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Logobama: Inclusive Brand

I came across this site after reading The Daily Heller this morning. I love this. It’s a side project done by Substance, out of Portland, OR.

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The Importance of Mental Models

In design, mental models are the constructs that people make in their heads in order to understand how a product works. If they can’t create a mental model of the product, then likely they won’t be able to adequately use it well, if at all….

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WiFi Coming to a Device Near You

Research firm In-Stat predicts that shipments of consumer electronics with WiFi will reach 1 billion by 2012.

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USB Scan Toaster

I’m loving this Scan Toaster by Sung Bae Chang, one of the finalists in the The Electrolux Design Lab contest to be held on October 9th in Zurich, showcasing possible appliances of the future.

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Adding Value and The Buddha Nature of Products

One phrase you hear a lot of in product design is “adding value” or “value-add.” As in, “Being able to see their account balance is a value-add for customers.” What this usually means, however, is adding a new feature. “Being able to turn your washing…

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This Week in Builds

I made this is a little business card holder earlier this week. It is purposefully shorter than the length of the cards. I wanted to use the holder as an experiment. To design something with less material that enhances the card’s design as well as our brand. But will it work?

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What American Designers Can Do to Help the US Economy

The US economy is in the toilet and everyone who doesn’t work in the stock market or in government is either stuffing money into their mattress or simply watching the market freefall with jaw dropped. What is a designer to do?

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Notes from IxDA-SF’s “Breathing Life into Buildings”

Tom and I went last week to go see “Breathing Life into Buildings: Interaction Design for Physical Spaces” hosted by the San Francisco chapter of the Interaction Design Association.

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Small Steps Towards Sustainability

Let’s face it: most talks around sustainability and green design are dull, preachy, and hand-wringingly apocalyptic when they aren’t all “Design Can Save The World!.” Which is why I was so happy to stumble onto Lunar Design’s The Designer’s Field Guide to Sustainability (pdf).

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On Drawing

Earlier this week I attended a talk at Adaptive Path by Dan Roam. It’s not surprising that the author of “The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures” would be pretty handy with a pen, but the talk provoked more thought than I anticipated.

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