Archive for the ‘Consumer technology’ Category

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Gear

September 5, 2013

Samsung have unveiled their wrist-baed communicator, or watch-phone and were clearly intent on beating Apple if rumours are believed.

The Guardian’s Tech provided decent coverage.

As attractive and useful as it seemed in the movies however, I’m not convinced there’s strong consumer demand for such a device. Until floating cameras or holographic projection, the big problem is how to avoid giving your caller an unflattering view up your nose. Maybe there’s nothing in those rumours after all.

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Can fonts stop car crashes?

February 19, 2013

Image of warning sign

The words “safest” and “font” are usually only combined when discussing digital platforms, standards or devices. So the article “Can fonts stop car crashes?” in the Independent a while ago caught my eye.

Of course, in the best traditions of tabloid media the title is provocatively rhetorical. However, as a Designer who’s worked extensively on making road signs easier to read and understand, I can personally attest to the research and expertise that goes into ensuring UK road signs are among the easiest to practicably observe and assimilate.

Moreover, if local authorities and sign manufacturers took greater care to follow the (admittedly complex) design rules more precisely, we’d have more consistency on our roads. But in attempting to address the question, as with anything that’s designed and engineered, it’s only as safe as its weakest component.

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iPad; cool heads & sore foot prevail

May 27, 2010

It’s Thursday the 27th of May, the day before the iPad is finally released in the UK…the buzz is palpable and I’m sitting here with a stress fracture to the fourth metatarsal of my left foot. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Dieter Rams ‘Less and More’ – more required.

March 26, 2010

This exhibition was a tad disappointing. It was fascinating to have an opportunity to view such an extensive collection of the designer’s work; indeed Rams’ position as a highly influential product designer isn’t diminished by this show. Ultimately however, this meticulous, studiously laid-out collection of work felt a little too ordered, too consistent and, dare I say, repetitive. Read the rest of this entry ?

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IPad: Content will be king

January 24, 2010

With only a few days left before Apple’s unveiling of their new tablet computer, and media speculation rampant, I thought I’d Read the rest of this entry ?

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The speed of life – 2.3 words per second

December 14, 2009

With computer technology fundamentally driving change in our world, there is no shortage of acknowledgement, observation and debate about the socio-economic, political and cultural impact this has on our lives. What’s disappointing however, is how little time is given to the potentially deeper physiological and biological changes that a radically-emergent lifestyle might effect, and how we, as a species might respond to such change. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Dieter Rams – Less and more

December 8, 2009

Many years ago, as a design student at the LCP under the tutelage of Angus Hamilton and Dave Dabner, it took some time for me to understand what Angus specifically meant when he would reward my efforts with the stern mantra, “less is more, laddy!” Over the years I’ve learnt that it’s a highly valuable approach that isn’t just restricted to typographic or visual design forms. Indeed, it’s arguably a fundamentally more important ethos where any form of utilitarianism is required or evident.

The architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was the first to use this term broadly in describing his minimalist approach of extreme simplicity. Later, legendary German industrial designer Dieter Rams incorporated this design ethos in the development of landmark product design for household consumer products. Rams’ influence stretches far and wide, with echoes of this design ethos clearly visible for example, in much of Jonathan Ive’s award-winning work at Apple. Dieter Rams: Less and more, at the Design Museum, runs 18 November – 07 March 2010.