Buildings, clothing and products all trigger the public's awareness of design. But how about the automobiles we drive? Not being an expert on the topic, I asked a master automobile designer how he measures great design.
Africa remains a blank white spot on the international designers' map of the world, despite being the second largest continent, with the second larges...
We do the work we do so that we get to be in control, and yet we often find the pace of that work controlling us. So I challenge those of you who are employers, self-employed or social entrepreneurs: take a sabbatical.
On a wall in Dennis Basso's atelier hangs a sketch of a wedding gown, lovingly drawn and complete with a veil. It was the designer's first creation, imagined when Basso was just seven years old -- a promise of extraordinary things to come.
Walter Issacson, author of the Steve Jobs biography, discovered that in all Apple's products "technology (was) married to great design, elegance, huma...
Updating and refreshing a corporation's identity to reflect the change in the marketplace and the character of the business is a delicate but much needed act. We all do it, but the approach varies greatly -- from evolution to revolution.
Remember the big thinkers. They are the ones who recognize how design, in its broadest sense, is the ultimate problem solver.
Here in Los Angeles we have a complicated relationship with architecture and two con-current museum exhibitions demonstrate this in ironic and puzzling ways. This became even clearer when architecture made it to the front page of the Los Angeles Times on August 3.
Design's role is not to make something look pretty. It's to make something useful. Beauty can be a nice byproduct of deep usability, but it's never the goal.
There are many people who would be thrilled to assist the police and keep an eye out for dangerous, criminal activities. But by taking an opt-out only approach, this program might end up driving away the very people that could help stop the next tragedy from occurring.
The ecommerce paradigm, which changed during the Internet boom of the 1990s, has accelerated the past five years with social media. Today, it's gainin...
Developing a deep level of empathy is important when designing for others on any project, but it felt even more so for this challenge. It was also important to understand the needs of aid organizations and the people on the ground working to help.
Designing is much like laying out a large puzzle and requires juggling nine Design Quality Criteria, while constantly cycling between observation, reflection, concept synthesis and experimentation.
Designers need knowledge, skills, experience and a certain measure of confidence to turn a business idea into a viable concept. However, there is a fine line between confidence and overconfidence.
While often unsung, a hotel lobby (click here for our list) has a very important role. It's the property's gateway, responsible for making a memorable impact. "Hotels that nail that first impression have a host of similar qualities -- they're sharp, beautiful, welcoming and unique."
When advanced technology leads to a barrage of new design challenges to solve for all at once, the compounding effect can be dizzying. And ironically, even limiting. Is it any wonder that we fear the creative process is about to take it in the teeth?