Archives: May 2009

Knoll's New "Generation" Chair: Stylish Engineering and Comfort

Posted by: Reena Jana on May 29

The Generation by Knoll chair, which will debut at the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair in Chicago in mid-June, is as comfortable an office seat as it is eye-catching. I’ve been...

Five Questions for Intuit CEO Brad Smith

Posted by: Reena Jana on May 27

Intuit's CEO and President Brad Smith will be visiting BusinessWeek's New York headquarters on June 3. What questions do you have for him? The company posted strong 3rd quarter...

Is Cornell Starting a Design Institute?

Posted by: Reena Jana on May 26

Last month, I moderated a panel on socially responsible business innovation at Cornell's Johnson School of Management. While at Cornell, I heard buzz about a possible "Cornell Design Institute" that...

Social Media Doesn't Sell

Posted by: Damian Joseph on May 22

Social media is not a valid marketing tool. At least, that’s what a new study from Knowledge Networks shows. The report says 83% of people on the Internet use social...

The Sims 3... Even Simmier

Posted by: Damian Joseph on May 21

The Sims 3 is coming to computers June 2nd. Anytime a Sims game is launched, you can bet it will be a big deal. The first Sims game is the...

Philippe Starck on design, ecology, trends and heritage

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 19

Last week, I sat down with notorious designer, Philippe Starck to talk about his work, philosophy, creative process and more. As you'll hear, it was a fairly free-wheeling conversation, but...

The State of Furniture Design

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 19

This weekend saw the International Contemporary Furniture Fair roll into New York City, along with satellite shows that were held all over the city. As you might expect, it...

The Four Horsemen of Innovation

Posted by: Michael Arndt on May 16

Corporate innovators come in four types, says Robert Wolcott, founder and executive director of the Kellogg Innovation Network at Northwestern University. Wolcott identifies them in his upcoming book, Grow from...

3D Printing... As Art

Posted by: Damian Joseph on May 15

When you think of 3d printing, images of scientists or industrial designers fabricating prototypes probably come to mind. But starting today, the process is getting the fine arts treatment. The...

Could AT&T Prevent Falls Among the Elderly?

Posted by: Damian Joseph on May 14

AT&T may be best known today for the iPhone, but the telecom company is up to some fascinating research that could expand its wireless business. AT&T is experimenting with telehealth...

Coke's March towards Zero Waste

Posted by: Jessie Scanlon on May 14

This morning, Coca-Cola took another step toward its long-term goal of producing zero waste with the announcement of a new plastic bottle made partially from sugar cane and molasses. The...

Stroke of Genius

Posted by: Jessie Scanlon on May 14

Tis the season of student design projects, as my colleague Bruce Nussbaum has pointed out. As students across the country publicly display their work, it’s a chance for potential employers...

Reinventing the surfboard

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 13

To an outsider, the surfing world may seem like a free-wheeling bastion of unbridled creativity. But in reality, not much has changed since the 1950s. That's according to Mark Kelly,...

Hello, Conference Board? What Year Is This?

Posted by: Michael Arndt on May 07

The Conference Board issued a report on May 7 on innovation and U.S. competitiveness. The conclusion: "Innovation is critical to economic recovery and future U.S. competitiveness, and the focus on...

Clayton Christensen: Something is better than nothing

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 06

Today was the second and final day of the World Innovation Forum, and speakers included disruptive innovation specialist and Harvard Business School professor, Clayton Christensen, Environmental Defense Fund President Fred...

Companies are not immortal, nor should they try to be immortal

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 05

Today was the first day of the World innovation Forum, held at the Nokia Theatre here in New York City. There were three keynote speakers, the noted futurist and Stanford...

Designing design education

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 01

Earlier this week, I chatted with Nathan Shedroff, who helped to launch the MBA in design strategy program at California College of the Arts back in 2007. The degree course...

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