As head of design at Braun, the German consumer electronics manufacturer, Dieter Rams emerged as one of the most influential industrial designers of the late 20th century by defining an elegant, legible, yet rigorous visual language for its products. The exhibition showcases Rams’ landmark designs for Braun and furniture manufacturer Vitsœ, examines how Rams’ design ethos inspired Braun’s entire product range for over 40 years and assess his lasting influence on today’s design landscape.
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Earlier this week, I wrote about digital Swiss Army knives. Today, Nora talked to researchers Bill Buxton and Jared Spool about the relative merits of single-purpose and multi-function devices. A shorter version of this discussion will air on Spark 98, but you can hear the full, uncut interview below, or download the MP3. [runs 38:34]
With cities contributing upwards of 75 per cent of global carbon emissions, urban design is increasingly important when planning for climate change. This discussion examines the creative urban design solutions coming out of the world’s cities. Saskia Sassen is Robert S Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. Richard Sennett is professor of sociology at LSE and NYU. Jonathon Porritti s the chair of the sustainable development commission and founder and director of Forum for the Future.
CEO, IDEO; Author, Change By Design
One myth of innovation is that brilliant solutions leap fully formed from the minds of geniuses. In reality, we don’t simply realize solutions; we design them. Design thinking is now being applied to address a wide range of concerns, from delivering clean drinking water to improving airport security and microfinancing.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club of California on November 9, 2009
The audio was recorded at An Event Apart Seattle 2009. The session description was as follows:
On its surface, Amazon.com just seems like a large e-commerce site, albeit a successful one. Its design isn’t flashy, nor is it much to write home about. But deep within its pages are hidden secrets — secrets that every designer should know about.
If one looks closely at what the team at Amazon has built, it’s filled with innovative functionality and clever designs, all of which creates a delightful experience for its users and directly produces regular profits for its shareholders. But not all is perfect. Some design changes in the last few years have not been the success that the team had hoped for. Amazon’s exceptional qualities and imperfections are critical knowledge for any designer that wants to dig deep into what makes the site tick.
In this entertaining presentation, Jared will share some of UIE’s latest research into the hidden treasures of (the) Amazon. You’ll learn:
- The simple Yes/No question that increased revenues by more than $1 billion
- The elegant subtlety of Amazon’s security system
- Why Amazon’s business model is more than meets the eye (and why designers need to care) The wins and losses that Amazon has had with social media functionality
Tim Brown is the CEO and president of IDEO, and speaks regularly on the value of design thinking and innovation to business and design audiences around the world. He participates in the World Economic Forum at Davos, and his talk “Serious Play” can be seen on TED.com. In this interview, he reviews his career at IDEO, explores the impact of design processes (drawing and storytelling), as well as discussing his new book, Change By Design.