International design and innovation firm Continuum announced today that it has opened a new division that takes the fuzzy notion of "hybrid thinking" and gives it a desk at the office.
The field of workplace design can feel absurdly like political debate. You've got experts on one side barnstorming for freewheeling open-office plans and experts on the other side espousing the 9-to-5 equivalent of a sensory-deprivation chamber, with each concept held up as an affirmation of some all-important corporate value. (Creativity! Privacy!) The whole thing's terribly reductive, and it glides over the fact that different organizations benefit from different office arrangements. Not only that, the same organization often requires a variety of layouts.
Now that modern culture is almost entirely digitized, will future civilizations ever know we existed?
If you feel like a slave to the clock, then maybe you just haven't found the right clock.
The video below might just offer a taste of what mobile interfaces will become in the near future.
Tangible, designed by Georg Reil and Christoph Döring, is simply a device whose onscreen images change in response to tilting, pressure, and movement. Which sounds simple, but think about it: Touchscreens like the one on iPad might respond to tilting, but they do so in an effort to keep the image static.
Calling Apple products "works of art" is a design cliche. So artist Michael Tompert decided to take it to the next level, turning various iThings into a kind of sculpture -- by shooting them, smashing them, and burning them.
According to Tompert, his concept art is meant to critique our obsession with Apple products and techno-consumption in general. He told The Cult of Mac blog that he got the idea after seeing his kids fighting over their iPod Touches.
If you're not much of a tech nerd, you'd be forgiven for thinking the iPad and the ensuing tablet boom are merely some kind of hype machine. You'd also be wrong, if industry analysts are right. Long story short, 2010 was just the barest tip of the tablet onslaught. In two years time, they'll be more numerous than mosquitos in July, as this infographic lays out.