Call it the Nick Felton Effect: Designers can't get enough of visualizing their own quotidian doings.
We can handle taking off our shoes, getting our bags searched, and even giving involuntary peep shows to the dudes operating the full-body scanners. But the thing that really drives us bonkers about airport security nowadays is that we can't step outside for two seconds to catch a breath of fresh air. Lucky for us, the Netherlands has created the next best thing: an airport terminal that ushers the outdoors in.
If Julia Child demystified the art of cooking, molecular gastronomists have done their best to make haute cuisine an obscure science. But the latest culinary craze needn't require an advanced degree in chemistry or a handy supply of liquid nitrogen, according to the Dublin-based designer Ahmad Fakhry.
This concept marries some of our favorite things: bikes, good-looking street furniture, and self-generated power. Not only does it provide a bench (always in short supply) but it invites people to hop on the attached stationary bike and actually exert themselves -- and in turn create enough juice to power a streetlight. Altogether, it's a purpose-driven lesson in urban civics.
Metropolis magazine has a good feature this month about IDEO's Tet Offensive against Washington bureaucracy. Peter Hall reports that the feds, inspired by President Obama's push to demystify big government, have tapped the innovation whizzes at IDEO to take on everything from web design for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to greening federal buildings. The ultimate goal: Make government more humane.
The weather in the United Kingdom sucks. The designers at Nation know this and accept it like any other denizens of the British Isles, but they recognized that sometimes people just aren't in the mood to face facts. What if there were a weather app for your phone that would tell you accurate information about today's forecast, but "predict" that tomorrow was always going to be a perfect sunny day?
Achieving the buzz that product designers, brand managers, and business strategists so relentlessly chase isn't easy. The key is in getting consumers to adopt and advocate a brand. But how do companies convince customers not only to use their products but to adopt their brands? What makes consumers advocate for a product and willingly accept and "own" it as part of their individual identities? How do you get people so revved up that they're willing to slap a sticker on their car out of allegiance to the company, or tattoo their bodies with your brand, as Harley owners frequently do?