design

Link: LoaA Annual Playhouse Competition 2015 by Evan Troxel

It's on! My friend Bob over at the Life of an Architect blog is holding his fourth annual playhouse design competition. You can see the winners from last year (and the previous years as well) and read the rules for entry. Here's the short list:

This competition is open to anyone from anywhere – the only entry criteria is the following:

  • You have to be a living member of the human race (or at least be able to fool others into believing that you are).
  • A good attitude should also be a requirement but that’s more of a personal judgement call.
  • Capable of reading and following the instructions that are spelled out very clearly below.

So head over to his blog post and read the full rules, the submittal requirements, the timeline, and how the judging process works. It's one of the most fun competitions around, and the winning playhouses actually get built and go to an absolutely great cause - helping out kids in need.

Go play architect!

✱ Design Everything by Evan Troxel

Seth Godin has a great post up today regarding our opportunities as designers:

Everyone takes a shower without their glasses, and yet the little, indistinguishable bottles in the shower often have 12 point type describing what's inside. No, I'm not going to wear reading glasses in the shower.

I will shout it from the hilltops. Or on this blog at least. DESIGN EVERYTHING!

This next quote really nails it. Great design is not fashion (emphasis mine):

Great design tells a story. It moves a product from one category to another, increases yield, creates efficiencies and most of all, adds beauty to the interaction.
But it doesn't have to shout. Or confuse. The pro user, the individual who chose your design because it is something she wants to use every day--this user appreciates the power and the beauty you've created. But in public, for the infrequent passerby, do not call attention to what you've built. We have other things to do. The best designer understands what's important.

More/Real Stylus Caps for iPad by Evan Troxel

These new stylus caps look great. I love a simple solution that seems obvious once its been done, and the graphic next to the Meticulously Crafted section showing the process of manufacturing is very cool. This is the kind of thing that would go in Objectified 2.

Stylus Caps start as a solid bar of aircraft grade aluminum. We then machine, sand blast, anodize, and laser engrave each and every one to match our own rigorous specifications. This makes them ultra strong and ultra good looking. Not to mention ultra recyclable.

✱ Petition: Save the David and Gladys Wright House by Frank Lloyd Wright by Evan Troxel

This is a beautiful home, and an example of architecture that should be saved. I wish I could take a look at it this weekend since the property will be open to the public to view (the interior of the house itself will not be):

A remarkable Frank Lloyd Wright house in Phoenix is under threat of demolition. Wright designed the house for his son David and it is unique among all his residential designs. Your support is needed to urge the City of Phoenix to approve historic preservation designation for the house thereby extending its temporary protection from demolition.

Please sign the petition to save it, look at more great images on the Curbed LA site for the residence, and also see some scans of plans and elevations here.

Isn't that rug wonderful?

The Design of the iPhone 5 by Evan Troxel

Watch the video on how they made the iPhone 5. It's just amazing. It truly shows the lengths a team and company will go to for excellence. All in, is there another piece of technology that even comes close to this thing? Thanks for showing us a little bit of what happens behind the curtain at Apple.

But did you notice that Jony didn't say the design was based on pebbles or water flowing in a stream? Yeah, me too.

by Evan Troxel

thecoolnews : 
 
 The now iconic Apple-Jobs Silhouette logo is designed by  Jonathan Mak Long , a 19 year old designer from Hong Kong. The simplicity, minimalism and pure geniusness of the pairing is something that Steve would have approved of. 
  RIP Steve Jobs   
  jmak : 
 
  Thanks, Steve.  
 Posting designs like this one makes me paranoid, because I can’t shake the feeling that it’s not original. I enjoyed the process regardless, but please let me know if somebody else beat me to the idea! 
 Thoughts?

thecoolnews:

The now iconic Apple-Jobs Silhouette logo is designed by Jonathan Mak Long, a 19 year old designer from Hong Kong. The simplicity, minimalism and pure geniusness of the pairing is something that Steve would have approved of.

RIP Steve Jobs 

jmak:

Thanks, Steve.

Posting designs like this one makes me paranoid, because I can’t shake the feeling that it’s not original. I enjoyed the process regardless, but please let me know if somebody else beat me to the idea!

Thoughts?

by Evan Troxel

I am troubled by the devaluing of the word ‘design’. I find myself now being somewhat embarrassed to be called a designer. In fact I prefer the German term, Gestalt-Ingenieur. Apple and Vitsoe are relatively lone voices treating the discipline of design seriously in all corners of their businesses. They understand that design is not simply an adjective to place in front of a product’s name to somehow artificially enhance its value. Ever fewer people appear to understand that design is a serious profession; and for our future welfare we need more companies to take that profession seriously.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/8555503/Dieter-Rams-Apple-has-achieved-something-I-never-did.html