17/04/2012

Stop what you're doing and look at this. IKEA have designed a smart TV

IKEA have stepped in to the smart TV market. Although an unlikely contender in the forthcoming race for a connected TV experience, their approach looks very clever. As you might expect the TV unit is integrated with IKEA's modular furniture. I just hope it's not a flat pack self assembly. Take a moment to watch this nice intro vid that they have produced. More on engadget

16/04/2012

Windows Desktop UI Concept

I love this.

It's a design concept for how Microsoft could develop it's flagship OS. It appears to have been created as a personal project by @phyletik Where ever it came from I like the notion of taking a house hold item and re-imagining it and I like that a designer has taken on the task, on their own initiative.

Check it out on the verge

15/04/2012

Paul Rand - Conversations with students


I've just finished reading Paul Rand - Conversations with students. It was recommended by Josh Brewer in his Build 2011 presentation and i've just got round to reading it.

As you might expect from Rand it's scattered with pearls of design wisdom. It's a lightweight book and beautifully designed. However the verbatim replay of discussions is often more "errr you know" or "well i'm not sure, errr where were we?" than coherent views of a master designer.

Some of my favourite snippets:

"Design is relationships. Design is a relationship between form and content"

"The reason people want to come put of (a grid) is because they don't know what they are doing when they are in it."

"This is exactly the meaning of design; it is the conflict between form and content, form being the problem"

"You will learn (to do) most things by looking, but reading gives understanding. Reading will make you free"