Archive for 2007

Double Decker

Double Decker

A double-decker bus passing by in London (color corrected). Am I the only one who thinks these should only exist in London?

Street pixels

Street pixels

Reflection in a road-work sign in New York, just sharpened.

Pontiac commercial

Super slick black and white Pontiac Commercial. I love the transitions.

On a related note, it seems that American car manufacturers are finally starting to get a grip on design again. The Chrysler 300 may be brutish, but it has a really distinctive “tough guy” look to it. The Pontiac Solstice has a certain classic charm.

And I recently saw the new Cadillac XLR on the street, and it looks like an angular version of a Mercedes S500… in a good way!

Feedback loops

Feedback loops

Wired magazine has an interesting article about using Ambient Orbs to help people conserve energy:

Martinez realized he could use Orbs to signal changes in electrical rates, programming them to glow green when the grid was underused — and, thus, electricity cheaper — and red during peak hours when customers were paying more for power.

The result? Peak period use was reduced by 40%. It’s amazing how much easier it is for people to change their behavior if you make them aware of it.

We implemented some simple feedback loops in Google Reader in the form of the trends feature, which lets users track their data consumption and see which feeds they should unsubscribe from.

The Shoe Project

The Shoe Project

Ellen Ugelstad takes pictures of people and their shoes. Such a simple idea, such nice execution.

Geared wheelchairs

Geared wheelchairs

The MagicSpeed wheelchair is a brilliant invention:

MAGICWHEELS™ – 2-gear wheelchair drive work very similar to a 2 speed bicycle allowing you to shift into a lower gear before you climb hills or roll over any type of uneven or rough terrain.

It’s always nice to see design well applied to good causes.

Cluttered by design

Cluttered by design

An interesting WSJ article on retail in India:

Mr. Biyani doesn’t allow haggling, but having damaged as well as good quality produce in the same box gives customers a chance to choose and think they are getting a better deal.

Trees

Trees

Photographer Myoung Ho Lee takes pictures of trees separated from their background by a white backdrop. Neat idea.

On a separate note, I know I haven’t been posting lately. Things have been busy at work, but I’m going to try posting more often.

Bulb face

Bulb face

A light in Design Within Reach — one of those moments where the picture just jumps out at you. Cropped.

The Design of the Acropolis

The Design of the Acropolis

The Acropolis is full of thoughtful design details:

The columns of the Parthenon slope gently inward to correct the perspective when looking up at the temple that would otherwise make them appear to be crooked, leaning outward.

It’s almost too clever to be true.

Picture by Shelby Root