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Archives: June 2008

Wal-Mart's forthcoming logo makeover: a good move?

Posted by: Reena Jana on June 30

Can a cleaner, sleeker corporate identity make Wal-Mart more attractive to consumers? On Saturday, you may have seen a report in The Wall Street Journal stating that Wal-Mart is planning...

An Event Apart Boston: Moving Towards a Web Design Curriculum

Posted by: David Sleight on June 27

After two days, thirteen speakers, fifteen hours of sessions, and countless design conversations that stretched well into the wee hours (and even the train ride back), I'm settling into my...

Nau was then... and is Nau again

Posted by: Helen Walters on June 26

Back in early May, Innovation writer Ernest Beck wrote about the demise of the hip green clothing label, Nau, which had launched with such promise a few years earlier but...

Battersea Power Plan -- is Rafael Viñoly a menace or a sustainable design hero?

Posted by: Helen Walters on June 25

Architect Rafael Viñoly's plan to redevelop the Battersea Power Station site, is certainly causing a stir. The proposal sees the iconic power station, which has loomed over the south...

McKinsey's new article on open innovation

Posted by: Reena Jana on June 23

I just read the McKinsey Quarterly's just-published article, "What's New in Open Innovation?" -- it's available online. Most of the article features an overview of what's been going on in...

An Event Apart Boston

Posted by: David Sleight on June 23

Greetings from Boston. David Sleight here, Deputy Creative Director for Over the next two days I’ll be attending An Event Apart, spending time with other designers and developers about...

What about innovations in flood-protection systems?

Posted by: Reena Jana on June 20

As the U.S. Midwest grapples with devastating floods (not to mention floods this week in India that stranded thousands and killed nearly 40 people), and a day after a federal...

Flower Power

Posted by: Helen Walters on June 18

I think this might simply prove that I don't get sent flowers very often, but I did today. And as I blushed and mumbled and felt all self-conscious, I...

Is it an IKEA opening or a rock concert?

Posted by: Reena Jana on June 16

So the new IKEA store Brooklyn officially opens two days from now, on Wednesday June 18, but as of 11 AM today, Monday June 16, there were already 18 people...

Interaction design at SVA

Posted by: Helen Walters on June 13

Just back from chatting with the indefatigable Steven Heller, who has spent much of his career at the New York Times and who is the author of a simply astonishing...

Steelcase's future, collaboration-friendly chairs

Posted by: Reena Jana on June 13

Today I spoke with Jim Keane, president of the Steelcase group, about two new chairs (see them later in this post) designed for better office collaborations. "Collaboration is a hot...

HP's Voodoo and the Luxury Game

Posted by: Reena Jana on June 11

Last November, I wrote an IN: Inside Innovation cover story largely on the influence of Voodoo PC's culture on Hewlett-Packard, which had acquired Voodoo in fall 2006. This week HP...

If Apple Goes Mass--Will They Be Known for "Masstige"?

Posted by: Reena Jana on June 10

So everyone's been talking, blogging, reading about the new 3G iPhone. And its new low price (not to mention, of course, its improved performance). Clearly, Apple's hoping to go more...

Move over iPhone

Posted by: Helen Walters on June 06

As pre-new-iPhone speculation reaches fever pitch, I caught up with this concept for a touchscreen phone, from RKS Design. Known as the Mimique, it's "designed" to work with Google's...

Sony had it. Apple took it

Posted by: Helen Walters on June 05

Last week I got to hear the newish director of IDSA, Frank Tyneski, talk to a load of students about the power of design. He was really, really good and...


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