Archive for May, 2007

Surface is all the rage

surface surface map surface-music.jpg

Everyone’s talking about it. Interaction Design and Industrial Design is coming to a full circle with Microsoft’s attempt to bring to the market “Surface“. This concept has been in research labs for over a decade now.

In an earlier post I talked about the interactive products surfacing in Milan Design Week. Alot of us who graduated in the past decabe have done a project in some sort of multi-modal or geture interface that does not involve a PC. The “surface” product doesn’t surprise any of us. Way back in grad school, I user tested one of Bean Blain’s projects she did at the ETC called Jamodrum. The challenge academia faced was not having any marketing power or businses driver behind their work. And we all knew one day corporate America will come to realize the potentials of some of this technology but what surprises me is the fact that Microsoft is the one to bring this to fruition. What surprises me more is that given such an interface, there are so many more fun things to do than edit photos and browse a map! Leave it to microsoft to fuck up a design even if the technology and the marketing power is all there.

It’s like you had someone a beautiful piece of jewelry and they decided to put it around a cow’s neck, what’s the saying???

So designers out there, stop bitching and moaning about their sucky demos. Get your hands on this thing and use this TO CHANGE THE WORLD even more! No matter how much money Microsoft has to market this thing, they’ll never design the things that go on it right. THAT is where we come in 🙂


Myers Motors electric cars


Driving down the road in these little puppies will guarantee attention. Myer Motors puts out these blobject-like electric vehicles that are environmentally friendly and will certainly splash our world with color.

Aerodynamic Corduroy pants


Lindland’s Cordorounds fabricated a corduroy that wears sideways, which apparently lowers drag coefficient by 16.24%. Wonder what it feels like to always have a lower draft coefficient when you cruise around the streets? These customer hall of fame pictures suggest that a lowered drag coefficient equal happiness 🙂

Alpha paw dog bowl


There is no such thing as too obsessed with your dog. Absolutely not. Alpha paw’s “Drink Better Bowl” is designed by a true pet lover who succeeded at beautiful Form following thoughtful Function.

Living homes – putting modernity and sustainability to practice


We hear a lot about sustainable design. Allan, in an earlier article urged us (designers) to “stop making crap”.

Livinghomes are one of those people who are putting the sustainable design talk to practice. The homes  they design combine modern design elegance with sustainable practices. After giving their website a perusal, they seem to put these ideas into practice in 3 ways: streamlined process, green materials and providing a sustainable living situation for those who will live in the homes.

Milan Design Week 07 – Interactivity

It was good to see some interactive pieces featured in Milan Design Week.

Droog interactive table

Fiat 500 interactive screen @ Cap

For other Design Week videos go here.

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