Design Musing – 19 Jul 2017

In my years of experience of working as UX consultant for various financial institutions, it always makes sense to use real data in your design.

I know many designers might not agree, but I’ve seen design demo with ‘Lorem Ipsum’ stuck at first slide, since the client cannot imagine how their data will appear in the design.

Boxes of Bloxes

Bloxes
Photo: Scott Robbin @ Flickr

From the people who bought you ENSO. Though not officially announced, another Humanized product, BLOXES. It’s more of a low-tech geek toy rather than any serious ‘building blocks’. But true to it’s name, from computer software to cardboard b(l)oxes, they sure live up to its name.

From their blog,

Bloxes are essentially 3D cardboard Legos that ship flat, and fold up in modular building blocks that are strong enough to stand on. While they aren’t tech per se, we use them for building tables, walls, cubicles, and desks at the Humanized office. Google and Mint.com have already ordered some, and Mozilla has expressed interest in using them in their offices too.

Catch some ways to use Bloxes in this Flickr group – Flickr: Bloxes!

In another context, looking at some of their works and their philosophy. I won’t be surprised if it goes the JotSpot way. Yep! get acquired by some bigwig firm like Google.

Natural Iteraction

Natural Interaction

In their own words,

Natural interaction is defined in terms of experience: people naturally communicate through gestures, expressions, movements,and discover the world by looking around and manipulating physical stuff. The key assumption here is that people are meant to interact with technology as they are used to interact with the real world in everyday life, as evolution and education taught them to do.

Check out their amazing array of interaction work at Natural Interaction.

Nimita Rathod

Nimita

VERVE features Nimita Rathod as most promising faces of 2008

She acknowledges that her greatest influences have been Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Sir John Rocha and it’s this receptiveness that has helped her succeed. “I have always been a good observer and a great listener. I follow my instincts and am very passionate about my work. I think it’s important to let my work speak for itself.”

Great site & amazing work. Ladies & gentlemen Nimita Rathod.

Apple from Braun

Braun/Apple

About a week back, I came across this post at Gizmodo, 1960s Braun Products Hold the Secrets to Apple’s Future. Now, if you search the net, the comparison goes beyond Braun & Apple and it boils down to two designers.
Rams/Ives

  • Dieter Rams, wiki calls him – one of the most influential industrial designers in the 20th century &
  • Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple Inc. BBC calls him Armani of Apple.

While INSPIRATION is a complex word, it would be wrong to draw parallel. Myself a self confessed dreamer, would like to believe that these two geniuses separated by time & technology are in some way communicating. Don’t blame for drawing parallel to the movie “The Lake House“. But I won’t blame Jon Ive for chrome lining in the latest iPhone/iPOD touch and giving that retro touch in today’s technology.

Talk about Dieter Rams and his 10 Commandments on Design, which equals to usability in all aspect; now that the world web world is waking up to.

Dieter Rams: 10 Commandments on Design

  • Good design is innovative.
  • Good design makes a product useful.
  • Good design is aesthetic.
  • Good design helps us to understand a product.
  • Good design is unobtrusive.
  • Good design is honest.
  • Good design is durable.
  • Good design is consequent to the last detail.
  • Good design is concerned with the environment.
  • Good design is as little design as possible.

Devoid of a celebrity designer, Samsung’s product design are a group to be reckon with. Their new range of power pack NV Series cameras with the cool retro touch are simple awesome. I won’t be surprise if someone draws similarity with some 60’s Leica. Well than, Hasselbland following its tradition of quality & design, I bet they’ll be a tough one to crack.

I’ve seen my uncle, an Industrial Designer from NID, work on projects and how he focus on just one purpose – How will it effects the end user. Once I’d interacted on phone with Jhumkee Iyengar, Head, Usability Engineering, Persistent Systems, Pune. Sad that I miss the opportunity to meet her in person when I was in Persistent Pune for a day. But I was pleasantly surprise when I found out after sometime that she use to design products for Phillips, USA.

Now going to person who I’d met & interacted personally was my good friend & ex-colleague Param from Onward Research, who came across as a intense & honest person in following the users need.

Now time to draw the parallel. Drawing attention to Dieter Rams’s commandment. I believe – GOOD DESIGN IS HONEST.