Medical devices tend to look weird and intimidating. While that might be useful for film directors like David Cronenberg, it's not great for normal folks who just need to perform personal medical checks, like monitoring their blood pressure.
Typography has a knack for bringing out everyone's inner schoolmarm. Never stretch a font. Ban Comic Sans. Three typefaces? Tsk, tsk.
I recently went to the opening reception for the Creative Capital exhibit at Boston City Hall, one of several exhibits created by the Design Museum of Boston. This exhibit highlights Boston as a cultural center for creativity, but more importantly, it attempts to make a connection between design and business; the space where creativity and industry meet.
Anxiously anticipated designs were released today for the Broad, a new museum for Los Angeles's downtown which nearly everyone agrees is the biggest project to hit L.A., maybe since Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall (which is, incidentally, just up the hill).
Ah, YouTube: source of countless leaping cats and Jedi kids and orgasm-inducing double rainbows. It has so obviously enhanced our lives (if not our productivity), somebody oughta? build a monument to it. A couple of Canadian designers have done the next best thing: Introducing the YouTube -- Top 100 Videos of All Time tribute poster.
Popular fitness device Nike+ launched years back to much fanfare, thanks to a smart, simple design and sleek integration with Apple's iPod and iPhone. But CEO Mark Parker's latest training gadget no longer relies on Apple's branding. Instead, Nike has teamed with car-navigation company TomTom for the Nike+ SportWatch GPS.
It's easy to forget the commitments you shared with family and friends in the fading hours of 2010. That's the trick with New Year's resolutions: They rarely stick for very long. We can often chalk these failures up to faults in our hard-wiring; as scientists have shown, our best intentions rarely rule the day. But over the last 12 months I've been interested in looking at how social networks might tip the balance in your favor.