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
Lately I have noticed that it’s very common that people are using certain words as synonyms when the actual meaning is completely difference. In most cases, this wrongdoing isn’t questioned. It’s accepted. Either the person/people listing is autocorrecting it when they are interpreting what is being said, or, the person/people doesn’t know the difference.
One set of words that I often hear peoples use interchangeably is: design, user experience, interaction design, visual design, graphic design, graphical user interface.
Another: idea, concept, strategy.
Another: simple, good, fast, more, better, easy.
Another: new, innovation, valuable, unique.
So, I’m extremely pleased to have stumbled upon the article ‘Innoveracy: Misunderstanding Innovation‘, where Horace Dediu shares his view on; Novelty, Creation, Invention and Innovation.
This is Manolo, our lead guide of the Peru trek. He’s the best. Before our hike, he shared a few words with our team, which stuck with me on our 10 day trek along the Andes to Machu Picchu, and still remain in my head now the trek is finished: There is no easy. It’s all uphill or downhill. To succeed in this journey, it’s less about the physical strength, and more in the mindset. If you ask, will I make it? That’s a question lacking in confidence, and we need confidence, and trust. Trust in each other. We go as a team, so we don’t leave anyone behind. And lastly, Mother Nature is alive, so take a moment to speak to the mountains, as they will talk back. Thank you Manolo.
It’s all really lovely, but I like the ‘lastly’ bit the best.
There is this illusion that this person is creative and has all this stuff, well the fact is there are literally thousands of ideas involved in putting something like this together. And the notion of ideas as this singular thing is a fundamental flaw. There are so many ideas that what you need is that group behaving creatively.
/Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar
the great arises out of small things that are honoured and cared for.
- Eckhart Tolle
I think one of the things that really separates us from the high primates is that we’re tool builders. I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. And, humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing, about a third of the way down the list. It was not too proud a showing for the crown of creation. So, that didn’t look so good. But, then somebody at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle. And, a man on a bicycle, a human on a bicycle, blew the condor away, completely off the top of the charts.
And that’s what a computer is to me. What a computer is to me is it’s the most remarkable tool that we’ve ever come up with, and it’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.
- Steve Jobs
Wilson Kipsang won todays London Marathon on the course record time 2:04:26. The 5km between 30-35k he did in 14:33, 35-40 in 14:38 to then set a 2:50/km pace for last 2km. This man… is not a man.
Until yesterday, all my shoes (except my running shoes) had four things in common: simple, beautiful, understated and black. What they also had in common was: predictable, boring and anonymous.
Yesterday I came really close to extend this collection, with a pair of dark navy Jack Purcell Converse shoes.
But instead I got myself a pair of Lunar Flyknit Chukka
in Black/Total Orange-Sequoia-Parachute Gold-Volt-Sail.
Besides being absolutely gorgeous: they are by far the most comfortable shoes I have ever own and the laces matches my front door (and fridge).
The story on Hoefler & Frere-Jones is rather sad. Such a shame. Judging by the articles I’ve read, it seems like Freer-Jones (right) was mislead by a manipulative greedy businessman (left). The whole thing just smells… bad. No moral to be found.