Posts in category: Design

Design and unnecessary consumption

Design and unnecessary consumption

There are stalls like these all over Singapore (and probably all over the world) filled with thousands (millions?) of cheap, throwaway plastic phone covers. You can find one to suit any (usually bad) taste. As well as seasonal ones for any of the major consumerist...
Gadgets with sealed-in batteries

Gadgets with sealed-in batteries

More and more gadgets seem to be coming out with sealed-in batteries these days. Apple started this dubious trend with their Macbook Air. Not being an Apple fan, this had not really bothered me personally until recently when I discovered (a) I kinda sorta could like...

I think I will stop buying design books

Most of the featured and celebrated work in web design books seems to be of a particular type. Flipping through a few at a bookshop recently: All the cool sites are image-intensive, Flash intensive, and generally text/functionality light – aside from the...
Fashion design drawing IS reality!

Fashion design drawing IS reality!

I stand corrected! See my previous post Toilet designed by a fashion designer. It does appear that the 9-heads proportion used in fashion design drawings is a realistic representation of women in real life. As French model Isabella Caro demonstrates below (red lines...

Thoughts on aural signage

We all appreciate good (legible and accurate) visual signage, especially when they fail to work and we get lost in some dreadful shopping mall! Perhaps given most of us as not visually impaired, we tend not to pay as much attention to the “legibility” of aural...

Singapore $10 notes

A recent Straits Times article on suspected fake Singapore $10 notes reminded me of this previous blog post of mine on the visual language of trust, using Singapore $10 polymer and paper notes as an...
Be nice, be memorable

Be nice, be memorable

Do something nice for me and I will remember you. Don’t show me yet another forgettable, self-aggrandising ad. Case in point: in Dubai airport, LG provides free mobile phone and notebook recharging stations. There is one every 20m or so. The installed power points...

Digital media opportunities – Part 9: Pragmatic reality

Last but not least, I want to conclude the series on a super-pragmatic note. Most businesses are well and truly behind the cutting-edge curve in terms of leveraging what web and information technology can do for them. Not that I am advocating the cutting edge at all –...

Digital media opportunities – Part 8: e-politics and e-government

Where there are people, you get politics. It is thus not surprising that when enough people are on the Internet, e-politics become a tangible force. Three examples come to mind: the GetUp grassroots political movement in Australia, the Obama election campaign which...

Digital media opportunities – Part 6: Knowledge-distillation

The Internet is hyper-saturated with information. From solid reliable make-the-world-go0-round stuff to wild rambling fantasies – it’s all there. How do we know what is trustworthy or real? How often have we taken a bizarre story to be true, even momentarily, only to...

Digital media opportunities – Part 4: Augmented reality

Augmented reality is a term being bandied around in the media more and more these days. The first augmented reality (AR) application was arguably demonstrated by Morton Heilig around 1957-1962 in the form of the Sensorama. A version closer to what we currently think...

Digital media opportunities – Part 3: Haptic experiences

Previously limited to vertical market applications and exhibitions, touch-enabled hardware seems destined now to stay given the prevalence of the iPad/iPhone, touch-capable smartphones, tablet PCs, and touchscreen desktops. The demand for haptic interactive...
How not to do an Unsubscribe form

How not to do an Unsubscribe form

I don’t know how I got onto the PPM Group’s mailing list. I have never worked in the industry, nor have any desire to, nor interest therein. I clicked the unsubscribe link and got this page: http://www.ppmsystem.com/contact2.asp?enquiry=1 How incredibly facile and...
The Desktop Epic Revolution

The Desktop Epic Revolution

The advent of cheap and pervasive technology can fundamentally reboot entire industries. It is now possible to do more with the off-the-shelf technology than every before, such as making an epic movie. Thanks to Debra who forwarded me the following recently: Click to...
Redesiging a boarding pass

Redesiging a boarding pass

It is amazing what some design thinking can do to a “shitty” piece of work. From this: To this: In one blog post! The designer is asking for submission from others as well. I hope Delta pays this guy and actually implements the significantly improved work!...
Design and fun as differentiation

Design and fun as differentiation

Yes, another airline is doing it. Using fun, personality, design to differentiate themselves from others. Image from . The inflight safety demo is worth watching too; also from One Large Prawn. Thanks to Martin for the initial heads up! As with Virgin, consistency and...
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