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The Design Process

Ross | July 24th, 2008

Many people would agree that the idea/concept is the most important part of the design process. After all, the final product is only as good as the original idea. And it’s important not to confuse originality and creativity. There are very few completely original ideas. Most creative ideas involve combining previously existing concepts in a […]

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Creative Video: Radiohead's "House of Cards"

Ross | July 16th, 2008

Radiohead’s music video for its song “House of Cards” (from the Rainbows album) was made without cameras or lights. Instead, Geometric Informatics (structured light) and Velodyne LIDAR (multiple lasers) were used to produce the video. Some interesting information at the following link, with both the video and the making-of video to explain the technologies that […]

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Industry Revolution: Music

Ross | June 30th, 2008

The Industrial Revolution, during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, brought with it significant changes in agriculture, manufacturing, and transportation. In the latter part of the 18th century, the labor-intensive economy of Great Britain was gradually being supplemented by machinery. For example, the introduction of steam power and powered machinery significantly increased production capacity. […]

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Three Kinds of People

Ross | June 12th, 2008

There are three kinds of people: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who ask, “What happened?” – Casey Stengel I emigrated to the United States in 1979 with my family (from the former Soviet Union). My father, 30 years old at the time, spoke only a few words of […]

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Chumby nation

Mike | May 30th, 2008

I got a Chumby, I got a Chumby (said in best schoolyard sing-song, please). Just off my right elbow is a 6″ wide bean bag with a touch screen. The device is hooked up to our wireless network in the office and the screen cycles through the half-dozen or so widgets I have loaded onto […]

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Innovative Design – British Currency

Ross | May 30th, 2008

In March 2008, the United States Department of the Treasury unveiled the new five dollar bill. Featuring a purple Helvetica five, the new $5 USD bill was designed by a 147 year old government agency (U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing) which employes 2,500 people and has an annual budget of $525 million USD. The […]

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Creative Living

Ross | May 27th, 2008

If you were asked to design a house but had to make it no more than 94.5 inches (240 centimeters) wide, what would you do? Yes, that’s right – 94.5 inches WIDE. Belgian architect-designers Pieter Peerlings and Silvia Mernets from sculp(it) were faced with just a dilemma for one of their projects located in Antwerp, […]

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Unusual Bus Stops Around The World

Ross | May 21st, 2008

I used to commute by train to my office in the center of Chicago. While walking from the train, I passed many bus stops. In the United States, most bus stops look like the photo below (a bus stop in Chicago). Recently, I saw a photo of a bus stop in Japan (below) which I […]

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Creative Product Design: Audio Speakers

Ross | May 16th, 2008

I am fascinated by creative product design. Take audio speakers, as an example. For a number of years (except this year, unfortunately — too busy with crowdSPRING), I’ve attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. I typically spend a substantial amount of time at the audio exhibits. I am always amazed when I see […]

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