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Emilio Gomariz does awesome work, creating patterns with the interfaces of the programs designers use everyday….

Check out more by Emilio at HERE!

Popuphood is a new urban initiative and small business incubator in Oakland The idea is to revitalize a struggling neighborhood in six weeks by creating a rent-free space for creative, entrepreneurial spirit.

Awesome idea, well told through the video…This is the future!

Check the video out HERE and read more on Fast Co. HERE!

Via Quipsologies: “Ethics for the Starving Designer is a “live, social project promoting the dialogue on ethics and responsibility within student and professional visual communicators in Singapore.” By David Goh.”

Check out more HERE!

This is an amazing quote by Steve Jobs from 1996 (I have to credit my husband @patterncapturer for finding this one)…It’s the perfect way to describe how we should approach design and why Design Ethnography is valuable…

“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.

Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”

[Wired, February 1996]

“In Holland, we have two words for design. One is vormgeving; in German formgeben. And the other word is ontwerpen; in German entwurf. In the Anglo-Saxon language there’s only one word for design, which is design. That is something you should work out. Vormgeving is more to make things look nice. So for instance, packaging for a perfume or for chocolate in order to make things fashionable, obsolete and therefore bad for society because we don’t really need it. While ontwerpe means, and the Anglo-saxon word, but its stronger, means engineering. That means you as a person try to invent a new thing—which is intelligent, which is clever, and which will have a long-life. And that’s called stylistic durability. It means you can use it for a long time.”

—  Gert Dumbar

(via frankchimero)

Great quote….thanks to swissmiss!

Interesting read about tumblr and their Design Team (of 1). Tumblr knows how to keep things clean and simple and in this feautre their design director Peter Vidani explains a bit about their philosophy and process:

“A key tenet of Tumblr’s design aesthetic is obvious from looking at its interface: Simplicity. “We really enjoy seeing a small simple page free of clutter,” says Vidani. “If we can get rid of anything, we will.” While other blogging platforms might hype their range of constantly growing features, Vidani says, his team does everything they can to minimalize them, or, in some cases, remove them. “We think the users are smart, and don’t need things ‘sold’ to them,” he says. “Keeping this in mind gets rid of the clutter, like labels and chatty copy.”

Read the whole story over at Fast Co. Design HERE!

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