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.
· Apple v. Samsung: In Court: Before Apple and Samsung took their IP tussle to Korea... before a German judge booted out claims from both sides... before Apple raised the question of whether Samsung neglected to provide source code... and before a Dutch court rejected a call to ban iPhone and iPad sales in the Netherlands... the two companies tried to work out their differences prior to launching a worldwide litigation war against each other. Despite their ongoing showdowns in courtrooms across the globe, Samsung remains the sole maker of iPad screens. As Apple and Samsung continue to sort out their unique relationship, here’s a look at what their epic patent battle could teach us about protecting IP: http://www.dynamicbusiness.com.au/legal/protecting-ip-insights-from-the-apple-v-samsung-patent-wars-12032012.html.
· Apple v. Samsung: In Comments: This one is a case of he said/he said. Although only one concerns the competition between the two companies, both comments recently generated lots of excitement in the blogosphere. First, Lee Minhyouk, Samsung Mobile's vice president for design, stirred the pot with comments regarding his work on the Galaxy Note and how he compares to Jony Ive. Then Mike Margolis, a former Apple TV engineer, posted to Twitter what appeared to be a scathing critique of design at Apple post-Steve Jobs. Margolis clarified his comment after the Internet nearly gave itself a heart attack. http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/03/24/ex_apple_engineer_claims_steve_jobs_rejected_new_apple_tv_ui_5_years_ago.html.
· What Nokia Is Up To: Nokia design chief Marko Ahtisaari recently revealed that he and his team are working diligently to develop a tablet. That they’re working on it is really all he revealed. Additionally, the Finns have filed a patent for haptic tattoos. Yes, you read that correctly. Haptic tattoos. http://www.androidauthority.com/nokia-patents-vibrating-haptic-tattoos-future-phone-calls-will-tickle-66803/.
· Fill in the Blank: “________ is one of the very few companies whose senior management, starting with the CEO, understands design as a sustainable competitive advantage.” Any idea? Here’s a hint: the company recently filed paperwork for a highly anticipated IPO that would make one prominent artist a very wealthy man. Do you know it yet? This Fast Company article—which is a pretty good read—has the answer: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/164/designing-facebook.
· The Growing Influence of Pinterest’s Design: We are hearing about, and seeing, more Pinterestification of the Internet every day. Why? In short, because the site’s design works. Here’s a brief consideration of companies that have chosen to emulate (or have inadvertently mimicked) the pinning-est site on the World Wide Web: http://news.cnet.com/8301-19882_3-57402800-250/pinterest-design-spreading-like-a-virus-because-it-works/.
· On the Subject of Form: The spring 2012 issue of Innovation does a deep dive on the subject of form. Guest editor Tucker Viemeister, FIDSA sought essays on form from Bill Moggridge, FIDSA; Hartmut Esslinger; Michael McCoy, IDSA and Karim Rashid, to name a few. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can preview the pieces from Moggridge and Esslinger here: http://www.idsa.org/2012-spring-issue-now-available.
· Can Design Cure Our Cities?: frog design certainly thinks so. The firm has joined the New Cities Foundation (NCF) to help work on the future of urbanization. While the NCF’s tentacles touch various points of the globe in search of inspiration and resources, two budding case studies are taking shape in New York City. Here’s a thoughtful meditation on the lessons of the High Line and the forthcoming Low Line: http://www.archdaily.com/219084/journey-to-the-center-of-new-york-can-design-cure-our-cities/.
· Hailing a Savior for New York: Believe it or not, the catalyst for New York City’s next wave of prosperity is not expected to Jeremy Lin or Tim Tebow. It will be NYC’s unique conglomeration of design schools. According to a new report, the city graduates more than twice as many students in design and architecture as any other US municipality. What’s more, these armies of designers have become critical catalysts for innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth. This summary of the report proves the concept: http://www.dexigner.com/news/24777.
· You Gotta Make the Money First: If you heed all the advice in part one and part two of Don Lehman’s guide for preparing to launch your crowdfunded project, you may find yourself where the guys at Kinetic Custom Machine are today: with your fundraising goals reached and the work to deliver ahead of you. Core77 checks in with the Kinetic team to learn what it’s like to be on the verge of obligatory execution: http://www.core77.com/blog/kickstarter/made_in_the_usa_kinetic_custom_machine_a_cnc_speaker_factory_and_beyond_21998.asp.
· From One to Many: How does a start-up transition from a small team of freelancers with one big client to a real business with multiple revenue streams without losing that one big client? It’s an awkward challenge, but it can be met successfully so that everyone comes away happy. The New York Times uses the story of Four Horsemen Toy Design Studios to provide us with a valuable case study: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/business/smallbusiness/tied-to-one-big-client-but-wanting-to-cut-the-cord.html?_r=1.
· How to Argue Productively: The idea behind brainstorming is right. But it’s not exactly right. The practice of deliberative discourse is far more likely to help your team generate good ideas. It has worked wonders for the team at Continuum. In this Co.Design post, Daniel Sobol shares five insights from the countless arguments in which Continuum has engaged: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1669329/dont-brainstorm-argue.
· Damn Good Advice: With Mad Men back on the air for its fifth season, two new books have arrived reflecting back on the real ad work done during that era. One features re-mastered prints of vintage ads from the middle of the 20th century. The other is a memoir/how-to-book from George Lois, the ad exec on whom Don Draper is said to be inspired. NPR interviewed Lois and has these excerpts from his book: http://www.npr.org/2012/03/19/148764719/damn-good-advice-from-one-of-the-real-mad-men.
· Upcoming Events:
- Mar. 26: IIT Institute of Design's Graduate Student Show (Chicago)
- Mar. 28: Inspiration Lounge | Re-designing Healthcare (NYC)
- Mar. 29: Wentworth Student Merit Awards (Boston)
- Mar. 29: Talk | Branding and Product Design (Miami)
- Mar. 30: Drinks! @ Meadhall (Boston)
- Mar. 30: Open House | 3D Systems (South Carolina)
- Mar. 30: ATL Connect Student Portfolio Review (Atlanta)
- Mar. 30: Purdue Senior Show & Indiana Mixer (Purdue University)
- Mar. 30-31: IDSA Design Dialogue Conference | Mideast (Detroit)
- Apr. 5: Screening | Urbanized (CSU-LB)
- Apr. 10: 2012 USPTO Design Day (Washington, DC)
- Apr. 13-14: IDSA Design Dialogue Conference | Midwest (Chicago)
- Apr. 13-14: IDSA Design Dialogue Conference | Northeast (Philly)
- Apr. 20-21: IDSA Design Dialogue Conference | Southern (Atlanta)
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