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Neat doors

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20 February 2014 at 6:34 pm

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Objectified

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A trailer for Objectified, to be released in March 2009.

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9 January 2009 at 10:25 am

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Interesting article on design and designers

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Via DesignVerb, this interesting article on the state of design today. It begins:

“So, you design factory machines? Is that what you mean?” Many of us have switched from calling ourselves “industrial designers” to saying that we are “product designers.” But the difficulty grows if your design work does not fall squarely inside the commercial realm—the experimental stuff, the artsy stuff, or not-for-profit stuff.

The confusions are understandable. Not only has the profession never had its own television series with a catchy abbreviated title to predicate popular understanding (E.R., CSI: NY, L.A. Law, Dr. 90201), but the discipline is relatively young, immensely broad, and ever expanding. What is hard to reckon with, however, is the confusion that exists even within the profession of industrial design: What activities do product designers recognize, champion, or even legitimize? What are the frameworks around our practice, and how are those communicated to the outside world?

The problem is that design is pretty much a mess. Just try to make sense of the range of the terms floating around out there: user-centered design, eco-design, design for the other 90%, universal design, sustainable design, interrogative design, task-centered design, reflective design, design for well-being, critical design, speculative design, speculative re-design, emotional design, socially-responsible design, green design, conceptual design, concept design, slow design, dissident design, inclusive design, radical design, design for need, environmental design, contextual design, and transformative design.

Without a compelling, indeed, taxonomic, way of organizing design activity, we are selling ourselves short; we not only have difficulty understanding the profession ourselves, but also in communicating to the world our potency, range, and potential impact. In the end, we seem scattered and “designy”—in a less-than-flattering sense of the word.

As academics responsible for making sense of this jumble for our students then,  …

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8 January 2009 at 11:08 am

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Why design — Phillipe Starck

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Go watch:

  Legendary designer Philippe Starck — with no pretty slides behind him — spends 18 minutes reaching for the very roots of the question “Why design?” Along the way he drops brilliant insights into the human condition; listen carefully for one perfectly crystallized mantra for all of us, genius or not. Yet all this deep thought, he cheerfully admits, is to aid in the design of a better toothbrush.

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5 December 2007 at 6:42 pm

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Small but legible calendar

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A design challenge with some very cool solutions.

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22 November 2007 at 2:38 pm

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Cute idea

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Baby furniture that transforms to toddler furniture—and back, for the next baby.

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10 November 2007 at 9:22 am

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