Welcome to designBytes, the electronic newsletter of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). Here's the latest design and design-related news we've collected from around the Web.
· Top Risks of 2012: Some risks haven't changed since the beginning of time. Others that never existed may materialize before you finish reading this sentence. The following seven risks—according to Risk Management magazine—are the concerns that every company needs to consider for the year ahead: http://www.rmmag.com/MGTemplate.cfm?AID=4474&IssueID=362&NavMenuID=128&Section=RMMagazine&ShowArticle=1&template=%2fMagazine%2fDisplayMagazines.cfm&Volume=59.
· 12 Design Trends for 2012: Before we go any further, we should state: Yes, we know the first calendar month of 2012 has ended. But the risk story above and a collection of predictions from some of frog’s brightest minds are pretty compelling reads. And they combine neatly to inform the aspirational thinking behind your design work and the discipline that you draw from to operate your business. Here are the predictions from frog: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1668912/12-tech-trends-that-will-define-2012-selected-by-frogs-design-minds.
· A Davos Debrief: We didn’t make it to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting this year. But frog’s Tim Lebrecht did. And he filed a report that suggests an international leadership community that is struggling to understand and embrace the changing nature of leadership. (Apparently, it’s hard out there for a CEO. Or a prime minister.) There may not be much here you can apply directly to your work, but it is some very interesting (and timely) food for thought: http://designmind.frogdesign.com/blog/davos-debrief-data-power-happiness-it-s-getting-personal.html.
· The State of Green Design: A new breed of designers is finding ways to combine ideological commitments with life's pleasures, revealing an untapped realm of opportunity between greenness and gratification. They’re working to overhaul the way buildings use energy. They’re even devising solutions to reclaim metal implants from cadavers to be recycled for industrial use. Paola Antonelli checks in with a comprehensive study of how sustainability is being practiced: http://www.domusweb.it/en/design/states-of-design-09-green-design/.
· Would You Pay More for Ethical Consumer Electronics?: Suppose you wanted to buy a mobile device that came with a guarantee that it had been manufactured according to the most generous ethical and humane standards, how much extra would you be willing to pay for it? A little bit? A lot? Nothing? It’s an intriguing question that is being considered now by ZDNet’s audience. Submit your answers here: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/would-you-pay-more-for-ethical-consumer-electronics/17979.
· Speaking of Apple...: You may have heard that the iPhone/iPad/everything else maker made a new executive hire last week. John Browett, formerly the CEO of British retailer Dixons, was tapped to head Apple’s global retail division. Who is he and how might he shape the Apple store experience? Computer World has a good background piece on Browett and The International Business Times has some insightful analysis: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/290451/20120131/john-browett-apple-hired-dixons-ceo-retail.htm.
· Tony Hsieh’s Excellent Las Vegas Adventure: The founder of Zappos has made headlines recently as his plans to remake Las Vegas have begun to take shape. Does his move call to mind the ambitions of Bugsy Siegel or Steve Jobs? Not sure there’s a clear answer to that one. The reimagining/redevelopment project will be fascinating to follow. INC. has the colorful details: http://www.inc.com/magazine/201202/tony-hsieh-zappos-excellent-las-vegas-adventure.html.
· Act Now, Apologize Later: The old axiom holds that it is far easier to ask forgiveness than it is to beg permission. If you’re reasonably certain that what you’re doing is right, just and/or noble, then the axiom is a fitting shield for you. It has been for Scott Wilson, IDSA. You may be familiar with his story. In a new interview, he covers some slightly worn ground and delves into topics like the greatest struggles his clients face: http://the99percent.com/articles/7011/Scott-Wilson-Do-What-You-Think-Is-Right-Apologize-Later.
· Crowdfunding 101: If Scott Wilson provided us with the first epic case study for deploying crowdfunding for a design project, then Don Lehman appears to be giving us a through step-by-step guide to the process. He launched a series of posts last week on Core77 that are a must read for anyone who is contemplating crowdfunding: http://www.core77.com/blog/articles/an_introduction_to_the_crowdfunding_revolution_by_don_lehman__21554.asp.
· Hurry! Time’s Running Out!: IDEA 2012 is happening. And the first deadline is upon us. Regular entry closes this Friday (02.10) at midnight EST. You can still enter after that, but you’ll be assessed a late fee. You don’t want to be assessed a late fee, do you? So, bump this to the top of your To Do List. Enter IDEA 2012 (or finish your entries) here: http://www.idsa.org/enter-idea-2012.
· How NASA Solved a $100 Million Problem for Five Bucks: You may have seen this one as it was making the rounds last week. It’s a classic story involving the highest of stakes (putting humans into space with taxpayer dollars) and an exceptionally simply solution that isn’t that simple at all. If you think one of your current tasks is unsolvable, read this for inspiration and have another crack at it: http://gizmodo.com/5880850/how-nasa-solved-a-100-million-problem-for-five-bucks/.
· The Biggest Opportunity for Disruption Today: Can you guess what it is? How about health-care products that work and/or improve patient safety within the health-care delivery experience? Allan Velzy makes a great case for it via Co.Design: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1668924/the-biggest-opportunity-for-disruption-today-health-care-products-that-work.
· Is There Anything Marc Newson Hasn’t Designed?: Fair question. The New York Times Magazine recently spent a considerable amount of time with Newson to deliver a lengthy profile piece that supports the designer’s ubiquity and paints a pretty flattering picture of him. In the story, Jony Ive calls Newson “peerless.” If that’s not the highest of high praise, we don’t know what is. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/magazine/marc-newson.html?_r=3&ref=magazine.
· The Heir to ID Magazine’s Legacy?: What do you know about Design Bureau? What you should know, according to Rob Tannen, IDSA, is that it features professional-targeted articles about designers, design practices and processes, as well as coverage of studio spaces and products that will appeal to designers. Does that make it a worthy successor to ID? Perhaps. http://www.designingforhumans.com/idsa/2012/01/design-bureau-a-worthy-successor-to-id-magazine.html.
· Upcoming Events:
- Feb. 7: Talk | Regina Lee Blaszczyk (Philadelphia)
- Feb. 9: IIT Spring Open House (Chicago)
- Feb. 9: Talk | Jay Czerwinski (CSU-LB)
- Feb. 10: Deadline | Enter IDEA (ONLINE)
- Feb. 10: Chicago Auto Show | Designers’ Night (Chicago)
- Feb. 12: Deadline | Join Design Learning Challenge (ONLINE)
- Feb. 14: Open House | Local Motors (Phoenix)
- Feb. 16: Talk | Kris Tulin-Roberts (CSU-LB)
- Feb. 16: Northwest Chapter Portfolio Review (Seattle)
- Feb. 22: Studio Spotlight | Point Innovation (Dallas/Ft. Worth)
- Feb. 23: Talk | Krista Donaldson (CSU-LB)
- Feb. 29: Talk | Measuring Your User Experience Design (NYC)
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