Welcome to designBytes, the electronic newsletter of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). Here's the latest design and design-related news we've collected from around the Web.
- 48 Hours in the Life of Steve Jobs: You may have seen both of these videos already: the WWDC 2011 keynote and last week’s City Council Meeting for the City of Cupertino. Together, they feature a pretty vibrant and wily Jobs unveiling (or helping to unveil) some of Apple’s next grand initiatives. It’s fair to say that even at a combined two and a half hours, the videos are a must see. If you don’t have that much time right now, this GOOD piece on the promise of Spaceship Apple is a good informational appetizer: http://www.good.is/post/the-promise-of-spaceship-apple.
- A Rare Interview with Bill Gates: One of the other men who is largely responsible for making the modern world also poked his head out last week. In an interview with the Daily Mail that was passed around this weekend, Gates talked at length about the thinking behind the charitable work his foundation is doing—and shared a few priceless nuggets. Like, that his kids tease him with that “I want to be a billionaire” song. It’s a good read if you haven’t seen it yet: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2001697/Microsofts-Bill-Gates-A-rare-remarkable-interview-worlds-second-richest-man.html.
- How Apple and Microsoft Borrow UI from Smartphones: Rob Tannen, IDSA took a look at the recent previews of Apple’s and Microsoft’s new desktop operating systems and saw striking similarities with some of the increasingly common best practices for the design of smartphone interfaces. He explains this trickle up interface design here: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1664020/how-apple-and-microsoft-borrow-from-smartphones-in-new-desktop-uis.
- A Few Thoughts on De-Digitization: What purpose would a cursor serve were it to be ported from your computer screen to, say, your lapel? Who on earth would wear an emoticon ring? Are there not some things that just don’t make sense as real life objects? Rob Walker, as you may have guessed, has been considering these kinds of questions and he has posted a few new thoughts on Design Observer: http://observersroom.designobserver.com/robwalker/post/dedigitization/27738/.
- Just a Couple More Things on Dieter Rams: Yes, we know we’ve used a good deal of space in recent issues of designBytes to talk about the one and only Dieter Rams. Can you really blame us? He’s, like, Dieter Rams. So please forgive us for sharing two more pieces we discovered after going to press early last week. First, an interview with The Telegraph. And second, an essay from Alice Rawsthorn considering a new book on Rams and his legendary tenure with Braun: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/arts/design/how-dieter-rams-made-braun-an-it-brand.html.
- Taking Meaning from You.Me.We: IDSA is prepping to host our 2011 International Conference in New Orleans this September. The conference theme—Community—has something to do with You.Me.We. But what exactly? Core77 has helped us kick off the dialogue about the complexities of design and community via this chat with Conference Chair Tad Toulis, IDSA and IDSA CEO Clive Roux, IDSA: http://www.core77.com/blog/exclusive/idsa_international_conference_roundtable_with_tad_toulis_and_clive_roux_19510.asp.
- We’re Making It There and We Could Make More of It: The conglomeration of design communities that exist in the greater New York City area is doing pretty well, according to a new study from the Center for an Urban Future. And the report says that the various design industries scattered around the Big Apple could generate more revenue than they currently do. Invigorating, eh? The entire 32-page report is available for FREE as a PDF: http://www.nycfuture.org/content/articles/article_view.cfm?article_id=1286&article_type=0.
- I Think I’m Turning (More) Japanese: Three months after a massive earthquake and resulting tsunami ripped through Japan, the country and its people are still sorting out how it and they will move forward. Please believe there is a key distinction there between the government and its citizens. According to a recent report from Tim Brown, individual pride and initiative are strong yet confidence in the nation’s institutions is not. He paints a really intriguing picture of a recovering country: http://designthinking.ideo.com/?p=532.
- Innovation, A Definition: Yes, you should have guffawed when reading that. “A Definition?” When so many people, institutions and societies are freely tossing the word around like a worn-out cornhole beanbag, it would seem that settling on one definition of “innovation” would be a lost cause. Yet, that’s what John Kao has sought to do in this piece brought to us by CNN and the New America Foundation via the Global Public Square: http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/05/defining-innovation/.
- Fail Early, Fail Fast, Fail Often: The path to innovation is often littered with well-intended but less-than-good prototypes. Some of them plain out suck. And that’s okay. Learning what doesn’t work is something of a necessary evil. It was certainly necessary for the Wright Brothers. And it has been very necessary at Method, too. The tenth installment of their 10X10 series for Co.Design advocates for the best ways to properly utilize prototyping within your product development processes. http://www.fastcodesign.com/1663968/wanna-create-a-great-product-fail-early-fail-fast-fail-often.
- What New Skills Do Designers Need?: The difficulty of knowing which new skills are desirable (and which are not) emerged as a key theme at last month’s Product Design + Innovation conference. In one recap of the event, we learn that design thinking may be an accidentally delusional trend and that UI and ID are not exactly interchangeable. http://www.pdesigni.com/features/show/2212.
- Making the Makers of Things: Allan Chochinov and Steven Heller have been up to their sideburns developing a new MFA Products of Design program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). The program, as we learn in Metropolis’ interview with Chochinov, is raising a lot of very poignant questions about near-term contexts in which design will be conducted. It’s hard to say how SVA’s program could compete with Stanford’s d.school, but it certainly appears to be a considerable peer. http://www.metropolismag.com/story/20110609/designing-the-future.
- Dear Design Graduates: In addition to wearing sunscreen and singing and stretching, there are other tips Ravi Sawhney, FIDSA would offer the Class of 2011. Notably, be bold in creating your own path, be persistent as you stumble along it and remember what you learn along the way—old lessons and new insights are always your brightest lights. For the rest of his advice—and how it may help you arrive at a point when you can accept an investment from Ashton Kutcher—read his Core77 post: http://www.core77.com/blog/education/dear_2011_design_graduates_with_a_little_persistence_opportunities_abound_a_note_from_ravi_sawhney_19552.asp.
- Upcoming Events:
- June 15: Talk | IDSA MI + MSU Business School Alumni Panel Discussion (Troy, MI)
- June 15: Talk | PDMA Hosts Mark Capper (LA)
- June 16-30: LA Design Festival (LA)
- June 22: Webinar | Don Lehman | “Design a Career” (ONLINE)
- June 24-26: Conference | Dwell on Design (LA)
- June 27-28: Conference | Co-Create PDMA (Phoenix)
- July 12: Webinar | IDSA WI’s These Ain’t Your Kidz’ Sketching Tools (ONLINE)
- July 13: Webinar | DMI Hosts Kevin Gilboe (ONLINE)
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