In recent times, maybe no other mass extinction has caught mainstream attention quite like the plight of the honeybees. And all that activism seemed to culminate in a great sigh of relief, when, in 2010, the New York Times declared that a cause had finally been found for Colony Collapse Disorder. But the fact is that bees are still dying in shocking numbers.
At first glance, the Gabler, by designer Paz Brouk, seems like a good idea. It's a concept phone that folds over the edge of a purse for women (and the occasional man) who can never root around their bags fast enough to grab their cell before a call goes to voicemail. A legitimate problem. The issue -- and it's one we encounter pretty often -- is that the solution actually introduces more problems.
We don't have much to say about this loft in Manhattan's Greenwich Village except that a.) it's gorgeous and b.) we'd kill to live here if we weren't worried about blood spattering on its beautifully bleached walls.
Kidding, kidding! In all seriousness, though: How stunning is the place? It combines the coziness of a downtown apartment with the wild, white curves of the Guggenheim uptown (and it was probably only a trace less expensive).
This is the first essay in a three-part series by Jon Kolko, author of the new book Exposing the Magic of Design, on how to embrace design synthesis in your organization.
You've just completed design research in the field, capturing hours of video, thousands of photos, artifacts, papers, and documents. And now, you're stumped and overwhelmed. What should you do next? How do you do it? And how do you know when you've done a good job?