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Categories: Design

The Designer Behind Top Chef Izard's New Room

Posted by: Michael Arndt on June 29

Over her 10 years as vice president of design at 555 International, Karen Herold has produced interiors for nightclubs in Las Vegas for Playboy and N9NE as well as retail...

Design Week: Vancouver

Posted by: Helen Walters on April 28

I'm in Vancouver for Design Week, an event organized by Icograda, the International Council of Graphic Design Associations. The theme of the event is "Design Currency"; the challenge for participants...

Innovation, technology and design at the New Museum: WordPress experiments at 7 on 7 event

Posted by: Helen Walters on April 17

I'm a big fan of what can happen when worlds collide, always enjoying the effect of bringing together people with diverse experiences, knowledge and skills. This afternoon, I headed to...

Jan Chipchase leaves Nokia, joins Frog Design

Posted by: Helen Walters on April 05

Interface designer and anthropologist Jan Chipchase (that's him in the background, taking the picture) has made a name for himself and collected quite a following as a result of his...

Come on, designers. Step up

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 28

Recently, a two-page article in the Times of London caught my eye. Not because its thesis was staggeringly original, but rather because it made my blood boil. Here's the gist:...

Bruce Mau's Latest Design Is BS

Posted by: Michael Arndt on October 28

I'm sitting on a stool watching an info-video at the Dairy Management booth at the Worldwide Food Expo in Chicago. The stool, designed by Bruce Mau Design, is a bright...

National Design Week: The Business of Design

Posted by: Helen Walters on October 20

National Design Week is in full swing here in New York, culminating in a swanky gala dinner on Thursday night to celebrate this year's National Design Award winners. One of...

Show Us Your Home Office

Posted by: Damian Joseph on October 06

We're all about home offices this week. Jay Greene wrote about his recent experience setting up shop at home and I put together a slideshow on the Art of the...

Design leaders yuck it up in Miami

Posted by: Helen Walters on September 27

I've been in Miami for the past few days, checking out the IDSA conference and, last night, handing out the gold gongs in the International Design Excellence Awards. I also...

I'm a PC, and I'm...Cool?

Posted by: Reena Jana on September 21

In the last week, both Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo announced new PCs that featured eye-catching elements that could possibly make design fans rethink the nerdy PC image exemplified in those ubiquitous...

And the James Dyson Award goes to... Automist, from RCA London graduates

Posted by: Helen Walters on September 09

This morning, I spoke to Yusuf Muhammed who, along with Paul Thomas, just scooped the £10,000 James Dyson Award, named after and sponsored by the vacuum cleaner innovator. Their winning...

Ikea Changes Its Font: Futura Is Now in the Past

Posted by: Damian Joseph on August 28

After 50 years of using Futura, Ikea is switching to the ubiquitous typeface Verdana. The Ikea catalogue is the third most printed book in the world, behind the Bible and...

Competition: Design a T-shirt Fit For a CEO

Posted by: Helen Walters on August 20

Here in Manhattan, temperatures have finally reached the million degree mark (approx). It leads to some interesting summer fashions, as employees attempt to be comfortable yet decent and tourists attempt...

Jonathan Ive on the ethical implications of Apple's business

Posted by: Helen Walters on August 11

There's been quite a flurry of excitement in the online media-sphere of late, after entrepreneur, CEO, some time journalist (and BusinessWeek columnist) Jason Calacanis published The Case Against Apple—in Five...

Starbucks New Design

Posted by: Damian Joseph on July 29

Some images are coming out of Starbucks' new "Not-A-Starbucks" Seattle store. Dubbed 15th Avenue E Coffee and Tea, the shop is an effort to blend with the local neighborhood. It...

Smart Talk at Smart Design

Posted by: Reena Jana on July 22

Smart Design is a consultancy that's helped design the OXO Good Grips line of kitchen tools, the popular Flip digital camcorder, and the Fusion dashboard for Ford. Last week, we...

Jonathan Ive on The Key to Apple's Success

Posted by: Helen Walters on July 08

Jonathan Ive isn't prone to making wild proclamations about design, his boss, Steve Jobs, or Apple, the company at which he's led the design team since 1996. Indeed, he's not...

Coca-Cola Flexes Its Design Chops on New Machines

Posted by: Damian Joseph on June 22

Coca-Cola's (KO) Director of Industrial Design Vince Voron just finished up his talk with Sapient’s Director of Program Management Michael Leonard at the Forrester’s Customer Experience Forum in New York....

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...

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...

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...

Helping business find its way

Posted by: Helen Walters on April 10

"I know your system was a success because nobody mentioned it." So spoke a happy client to David Gibson, a New York designer who just put together a book on...

Who Makes the Mad Men titles? The GE Website?

Posted by: Reena Jana on February 25

Ever wonder who created the sharp titles for Mad Men, and how to hire them to create a cool commercial for your company? Have you looked at GE's web site,...

Philippe Starck on Design, Invention, and Branding: Recession Advice

Posted by: Reena Jana on January 28

I recently sat down with Philippe Starck, one of the world's most well-known designers, to talk about the connection between design--so often misunderstood as mere cosmetic flourish--and innovation. He was...

A Rare Chat With MINI's Design Chief

Posted by: Matthew Vella on January 22

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with MINI Design Chief Gert Hildebrand. The fiercely individualistic brand of tiny autos is poised to take advantage of higher fuel costs...

Plantronics, Altec Lansing Rack Up Innovation Awards

Posted by: Matthew Vella on January 07

CES may have arrived this year with barely a whimper, especially given the dire state of the consumer electronics industry. But, Plantronics Inc. and its consumer audio division, Altec Lansing,...

Design, The Movie

Posted by: Matthew Vella on January 05

The trailer for Objectified, an independent documentary about industrial design, is finally available (watch below). The film, which should be released this year, explores the relationships between consumers, mass products,...

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it really is a man. Flying. In a "wingsuit"

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 30

Caught this video via @jerrymichalski and Jane McGonigal (@avantgame) on Twitter, and felt the need to share it here. These "wingsuits" are astonishing. These "birdmen" are pushing materials and design...

Two Wallet-friendly, airport-security-friendly, and shoulder-friendly laptop travel-case picks

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 11

If you're gearing up for holiday -- or business -- air travel, you must be dreading the airport chaos of going through security screening lines. There are a couple of...

The Flip's still Hip. And now the Flip's Web site is a design tool and tutorial

Posted by: Reena Jana on December 02

Have you checked out the customization feature for the recently released Flip Mino video camcorder, available on the Flip's Web site? Basically, Pure Digital, the camera's maker, allows Flip buyers...

Design competition. T-shirts!

Posted by: Helen Walters on November 25

For my sins, I'm the author of not one, not two but three books on T-shirt graphics. What can I say? I enjoyed an extended adolescence. But you know when...

Designing, not just Fixing, the Economy

Posted by: Reena Jana on November 18

The word "design" is often understood within the context of "decoration," but once again, it's being used as a verb in relation to the current global economic turmoil. The cover...

CEOs celebrate design; the design world celebrates CEOs

Posted by: Reena Jana on November 13

Last night, I attended the annual Visionaries auction and awards ceremony hosted by the Museum of Art and Design here in New York, and sat among some of the most...

National Design Awards... and the winners are

Posted by: Helen Walters on October 24

Last night saw the swank event for the National Design Awards, in which our own Bruce Nussbaum was a finalist for the Design Mind title. Winners included Google, for corporate...

Read it here first: Gensler’s 2008 Workplace Survey Links Office Satisfaction and Financial Performance

Posted by: Reena Jana on October 22

I recently met with Diane Hoskins, executive director of New York-based architecture and design firm Gensler, whose clients include McDonald’s, Hewlett-Packard, and 3M, and she previewed Gensler’s new U.S. Workplace...

JetBlue JFK open for business

Posted by: Helen Walters on October 22

Today's the day... JetBlue's swanky new JFK terminal opens for business. Back in August, contributing writer Ernest Beck took a hard hat tour of the location, and as you can...

The Business of Design breakfast discussion / tweetathon

Posted by: Helen Walters on October 22

Just back from the Cooper-Hewitt, where Bruce Nussbaum was moderating a conversation between three innovation/design bigwigs: Bob Greenberg, founder of R/GA, Marissa Mayer of Google and Citi chief innovation officer,...

Radiohead artist starts record label, finds going tough

Posted by: Helen Walters on October 16

News of Radiohead's three million sales of its pay-what-you-like-and-download release, In Rainbows, reminds me that I've been meaning to write up the latest from Stanley Donwood. He's the artist...

What do you want from T-Mobile? Deutsche Telekom's head of innovation and product development answers your questions

Posted by: Helen Walters on October 06

Hamid Akhavan, head of mobile communications, innovation and product development for Deutsche Telekom -- and the man in charge of T-Mobile International for most of Europe -- is coming to...

Vipp is after your disposable income

Posted by: Helen Walters on September 19

Given the chaos that has assailed the world's markets this week, it might seem a little crass to mention $300 trash cans. But the Danish firm Vipp held a swanky...

Hewlett-Packard's Sneak Peek at Fashion Week

Posted by: Reena Jana on September 09

Tonight at 7pm at the New York runway presentation of fashion designer Vivienne Tam’s Spring 2009 clothing line, many of the models will strut down the catwalk carrying tiny Hewlett-Packard...

Google's Graphic Novel: The Chrome Browser's Design Story

Posted by: Reena Jana on September 03

So Google just launched the beta version of its open-source Web browser, Chrome. The search behemoth also made available the back story of the browser's design, available in a graphic-novel...

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...

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...

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...

Doodle 4 Google winner

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 22

A while ago, my colleague Aili McConnon wrote a sweet piece about the man behind the Google Doodle, the guy who customizes the look of the search engine's logo on...

Lego-inspired candles

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 21

Plenty of folks at ICFF were looking for distribution deals. This caught my eye: a Lego-inspired candle set from former RCA student, Hyock Kwon. If you look carefully, you can...

Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison have some design questions for you

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 20

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair juggernaut swept through the city at the weekend. Perhaps the best thing about ICFF is that it's not just the official event at the Javits...

Chris Sugrue's digital bugs

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 13

In the name of featuring something which on the face of it looks like a purely artistic experiment, but bearing in mind the lessons learned from Bill Buxton, here's Delicate...

Redesigning the humble lightswitch

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 12

When I was in London recently, I popped in to see David Tonge and Nicole Hodgkinson of the design firm, the-division, who have a small studio near Tower Bridge. I've...

A truly alternative motorcycle design from Branko Lukic

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 07

I'm a big fan of the work of designer Branko Lukic. Having spent many years at consultancies such as Frog and IDEO, he branched out in 2006 to found his...

What makes a good design leader?

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 05

I was in London last week, and attended a breakfast meeting at the Design Council, the UK's "national strategic body for design", which is funded by the government and which...

Design and the Elastic Mind

Posted by: Helen Walters on March 26

Finally got a chance to visit the new show, "Design and the Elastic Mind", at the Museum of Modern Art here in New York. Bruce and Reena both loved it,...

Design Green Now

Posted by: Helen Walters on March 24

If you find yourself at a loose end on the west coast at the beginning of next month, then you might want to look up one of these free panel...

Embarking on Personal Design Project of My Own

Posted by: Reena Jana on March 17

I've just started maternity leave -- as my husband and I have been working on an ambitious design project of our own and are about to see it "launch." I'll...

More on the reality of conferences

Posted by: Helen Walters on March 12

Many of those I have talked to at conferences recently definitely feel badly about the environmental effect of flying all over the place to the next can't-miss event. It really...

Why I like, er, love my MacBook Air

Posted by: Reena Jana on March 12

So dissing the MacBook Air is now old-ish news, as critics have voiced their concerns with the laptop and its missing features.'s a wonderful device to use. (Yes, I...

Conference organizers: Please think about what attendees need, rather than inundating them with unnecessary printed materials

Posted by: Helen Walters on March 12

My colleague, Catherine Holahan, already referred to the insane amount of information that welcomed arrivals at this year's SXSW conference. Now I don't know about Catherine, but here's what I...

Apple's design process

Posted by: Helen Walters on March 08

Interesting presentation at SXSW from Michael Lopp, senior engineering manager at Apple, who tried to assess how Apple "gets" design when so many other companies try and fail. After describing...

Apple apps: the iPiano and iBand are here

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 23

This requires a hacked iPhone, but the arrival of the iAno (I guess its creator, one MysteryAardvark, decided that dropping the 'p' was the way to go, naming wise) is...

Johnny Hardstaff's film for Toshiba provides a good reminder on the power of Innovation and Design

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 13

This film by British director Johnny Hardstaff, represented over in London by Ridley Scott's commercial production company, RSA Films, does a nice job of promoting the power of effective...

"We are who we have been waiting for..."

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 12

Whatever you think of his politics, you can't deny that Barack Obama's got a way with words. His speech after Super (duper) Tuesday was full of aphorisms and inspirational phrases....

Big fat package of articles and slideshows on Green Design is here...

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 11

Just posted a mega-package on Green Design, which has been both a positive and slightly disheartening place to keep my brain for the past few weeks. Jessie Scanlon's written a...

How Should Macy's and Sears Remake their Stores?

Posted by: Reena Jana on February 07

With today's news of Macy's slashing jobs and looking to "localize" their stores, coupled with recent news of Sears looking to clean-up and revamp its stores, I can't help but...

Monsters make the world go round

Posted by: Helen Walters on January 29

Here's a rather lovely tale of a personal art project taking on a life of its own and becoming a mini social phenomenon. It's the kind of thing that could...

Apple's pins are so much cooler than Google's pins

Posted by: Helen Walters on January 23

I've been thinking this for some time, and since the iPhone update, the time has come to call it. It's hard to see from the illustrations at right (and...

Will design draw consumers in a recession? And can a recession actually spark innovation?

Posted by: Reena Jana on January 21

With an official recession looming, what types of innovative products and services will attract consumers? Will they gravitate more toward free, online apps such as Google Documents rather than buy...

To Buy or Not to Buy...the new MacBook Air now. That is the question...

Posted by: Reena Jana on January 16

Have you been coveting the supermodel-slim MacBook Air since it was unveiled yesterday? Totally gorgeous, right? At one point yesterday afternoon, I visited the Apple Store online to see if...

The new leopardskin Taser/MP3 player. Seriously

Posted by: Helen Walters on January 09

I'm sure I had a similar reaction to most people when I heard about the new leopardskin Taser zapper/MP3 player: really? REALLY? Add to that a shudder of horror at...

What Designs Survive CES Hype?

Posted by: Reena Jana on January 08

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas still has a couple of days to go. Sure, many breakthrough designs make their debuts at this extravaganza of tech. But others, while...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

BusinessWeek art dept scoops illustration awards

Posted by: Helen Walters on November 27

Alright, so the art department can't take the credit for the illustrations themselves. That goes to the two artists in question (Hendrik Drescher, below -- Tim Hussey after the jump)....

Singing Roads in Japan

Posted by: Helen Walters on November 15

Weird. This story in the UK's Guardian caught my eye. A team of engineers in Japan has developed a system whereby a car becomes the bow to a road's violin....

Why I Did Buy an iPhone

Posted by: Helen Walters on November 06

So my colleague Arik Hesseldahl won't buy an iPhone. And I really didn't mean to. But Apple got me. Quite despite my better judgment (while Arik's cross about third party...

Target's Holograms: The Innovation Angle

Posted by: Reena Jana on October 30

On Wednesday, big-box retailer Target will begin running ads about the world’s first “model-less” fashion show in New York on November 6 and 7, featuring a holographic illusion of three-dimensional,...

New York: Legible City?

Posted by: Helen Walters on October 29

Sorry I fell off the planet. Went to San Francisco for the amazing World Design Congress and have been running to catch up ever since. I seem to have missed...

Designing without a Client

Posted by: Reena Jana on October 18

Design firms such as Seattle's Teague, which works with Boeing, Microsoft, and Nike among other corporations, are increasingly encouraging employees to hatch product ideas without a client. While I'm not...

Do it yourself (some more)

Posted by: Helen Walters on October 16

I find D-I-Y such a very bewitching ethos. Punks, for instance, were completely fabulous to me (generally terrifying, too, but always looked at with wide-eyed awe). The extraordinary explosion of...

It's Design Week in New York -- Will a Business Panel Reveal Internal, Corporate "Green" Best Practices?

Posted by: Reena Jana on October 15

It’s the second annual official Design Week in New York, coinciding with the National Design Awards given by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum , and sponsored by Target. Of interest...

Nike's New Public Design Studio -- Where Consumers Become Designers

Posted by: Reena Jana on October 04

Today, Nike unveiled a new style of retail experience that suggests that both virtual and real worlds are colliding and that the boundaries between consumers and designers are blurring fast....

Creative Capital: A Resource for Imaginative Ideas

Posted by: Reena Jana on September 12

When we were putting together our annual Cutting Edge Designers series for -- which also appears in condensed form in the current issue of IN: Inside Innovation within BusinessWeek...

Saul Bass on the new AT&T

Posted by: Helen Walters on September 11

Ok, not the latest version of the AT&T. But our new Innovation & Design writer, Matt Vella, just put together an analysis of the latest branding venture from AT&T as...

Ancient. Meet Modern

Posted by: Helen Walters on September 05

Firstly. Sorry for the past week's radio silence. Secondly. Yes, thank you for asking, I had a lovely vacation. My travels took me back to the north of England, and...

BCBG at Bryant Park: What's New with a Fashion Label That's Creative on the Business Side?

Posted by: Reena Jana on September 05

This morning I popped by Bryant Park to catch the runway show of BCBG Max Azria, part of the bi-annual Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week line-up. Why this show? The company, which...

Fashion and Fakes: Will Designers Keep Knocking Off Themselves?

Posted by: Reena Jana on August 27

In anticipation of New York's Fashion Week (September 5 - 12), I've been thinking a lot about the issue of intellectual property laws that can potentially protect the original work...

Target, Macy's, and Victoria's Secret use Stylesight as a trend-tracking tool. Should You?

Posted by: Reena Jana on August 22

Fashion Week is coming up in New York, from September 5 - 12th (I'll be attending; stay tuned for reports). Although nothing compares with the spectacle of watching a runway...

A Helpful Guide for Finding Hip, Young Graphic Designers

Posted by: Reena Jana on August 13

Chronicle Books will soon publish the U.S. version of onehundredat360˚: Graphic Design's New Global Generation, by Michael Dorrian and Liz Farrelly, this fall. I've been flipping through an advance copy...

Water, water, everywhere

Posted by: Helen Walters on August 09

Digital water isn't a new concept, but this new project, due for completion in June 2008, pushes the limits of what is possible -- and uses the technology on...

Skipping through the field of virtual daisies

Posted by: Helen Walters on August 03

I completely fell in love with these two pieces of work a while back. They were on show at a trendy event in Manhattan and somehow inspired even the...

The Manufactured Landscapes of Ed Burtynsky

Posted by: Helen Walters on July 25

Tanggu Port, Tianjin, 2005. Click on images to enlarge. Manufactured Landscapes is a film I caught by chance in NYC the other day. I hadn't heard much about it...

International Design Excellence Awards

Posted by: Helen Walters on July 23

Forgive the self-indulgent post -- and the radio silence of late -- but we've been working like demons, putting together the IDEA 2007 package. It's live and online so I...

One Small Step for Woman

Posted by: Helen Walters on July 17

Space ladies have had a bad rap recently (yes, I'm looking at you, Lisa Nowak), but this space lady is looking to change the conversation. Dava Newman is professor...

The Skinny on the New "Skins" Shoes

Posted by: Reena Jana on July 12

I recently tried out a pair of the new Skins shoes, what promise to be chic and inventive products. They've gotten a lot of advance raves in design publications such...

The wonderful, subversive world of animation

Posted by: Helen Walters on July 11

Animation has been an explosive business in recent times. Last year, Disney forked out $7.5 billion for industry poster child Pixar, the studio behind the likes of Toy Story, Finding...

Intelligent Textiles

Posted by: Helen Walters on July 09

There's a lot of interesting work happening in the materials arena. A while back, we wrote an article about d3o, a young British company which designed a material which is...

The AIGA: Moving into China, Social Networking, Business Strategy

Posted by: Reena Jana on July 09

I recently went to a lunch hosted by Richard Grefé, the executive director of the AIGA (the acronym stands for the American Institute of Graphic Arts; today, the 93-year-old organization...

Robot Zoo

Posted by: Helen Walters on July 02

I confess. I'm a bit squeamish. I haven't eaten meat for hundreds of years and if a mosquito comes into my bedroom I try to strike a deal whereby I...

Summer time

Posted by: Helen Walters on June 29

Summer's here, and though it's super sweltery in New York, and my family is reporting being nearly under water in the north of England, thoughts are turning to being outside....

iPhone -- odds on favorite

Posted by: Helen Walters on June 25

As the buzz continues to build, this turns up in my email inbox. It's the odds from bookie Web site regarding the iPhone. I know, I know, gambling's no...

How to create a product that lasts today?

Posted by: Helen Walters on June 19

So asks Gene Pressman, former co-CEO and Creative Director of Barneys in his new book, Chasing Cool. The book's subtitle is "standing out in today's cluttered marketplace" and it's full...

Virtual Richard Serra

Posted by: Helen Walters on June 13

If you can't make it to MOMA to see the Richard Serra show (and frankly, even if you can), you should still check out the online installation


Posted by: Jessi Hempel on June 13

You may have noticed my recent radio silence. I've just returned from a camping trip in Santa Cruz

It Started with a Concept

Posted by: Helen Walters on June 07

ReacTable -- an interactive interface for creating music.

Olympic hoo-hah

Posted by: Helen Walters on June 05

New Olympic Games branding from Wolff Olins

Rotten Apple

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 31

Can't Apple design a way to stop me breaking their headphones?

Prescriptive design

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 28

How much can or should designers try to control an experience, and how much should be left to interpretation?

Tide's iPod absurdity

Posted by: Jessi Hempel on May 24

This iPod is so absurd that it is seemingly making fun of itself. And that's fashionable.

Fake Plastic Bottles

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 23

Chair made from recycled plastic bottles

Yves Béhar on civic design

Posted by: Jessi Hempel on May 18

Yves Béhar's talk from last week's New Yorker Conference.

Design is Dirty

Posted by: Helen Walters on May 18

Writing from the road... the Strategy Conference at IIT in Chicago


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