Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I know that you're probably all sick of hearing about and talking about headsets after this semester, but I'm sure that we're all masochistic enough to appreciate the Jabra Stone.
Have a wonderful vacation and Happy New Years, if I don't find more things to post and more season's greetings to give :)
Friday, December 11, 2009
Your Blog(s): Your company is blogging. Congratulations. Is anyone listening? Blogging was the bright and shiny object of 2006-2008 and many companies found out just how hard it is to do well. Good blogging provides value. It is interesting and generates a healthy amount of comments and conversation which in turn generates a good dose of Google juice. It's also terribly difficult to sustain. It requires cultural shifts within an organization, and has to be prioritized (read: made part of someone's job). Frankly, I rarely see outstanding examples of a good company blog. That doesn't mean it's not worth doing (if it makes sense strategically), but doing it well is another story.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
1. Design beautiful experiences, not beautiful artifacts
2. Stop asking "what" and start asking "why"
3. Start with experience, end with experience
4. Genius will fail, wisdom will succeed. Become wise
5. Keep it simple
6. From design thinking to dynamic thinking
7. Let iteration direct your process: Work more rapidly, change more frequently
8. Have fun
9. Adapt your process to your design goals, not the other way around
10. Preserve the experience, not your own competency
The second point ‘Stop asking “what” and start asking “why”’ stood out to me and made me think of Jamie discussing a project based on re-designing a wheelbarrow in order to transport dirt. Fry states in the manifesto that asking why enables you to open up new possibilities that go beyond the physical product and into the realm of experience. The wheelbarrow is an example of this since, as it turned out, the object to be designed did not need to have wheels, or take the form of a wheelbarrow. The experience of moving dirt changed as the guidelines for the project went from re-designing a wheelbarrow to design a means of transporting dirt, just by having someone ask questions like why does the structure need to have wheels?
Saturday, December 5, 2009
The semester is drawing to a close and we're having a little get together to celebrate!
WHO: OCAD! Art, Design, Students, Faculty, friends, whoever!
WHAT: Year End Party!
WHERE: The Green Room, 296 Brunswick Ave. ( Near Bloor) Toronto
WHEN: Saturday Dec 12, party starts at 9!
Come one, come all!
And here's a great party-approved tshirt!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Incredible recycled paper lamps by Jordy Fu
Yu Jordy Fu, born in 9 August 1982, was an incredible talented artist since her very young age. Jordy has won second prize in China Youth Environmental Art Competition when she’s only on the age of eight years-old.
In 2003, she gets her first class BA (Hons) in Arts and Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, before studying architecture at the Royal College of Art London in 2005.
For a young designer who wish to create better environments for other people, Jordy has good steps into it with her 2008 Cloud Lamps series, a simple and sustainable approach to add magic and intimacy to domestic lighting.
These lamps are made from recycled paper which can be flat packed, and sold with a milky white energy saving bulb. Comes in five different designs.
Angels. Floor or ceiling lamp
more information, visit
Shahar, a multi-disciplined designer, designs, develops and produces commercial products in small quantities. His products are sold in design stores in Israel and other countries including Japan, Singapore, and the US and have exhibited in numerous shows in Israel and the world.
A creative idea of an iron trivet for your hot pot base.
The magnetic man that hold your keys or any other metal-made things. Connect Pete to any metal surface and he can carry the weights of up to 30 keys.
More information. check this site.
Vostok from ROCA competition. Anything that comes out of the Yar Rassadin’s design idea of bathroom accessories will go back to the pre USSR era. The design overall gives a feeling of nostalgia as the design looks more like the USSR spaceships, which by the designer’s own confession is a tribute to their cosmic style. So the user can have a feel of weightlessness in a spaceship inspired bath tub. Interesting! Don’t you think so? Still the clean functional design does show up nice details. So all in all, it is an interesting concept.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
From vast architectural projects to modest one-off pieces of salvaged furniture, “Green Design” shows how the design world is responding to the environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. Emerging trends in green design are covered, such as recycling and ethical sourcing.
more information @ http://www.dezeen.com/2009/12/01/signed-copies-of-green-design-by-marcus-fairs/#more-53979
TreeHugger goes on and on about the importance of design; convincing folks to design the stuff we consume so that it better reflects the TreeHugger ethic is an extremely important step in moving our planet to a sustainable future. 10 Commandments of Design, conceived by German industrial designer Dieter Rams, sum this up well enough that we could just about put "sustainable" in the middle and call it good. Designers and fans of where stuff comes from, take heed:
1. Good design is innovative
2. Good design makes a product useful
3. Good design is aesthetic
4. Good design helps a product to be understood
5. Good design is unobtrusive
In other news...
Anyone come across IKEA's catalog 2007?
160 million copies printed every year : )
Just found this fun website....
make sure you spin the wheel in the toolbox!