Road and Track magazine has a tribute to the Ford Mustang – 50 years ago, Gail Wise, a 22 year old teacher in Chicago was the first Mustang owner. The article describes the car launch, the economy then and how the car became associated with endless summers, Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca’s influences.
This article in the Booz Strategy + Business magazine explains why US manufacturing is bouncing back – wages, energy, proximity to consumers but explains why technology in design and across the plant will be needed to sustain the momentum
Our goal at the Government Digital Service was to create one site and one user experience. And what that means is, if you schedule your driving test, that should be the same user experience as booking to go renew your passport. If you buy something, that should be the same all across the government. You shouldn’t have to learn how government works to be able to interact with government. You shouldn’t have to relearn how to do something every time you need to get something from government. Typically people visit government websites once or twice a year. We need to make it really simple and really obvious.
The architects chose to preserve an early-20th-century house by encasing it in concrete and glass, thereby creating a new forecourt that frames the restored masonry façade of the older building, and glows like a lantern at night. New reading rooms and a lush exterior garden, designed by landscape architecture firm Entorno Taller de Diseño, honor the Mexican poet and author for whom the center is named—as do floor-to-ceiling walls of books, visible from the street
“Starbucks — the subject of a new book — exemplifies a whole new corporate approach to talent management, one that centers on behavioral and cultural fit over skills and competencies, and gives power to its people.”
The chosen works vary broadly in terms of scale and function as well as in style and spirit, but all represent a unique vision. Some are exercises in formmaking pyrotechnics. Case in point: Zaha Hadid’s splendidly curvaceous cultural center in Baku, Azerbaijan (pictured). Others, like the minimalist open-air pavilion by Foster + Partners in Marseille, France, are sublime studies in simplicity. Inventiveness prevails, perhaps nowhere more strikingly than in Aedas’s twin Abu Dhabi skyscrapers, whose smart façades adjust to changing light conditions. And underlying all these edifices is a deep connection to place, with each design sensitively responding to its locale’s history and aesthetic traditions. To be sure, there are other spectacular new buildings—far more than could possibly fit in our pages. Consider this sample a reflection of the times, a celebration of ingenuity, and a reminder of architecture’s power to inspire.
The city formally takes up that issue this year during its turn as World Design Capital. Cape Town is celebrating design in all its forms, putting on fashion shows by students and established designers alike, hosting architecture open houses, welcoming the public into artists’ studios and folding the annual visual arts spectacular Design Indaba conference in February into the design capital program. Also part of the lineup are locals seeking to rejuvenate impoverished black-majority townships: The Maboneng Lalela Project turns township homes into galleries and performance spaces; Foodpods constructs sustainable farms, giving residents access to healthy produce; and the Langa Quarter project seeks to make the precinct a cultural tourism destination.
I loved this series FastCompany ran of how CEO/Product or Creative guru collaborate at many successful companies including Starbucks, Tesla, Jawbone (Hosain Rahman and Yves Behar below), Pepsi, Facebook and others here and here
Vanity Fair on Yves Behar, the designer of iconic devices like the One Laptop per Child computer, the Jawbone headset , the Up fitness band and the Local Bike in photo.
“Technology is essentially hard to understand, unattractive, insensitive to human needs in its raw state—right?” (Yves) Béhar says. “And it’s all about how you take technology and turn it into something magical, attractive, with a sense of humanity attached to it.”
Béhar’s worldview is in line with a concept that Silicon Valley has modishly dubbed the Internet of Things. His latest effort, called August, is a perfect example: a next-generation home-entry system in the form of a perfectly round device that replaces the dead-bolt part of a lock. With no special installation required, it opens on command from a cell-phone app and arguably has the potential to change the way people have treated home security since the invention of the lock and key in ancient Mesopotamia.
This is precisely what Béhar prioritizes above all else in his work. “Good design accelerates the adoption of new ideas,” he says. Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of M.I.T.’s Media Lab and Béhar’s partner in One Laptop per Child, puts it another way: “Great ideas lurk in our peripheral vision, not reached through incremental thinking, but audacious jumps. Yves takes those.”