Design sprints have been consuming conversations over the past year, amongst all sorts of makers –from authors testing out new book concepts to software teams working on the next VR breakthroughs. I mean, who wouldn’t love a prescriptive framework that enables you to validate your biggest ideas in 5 days?
Sandy Hook Suit Against Remington Dismissed by Judge
In a landmark decision, a state judge has dismissed the lawsuit against Remington Arms filed by families of victims of the 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. “In the present case, the defendants argue that the plaintiffs seek wrongful death and personal injury damages allegedly resulting from product design. ’To prevail on a design defect claim a plaintiff must prove that the product is unreasonably dangerous...'"
In the Post-Screen World
"This morning, while struggling to manage a stubborn basset hound in one hand and a bag of his poop in the other, I attempted to play the new Green Day record on my iPhone. Pressing the headphone button, I uttered the words I thought I’d never say: "Siri: Play Green Day." In that moment I realized the prophecies of tech futurists had come true: Screens suck."
Did You Know?
Many of your favorite family games have been around for decades or even centuries. Most were originally designed as something quite different from what they are today. For example, The Checkered Game of Life was the first—and actually the only—board game invented by Milton Bradley and was created as a "moral" game to teach children about the benefits of leading a virtuous life.
"When is a Chair Just a Chair" and Other Annoying Copyright Questions
Last year, the UK decided to repeal a part of its copyright law that enforced a drastically reduced copyright term for "industrially exploited artistic works" including "works of artistic craftsmanship"—in other words, the industrial design of manufactured objects that are primarily functional, like appliances and furniture.