JOON & JUNG’S NATURAL SPEAKER

Its the acoustic properties of porcelain which were discovered by Joon & Jung, making the function precise as well as the simple form and structure combined with the materials, unique in its own way.
‘Amplified inside the ceramic and wood transmission construction, the sound gains a slight echo, creating a natural feeling of resonance, resembling the distinct flair of an acoustic instrument right in front of you’.

the natural speaker from Studio Joon&Jung on Vimeo.

A BOOK TO ADAPT

 WORLDCHANGING 2.0: REVISED AND UPDATED (a users guide for the 21st Century) by Alex Steffen and Sagmeister Inc.

I read the first version back in 2008 found it very useful for gaining knowledge and understanding on the ‘changes’ going around the world. More to it…
you just have to read it!  (Order online)
‘Worldchanging 2.0 is an urban book, focusing on cities and the systems we need to change to make them carbon-neutral, zero-waste, walkable and equitable engines of prosperity. It’s an ambitious book, full of the kinds of bold thinking we need to engage with to build a truly bright green future: climate foresight and planetary thinking; sustainable design innovations and passivhaus buildings; walksheds, ubiquitous technology and sharing systems; biomimicry and green chemistry;…

DESIGN PROCESS

Nice thinking….

Some key information on the subject it self. It’s similar to what we were taught, but reading through I  came across afew good points.Design Council – The design process

….’Different designers manage the process of design in different ways. But when we studied the design process in eleven leading companies, we found striking similarities and shared approaches among the designers we talked to. In this section we show one way of mapping the design process, and give more detail on the key activities in each of the process’s four stages…’

THE SPOTIFY PLAYER

 

(SOURCE: WIRED.CO.UK)
Jordi Parra, a Spanish design student, has taken digital music and turned it back into a physical product, creating a beautiful Spotify player from wood and plastic.
“I’m interested in the way music industry is evolving,” Parra told Wired.co.uk, “and I really miss not being able to physically share music the way we used to a few years ago.” So he put together a player that plays tracks on Spotify chosen by tokens containing RFID tags. Each token represents a particular album or playlist, and placing it on the player immediately begins playback.

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EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

British street artist banksy was in LA for his oscar-nominated film ‘exit through the gift shop‘ – a documentary which he directed that tells the story of a man’s obsession with street art that includes footage of such artists as shepard fairey, invader and banksy himself – and he hasn’t wasted any time making his mark on the streets of LA and of course, causing a bit of a stir.

bansky’s mickey mouse billboard which has now been removed,(DESIGNBOOM)

Just finish watching the film…and I have to say that I enjoyed every bit!

LATE NIGHT READING

 DON NORMAN

VP at Apple, Executive at HP and an academic (Harvard, UC San Diego, Northwestern, KAIST).
(SOURCE:CORE77

‘I have seen the future, and I am opposed.’

I fear the future of our technologies, but not for the usual reasons. For me, the future would bring forth solutions to our needs and wants, design that provides value in a sustainable and responsible manner. Technology that is relevant and appropriate. But what I see developing seems driven by greed and profit, resulting in restrictive business plans and attempts to enforce proprietary constraints on activity by corporate empires.
The power of my electronic computing and communication equipment is more dictated by my service provider than by the technology itself. Imagine traveling in the future and entering a new country:

Please have your papers ready. Passport, visa, customs form, medical coverage, service provider roaming agreement.

A MUST HAVE

‘A fantastic source of inspiration, the book gives insight into the inner workings and private inspiration of creatives from the world of advertising, design, graphic design, fashion design, art, street art, and illustration. Intimate and often unseen, sketchbooks document the sources of inspiration as well as the journey to final execution. Providing a showcase of ideas, the sketchbooks themselves are complemented by interviews where the artists explain how they use their sketchbooks and how these relate to finished works, giving readers a direct and unmediated insight into the process of research and creation.
Richard Brereton began his career in the London and New York art markets, before becoming a television producer for the BBC. He currently lives and works in London and is the editor of GRAPHIC’

A FEW TIPS

BASIC GUIDELINES FOR PRODUCT SKETCHING 

Within the field of product design, ability to represent your ideas by using effective visual method such as sketching opens doors for better communication between designers and clients. Designers find that using sketching is an efficient way to speed up the process of developing ideas in the real life. There are times where sketch can express more than words and you get an instant understanding of a concept. Sketches are useful for designers who work in groups and sketches can deliver easy and fast way to brief an idea to others.
READ ON (TO SOURCE)  USEFUL TIPS FOR ALL SKETCHERS!

SHE’S GOOD

Hey I just came across this amazing painter Alexa Meade

If your thinking what’s so special about her, seems like another usual painter… Well I tell you she aint!! Alexa paints on 3D surfaces to make them look flat… ermm let me put it this way: each portrait (painting) is an actual person!
Check out more of Meade’s paintings here.

GREAT WEBSITE

Good Fucking Design Advice! on www.goodfuckingdesignadvice.com

‘Good Fucking Design Advice aims to serve the needs of the greater design community for the common good. Whether you’re a student unable to receive a timely response from a professor, a designer eagerly awaiting feedback from a vacationing art director, or a sheltered freelancer lonely toiling away in her studio apartment, Good Fucking Design Advice will provide you with immediate unbiased assistance 24/7.

AND HERE IT IS

Apple launched the iPad 2 at an event in San Francisco.
Revealing it to be faster and thinner than the original iPad, with two cameras and a gyroscope!

Expected Release Date: 25th March.

I remember it was around May 2010 when the iPad was first launched in the UK. Since then apple claims that they have sold nearly 15million tablets. Everyone was so hyped and excited about this ‘technological wonder’.
All flaws and little user faults were shadowed by the brand and concept (design)…. ‘It was a design that makes you happy’ But…
Could it have been more functioning? More usable with more purpose to it? I don’t know, maybe! All I know is that if I did buy the iPad back in May 2010: It would have kept me happy and busy for the first 3-4 months,  then I would have just pick it up from my desk from time to time… maybe to keep myself occupied!
9 months later Apple would have just launched a new one!
The iPad 2 better looking, better functioning.. with maybe a bit more purpose to it!
Basically when all comes to an end I would have been sitting there and wondering; where has my money gone?..
So what do I do now! Do I scrap this and buy the iPad 2… or just wait for the iPad 3?
Read more about the first review on wired.co.uk.

CREATIVE ADS

save water, save life’

The most effective advertising is achieved through visual communication. An image says alot when placed behind  afew words…and some times no words  are needed at all. I’ve picked out some creative and effective ads using strong creative visual communication.

Take a look… enjoy


BOOK OF THE MONTH

FUNNY, INTELLIGENT, BRIEF/CLEAR, THINKING AND TOTALLY COOL;
Yep! all of the above qualities in this awesome book of Philosophy Terms along with funny stories/ jokes to back it all up. I think its just fantastic, I’ve just finished reading it and I plan to re-read it after afew weeks… this way I keep it all in my mind!
Plato and a Platypus walk into a bar… written by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein… New York Times Best Seller!

A BIT OF ANALOG AND ABIT OF DIGITAL, YOUR LEFT WITH A ‘DIGI-LOG’!

A CASE STUDY: ZIBA FOR TDK. (source: core77) (All image credit: Ziba & Core77)
TDK approach the design team at Ziba to build the bridge between the old and the new.
When you look around today hardly anything is done manually; the user interaction through products, gadgets and objects has changed in a ‘no-going back’ way!
Music is one of the perfect examples, portraying this change. It is so different to adjust a volume or any other enhancement on your player compared to what it was like. Plus not to mention how the digital world enables an easier access to it all!
People perceive the anolog to be social, for the simple fact; because you could touch it. -and I totally agree. You couldn’t bundle a bunch of functions into a single screen back then. Users had this direct connection with the act of playing music, which had this physical attachment between the product and the user, building up to an emotional relationship!
Thats it! everything in design is all about emotional and physical attachments, whether it is good or bad. Anyway to sum it all up: ‘music was harder to get and harder to play back in the day, but because of that we celebrated it!’ -(ziba)
The product line, designed above; show Ziba’s approach to bridge  the gap between the good parts of the analog and digital; ‘Something warm and tactile but also precise and flexible’. – I believe that they have been a success, in terms of doing so – The designs show a great amount of detail and constructive thought. It’s a product range that I would definitely consider having around. I also believe, that the designs  are a success to user satisfaction; visually with an iconic feel to them. Seriously I really appreciate what Ziba has come up with and I hope TDK are satisfied too.

Hello world!

AT WHAT END ARE YOU STANDING?
You don’t need to take a step back and realise that something is seriously wrong with the society you’re living in. Every single person  is pretty aware that there is corruption all around!  We’ve heard it over and over, seen it so many times or even felt it and lived it and our minds are manipulated into thinking that its ‘normal’ …
…its part of life or even life its self!
But you start realising that this is only a small part of what the world is going through, the large picture is only revealed when you start ‘thinking more then you should be’!… as told so by others.
The point is there are no limitations to what you can do… There are no excuses for not thinking and there is no reason why you shouldn’t take action! Complaining that your life sucks that you have no job, no money and no stability is only selfish and even so corrupted, when you jump back and look at the bigger painting, you can be blind for all I care but this painting will one day fall on you!
Life is not corrupted but individuals are.
These individuals are our challenges in life… they make the hurdles, shape the world and control the system!
So what are we? It depends what you want to be! A part of the corruption or a leak!
Finally, I don’t know where we will be in 5 or 10 years time… but I do know its us who will shape the world up or maybe even shake the system!