Last night my mate asked to use a USB port to charge his cigarette, but I was using it to charge my book.
The future is stupid.
I just stumbled over this really interesting article on Claudia Kotchka: www.fastcompany.com/53060/in...
To me, it illustrates what design is and can be to businesses. It’s also really nice to read about some other real-world-examples on what design can do, and be, besides Apple.
When people are afraid to fail, tell them that they’re just making a ‘prototype.’
– Claudia Kotchka
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
– Frank Zappa
Textbooks are expensive for the same reason enterprise software is bad: purchasing decisions are not made by the users.
The miracles of technology cause us to live in a hectic, clockwork world that does violence to human biology.
– Alan Watts
Already nostalgic for those sweet, naive, simpler times of screens, keyboards, URLs, websites.
I have always felt that Nike’s NikeFuel system — using their words: “a single universal way to measure all kinds of activities” — is broken. It’s a game without a win. Without real rewards. Without losses. A loyalty program without design.
In New York City, Nike put up a secret vending machine that only accepts NikeFuel points as payments. The catch? You can only exchange for your daily, not total, FuelBand points.
I have over 2 million fuel points, and with my current level of exercise, they are also piling up pretty fast. Rarely does 2 million of something feels like nothing…
If this attempt to “own” a currency-system of exercise doesn’t start to apply some sort of reward or gain, I think the system will fade without a single winner or loser. Time to raise the stakes.
Cool side project idea: spend time with your family and friends after work.
We are right to be rational and to try to increase our production and so keep manufacturing costs down. But we are also right to cherish those very imperfections we are endeavouring to eliminate. Social life consists in destroying that which gives it its savour.
— Claude Lev-Strauss
Google has a new metaphor for how design works across all of its properties. It’s called Material Design. It’s a very impressive undertaking and it’s beautifully executed. You can read through the guideline on google.com/design/. It’s an attempt to add depth to pixels, but also make sense of them.
The Verge has a video on the ideas behind Material Design.
2:22 into the video (up until 3:08) Matías Duarte, Google’s Vice President of design, touch upon something really strong. On how we are trying to make sense of it all.
If I had gotten a penny for every minute I’ve been in a meeting or workshop discussing this I would be millionaire. It’s endless. It’s almost as if my generation biggest challenge (and purpose) is to prototype what digital is and how we should relate to something that doesn’t obey to any physical rules or boundaries, such as gravity or material. Come up with constrains.
Heres a link to the same video skipped to 2:22:
Yesterday, the buss drive listened to opera. This morning: the Finish rock band ‘Lordi’. Contrast.
It’s embarrassing that this is so rare that it by default turns into a big moment; this F1 weekend williamsf1.com will have their Development Driver, Susie Wolff, drive practice 1. That will make her the all time 6th female to take part in the F1 circus. Best of luck to Susie!
If a flower had a God it would not be a transcendental flower but a field.
Life has a gap in it, it just does. You don’t go crazy trying to fill it like some lunatic.
From the movie Take This Waltz
Just because you have stopped sinking doesn’t mean you’re not still underwater.
- Amy Hempel
Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
- Peter F. Drucker
As someone deeply interested in health, exercise and digital services; I have high hopes on the rumoured “watch” from Apple. I have been using Nike Fuel and Jawbone UP since middle of last year. I also use a Garmin running watch and have past 5000km with Nike+ Running. My evaluation of these services is that “they haven’t found it yet”. I now hope Apples work in this area will.
But besides my interests in the use of… what ever it might be, I’m also awaits (with excitements) how Apple will once again show how you can use design to create products that are desirable, loved and used.
That excitement is partly grounded in the fact that this time around, Apple didn’t release “it” first. They will once again re-invent. Again paint a bigger picture than their competitors.
Samsung being Samsung, releases a watch.
I doubt Apple will release a watch.
At least I hope not.
I hope it’s given a bigger purpose and innovation platform than a product that tells the time. I think it will be more about the wrist than time. Exploration around the use of wrist instead of exploitation on the concept of watch and telling time. What can ‘wrist’ add to their line of products (hardware, software and strategies like their Digital Hub)? Endless!!
This article: Apple and Nike are gearing up for a big announcement this fall, states that Apple is not releasing a smartwatch, rather a smartband.
But you don’t have to analyse rumours or read between the line of ‘Nike to shout downs Wearables Business‘ and ‘Time Cook, CEO Apple, is on the board of NIKE‘.
Just watch this video when Jonathan Ive (Senior Vice President of Design at Apple) was asked on a children’s program how he would approach the brief to design a lunch box, a school bag and pencil case “all in one”.
We’d be really careful about not having the word ‘box’. It already gives you a bunch of ideas that could be quite narrow. Cause we think of a box to be square or a cube.
I’d be VERY surprised if Apple realises a watch — timepiece, typically worn either around the wrist or attached on a chain and carried in a pocket. If so, I think it will be solely for the name (and marketing), not by design and use (after all, they’ve made the exception with iPhone).
I however won’t be that surprised if Samsung (or Google for that matter) will reverse their current direction and copy whatever Apple releases.
Amidst the attention given to the sciences as how they can lead to the cure of all diseases and daily problems of mankind, I believe that the biggest breakthrough will be the realization that the arts, which are conventionally considered ‘useless,’ will be recognized as the whole reason why we ever try to live longer or live more prosperously.
– John Maeda
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
— Albert Einstein