London rolled out a new look for its iconic double-decker bus late last week.
[Editor’s note: This is the third post in a series by Ravi Sawhney on the future of manufacturing.]
In his new book, Back to Work, former President Bill Clinton champions the idea of “getting back to the future,” writing, “We got too interested in the present and we lost our commitment to the future . . . We have to look at this as an opportunity to retool our country for the 21st century.” So how does design play a role in retooling for the 21st century? According to Clinton and other experts, we need to establish a better environment for production and creation.
There’s lots to be said for getting lit like a menorah at holiday parties and stuffing one’s guts until they resemble bursting Christmas stockings. But all that overconsumption leaves us with a craving for something more: a generous helping of irony.
Every year the United Nations puts out a development report and…zzzzzzzzzzzz. Oh, where was I? Sorry!
Look, you know and I know that no matter how important a data set is, it’s next to useless if you’re not interested in actually delving into it. Such is the power and promise of infographics--a sexy data vizualization can make data go down smooth, and keep you coming back for more.
A good case in point is Worldshapin’, a clever little project created by programmer Carlo Zapponi and designer Vasundhara Parakh of Visualizing.org.
The Eindhoven-based designer Bart Hess does the impossible: He makes digital 3-D modeling sexy. His animation for Modebelofte 2011, the fashion component of Dutch Design Week, highlighted the garments using a digitally created, blurred-out human silhouette that spins and turns and dips in fluid, elastic slow motion. But it’s an elasticity that retains a warmth over and above any similarities to the human form.
A couple years ago, I sat in on a "Technology in the Classroom" course. We spent the early part of the day talking about new tools that were available. The discussion turned into a litany of complaints: IT policies that prevented the installation of new software, draconian site-blocking measures, thimble-sized storage allowances. At every turn, each new tool that a teacher wanted to try out would require a fight with administration. The frustration was palpable.