In 2008, my design consultancy, Ziba, was invited to conduct a five-day workshop with the executives of one of the world's leading consumer electronics manufacturers. The CEO told us the company wanted to use design thinking to be more innovative. After decades of competing on cost and efficiency, a growing legion of competitors had forced it into a commodity role. Despite a large internal design group, their brand had little to differentiate it for consumers.
What captures our hearts more than objects that display a dogged attention to function? Ones that show a little character.
Architectural projects take a really long time to complete. So famous architects often look for quick creative fixes -- in stage-set design, for example.
As the anniversary of 9/11 nears, the world will be reminded of the tragedy that occurred on that crisp, clear September day. But over the last 10 years, New Yorkers have confronted the loss every day as they look at the skyline and register the conspicuous absence of the towers, which rose above the surrounding buildings like oversize Lego blocks. A new Kickstarter project will re-create that image with a free app for iPhone users.
Sifteo Cubes have arrived! Long hyped as the most exciting new development in table-top entertainment, the cubes -- part Lego, part video game, part board game -- started shipping to American and Canadian customers today. I had a chance to futz around with them, and my ruling is this: They’re even better than I imagined.
You shouldn't use your phone to wake up, this beautiful new timekeeper argues.
For the video for "Some Hungry Guy" by songwriter Jascha Hoffman, director Benjamin Harrison had history to do the work for him -- pulling century-old "Little Nemo" newspaper comic strips by Winsor McCay and animating them to digital life. He even found a way to put Hoffman's face into the antique comic-strip world:
Peer inside the pillowy innards and you can see grown adults burrowing into the billowing neon tunnels, or gawking in quiet amazement at the stained glass-like domes.
What kind of motorcycles do you get when the head of design at your company used to design furniture at an architecture firm and spent a year living off the grid in India?