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The Difference Between Washi and Machine-Made (Western) Paper
"Washi is like a room filled with air, whereas machine-made paper is like a plank hardened by concrete. Concrete may seem to be hardwearing, but is very brittle indeed. Washi may seem weaker, but is very adjustable."
Japan  art  craft  paper  design 
5 weeks ago by pierredv
A father knitted his baby’s first year of sleep pattern data into a blanket - The Verge Jul 2019
"Seung Lee has created a tangible, very soft representation of his baby’s first year of sleep patterns in the form of a knitted blanket. Lee collected the sleep data by manually logging it with the Baby Connect app, and used JavaScript and Python to convert the data to visualize the knitting pattern. He then built a browser-based HTML/Javascript tool that kept track of the stitch colors and allowed him to reference it wherever he was knitting from. The result is The Sleep Blanket, a beautiful keepsake that tells the story of the baby and parents’ first year together."

"The precision of knitting makes it a great medium for data visualization, such as the time when a German commuter marked all the times her train was delayed in a rail delay scarf."
sleep  memories  programming  TheVerge  visualization  design 
12 weeks ago by pierredv
Design Your Fundraising for Older Eyes and See Your Revenue Rise
"Life is too short to spend a lot of time trying to read something that may or may not be of any value or interest."

"But when design makes copy less readable while trying to accomplish its goals, it’s just bad design, no matter how great it looks."
design  typography  readability 
july 2019 by pierredv
Avería – The Average Font
Via SPT

"This is the story of the creation of a new font, Avería: the average of all the fonts on my computer."
fonts  typography  design  typeface  * 
may 2019 by pierredv
(81) Building 15-Foot-Tall Pianos - YouTube May 2019
David Klavins is a pianist who, for years, could not find pianos that made the sounds he imagined in his head. So he began building pianos to his own specifications in a workshop in Vác, Hungary, and they are truly unique creations. To wit: Klavins’ vertical concert grand stands over 15-feet tall, and he actually has to climb a ladder to play it, which he does, beautifully, just for us.
pianos  design  making  *  video  YouTube 
may 2019 by pierredv
How a 50-year-old design came back to haunt Boeing with its troubled 737 Max jet - Los Angeles Times Mar 2019
"That low-to-the-ground design was a plus in 1968, but it has proved to be a constraint that engineers modernizing the 737 have had to work around ever since. The compromises required to push forward a more fuel-efficient version of the plane — with larger engines and altered aerodynamics — led to the complex flight control software system that is now under investigation in two fatal crashes over the last five months."

"The crisis comes after 50 years of remarkable success in making the 737 a profitable workhorse. Today, the aerospace giant has a massive backlog of more than 4,700 orders for the jetliner and its sales account for nearly a third of Boeing’s profit."

"The crisis comes after 50 years of remarkable success in making the 737 a profitable workhorse. Today, the aerospace giant has a massive backlog of more than 4,700 orders for the jetliner and its sales account for nearly a third of Boeing’s profit. But the decision to continue modernizing the jet, rather than starting at some point with a clean design, resulted in engineering challenges that created unforeseen risks."

"Over the years, the FAA has implemented new and tougher design requirements, but a derivative gets many of the designs grandfathered in, . . ."

"If the results of the investigation do not undermine the fundamental design of the aircraft, then the 737 Max’s future may not be in peril, aviation experts said. It may turn out all that’s needed is a software fix or additional pilot training."
LATimes  aviation  design  Boeing 
march 2019 by pierredv
How Restaurants Got So Loud - The Atlantic
"Restaurants are so loud because architects don’t design them to be quiet. Much of this shift in design boils down to changing conceptions of what makes a space seem upscale or luxurious, as well as evolving trends in food service. Right now, high-end surfaces connote luxury, such as the slate and wood of restaurants including The Osprey in Brooklyn or Atomix in Manhattan."
design  audio  architecture  noise 
december 2018 by pierredv
Civilization - William A Ewing, Holly Roussell
"Our fast-changing world seen through the lenses of 140 leading contemporary photographers around the globe"

"We hurtle together into the future at ever-increasing speed – or so it seems to the collective psyche. Perpetually evolving, morphing, building and demolishing, rethinking, reframing and reshaping the world around and ahead – and the people within it – an emerging, planetary-wide Civilization is our grand, global, collective endeavour. Never before in human history have so many people been so interconnected, and so interdependent."
books  architecture  urbanism  photography  design 
november 2018 by pierredv
Rocket Raccoon: Trash Pandas unveil logos | MiLB.com
"Last month, Madison, Alabama's impending Minor League Baseball team announced that they would be known as the Rocket City Trash Pandas. On Saturday, logos were unveiled to go along with this memorable moniker. "

"The Trash Pandas' color scheme is described by the team as "Space Black, Rocket Red, Sky Blue and Trashcan Gray." According to Klein, the primary logo tells "the story of a raccon with ingenuity cobbling together all the elements he needs to launch a trash can into outer space." "
logos  raccoons  design  space  humor 
october 2018 by pierredv
"Graceful Degradation" and the Art of Redesigning the Flashlight | Spoon & Tamago
Via Pam Heath
"It has space for two AA batteries and two AAA batteries but it will work with any combination, even just one battery. It simply emits it different glow."
design  resilience  Japan  kaizen 
october 2017 by pierredv
Your Engineering Heritage: The $25 Million Ceiling Fan and the £100 Million Server – IEEE-USA InSight
Via Dale Hatfield

"These problems are not new; they go back to the earliest attempts to use electrical technologies in transportation. What is new is the scale. In the 1800s, a signal or telegraph problem affected a few trains, and perhaps a hundred or so passengers. Today, the effects can be global, and affect many thousands of people. "
IEEE-Insight  engineering  infrastructure  design  problems 
september 2017 by pierredv
A cottony clash of quilters - CSMonitor.com - Jan 2016
"A round robin quilt is a collaborative effort. Each participant creates her own center block. Her partner designs a border to go around that block. The quilts are sent back and forth, gaining area with each contribution, and are declared finished when they look to be about the right size. 

"Or, to put it another way, a round robin quilt is a confrontational effort. Each combatant creates her own center block and her adversary lays siege to it from all sides. The quilts gain area with each pitched battle and are declared finished when someone surrenders."
CSMonitor  writing  design 
march 2017 by pierredv
The RISKS Digest Volume 23 Issue 07 - Dec 2003 - Don Norman
"If we assume that the people who use technology are stupid ("Bubbas") then we will continue to design poorly conceived equipment, procedures, and software, thus leading to more and more accidents, all of which can be blamed upon the hapless users rather than the root cause -- ill-conceived software, ill-conceived procedural requirements, ill-conceived business practices, and ill-conceived design in general. This appears to be a lesson that must be repeated frequently, even to the supposedly sophisticated reader/contributor to RISKS."

" "Field Guide to Human Error Investigations" points out that the old view of human error is that it is the cause of accidents whereas the new view is that it is a symptom of trouble deeper inside a system."
risk  risk-management  design  Don-Norman 
march 2017 by pierredv
Hester & Cook - Stationery
Sells Vicki Sawyer cards, e.g. "The Badger Sisters", and coloring book
commerce  stationery  Vicki-Sawyer  design  cards 
august 2016 by pierredv
London’s Crossrail Is a $21 Billion Test of Virtual Modeling - IEEE Spectrum Mar 2016
"The entire network was designed in a 3-D virtual environment; once the railway is up and running, a version of this 3-D model will help managers monitor, from a tablet, countless electrical components and systems across the network. “We’ve built two railways—one real, one virtual reality,” says Rhys Williams, the head of mechanical, electrical, and public health for Crossrail."
"The Crossrail model actually consists of more than 250,000 little models joined together in a database and linked to another database containing all the data and documentation about all of the railway’s assets—from 1-watt LED lightbulbs to the giant fans that extract smoke in the event of a fire—as well as detailed descriptions of all the work that’s going on. Overall, the spatial data takes up a few terabytes, with the associated documentation adding a further 5 terabytes so far."
"The model even features an augmented-reality interface. Workers are able to hold an iPad up to a station wall, for example..."
IEEE-Spectrum  London  Crossrail  design  construction  mirror-worlds  augmented-reality 
march 2016 by pierredv
Store — Flyte
"FLYTE is a levitating light which hovers by magnetic levitation and is powered through the air. With FLYTE, we've set the light bulb free."
light  commerce  design 
february 2016 by pierredv
Web Design - The First 100 Years - Maciej Cegłowski
HOW Interactive, Washington DC (September) and San Francisco, November 2014. "A parable about progress and accelerating growth from the aviation industry. The problem of irreality and fantastical thinking in tech culture. Three competing visions for the web. Why you should be happy your computer is not getting faster. How to cure our exponential hangover." Includes: The Il-62 exemplifies a Soviet design approach I like to think of as "add engines until airborne". Seems to be influenced by Bostrom/Musk's superintelligence fears.
webdesign  design  history  AI 
january 2016 by pierredv
How to design a metaphor – Michael Erard – Aeon
"Can metaphors be designed? I’m here to tell you that they can, and are. ... I continue to shape and test metaphors for private-sector clients and others. In both cases, these metaphors are meant to help people to understand the unfamiliar. They aren’t supposed to make someone remark: ‘That’s beautiful.’ They’re meant to make someone realise that they’ve only been looking at one side of a thing." - "It was the Princeton psycholinguist Sam Glucksberg who in 2003 argued that metaphors are really categorisation proposals. "
metaphor  writing  design  psychology  linguistics  ** 
june 2015 by pierredv
Snapchat: Why teens’ favorite app makes the Facebook generation feel old.
"A 32-year-old’s hopeless quest to understand America’s fastest-growing social app"
Snapchat  UI  design  socialmedia 
february 2015 by pierredv
The Snapchat and The Platypus — In Beta- — Medium
"When a certain kind of person — OK, an older person, where “old” equals 24— first encounters Snapchat, the reaction is typically some mixture of mystification, disbelief, and annoyance. For people who have gotten used to the dominant evolved anatomies of mobile apps, Snapchat seems like an odd and improbable creature."
Snapchat  UI  UX  design  medium.com 
february 2015 by pierredv
Dan Rhatigan on Ryman Eco on Vimeo - Aug 2014
via Blog Vecindad Grafica Monotype's Dan Rhatigan discusses Ryman Eco, the world's most beautiful sustainable font. rymaneco.co.uk
typography  vimeo  sustainability  design  fonts  font  design 
august 2014 by pierredv
GDS design principles
Listed below are our design principles and examples of how we’ve used them so far. These build on, and add to, our original 7 digital principles. 1 Start with needs* 2 Do less 3 Design with data 4 Do the hard work to make it simple 5 Iterate. Then iterate again. 6 Build for inclusion 7 Understand context 8 Build digital services, not websites 9 Be consistent, not uniform 10 Make things open: it makes things better
design  uk  web  gov.uk 
december 2013 by pierredv
Operators starting to plug LTE backhaul's security gap - FierceBroadbandWireless
"LTE transmissions have a massive security vulnerability in that backhaul traffic from the eNodeB to the IP core is unencrypted. Some operators have begun implementing IPsec to address this issue, but many have not because IPsec use is optional."
cellular  IPSec  LTE  security  backhaul  design  eNodeB  FierceWireless 
september 2013 by pierredv
In Praise of Slow Design: Observatory: Design Observer Sep 2013
"From a journalistic, literary and historical point of view, the New Yorker archive is endlessly fascinating. And from a design point of view? Unbelievably boring. Or, I should say, unbelievably, wonderfully, perfectly, exquisitely boring. To a field that today seems to prize innovation above all else, The New Yorker makes a case for slow design: the patient, cautious, deliberate evolution of a nearly unchanging editoral format over decades. And the case they make is — let's admit it — pretty hard to argue with."
journalism  writing  New  Yorker  design 
september 2013 by pierredv
Placebo Buttons « You Are Not So Smart
“The grim truth is that a significant percentage of the [elevator] close-door buttons in this world…don’t do anything at all.” "In many offices and cubicle farms, the thermostat on the wall isn’t connected to anything."
placebo  design 
august 2013 by pierredv
Web Colours
Finding out what colors a web site uses
tools  color  web  design 
july 2013 by pierredv
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