Creativity is hard! Traditional brainstorming sessions more often than not fail to spark the innovative solutions they are thought to bring about. Yet creativity is critical in today’s business landscape and the lifespan of a good idea just seems to get shorter and shorter. So what is one to do in order inject a dose of creative thinking into their lives? Accept doubt! In this talk BCG consultant Alan Ivy explains how to use doubt to question assumptions and embrace uncertainty. He explains that rather than chase after new ideas reframe existing ones, citing Bic’s transformation as a pen company to a disposable plastic consumer goods company as one example. Listen here>>
From the ‘vision mercedes maybach ultimate luxury’ to the mercedes-AMG ‘GT 4-door coupe’, the german automobile brand’s design philosophy of sensual purity has spread across their portfolio over recent years. the mantra aims to establish the characteristics of intelligent emotion – ease, respect, trust and love – through a balance of hot and cool styling. luxury is at its core, but, commandeering the cliché that designers always work in the future, what does luxury look like in the time to come? read more>>
When marine architecture meets the need of spear land in a crowded city some architects are building floating neighborhoods on city canals to create affordable housing for students. read more >>
Italian architect Carlo Ratti and his company Makr Shakr have launched a mass-market robotic cocktail maker.
Nino is an updated version of Makr Shakr‘s existing Bionic Bar, which debuted at Milan design week in 2013 and has since been put into use in cruise liners and hotels.
Nino has the capacity to mix an infinite variety of cocktails from up to 170 bottles of different spirits stored in its overhead rack.
Customers can place orders via an accompanying phone app, where they can either pick a recipe created by a professional mixologist, or devise their own concoctions. learn more >>
A future Nissan Leaf crossover utility will be the company’s “breakthrough” model, said Mamoru Aoki, the head of Nissan’s Design Europe group, located in a small building alongside a canal near London’s Paddington Station. learn more >>
There is an old adage in the firefighting community that the profession is 150 years of tradition unimpeded by progress.
The original fire helmet, then called a fire cap, was designed in 1731 by Jacobus Turk for the Fire Department of New York in order to distinguish the department from competitors. (Scarily enough, firefighting was once privatized—just like in the movie ‘Gangs of New York.’)
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“Change like we’ve not seen in decades”
high-end auto designers go electric
Whoever you ask, EVs mean far greater freedom for designers, engineers, and marketers. read more >
On a new article on Quartz magazine:
The most commonly held belief about creativity is that it’s elusive, esoteric and unique only to the anointed few…. Today, we deconstruct and analyze even the most elusive of processes. We come to understand that there are specific behaviors and mindsets which anyone can use to reach a desired result.
Here are the seven behaviors of highly creative people. Read More >
Microsoft just doesn’t get the consumer market — and that could be a fatal flaw Microsoft may have a fatal flaw. Despite a record of innovation and introducing new technologies, it repeatedly misinterprets the consumer market. see more >
On the 29th James H. Belfer Memorial Symposium, on the subject of “Design and Manufacturing in the Industry 4.0 Era” on Monday 28th of May, 2018 Prof. Ezri Tarazi the chair of Design-Tech Initiative at the Technion has been lectured on the topic of ‘New paradigms of beauty – aesthetic and functionality in digital design’. In his lecture, Prof. Tarazi has given design examples from his own work and from up to date concept designs and raised the question of what will look beautiful in our near future?
The conference was organized by Prof. Miri Weiss Cohen, Braude College of Engineering and Prof. Yoram Halevi, Technion