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GUIDE TO MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2014. Today marks the start of milan design week 2014. i'm working on a very special project (more on that soon!)


For which i need to be in belgium, and i admit i'm a little sad i can't be in milan this year. the past two years i've visited milan during design week, i loved the atmosphere in the buzzing city and i came back entirely inspired and invigorated. you can check my posts about those visits HERE. Patterns from IDEO. ‘Shiny points’ stand out One of the key design principles of Shanzhai is to make the assets of the product stand out.

Patterns from IDEO

Shanzhai is not about being subtle. Smart, Practical Tips for Building a More Comfortable Subway Car - Eric Jaffe. I've long assumed that most New Yorkers, if not most city residents in general, have a particular spot they prefer on the subway.

Smart, Practical Tips for Building a More Comfortable Subway Car - Eric Jaffe

As a 1 train rider, I typically lean against the operator box at the end of the car to maximize personal space and minimize hand-to-pole interaction. Circumstances can change things — in empty trains it's almost creepy not to sit, and in full trains I stand as far away from the door as possible — but on a normal ride that's where you'll find me. Turns out that assumption was a safe one.

New Yorkers do seem to have certain spots where they'd rather sit or stand, according to a new report led by Aaron Berkovich of the New York City Transit Authority [PDF; via Gothamist]. In time this fascinating window into on-board behavior may give rise to improved car designs. Berkovich and colleagues (including a planner from Metro North) documented rider preferences over a three-week study period early last year. A History of Braun Timepieces.

Dieter Rams On Good Design As A Key Business Advantage. Dieter Rams is best-known for his work at Braun--where he revolutionized the design of electronics--and his indelible influence on Apple’s Jony Ive.

Dieter Rams On Good Design As A Key Business Advantage

But he has had a decisive hand in another, much smaller company: Vitsœ, a British manufacturer that has been producing Rams’s modular shelving system for 50 years. To mark his 80th birthday, the German master has allowed Vitsœ to release the transcript of the speech he delivered in New York in 1976, in which he articulates his ethos of user-centered design and some of his famous 10 commandments. In 2012, they feel as if they were written yesterday. Enjoy--Ed. Here’s the speech in its entirety: Ladies and gentlemen, design is a popular subject today. Lunar Rethinks Rock Climbing Walls, Making Them Slicker And Smarter.

Few things say filthy rich more succinctly than an indoor rock-climbing wall.

Lunar Rethinks Rock Climbing Walls, Making Them Slicker And Smarter

But even those lucky enough to have them, must contend that the hulking structures don’t match their surrounding décor. As Lunar Europe puts it, “Pro gear is out of place. Since it lived in the gym, no one has re-considered the design.” That is, until the Munich-based design studio decided to put its spin on the climbing wall, transforming the standard pebble-like holds into a wall art comprised of indented ripples. The concept, called Nova, is the second in Lunar Europe’s series of home-gym upgrades.

The conceit behind Nova--to make gym equipment less of an eyesore--is smart. An Espresso Machine That Exudes Warmth Instead Of Industrial Cool. I’m an incorrigible caffeine addict and a hopeless collector of all coffee accoutrements--from French presses and stovetop espresso makers to percolators and milk steamers.

An Espresso Machine That Exudes Warmth Instead Of Industrial Cool

So when I saw this porcelain wall-mounted espresso machine, I found myself wiping away some coffee-tinged drool. Arvid Häusser, a 23-year-old German design student at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, has revamped the industrial-looking espresso machine, with its metal body and plastic knobs, and made it friendlier, adding warm wood tones and creamy ceramic. But the improvements extend beyond mere aesthetics: Porcelain is a good insulator and doesn’t impart a metallic taste.

Design Ideas and Tech Concepts - Collection of Cool Umbrella Designs. Today we showcase our favorite examples of creative umbrella designs.

Collection of Cool Umbrella Designs

Electric Umbrella The Electric Umbrella will glow with many pinpoints of light. Carry the sun and the stars with you at night! 10 Futuristic Cell Phone Concepts. Collection of the most creative and interesting cell phone concepts designed by talented people from all over the globe.

10 Futuristic Cell Phone Concepts

Weather Cell Phone Concept Beautiful cell phone concept design by Seunghan Song accurately detects and illustrates present weather conditions. [link] Mobile Script Cell Phone Concept Designed by Aleksander Mukomelov, this cell phone comes with a large touchscreen, that is located inside the phone in the collapsed state. Projector Cell Phone Concept Cool extra slim concept cell phone equipped with rotating screen with built-in projector; an ideal tool for field presentations. Alarm Clock Cell Phone Concept Sony Ericsson WakeUpPhone looks and functions like an alarm clock that will wake you up in the morning. 30 Bizarre and Creative Packaging Design Examples.

Inspiration November 1, 2010 One of the things that identifies the image of a product is its packaging. Few elements like striking graphics, attractive colors, and unusual shapes are carefully thought of to come up with packaging design that catches the attention of the consumers. A packaging design is a critical component in marketing because it is the packaging that makes it stand from the rest when consumers choose a product from the shelf. We usually see the packaging first instead of an innovative product. This post presents the clever and innovative ideas of some of the company manufacturers around the world. Yanko Design - Modern Industrial Design News. Served. 1960s Braun Products Hold the Secrets to Apple's Future. Braun electrical - Audio. Dieter Rams and the products he designed for Braun and Vitsœ.

Dieter Rams was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1932.

Dieter Rams and the products he designed for Braun and Vitsœ

He was strongly influenced by the presence of his grandfather who was a carpenter. Rams’s early awards for carpentry led to him training as an architect as Germany was rebuilt in the early 1950s. Prompted by an eagle-eyed friend, Rams applied for a job at the German electrical products company, Braun, in 1955.