According to Bruce Nussbaum on Core77. "Innovation" died in 2008, killed off by overuse, misuse, narrowness, incrementalism and failure to evolve. It was done in by CEOs, consultants, marketeers, advertisers and business journalists who degraded and devalued the idea by conflating it with change, technology, design, globalization, trendiness, and anything "new." It was done it by an obsession with measurement, metrics and math and a demand for predictability in an unpredictable world. The concept was also done in, strangely enough, by a male-dominated economic leadership that rejected the extraordinary progress in "uncertainty planning and strategy" being done at key schools of design that could have given new life to "innovation. To them, "design" is something their wives do with curtains, not a methodology or philosophy to deal with life in constant beta--life in 2009.
Considering how much Bruce himself has been trumpeting the word this seems like an odd proclamation to me. Maybe he feels only he can spot real innovation. Or, maybe he is going to unveil a new word in 2010? He is probably correct but even more impressive is his use of "conflating", now that is innovation.
I saw Avatar on Christmas Day. Yes, the theater was crowded but it was worth it and both Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana did a good job. Most of the special effects were terrific and the ships were downright awesome. The six legged horses were a little heavy-handed and the dog/hyena night creatures were just plain bad but the rest of the visuals and the solid story more than made up for it.
According to Unicahome, "Provence is an exquisite series of crystal glassware from one of italy's finest glass producers, ichendorf. a collision of art and useful object, provence brings creativity and style to the table. the diagonally cut line of the parison facilitates tasting so function and design work in complete harmony. It is not for me, but it is interesting.
They are a little crafty but I think that the hand painted paper ornaments are great looking on the tree. The look is different than glass because there is less reflection. Crate and Barrel sells a couple of sets and they last for ever. You can also make your own pretty easily...wrapping paper from target and ornament balls from any craft store works well.
This is almost the the high visibility yellow-green color of the fire trucks in parts of New Jersey. The form is cool but the process description is what really makes it unique, interesting and also a little puzziling. "Mi is fabricated from a completely recyclable thermoplastic, derived as a byproduct of natural gas processing"
I like the composition and style of this concept sketch page by May Wilson. The choice of color for the linework is interesting the the range of forms and colors used holds the page together nicely while still keeping your eye moving around the page. The rest of May's work in on display on Core77.
I think Ares is the rocket that is the planned vehicle for getting people to Mars. It recently won Time magazine's invention of the year. I thought for sure that it would be something in the medical field this year. This basic technology seems kind of old to be getting invention of the year in 2009, but there must be some under-pinning that I am missing. I read on the alcoa website that the use of aluminum played a critical role in making this possible.
The cartoony silhoutte reminds me of the fiberglass chairs in the lower level of Grand Central Station but the rough stitched pattern is really unique. I saw this looking at the hotel Limes website which is list on the design hotels website. They call the chair "Big Moma".
Fast Company just went live with a really kind and well-written article on the Preserve tableware line. Here is the link: http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/alissa-walker/designerati/preserve-everyday-tableware and an excerpt from the interview "We were able to find a shape that was less manufactured-looking, organic, softer, and approachable." To give a tactile cue that these plates should get extra attention, Evo created a lip that lowers down from the rim, giving users a special place for their hands to land on the pieces."
Interesting take on the house of the future from Alcoa. I think that this was done in the 60's but it is still standing. Very cool kitchen. The color combinations with the light wood are great...reminds me of what is going on with the contemporary melamine and bamboo combos.
From Unicahome: "Eva Zeisel is considered one of the world's most influential industrial designers. born in budapest, hungary in 1906, her extensive body of work, incorporating a natural and organic approach to modernism, ranges from ceramic and glass objects to furniture and home accessories. new for 2009, these three mouth-blown glass ornaments were designed exclusively for moma by eva zeisel with olivia barry. boxed. " It might just be too early for Christmas decorations or these might just be a little forced, over-worked and heavy-handed. They seem to me to be trying too hard for MoMa.
Everything is dropping hard on the DOW right now but with the rumors of a larger screened Nintendo DS debuting before the end of the year it might be a good time to get a few shares of NTDOY. Even without a huge share value surge at the very least the dividends are quite nice. By the way, I do not think it will look anything like this. This is just two iphones photoshopped onto each other...I think.
I think that I really like this...the colors are engaging and the composition interesting. I am not sure that 14X11 is big enough though. I think that Rachel should work a bit bigger. Still it is a compelling piece that you have to look at close up in order to appreciate.