1. Just a few shots from last week’s fantastic SDMBA trip to the Aalto Design Factory in Helsinki!

  2. putthison:

This fascinating piece in Collector’s Weekly asks: what is ugly?

    putthison:

    This fascinating piece in Collector’s Weekly asks: what is ugly?

  3. Here’s some photos from the 2104 DesignLab, held here at PhilaU!

  4. thinkinghybrid:

    How would you like to join SDMBA and other local changemakers in the Philly area for the first ever Global Service Jam Philly? This opportunity will happen March 7 - 9 at the Impact Hub.

    What is the Global Service Jam?

    The Global Service Jam is a chance to join with other service-oriented, design-thinking, people all over the world in a hackathon for good. People from all over the world will come together in different locations in a single weekend to create new services that could change the world.

    Why is it called a Jam?

    Imagine a Jam session in music. You come together, bringing your instruments, your skills, your open mind.  Someone sets up a theme, and you start to Jam around it. You don’t over analyze it, you don’t discuss it to death, you Jam. You bounce your ideas off other people, and play around with what comes back. Together, you build something which none of you could have built alone. And at the same time, you are learning new ideas, discovering more about how you work and whom you best work with, sharpening your skills, and having a great time. And who knows, maybe there are one or two ideas there which might make it to the next album. Or maybe you Jammed so well, you decide to form a band…

    Is it like a startup weekend?

    Startup weekends are great but, a Jam isn’t one of those. A Jam is at the beginning of an innovation cycle, and you will working with strangers. You might not want to start a business with them on Monday morning, your idea might not even be viable yet - but that’s OK! A thriving startup is a possible outcome of a Jam, but it’s certainly not the goal. Put another way, a musician does not go to a Jam to record an album - that’s what a studio is for.

    What happens to the projects after the Jam?

    Yes, some projects do become real and that is always cool. Some Jams have led to new companies being formed, volunteer initiatives being started, organizations adopting new ways of working, communities growing, people getting new jobs or work contacts,  new courses of study, friendships forming, lives being changed. But, the Jam is much more about the people and what they learn. This is why we Jam.

    Jams are for creating innovators, not for creating innovations.

    Where do I sign up?

    Sign up and get more information at global-service-jam-philly.ticketleap.com.

  5. 88floors:

    Papilionumismia specimens by Erika Harrsch

  6. Where Product Design Meets Technology - Interview with Designer Tom Evans

    designyourfashion:

    Inspired by the simple geometric shapes of kid’s building blocks and driven to solve problems that parents have, Tom Evans designed Bleep Bleeps - a bunch of unusual creative and playful products designed to make parenting easier. They sync with a smartphone app for tracking and guidance and solve various problems that parents have. They help you measure temperature, get pregnant, give birth, look after your baby or raise your child.

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    We’ve challenged british product designer, Tom Evans, for an interview. Enjoy a story on how a product designer who asked serious questions about solving his own problems as a parent, answered them with useful and playful product designs.

    Tom can you describe your path to product design?

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  7. “Do what you love” disguises the fact that being able to choose a career primarily for personal reward is a privilege, a sign of socioeconomic class. Even if a self-employed graphic designer had parents who could pay for art school and co-sign a lease for a slick Brooklyn apartment, she can bestow DWYL as career advice upon those covetous of her success.

    If we believe that working as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur or a museum publicist or a think-tank acolyte is essential to being true to ourselves, what do we believe about the inner lives and hopes of those who clean hotel rooms and stock shelves at big-box stores? The answer is: nothing.

    — Do what you love, love what you do: An omnipresent mantra that’s bad for work and workers. (via bakcwadrs)

  8. thinkinghybrid:

    How would you like to join SDMBA and other local changemakers in the Philly area for the first ever Global Service Jam Philly? This opportunity will happen March 7 - 9 at the Impact Hub.

    What is the Global Service Jam?

    The Global Service Jam is a chance to join with other service-oriented, design-thinking, people all over the world in a hackathon for good. People from all over the world will come together in different locations in a single weekend to create new services that could change the world.

    Why is it called a Jam?

    Imagine a Jam session in music. You come together, bringing your instruments, your skills, your open mind.  Someone sets up a theme, and you start to Jam around it. You don’t over analyze it, you don’t discuss it to death, you Jam. You bounce your ideas off other people, and play around with what comes back. Together, you build something which none of you could have built alone. And at the same time, you are learning new ideas, discovering more about how you work and whom you best work with, sharpening your skills, and having a great time. And who knows, maybe there are one or two ideas there which might make it to the next album. Or maybe you Jammed so well, you decide to form a band…

    Is it like a startup weekend?

    Startup weekends are great but, a Jam isn’t one of those. A Jam is at the beginning of an innovation cycle, and you will working with strangers. You might not want to start a business with them on Monday morning, your idea might not even be viable yet - but that’s OK! A thriving startup is a possible outcome of a Jam, but it’s certainly not the goal. Put another way, a musician does not go to a Jam to record an album - that’s what a studio is for.

    What happens to the projects after the Jam?

    Yes, some projects do become real and that is always cool. Some Jams have led to new companies being formed, volunteer initiatives being started, organizations adopting new ways of working, communities growing, people getting new jobs or work contacts,  new courses of study, friendships forming, lives being changed. But, the Jam is much more about the people and what they learn. This is why we Jam.

    Jams are for creating innovators, not for creating innovations.

    Where do I sign up?

    Sign up and get more information at global-service-jam-philly.ticketleap.com.

  9. "At best, it’s an icon that brings to mind the staring eye of a bird that has frozen to death."

Taking simplistic design a bit too far with Roberto Manzari’s redesign of the Twitter logo.

    "At best, it’s an icon that brings to mind the staring eye of a bird that has frozen to death."

    Taking simplistic design a bit too far with Roberto Manzari’s redesign of the Twitter logo.

    (Source: ht.ly)

  10. visualgraphc:

    Our Common Mug