Coca-Cola Founders is a new way to create startups, the company's vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship declared.
Coca-Cola announced the launch of a new entrepreneurship program at Fast Company's Innovation By Design conference today, in conversation with Fast Company senior writer Linda Tischler. David Butler, Coca-Cola's vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship, (who has written a book with Tischler) announced the Coca-Cola Founders program, a way for startups to gain access to Coca-Cola's tremendous reach and for Coca-Cola to tap the ideas of independent entrepreneurs. The company goes into startup communities around the world and hand-selects founders, giving them insider access to Coca-Cola--both the company's assets and its challenges. The founders' ideas are then shaped by what they see inside Coca-Cola.
First-world problems: As a frequent air traveler, I was confident that I had my pack-and-go routine dialed in, and it was only by the time that I was halfway to JFK—40 minutes behind schedule, due to e-mail exigencies—that I realized that I'd forgotten the power supply for my MacBook Pro. It wasn't so much the prospect of not having juice on the 13-hour flight but the fact that I was so hasty as to overlook the essential technological tether, at once a fuel supply and a fetter, and that I'd have a narrow window to get ahold of one in Beijing. I made it to the gate with time to spare; once I'd determined that none of the shops in Terminal 1 sold the 60W MagSafe Power Adapter (or a third-party surrogate), I looked up the closest pingguo store to the airport and planned to head straight there from PEK. CA982 was due to land at 6:20pm local time, which would give me about 3.5 hours to make it to the wraparound glass emporium that evening.
16 hours later, I was carefully unboxing a white plastic briquette at a nearby restaurant (with wattage taken care of, I sought food and wi-fi); chagrined that I had to buy one at all, I had it in mind to use it for that week and return it on the way home—my way of leaving no trace. Alas, it was all for nought: I only made it a few days before I ended up peeling off the last bits of protective plastic from the immaculate shell. Overpriced though it may have been, I figured that it never hurts to have a spare, and, insofar as my trip was predicated on being able to use my laptop, it was a justifiable acquisition.
An insipid anecdote, perhaps, about an unremarkable object—which is precisely why it may well represent the final frontier of third-party accessorization. As MeezyCube notes in their Kickstarter pitch video, there are cases galore for the iPhone, iPad and MacBook... so why not the MagSafe adapter as well?
A joke about the "Meh-zyCube" would be too... meezy.
If I didn't know any better, I'd think that this is an outright parody of case creep: It's a grating conceit beyond the fact that I suspect that a sizable proportion of Macbook owners don't bother with the fold-out 'wings' for wrapping the cable; even the dubious durability of the cord can be solved with Sugru. What disturbs me about the MeezyCube is that it's yet another gyre-worthy plastic thing that no one really needs.
First-world problems indeed.(more...)
the winning design proposed to adjust the existing masterplan to accommodate a centrally positioned public square, flanked by two distinctive buildings totaling 12,000 square meters.
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Hueso, a restaurant in Guadalajara, Mexico, challenges the squeamish with animal-skeleton decor.
Restaurants usually try to keep animal bones confined to meat dishes, not displayed on the walls. But Guadalajara, Mexico's Hueso--which translates to "bone"--plays with the sculptural elements of deconstructed skeletons, making bones the mainstay of its decor. Architect Ignacio Cadena is behind the beautifully spooky design, which incorporates thousands of animal bones, both real and artificial, into the interior of the revamped 1940s building.
Last month we asked the chairs of 11 leading industrial-design programs to talk to us about the evolution of ID education for our D-School Futures interview series. Since then we've received word of two new master's programs in design that seemed worthy of additional comment. In New York, Parsons is launching an MFA in industrial design—and we'll have an interview with Rama Chorpash about that program in the coming days.
Today, we're checking in on a master's program with a broader, more interdisciplinary focus. The University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art & Design is currently accepting applications for a Master of Design in Integrative Design. It's a two-year program with an interesting approach—the idea is that students with a variety of design backgrounds will work together in teams to invent solutions for a wicked problem that will rotate every few years. The inaugural problem is "wicked healthcare," and Stamps has lined up medical companies, biomedical engineers, surgeons and others to participate in the curriculum.
Recently, we talked to Bruce M. Tharp—a long-time Core77 contributor and a new addition to the Stamps faculty—about the MDes program. The following is an edited and condensed version of our conversation.
Core77: Who is this program for?
Bruce Tharp: We imagine that our ideal candidates are probably industrial designers, interaction designers, graphic designers, interior designers/architects—people in that design space. But we're excited about the possibility of students with other skills sets and proficiencies who also have experienced design in some professional setting. Of course, the program itself is highly cross-disciplinary. There is tremendous integration of non-design information and experts—for the current "wicked healthcare" theme, we have on board medical companies, a children's hospital, biomedical engineers, surgeons, technologists, entrepreneurial faculty and many more who will be integrated into the curriculum.
This idea of designers working to solve big societal problems—is that a career or a profession that exists now, or is it one that you're trying to help create?
The program is what we think is a 21st-century program for 21st-century design. The idea is that these are big, complex problems that are tackled in cross-disciplinary teams, collaboratively, with more of a systems approach. This is the way a lot of designers are now working, and that I would say design is increasingly being asked to work. So this is partly a response to the world and it's also partly a call to the world as well, about what design can do and its potential.
Now, that doesn't mean that there isn't a role in the world for what we would call 20th-century design or design education. In graduate education, that really comes from the MFA model, where you're working independently on a thesis project of your choosing, and it's something that you can generally handle in a year. That's a completely valid way of working and there are lots of applications for that kind of work, but increasingly designers are being asked to do more.
Design has a lot of visibility now, and other disciplines are saying, "Wow, what if we could use design in this way?" So the program is inviting design into more complex arenas. I think designers are really uniquely positioned to work on these wicked problems, but it demands that we be educated in a different way.(more...)
Faber's Modern Classics, including titles by Sylvia Plath, Lorrie Moore, and T.S. Eliot, channels the bright colors of retro book design.
Faber is rereleasing 10 classic books, with covers inspired by mid-century graphic design. All feature lots of white space, understated typography, and bright, translucent bands of color framing single eye-catching images.
A new approach--"just green enough"--tries to balance sustainability and equity.
On the three Es of sustainability--ecology, economy, and equity--the High Line in New York passes the first two with flying colors. The elevated-railroad-turned-park has brought a fresh mix of plants, flowers, birds, and insects to the once-drab West Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. It has also attracted billions in financial investments, with area property values increasing 103 % between 2003 and 2011, Great Recession be damned.
A dazzling park comes in, the low-income locals go out.
Driven by the continual feedback and input from dedicated test pilots and passionate customers, KLIM has one mission - to improve your riding experience without compromise. From snowmobiling to motorcycle riding, KLIM utilizes the world's highest technologies in waterproof, breathable, durable and comfortable materials. Does designing these products sound like a dream job to you? If so, you might be the Technical Designer their Rigby, ID team is looking for.
With a strong knowledge of apparel and computer skills, you adhere to deadlines like white on rice. You have advanced knowledge of fit/construction and costing, plus you're more than ready to be responsible for the development of product, from design to final prototype. Go for it - Apply Now.
presented at beijing design week 2014, the plugin device is constructed from prefabricated panels that incorporate structure, insulation, services, apertures, and finishes into one molded part.
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Barges are making a comeback, replacing diesel trucks to haul cargo and trash.
Before shipping containers became common in the 1960s--making shipping cheap, and changing the shape of the global economy--river barges played an important role in transportation. Now, in most places, there are few barges left. In a new photo series, Hungarian photographer Gyula Sopronyi takes a look at what those that remain have on board.
the exhibition demonstrates the widely celebrated synthesis of simplicity and ingenuity inherent in japanese design objects.
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Rotterdam-based MVRDV create the rare work of audacious architecture that doesn't cater to obscene wealth.
Every now and then, a work of architecture comes along that makes jaws drop. Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Bilbao was one. OMA's CCTV Headquarters in Beijing was another. Almost always, these buildings are extravagant symbols of wealth, power, or cultural ambition. The newly opened Rotterdam MarketHall, over a million square feet of housing and food stands organized within or beneath a massive 12-story arch, is the kind of uncanny structure ones tweets without thinking. As surreal as it appears in photos, the building is actually designed for the most down-to-earth uses: daily life.
The notion of 'gezelligheid,' a hybrid of comfort and hominess, is central to Dutch culture.
Pentagram's Emily Obermann explains why she's uniquely qualified to design for SNL, and why the show's intro never promises funny.
Emily Oberman's connection with the SNL 'verse runs deep. Before the graphic design and branding pro joined Pentagram, she designed the logo for Saturday Night Live's 25th and 35th anniversaries, as well the identities for Tina Fey's 30 Rock and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. But after Oberman went over to Pentagram, her status as Lorne Michael's go-to design gal continued, as she was asked to rebrand The Tonight Show for the newly-annointed Jimmy Fallon.
the device can send texts, control TVs, google glasses and smart-phones, and even pay bills with simple pre-designated movements.
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the electronic paper body can modify its appearance with a series of intricate patterns.
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titled 'township of domestic parts', the nine disparate structures express components of residential typologies, such as the 'house of sleep' and 'house of shit', among others.
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recently announced as winner of both the public and juried vote of artprize 2014, 'intersections' exercises the architecture of the gallery by infilling it with a dynamic display of shadow and light.
with the ability to fold hands-free and at the kick of a wheel, your everyday commute just got easier.
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Hello there YD’ers. As some of you may know, I’ve started a fundraising campaign for my men’s fitness clothing line called TRANISM. YES, I’m going to launch a clothing line! But I need your help. I have a $5000 goal I need to reach before sample production can begin. With the help of you loyal readers, I know that goal can be reached! Hit the jump for more info.
It’s called the #TILTforTRANISM campaign. Contribute a $1, $5, $10, it doesn’t matter. By contributing, you bring the clothing line one step closer to reality. Don’t have money to give? You can tell a friend. Use that hashtag. Spreading the word is just as important because the more people who know about the campaign, the better chance it’ll have at succeeding. It’s all safe and very secure.
The concept? Performance oriented men’s fitness clothes. Devoid of the gaudy graphics so pervasive in fitness apparel. It’s minimalist, sleek and emphasizes all the gains you’ve worked hard for in the gym. Hi-tech fabrication and styling that lets you mix and match with your casual clothes outside the gym means versatility.
Thank you from the bottom, top, and sides of my heart for your many years of support here on Yanko Design. I’ve come to know quite a few of you and am excited to share this project.
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