design

OpenIDEO: What global challenge do you think innovation leaders should work to solve right now?

I’m a fan of IDEO, the “design consulting” firm that’s made a name for itself with multidisciplinary approaches to problem solving. Their OpenIDEO site throws challenge prompts out to the net at-large. One of their current challenges is rather big (“What global challenge do you think innovation leaders should work to solve right now?“), but …

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Stylish Aggregation + Journalism + Technology

Today on All Things Considered, a conversation about the future of journalism–and a topic that really interests me: why hasn’t online aggregation caught up with the stylish design of magazines? >> Link: Mike McCue: Flipboard Brings Beauty Of Print Onto The Web : NPR

Medical Props for TV

For anyone who’s ever been fascinated by science fair projects or Hollywood prop departments (I fall into both categories), you’ll appreciate this video from the New York Times. Diann Duthie is the art director for “The Dr. Oz Show” — a daily talk show hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz — that presents palatable high-level explanations …

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Lego Island

Saw this very cool kitchen island made of Legos in Dwell Magazine: According to the magazine: The idea for Simon Pillard and Philippe Rossetti’s Lego kitchen sprouted five years ago, when Pillard put 500 blocks and a day’s worth of work into building a Lego-legged chair. The designing duo—–who create products together under the name …

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Wordle – word cloud art

Just tried this “cloud art” using Wordle–a self-proclamied “toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide.” You can pipe in your website URL, or paste in any text. Then you have a bunch of cool control over design, layout, color, and more. Here’s one of the pictures it made for SalvoLavis.com:

Modern Design Voyeurism in Venice: the 2010 AIA Los Angeles Spring Home Tour

If I weren’t so diligent about saving money right now, I’d be signing up for this weekend’s AIA Los Angeles Spring Home Tour (the 2010 tour is called “Modern Design Voyeurism in Venice, CA“). There look to be some pretty cool homes on the tour. If you go, please take some pictures and let me …

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