Today’s Challenges Are Really The Best Opportunities

This is a great quote that puts the challenges we face in wonderfully, optimistic light!

“… In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace— and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” Orsen Wells.

Bill Moggridge Would’ve Been 70 Today: The Designer of the First Laptop on Human-Centered Design | Brain Pickings

Today is Bill Moggridge’s birthday. He would have been 70. Don’t know who he is? He’s the inventor of the first laptop, championed interaction design and co-founded IDEO among other things. In short, he’s a complete bad ass!!!

Maria Popova wrote a great article on him today which is basically a summary of an interview Bill gave for Debbie Millmans latest book, Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

The article takes the best of the interview and strings it together to paint a very clear picture of Bill’s philosophy and wisdom.

I’ve pulled this quote specifically because I feel it’s important to remember that we live and breath design and creativity everyday and our clients don’t. Helping them learn and understand design better will benefit everyone in the relationship and it’s something we all can do.

“I don’t think that anyone has really told them what design is. It doesn’t occur to most people that everything is designed — that every building and everything they touch in the world is designed. Even foods are designed now.

[…]… So in the process of helping people understand this, making them more aware of the fact that the world around us is something that somebody has control of, perhaps they can feel some sense of control too. That’s a nice ambition.”

Here is the audio of the interview if you don’t have the time to read the article.

Bill Moggridge Would’ve Been 70 Today: The Designer of the First Laptop on Human-Centered Design | Brain Pickings.

Solar-Powered Public Charging Stations Will Keep New Yorker’s Phones Running | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in 21st Century, Inspiration, Social, Technology | No Comments

Lately, I’ve been growing tired of seeing all the energy wasted by climate organizations fighting the false claims that Climate Change is not real. The people that believe that will not be changed and while organizations spend time on trying to convince them otherwise, people who do care are being ignored.

Seeing ideas like this surface though are awesome. Fuck the debate just do shit! Love it!

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How Jony Ive’s Apple iOS 7 Hinders the Future of Design | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

John Maeda’s perspective on the debate being had around skeuomorphism (the design style used on the iPhone) versus flat design (the design style revealed for iOS 7 yesterday). Definitely worth the read. Here are two parts that stood out to me. (I added the emphasis)

“Design, like many disciplines, is about a diversity of approaches as soft solutions rather than hard truths. It’s a spectrum, not an either-or decision about whether to skeu or not to skeu.”

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“For my part, I have always believed that simplicity is about doing both: subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful. The question, of course, is what is meaningful? — and the answer indeed depends on the cultural context and constraints of the decision being made or product being rendered.”

Finally, even though Google Glass is being received poorly, technology and specifically the hard ware is going to change radically and soon. Some day we’ll all be wondering why we lugged the laptops and phones around with us as we access the internet through our contact lens.

Here’s what Maeda has to say on the implications of future technology like a contact lens computer.

“In a hands-free, “eyes-free” interface world, this doesn’t mean removing a shadow or flattening a button. It means thinking way beyond the pattern of intensity rendered by pixels on a screen, to stop worrying about the dots-per-inch as if we cared to count the individual dots if we tried. Apple and other leaders in the design space should be thinking like the designers who are imagining a complete gesture-based operating system across an array of small and large display systems (like at Oblong). They should be playing with bytes, paper, and optics with a refined yet playful spirit of craftsmanship (like the folks at Berg).”

How Jony Ive's Apple iOS 7 Hinders the Future of Design | Wired Opinion | Wired.com.

The Tyranny of Email — 10 Tips to Save You

Another excellent piece by Shane Parrish of Farnam Street. In this review he weaves in thinking and ideas on other topics related to Flow, productivity, attention and habits.

He goes on to use these examples to build a case for slowing down and detaching from digital tools to make space for reflection on our own experiences or to become immersed and focused in what we are consuming.

It ends with 10 tips to slow down the avalanche pace of email.

The Tyranny of Email — 10 Tips to Save You.

The Making Of BLOOMBERG – Coverjunkie.com

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Design | No Comments

A fun look at the process of making a Bloomberg cover. I especially like the feedback notes added between versions 4 and 5.

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The Making Of BLOOMBERG – Coverjunkie.com.

The Casey Neistat Lesson: Don’t Pay That Bike Ticket, Fight It | Living on GOOD

This is a great way to make a point on the absurdity of how we treat bikers. Here in Atlanta, some drivers hate that they have to share the road but also vote against funds to create bike lanes. Regardless, this video is pretty funny.

The Casey Neistat Lesson: Don't Pay That Bike Ticket, Fight It | Living on GOOD.

The Golden Rule of Creativity | Psychology Today

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Insights & Reflections, Inspiration | No Comments

We all know the golden rule, treat others they way you would like to be treated and it’s variations, give back to others that have given to you. But, perhaps what we don’t know or at least keep in conscious thought is the key to the rule, be the one to make the first move.

How does this apply to creativity? Innovations and break through ideas rarely come from one mind. They are the result of the idea being pushed and pulled, questioned and reframed. It’s the result of good collaboration. And good collaboration won’t come to you if you aren’t taking the responsibility of first offering to others.

The Golden Rule of Creativity | Psychology Today.

New Google Maps Looks Spectacular

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Design, Inspiration, Technology, Video | No Comments

Yeah, google is pretty much killing it these days. The new google maps looks sweet!

New Google Maps Looks Spectacular.