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Archives: December 2007

Home Sales Stats, Subprime Woes -- What Does it Mean for Designers of Housewares?

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 31

Today the National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing single-family homes actually rose in November--by 0.4 percent. Okay, so this doesn't really change the bigger picture of the...

The Bhutto Assassination -- Are There New Ways to Protect Public Figures?

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 28

Recent events in Pakistan bring to mind how we can possibly use innovative new technologies to better protect public figures at risk of assassination, kidnapping, or other dangerous threats. I'm...

Toyota's Projected Growth -- And the Context of Booz Allen Hamilton's Recent Innovation Survey

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 26

Last year, as my brilliant colleague Jessie Scanlon wrote on, the annual Booz Allen Hamilton survey on the top 1000 spenders on research and development concluded that “money simply...

New IDEA jury's been announced

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 21

The jury for next year's IDEA competition (which we feature each year in BusinessWeek) has been announced. Alistair Hamilton is chair this year. His background in mobile (at Symbol, Motorola...

Zaha Hadid. Hong Kong. The Innovation Tower

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 21

Zaha Hadid's off to Hong Kong. The renowned, London-based designer just got the nod to build the Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (one of the schools featured...

And RISD's New President is...John Maeda -- He answers our questions here

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 20

Big news today in the worlds of design, technology, innovation, art, and education: John Maeda, MIT professor and associate director of the school's famed Media Lab (and author of The...

What Does Web-Based Computing Mean for PC Design? Is it the death of the laptop?

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 18

With all the talk about the rise of web-based computing -- applications such as Google Documents, etc. -- what does this mean for PC design? Will product designers and engineers...

Carhartt's Winter Wonderland

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 17

Holiday windows are always a wonder to behold, not to mention a nightmare to negotiate, what with the hordes of tourists with noses pressed up to them. Over in London,...

Discussions on Green Design - At Continuum in Boston

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 17

Going green is a huge topic in the worlds of design and business -- and where the two intersect. A little over a week ago, I hosted a conference in...

Google's Preliminary Design for knol: Subtly Sophisticated

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 15

Last week, Google announced on its corporate blog that the search giant was building knol, a rival to Wikipedia. While most coverage talked about the differences and similarities of the...

A Preview of What Intel is Showing at CES in January 2008--with a Green Twist

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 15

On Friday I went to a small gathering in New York -- at Frank Gehry's IAC building -- where Intel gave a sneak peek at what the company will be...

Award season is here: BMW announces its "Passion for Innovation" winners

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 11

Tis the season for announcing science and innovation awards. The Tech channel recently ran a round-up of the winning women who swept the board in the Siemens Competition in Math,...

Design Miami is upon us

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 06

I've been so embarrassingly AWOL of late I hardly know what to say. I could go on about how we've been swamped with Special Reports (please look at our Auto...


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