This Pecha Kucha presentation from Scott Thomas, designer of the Obama website, talks about how the need for change did not stop at a new president. The need for change, and the spread of Obama’s campaign across the web and social media is now widely accepted as one of the main catalysts for his election to office.
Mashable has released a story today that we have been waiting on for over 2 years. We first read (and watched) about flexible display technology a few years ago while investigating technologies for various user interface projects. We wanted a way to make any surface touch screen, like the mirror in your bathroom perhaps.
Displax has reportedly developed a multi-touch film that can be put on any non-metal surface. It responds to touch and air flow. Up to 16 points can be registered at one time. Nice!
This has huge potential in everything from coffee shops, to schools, to offices and designers. Speaking of designers, and the little boxes we use to make stuff, Google predicted last year that the idea of a desktop computer would soon phase into a more ubitquitus technology that could be integrated into your office or home. The problem was, and always is, the technology is a few years behind.
Adobe has had more trouble than ever with keeping up with the needs of creative types and, because of their pricey bundles, pirates for that matter. Their interfaces are deigned for these 16×9 boxes, and screen real-estate is shrinking. If Adobe was smart, they would sell more licenses at a smaller price, and take advantage of these new technologies that will turn small space, into infinite space.
I can just imagine going to Ikea and seeing a swiss designed multi-touch work table for sale with tilt and slide action.
This TEDTalk covers the concepts and fascinating developments of the website WikiLeaks. The closest scenario we can compare it to is something along the lines of telling a child to “Not Press The Red Button”. We all know the child will push the red button, weather they know the consequences or not. It’s simply the need for Human Curiosity.
A quick sketch to visualize the concept of ‘Our Design’, and the focus of a working theory on creating value based design.
Dirk+Weiss practices ‘Our Design’, and believe that value does lie in knowing that what we are designing and developing, actually is working. This working theory focuses less on (but does not disregard) the upfront, aesthetic design process, and approaches every project with the assumption that design has a formula, yet is not formulaic, and is calculable.
Another Podcast from Dirk+Weiss exploring topics of design, marketing, and technology. This episode explores the term “graphic designer” in all it’s lack-luster nuance. Highlights include tons of banter, personal stories and a phone interview with senior design student Katie Evans.
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