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Check out this piece on designing laceless sneakers. The designers seem to have focused on the performance of these sneaks when used by runners.  However, I wonder if the appearance will keep them from being adopted. Would you wear these?Beyond this particular design, I think designing a laceless sneaker is a gr...
Since we often use ideation in our design events, the set of approaches described in this piece on various ideation methods should be useful as we plan for upcoming events. So, what's your pick: Brainstorming, Braindumping, Brainwriting, or Brainwalking? Or are you inspired to develop your own unique ...
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For most of our design events, we find ourselves trying to develop more impactful prototyping experiences for participants. We might want to keep this list of eight prototyping options handy as we develop our plans, particularly when we are developing multi-day events with several protyping cycles.
As we consider ways to create purposeful spaces in the Learning Theater we might want to take a few lessons from this piece on making large spaces inviting. Which lessons from these designers should we apply in the creation of inviting spaces in the Learning Theater?
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Another emerging wicked problem that will require new constellations of individuals and organizations to address is the challenge posed by automation of increasing numbers of jobs previously performed by people. This is highlighted in an acount of robotization in the fast food industry and the nomination of a leading advocate of displacing people in such jobs to become secretary of labor. It will be interesting to see how the political sides are formed around the issue of robotization. ...
We have been talking a good deal about creating immersive experiences to support and enhance learning in the Learning Theater, and much of our talk has focused on new technologies. However, we should not overlook opportunities to create such experiences with the arrangement of physical objects. As case in point is the example provided by an exhibit at 303 Gallery as described in a
Hi Everyone, I would like to invite everyone to 2014 Thesis Show for MFA Design and Technology program at Parsons The New School for Design. Join us this May for a week-long exhibition of 70+ projects by emerging artists, designers, coders, makers, hackers, educators, and thinkers. Exhibition: Saturday, May 17th - Sunday, May 25th. 10AM - 8PM Daily. Reception: Wednesday, May 21st from 6pm until 8pm. Where: Where: 6 East 16th St, 12th Floor REDEFINING WHAT'S POSSIBLE Each MFA DT graduate produces a cutting-edge thesis following a year o...
Tomorrow at 9am, the purchase window of Google Glass will reopen. Google Glass is a new type of information access terminal other than computers, smart phones and tablets. Given its great portability, it may potentially become the most popular terminal in the long run. With its unique software and control system, applications that run on it will have a great deal of new functionality and features. I was excited to hear from Hui Soo that EdLab already bought a pair of Google Glass. It will be great if EdLabbers can think of new products or features that make use of it. The first thing I thou...
The architecture of a website seems to be arbitrary, and it may mostly depend on a designer's preference. Are there any common principles that we can follow when building our own websites? I was pretty interested in it when I was a senior student in university. Most of papers and technical reports talking about the findaility and usability and they proposed several common practices and guidelines. After read several papers, I found an interesting seminar: the IA summit. It has been held since 2000. IA is the abbreviation of Informati...
Tim Brown of Typekit, Nick Sherman of Webtype/Font Bureau, and Scott Kellum of Treesaver are giving a free talk at Cooper Union's Rose Auditorium on Monday on designing with webfonts. Hand-lettering genius Jessica Hische moderates. Details/registration here.