Tuesday, March 30, 2010


by Meike Meijer and Vij5

Design Thinking - Everything and Nothing

Nice Article at Core77 on Design Thinking.
It's from a conference held by the Economist called the Big ReThink.
Whereas I'm skeptical of design conferences in general and the self proselytizing
(ra ra design!) that occurs, I thought this brought up some great points.

It does a nice job in examining the highlights, flaws and assumptions of "Design Thinking".

Among my favorite nuggets is this quote from Roberto Verganti:
'Radical innovation does not come from users.'

Another is the sense that "design thinking" has been oversold and
that designers want/need to get back to creating great design.

I definitely feel that.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Final Cut

It's a sawblade!
It's a sander!
It's Final Cut!

That could have saved many many ugly cuts....

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

In the very near future...

Dormant forces have arisen and are erupting in Spring!
April and May are going to be a bit nutty.
In April, I'll be exhibiting at Lawndale Art Center for their Design 2010 event.
In May, I'll be exhibiting at Winter Street Studios as part of a group exhibition.
Also, in May, Crap In Crap Out will be at the Jardin de Botanique in Montreal for an exhibition.
If all goes well, I'll be at ICFF in NYC in may, exhibit/selling Tree Chunk. This is in the works (i have to submit first).

busy, busy, busy

Friday, March 5, 2010

on Digital vs. Physical ... books (and things)

from an article in the New York Times about the digitization of books, and the growth of kindles, nooks and  ipads.

Craig Mod, a book designer, has some really great points/insights on books, but I think it goes to all things content and form.

My favorites are:
"The true value of an object lies in what it says, not its mere existence.”
"that the printed book can be a sculpture for thoughts and ideas"

Here's his blog post.
Here's the NY Times article.

Mark Jenkins


20 miles up, one thing to do...

Joe Kittinger, at the edge of space, jumps back down to earth...nuts

Monday, March 1, 2010

What to do with old shoes?

I know what to do with old clothes, but shoes?
I try to donate the ones that aren't THAT worn out, but, what about the ones 
with no life left?
Nike to the old shoe rescue.
They split it apart, then repurpose the materials. Brilliant.