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Is My Work Beautiful because I'm Beautiful?

by: Design Translator

Heh-heh this has been doing the rounds in the boutique design blogs. Great watch and very funny as it’s all about “Why good design comes from hot designers”. NOT! But hey it’s eye candy all the way. Gosh I’m so shallow.

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Innovation Is Everybody's Responsibility

by: Design Translator

A few times a year most companies tend to start or re-look at their Innovation and product development cycles for the following year. Often involved in such matters, I’ve experienced that most of the time elements of the answer involves innovation and some of the time it also includes design. Ultimately though it often boils down to the one perennial question: “So fellows, what are we going to make?”

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How to Be Self Critical with Your Design Work?

by: Design Translator

You can look at this in another way, as one of my friends like to call it “Don’t Bull Sh*t yourself”, if a work is bad it is bad. That leads to and another oldie but goodie or as what most call it “You Cant Polish Sh*t”.

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Build Your Own Product with Bug Lab's Open Source Hardware

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Jonathan Ive, Design Genius or Something Else?

by: Design Translator

According to Gizmodo there is an uncanny resemblance between the great work of Dieter Rams to the work of Jonathan Ive head of Industrial Design at Apple.

 

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Finally a PC That Every Designer Has Dreamed about!

by: Design Translator

Check out this very clever Napkin PC designed by Avery Holleman that is perfect for collaborating designers. Using e-ink and RF technology it allows designers to draw in colour and skip the very tedious stage of transferring the sketch into a digital format.

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The Power of a Recommendation Gets Things Your Way

by: Design Translator

We designers have got it tough.

We seem to get blamed for almost everything these days. From seemingly lack of sustainable efforts to poor packaging or just lousy product experiences, we seem to cop it all. However the reality is we cannot and should not feel as we are entirely to blame.

As Bill Buxton lamented in his recent keynote speech “The Design Ecosystem” during the Interaction 08 Interaction Design conference:

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Everyone Has Ideas, How You Execute Them Is What Matters

by: Design Translator

Fellow designer blogger KK has uncovered a great representation on the value of ideas in relation to a success of a business. Derek Sivers, in his post for O’Reilly, conceptualises an idea vs. execution formula, which I have reproduced here. Sivers writes:

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Overcoming Barriers to Creativity in a Corporate Environment

by: Design Translator

Personally as Head of Industrial Design for an in-house design department I find this quote particularly interesting and quite an accurate reflection of creativity in most corporate environments.

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What Are Your Principles of Good Design? (Featured)

by: Design Translator

I have been thinking about this a lot lately. Particularly because I frequently like to consolidate my design thinking, and had noticed many designer anchoring their work on some kind of design philosophy or thinking. Similarly, Dieter Rams’ 10 Commandments helped define him as a designer, and perhaps by identifying these Principles or Laws could do the same for me as well.

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