Archive for the ‘Events’ 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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Who said Apple can’t innovate?

June 20, 2013

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Among the many highlights of Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference (which incidentally sold out in 17 seconds) one particular moment stood out. No, it wasn’t iOS 7 or OS X Mavericks. Or even the beautifully designed Tron-esque Mac Pro. It was Phil Schiller’s comment on the unveiling of this seductive and much anticipated new workstation – …”Can’t innovate anymore my ass!”

Among all the usual plaudits, what a brilliant moment of unabashed alacrity from Phil – Apple’s head of worldwide marketing.

Sometimes short (and blunt) really is sweet.

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Decode – Digital Design Frustration

May 27, 2010

In the accompanying free book to this exhibition, Golan Levin, the digital artist responsible for Opto-Isolator II (the huge big eyeball that follows viewers around the room) says, “It’s a terrific honour to have my work included in venerable institutions like the V&A” 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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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.

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Decode: Digital Design Sensations

December 8, 2009

A new exhibition at the V&A, Decode: Digital Sensations explores three themes; Code as Raw Material, Interactivity and The Network. The exhibition will show the latest developments in digital and interactive design and feature work and installations by many established and emerging artists and digital designers. I’ll be popping along at the earliest opportunity. Exhibition runs 8 December 2009 – 11 April 2010.