Intentionally inefficient cigarette packaging concept – Core77

Posted by on Jul 27, 2010 in Design, Inspiration, Social | No Comments

As designers, we spend much of our time making things better, but what if to improve someone’s life, we had to make something worse? Recent RISD grad (alma mater shout out), Erik Askin recently published “Designed to Annoy: A theoretical look at designing inefficient packaging”, a thoughtful twist on the ubiquitous cigarette package. The idea of making something harder to use to encourage a user to rethink their consumption is poignant. I love the thought process and the visual exploration Erik shows. Check out the full project here.

Intentionally inefficient cigarette packaging concept – Core77.

A Great Boss is Confident, But Not Really Sure – Bob Sutton – Harvard Business Review

Posted by on Jul 20, 2010 in 21st Century, Insights & Reflections, Social | No Comments

“None of us have a real understanding of where we are heading. I don’t. I have senses about it. But decisions don’t wait, investment decisions or personal decisions and prioritization don’t wait, for that picture to be clarified. You have to make them when you have to make them. So you take your shots and clean up the bad ones later. I think it is very important for you to do two things: act on your temporary conviction as if it was a real conviction; and when you realize that you are wrong, correct course very quickly.”

A Great Boss is Confident, But Not Really Sure – Bob Sutton – Harvard Business Review.

Beautiful storyboards and concept art for HBO’s The Pacific

Posted by on Jul 20, 2010 in Illustration, Inspiration | No Comments

It’s refreshing to see an appreciation and patience for process. It never fails to deliver when given the right amount time for exploration and imagination.


Interview with Steve Fuller at Art of The Title

Wireframes Magazine » WireMolecules

Posted by on Jul 19, 2010 in Design, Experience Design, Technology | No Comments

Here is an interesting example of a highly abstracted wireframe, labelled as a WireMolecule. Both the position and size of the represented elements within this example no longer represent what the interface will really look like. Instead, the focus has been shifted to showing relationships between elements as denoted by their proximity to each other. The size I also believe represents the importance of each element and not the actual size either (as also seen here and here). Definitely something a little different from a traditional wireframe. Andreas writes:

Traditional wire frames are misleading as they look too much like finished designs. Clients and designers alike run the risk of taking their direction too literally. And yet, despite all this, wire frames are invaluable tools in the start of any website design project.

And defines a WireMolecule as:

A chart giving an overview of relationships between components and features of a website. Wire molecules are developed during the Website Discovery phase and they provide instructions to designers, developers, and clients for how pages will look and behave.

via Wireframes Magazine » WireMolecules.

Can you fix our nation’s budget?

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has a simulator (some are calling it a “game”) that will let you run through a list of major programs and decide which to cut. Your goal: Lower the debt to 60 percent of GDP by 2018.

Try to Fix the Budget Yourself. It’s Hard – News – GOOD.