Category Archives: Design

The digital economy ‘needs design to succeed’

Designing the Digital Economy, published by the Design Commission, calls for measures such as a head of design for each Government department and a chief user officer on all large Government infrastructure projects, such as HS2 or large-scale housing developments.

The argument made is that design can act as a necessary link between digital technology and user experience. In doing so it can help support future growth of the creative and digital sector, which Government says is now worth £71 billion to the UK economy.

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Architizer Co-Founder: Why good Architecture Envisions Buildings As Human Beings

On April 11th, 2014, PSFK held our annual conference in New York City. Keynote speaker Marc Kushner, Co-Founder and CEO of architectural social network Architizer and a partner at firm HWKN (Hollwich Kushner), opened the event by speaking about how great architecture allows people to form an emotional attachment to buildings, explaining that we can only truly enjoy our time within a building if we can relate to it.

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Visage: A Visualization Tool that Democratizes Good Design

Visage is a new platform that enables non-designers to easily create beautiful, on-brand visual content such as data visualization, reports, presentations and infographics in a single web interface. It looks to become one of the best methods for making the message in your data impactful, communicative and yes, very beautiful. The goal of Visage was simple: democratize good design, and put it in the hands of everyone.

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Tumblr’s New App Has 3.3 Billion Unique Designs

Sure, you can change your poster image and your avatar as much as you’d like. But whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or virtually any other social-media site, your identity and feed can only fit into one strict template. You are but a series of unique photos trapped in an otherwise universal layout.

Tumblr wants to change that with their updated iOS and Android app, launched today. The new app will for the first time enable users to edit their Tumblrs on mobile devices.

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ARCHIMACHINE: 17 Countries Illustrated as Architectural Machines

ARCHIMACHINE is a series of “17 illustrations of fantastic machines representing 17 countries whose gears are made and operated by architecture. Mechanisms suspended in time and space that produce and process culture.” According to Babina, ARCHIMACHINE is a metaphor for how architecture acts as a fundamental mechanism in the production of the identity/culture of both a place and that place’s inhabitants: “We make our buildings and afterwards they make us.”

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Design Students Wow Fashion Greats At FIT’s ‘The Future Of Fashion Runway Show’

On Thursday night, New York City was treated to a futuristic fashion show. The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) event called “The Future of Fashion: 2014 Graduates Collection” was presented by alumni Calvin Klein and hosted by British “It” girl Alexa Chung. The runway show featured 85 different looks all by FIT’s graduating design students with, input from notable industry critics, like Rebecca Minkoff, Lisa Di Napoli , Mathieu Mirano and more.

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8 Rooms Showcasing Industrial-Style Design

In the height of the industrial revolution, the exposed brick, duct work and pipes of factories were not a desirable look, but simply inevitable. Today, leaving the inner workings of a home exposed, or even bringing in recycled, raw materials is a strong design movement with emphasis on aesthetic, rather than necessity.

Industrial style adherents may have begun the style with raw, original and reclaimed materials, but today many retailers carry items, that although brand new, would look at home in a 19th century factory or barn.