Archive for the ‘Inspiration and things i like!’ Category

Post Cup

January 26, 2009

An interesting project that explores alternatives to sending a postcard home as a form of communication. What if you could send the message on  a cup instead?

The Post cup is a cup, with a printed message on the front (You can choose between 6 different ones; HI, LOVE YOU, MISS YOU, THINKING OF YOU etc.) On the back there is a personal message, in the form a post card.

I think by limiting what you can write on it, it really makes you think about the personal message you are sending to your loved one.  A lovely approach…very playful

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bookcup5By Bailey doesn’t Bark, Via Baekdal

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Service Design Isn’t in the Touchpoint

January 26, 2009

A really interesting post from Jeff, Via design for service

“The other day, a friend of mine from grad school was pondering the distinction between product design and service design since many products are part of a service now. Examples like the iPod/iTunes/ITMS start to blur the line.

Now that I’ve had some time to think about it, I realize that things aren’t as blurry as I initially thought. There are still tons of products that aren’t designed to be part of a service in any way. From kitchen appliances to digital electronics there are plenty of dumb boxes in my apartment. In fact, I only own a handful of products that are connected to a service.

That’s not to say that the products in my home couldn’t be integrated into a service. If I started taking photos professionally with my Nikon D70, it’d suddenly be part of a service. But until then it’s just a beautiful example of product design. Lots of products can be incorporated into services. Think of automobiles. Instead of buying a Crown Vic from the dealer I can rent one from Enterprise, hire one from Yellow Cab or ride in the back of one courtesy of the highway patrol. But that doesn’t mean the people at Ford are service designers.

Even if an interaction designer were to create a touchpoint specifically for a service, something like the digital kiosks for Jet Blue, that wouldn’t necessarily make it service design. Service design isn’t in the touchpoint. It’s in the interconnections between touchpoints and in the behaviors that connect people. Service design lives in the system, not the artifact.

Unless you’re looking at the larger context, you’re doing something other than service design” Jeff howard

A trip to the experimentarium

January 19, 2009

Yesterday i took a visit to the experimentarium in Copenhagen to gain some inspiration for our current project and see how the experts do i!! It was such a refreshing experience. All the installations there were concise and to the point, they were not over loaded with features, and they were great fun to use. The highlight of my visit was when i saw an old couple (around 70) playing on a dancing game together! Which goes to prove that places like the experimentarium arn’t only enaging for children! Unfortunately my camera died on me after two photo’s but i took lots of notes of things that really stood out for me!

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  • if you can make the installation engaing for children, adults will love it to! I saw so many 20 something’s there and older people having great fun!
  • The instructions were simple and clear, normally using 3 step pictorial illustrations (were also available in different languages)
  • Use hand shapes as indicators of what to do, its very intuitive-you no exactly what to do.
  • Music and sounds works very well for feedback
  • A lot of the installations are over sized and exaggerated…makes it more fun!
  • Each installation has a specific role, and does it simply and well, they are not over loaded with features
  • There were a lot of collaborative games, it was more fun to do it with a friend, although i was by myself and was restricted with some of the things i could do.
  • They used colour and colour intensity very simple to show  impact and effect.
  • All the installation involved you to use your senses
  • Everything!!!! was very hands on, the user became part of the experience, they were necessary for it to happen. You were never just watching or looking at something, it was about physically doing something to learn.
  • Light was used very effectively as indicators of what to do, touch, move next. It was very simple but effective. e.g. the children new that when a square lights up on the floor they have to move to that square!
  • The Aesthetics were very clean cut, with simple use of colour and imagery. The imagery was always relevant to the experience.
  • KISS: KEEP IT SUPER SIMPLE

Amazing music Video

January 18, 2009

Tobias from my class showed a few of us this music video on Friday…. It is so super cool..Check it out!

Happy New…

January 8, 2009

Today i received a brillaint Happy New Year card from Gill at Plot……its very lovely so i thought i would share it!

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Rolling Bench

January 7, 2009

Whilst doing some research for my current project i stumbled across this very playful product……

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“Praise Jebus for a group of clever Korean designers whom came up with the Rolling Bench concept. The slats can roll via crank. Now you’re bum will always be sitting dry. That and playing dirty tricks on napping homeless people”

Via Design corner

My wordle

December 15, 2008

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Saab Radio

December 12, 2008

Via Baekdal

saabclock11This is a really cool design by Sang Hoon Lee . He has created this little thing……. an FM radio built into a  little wood car. When you drive forward you turn up the music and and turn it down again by going in reverse. Lovely design!

Offline Photoshop

December 4, 2008

My friend Kevin pointed this out to me…..i love it!

Via baekda

“Imagine for a moment, that we never invented the computer. That idea simply never came into our minds. Then imagine for a moment that we still evolved in all other areas.

Adobe still invented a great designer’s tool call Photoshop. They just didn’t imagine it to be used on a computer. How would that work? Here is how…”

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Emotional Intelligence

December 4, 2008

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Their is currently a great post in the thinkpublic blog. Deborah Szebeko (founder/director of thinkpublic) talks about “Emotional Intellegence”………….

“As part of my PhD research I have been reading Daniel Goleman’s book “Emotional Intelligence”, where he explains emotional intelligence as a series of competencies and skills that drive performance” Szebeko

The four main elements he writes about include:

1.    Self-awareness — the ability to read one’s emotions and recognize their impact while using gut feelings to guide decisions.

2.    Social awareness — the ability to sense, understand, and react to others’ emotions while comprehending social networks.

3.    Relationship management — the ability to inspire, influence, and develop others while managing conflict.

4.    Self-management — involves controlling one’s emotions and impulses and adapting to changing circumstances.

Goleman comments that these are capabilities we learn, and that abilities such as being able to control emotions, and get along with other people are key factors in the success we achieve in life

I think these are all amzing points that are such key factors to consider when designing with and for people!