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Make a Bike. Make a Difference.

Posted in design, ideas, web by aldorf on March 14, 2012

The Bicycle Academy

A place to learn how to make bikes. You keep the skills, your first bike goes to someone who really needs it.

The Bicycle Academy is a new enterprise providing people with the skills and facilities to design and make their own bikes.

Frame building will be taught by the legendary Brian Curtis as evening classes or short weekday courses. As part of the learning process each student will make a frame designed specifically for use in Africa. Once graduated students will be able to use The Bicycle Academy workshop to hone their skills and build their own frames. (Sponsored via peoplefund.it)

Must Read “Nike’s New Marketing Mojo”

Posted in design, ideas, inspiration, Media, quality by aldorf on March 6, 2012

Nike has always been at the forefront of cutting edge philosophies in the world of design, execution and marketing. One of the most innovative in recent memory was the establishing of Nike Digital Sport in 2010, whose aim was to develop devices and technologies that allowed users to track their personal statistics in any sport in which they participated. For those interested in Nike’s marketing philosophies, head over to Fortune to read the fascinating article in its entirety.

Attention To Detail – Product Design by Joey Roth

Posted in architecture, design, inspiration, quality by aldorf on January 9, 2012

In love with these speakers…

 

view joeyroth.com

Did You See That?! GIF Psychedelica :::: Awesome ::::

Posted in Animation, art, design by aldorf on January 6, 2012

By Yoshi Sodeoka. His portfolio is packed with visual stimuli. (via todayandtomorrow).

Check out this iphone app.

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Really Cool – Conductive Silver Ink from a Ballpoint Pen

Posted in design, ideas by aldorf on December 20, 2011

 

Dentsu London were inspired by the University of Illinois’ experiments with making silver conductive ink.

more behind the scenes on their blog here.

Invoked Computing For Ubiquitous AR – Complete Change of Perspective

Posted in design, innovation, pioneers by aldorf on December 5, 2011

We currently place a lot of emphasis on the digital gadgets we own.

What if we were looking at the wrong paradigm and it’s not about the form factor or the physical object?

What if instead was all about what we wanted to do and achieve?

Welcome to the world of Invoked Computing from the University of Tokyo.

Think of the consequences…

1. All the stuff we could get rid of.
2. The environmental benefits of doing that
3. The lamented demise of the electronics product designer and product design (via Core 77)

Amazing “Little Printer” by BergCloud

Posted in design, ideas, internet, Media, quality by aldorf on December 5, 2011

The guys at BERG are just amazing. No wonder they came up with an amazing product.

Here’s what’s important…

1. Printers are the most boring things around-(we worked on Epson and know the challenges) these guys managed to make one that’s cool

2. It’s cool because it has personality- “little printer” shifts it from a inanimate object to something personal and cute

3. It’s cool because the form factor plays with our conception and expectations of a printer

4. Small is the way to go because it matches and fits with our other devices- it’s a printer that doesn’t look out of place with our mobile devices and it looks like we can take it wherever we go

5. It recognizes and demonstrates to us that we might have things on our mobile devices that warrant printing- smart user understanding

6. HP dominates the business and has spent millions trying to make printers cool and they have failed every single time

7. Anyone can have an idea, but not everyone brings them to life

8. You need to bring it to life in a clever way- Berg’s film is great and agencies should have no problem doing this part

9. If you can dream it up- why not make it real? There’s nothing stopping you from dreaming up a product, bringing it to life and selling it- why not make your own products? (via influxinsights)

Every Big Idea Starts With A Simple Sketch

Posted in design, ideas, Media, web by aldorf on November 26, 2011

Twitter first draft by Jack Dorsey.

Tangible Programming Game Designed For Kids

Posted in design, pioneers, quality by aldorf on October 25, 2011


T-Maze is a tangible programming game designed for kids under 6 years old.

The mission of the game is to help young kids to learn computational thinking while playing games.

In the game, children need to manipulate a group of tangible blocks (with certain semantic meaning) to program a route to lead the role escape from the maze.

This project is done by Huaishu Peng @ Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Software

Quantum Levitation [Video]

Posted in conference, design, innovation, pioneers, quality by aldorf on October 25, 2011

Wow that’s awesome! This video from The University of Tel-Aviv showing a disc of yttrium barium copper oxide floating due to quantum levitation. It’s pretty crazy …

 

 

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