Posts tagged design
On the topic of Steve Jobs: I always liked this little nerdy ‘easter egg’ they threw in to have the text of their infamous 1998 “Think Different” ad written on the notepad of the TextEdit icon. You can’t even really read it unless you zoom in all the way on your icons, but it’s these kind of absurd minute details that Steve Jobs is notorious for. The products Apple create would not have the quality nor the appeal they currently do, if not for Steve’s sharp eye for design. Or really I’m just a nerdy graphic designer and I like silly stuff like this.
Here are some technical details from Kelli’s blog:
A major breakthrough came when we realized that the ideal sound was produced when the tented page created a perfect right triangle with the flexidisc. The needle needed to be perfectly perpendicular to the flexidisc. (@Pythagorean theorem: at long last, you are an ally!) We also discovered that the “tent” needed two loosely-swinging bends to allow the record needle to travel as freely as possible. By creating two parallel folds, we essentially made the angle at the peak of the tent variable as needed. At the beginning of the track, the ideal angle of this peak is about 15 degrees. By the end of the track, the arm needed to stretch further towards the center of the flexi, with an ideal peak angle of about 35 degrees.
Ferran Lajara is a Spanish Product and Furniture Designer with some intriguing ideas. One of them is his OCD Project where he developed five prototypes to help people suffering from OCD. In the example above, stickers representing desk objects are arranged chaotically on a work surface.
‘Order’ sufferers will be tempted to place items (eg. pen, stapler) on the matching sticker. If they do, the desk top appears chaotic; if they don’t, nothing is in the ‘right’ place. It’s a lose - lose situation and the compulsion must be confronted.
Another example is the OCD TAP, which “is fitted with a small device to harmlessly change the colour of the water to make it look ‘contaminated’. The compulsion to repeatedly cleanse hands is confronted.”
I also enjoyed his Active Furniture project, a collection of three objects that “force users to perform a physical action in order to make them function”:
- A working desk that has drawers opposite to the users. Every time users need to access the drawers, they are forced to stand up and walk to get what they need from the drawers.
- A lamp that always needs someone holding it. If it is in a vertical position, the bulb switches on, whereas in a horizontal position it switches off. It forces users to perform a little but constant effort, which does not let them relax completely.
- A hanger placed several meters above the floor, transforming a wall in a little mountain that needs to be climbed every time users have to get their jacket.
This one is from the T-Centralen station in Stockholm, by Stuart Robertson Reynolds:
And here’s another one of the Solna Centrum station in Stockholm by pineapplebun:
Somebody call the web design police! Yale School of Art, what were you thinking?
Urban Outfitters, we’re looking at you too!
Johnny Selman is designing one new poster every day for a year to go along with a headline on the BBC news website. The purpose of this project, dubbed BBCX365, “is to promote the awareness of global current events with the American public.”
The poster above is in reaction to an article about an Indonesian Playboy editor who was arrested.
Here are some others that caught my eye: