Massimo Pitis, a former teacher of both Karla and myself, was invited to the TEDx event in Palermo on April 30th. In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading”, TED has created a program called TEDx, focused on local events. Pitis’s presentation “A few thoughts on design, bugs and wisdom” focused on how today’s designers deal with the changes and uncertainties of the market.
See more speeches from TEDxPalermo
The Reality Behind the “Check-In” Hype
Who are the winners and losers of “Checking-In”? This infographic shows what’s keeping some people from using apps like Foursquare and Facebook Places.
Click here to zoom in.
A limited-edition quarterly book from Google that brings together some of the world’s leading minds to discuss the issues facing businesses today.
Matt Brittin, Google’s managing director in the UK and Ireland, wrote in Think Quarterly’s first issue:
“At Google, we often think that speed is the forgotten ‘killer application’ – the ingredient that can differentiate winners from the rest. We know that the faster we deliver results, the more useful people find our service.
“But in a world of accelerating change, we all need time to reflect. Think Quarterly is a breathing space in a busy world. It’s a place to take time out and consider what’s happening and why it matters.
“Our first issue is dedicated to data – amongst a morass of information, how can you find the magic metrics that will help transform your business? We hope that you find inspiration, insights, and more, in Think Quarterly.”
The first issue was designed and edited by The Church of London.
To download a copy click here.
Awesome idea for a website’s homepage from the already epic designer Stefan Sagmeister. The homepage is a screenshot from a camera that’s fixed in his studio and the photo is updated every minute.
Build is a small, yet perfectly formed, boutique design conference where interesting, talented web practitioners from all over the world come to share ideas, techniques and inspiration. Some are on stage; some are in the audience
Clothing company Loreak Mendian made short movie (in Spanish) about photographer and graphic artist Emil Kozak. Emil is originally from Denmark but is now firmly relocated and entrenched in the beautiful city of Barcelona. I’m a bag fan of his clear and forceful style.
In case your friends, mum or neighbor ask what you do for a living. Nice little film by the British Design Council.
Tom Ford for Vogue Paris explores the rarely touched issue of old people in combination with sexuality and eroticism.
“I am tired of the cult of youth. The cultural rejection of old age, the stigmatization of wrinkles, grey hair, of bodies furrowed by the years. I am fascinated by Diana Vreeland, Georgia O’Keeffe and Louise Bourgeois, women who have let time embrace them without ever cheating. Society today condems this, me, I celebrate it. For this session of fine jewellery, I imagined a man and a woman who had been together for a long time, faithful to each other and always incandescent with desire.”
Photographer: Tom Ford
Realisation: Benjamin Bruno
Models: Clarissa and Doug
Happy Valentine’s Day
‘Longboard Girls Crew’ is one of many beautiful videos by Juan Rayos. This was shot a Saturday morning with the Longboard Girls Crew cruising around Madrid. Make sure to check out the other videos as well - I especially like the soundtrack to the video ‘Pool Party’.
Need some Good F…… Design Advice?
Brian Buirge and Jason Bacher has created Good Fucking Design Advice - a site that aims to serve designers. Whether you’re a student unable to receive a timely response from a professor, a designer eagerly awaiting feedback from a vacationing art director, or a sheltered freelancer lonely toiling away in her studio apartment, Good Fucking Design Advice will provide you with immediate assistance 24/7.
Don’t forget to check out their store if you’re in need of some fucking merchandise!
A magazine is born. Every month Little White Lies blends two loves, design and cinema. To show just how much sweat and blood goes into producing LWL, they’ve put together two months of work into 1min 55seconds of footage. I am completely mesmerized by videos like this.
Here is a little dancing type to kick off your weekend.
New Starbucks logo
- Logo design
US coffee giant Starbucks has unveiled a new simplified identity created by its in-house design team and studio Lippincott.
The ‘Siren’ figure has been part of the Starbucks identity since the company launched in 1971 and this latest redesign ties in with their 40th anniversary.
“So we broke down the four main parts of the mark – colour, shape, typeface and the Siren. After hundreds of explorations, we found the answer in simplicity. Removing the words from the mark, bringing in the green, and taking the Siren out of her ring. For forty years she’s represented coffee, and now she is the star.” writes ‘Mike P’, the company’s senior creative manager.
I absolutely love it - less really is more!
See more details on Starbuck’s new identity here.