation, the Acousticon and Sonotone hearing aids, Remington typewriters and calculators for Marchand. His package designs were featured in a 1934 Fortune magazine and he won a number of design awards.
He worked for fifty-five advertising agencies during his career, and for eleven years, was married to concert pianist Genevieve Blue. He returned to the California College of Arts and Crafts in the 1940s where later in life he was made an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts. He also taught at a number of other design schools including Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and Chouinard in LA.
Click here for full article on Joseph Claude Sinel.