Yang Du: bags with owls and crocodiles

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… designing is about storytelling: tigers and giraffes mingle with owls and flamingos, swans and crocodiles.

Du is from Dalian, North China. She came moved London ten years ago to study and completed a BA in Fashion Print and an MA in Fashion Womenswear, both at Central Saint Martins. She gained experience with Vivienne Westwood, Giles Deacon and John Galliano.

Via Designboom



The Future of UI – How Mobile Design is Shaping The Web

Web design is not an interactive brochure anymore. Smart mobile devices have forever changed the way we think and interact with websites. Now you have to consider an array of things you didn’t have to worry about before, such as HiDPI graphics, UI/UX patterns, touch target sizes, gestures, and managing expectations. All the while not losing track of what’s important: Content.

We’re going to discuss the influence of mobile on design, trends, and implementation methods, as well as how touch is changing our lives. As designers and developers, we can benefit from learning about how mobile is changing the way we interact with websites, and what that means for the future of UI.


The flat design trend – where to from here?

I’ve long hoped Apple would lesson the skeuomorphic cues found in the UI of it’s software, particularly on the desktop where it’s particularly garish, Geri Reid wonders where we go from here, particlularly if the markets design and taste leader Apple, sheds it’s overweight skin.

It always surprised me how wholeheartedly Apple embraced skeuomorphism, given their clean and minimal design ethic. iBook’s faux wood bookshelf and iCal’s moleskin ‘hand-stitched’ leather binder, while initially enchanting now seem terribly passe. This month, Apple profits fell for the first time in a decade and many commentators see their failure to evolve as their downfall. It suddenly seems as if Apple have lost a bite of their cool.

Flat design is quickly being adopted by market leaders. Facebook and eBay have introduced flatter versions of their logo and icons. Microsoft, traditionally the uncool laggard of the biggies, struck a winning blow with the flat interface of Windows 8. Rumour has it that Apple are now embracing the flatlands with iOS 7.

There is something about this design ethic that feels honest. Giving users what they want without the additional noise somehow seems kinder, more straight up.

Geri Reid: The flat design trend – where to from here?


LightSpin

LightSpin is an experimental photography and art project that finds its source in a unique lightpainting technique. For this project, ten performers improvised contemporary dance movements at the center of a ring on which 24 cameras were mounted. Their brief dances were carried out in pitch darkness, light being aimed at the subjects as to reveal their shapes and movements, thus capturing their passage in a defined space. Pushing the exploration even further, the final result of this project becomes a fully animated, 360-degree representation of movements!



Nokia Graffiti

A group of graffiti artists from Graffiti Kings, a company dedicated to turning dull white walls into amazing works of art, descended upon the Nokia offices in Paddington. Carrying 5 shades of blue spray paint and a handful of black markers, they created a massive Nokia logo comprised entirely of Twitter names.



Smile-Bot

Smile-Bot

Smile-Bot

Much like how the Monolith in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” affected an entire species by introducing a new level of consciousness, We Are Matik’s “Smile-Bot” was created with a similar objective in mind: to instill a sense of happiness in those around it.

Smile-Bot was created with the intention of its objective (collecting smiles) to be achieved with little explanation which led to the design choices being made. For instance, opting for a naked-wood shell as opposed to metal was a conscious effort to make the installation more approachable. Quirky sound-effects and interactive features (a mini Smile-Screen and Smile-Counter), as well as the natural occurrence of looking at other people’s faces from within the bot add a quirky, awkwardness that create an environment where participants can’t help but smile.

Smile-Bot



Milan Design Week Highlights Industry Relevance

designjunction, 12-17 April Milan Design Week 2011 by UK in Italy

designjunction, 12-17 April Milan Design Week 2011 by UK in Italy

The Milan Furniture Fair, also known as Milan Design Week, is under way once more, and while the 2012 event saw an impressive turnout of 292 370 trade operators, 6484 communication operators and 39 279 other visitors, this year’s edition promises to be even bigger. This annual celebration of leading Italian designers and their international counterparts also highlights the role played by the country’s creative industries in its economy as a whole. It is believed that design, architecture and related disciplines will reinvigorate Italy’s economic growth in the years to come.

International Significance

The Milan Furniture Fair (Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano in Italian) is the largest trade fair of its kind, and has been growing rapidly since it first launched in 1961. Interior designers, architects and industrial designers from every corner of the globe gather in Italy every year to see the latest creative pieces of furniture and lighting that make up this industry-leading showcase. There’s hardly a better opportunity to spread the word about the economic potential of Italy’s internationally renowned design disciplines.

The Role of Design

Cristina Tajani, the City of Milan’s councillor for economic development, higher education and research, addressed visitors at the start of the 2013 Milan Design Week, saying “Any time the market is tough for companies, we are under obligation to investigate… what has made us competitive in the golden times. We have found that the recipe for the City’s success in the past is design, manufacturing and production.”

The Key to Creative Success

In order to make an impression at Milan Design Week, creative firms must be at the top of their game, blending aesthetic trends with the industry’s most innovative technologies to produce something that is both useful and beautiful. Of course, there is a strong focus on quality and every exhibitor strives to outdo themselves with their best creative work yet. These efforts have not gone unnoticed, and it appears they may even have a far-reaching economic impact. “In the past, we have matched creative knowledge, manufacturing and craft capabilities… this will be they key to our success and to update our economic model in current times” says Tajani.

Designer Delights

Design houses large and small will be showcasing their furnishings, lighting and homeware designs, making Milan Design Week an inspirational feast for creative types from all walks of life. If you appreciate top quality design from leading luxury lifestyle brands, be it from a professional point of view or simply as a consumer, be sure to visit the Milan Furniture Fair this week.

Nicky Warner is a London-based lifestyle writer and interior design enthusiast with a soft spot for Amode modern furniture; she wishes she could be among the crowds at this year’s much-anticipated Milan Furniture Fair!


Gigs.2.Go Portable “Tear-and-Share” Storage

Gigs.2.Go Portable "Tear-and-Share" Storage

Gigs.2.Go Portable "Tear-and-Share" Storage

Gigs.2.Go Portable "Tear-and-Share" Storage

Made from molded paper pulp, this inexpensive, credit-card-sized data pack is a fast, easy way to share large files.

When you need to share files on-the-go, simply tear off a tab from the GIGS.2.GO pack. Each tab is a tiny thumb drive. Because GIGS.2.GO is inexpensive and made from renewable materials, you can feel comfortable leaving the tabs behind. And you’ve still got more tabs, ready when you need them.



PAINTWORK – A brief glimpse of our augmented reality future

New Scientist’s Arc Magazine and science fiction author Tim Maughan are proud to announce the online debut of the low budget, experimental short film Paintwork. Set in near-future Bristol – the British city known internationally for spawning Banksy – it follows augmented reality graffiti artist 3Cube as she illegally transforms an all-too familiar advertising billboard into a work of high tech street art, and poses questions about the relationships between technology, advertising and the control of public spaces.

Heavily influenced by Chris Marker’s seminal 1962 film La Jetée, Paintwork blends still photography by Laurie Eagle and computer animation by Alan Tabrett with audio from two stalwarts of the Bristol music scene in the form of narration by renowned MC Koast and an exclusive soundtrack from influential dubstep producer Forsaken. Based on the title short story from Maughan’s critically acclaimed collection, Paintwork was premiered in an early form in February as part of the arts festival Sonic Acts in Amsterdam, but today sees the unveiling of the completed version.