Trends in the 2007’s Business and Design Landscape

Industrial Design
Mar 30, 2007

Jess McMullin over at bplusd has created and visual graphic of the Business and Design Landscape for 2007.

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Managing Designers Like Students…

Design Leadership
Mar 28, 2007

Edit: This does not apply to ALL designers, but it does apply to some that I have met and spoke too, I have also fixed some typos and cleared up some statements.

Managing designers is not easy, some are quiet, some rant and rave, and some are actually pretty good. It can be a fickle thing designer management as personalities are varied. Recently I have had the opportunity to catch up and chat with a few designers that I have worked 2-3 years ago with during their final year at university. Now its seems many designers including myself seem to go through a phase that we loose the energy we had at school and become a little tired, disillusioned, and slightly psychotic even!

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Theories behind Japanese Design

Design Articles
Mar 27, 2007

Aen, the guy who banged out the design of this site has an interesting write up of the theories behind the Japanese approach to design and aesthetics.

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Designers Suck?

Design Leadership
Mar 26, 2007

No they don’t suck, but my wife might say otherwise with me! Bruce Nussbaum, of Business Week fame, decided that “designers suck” during his recent presentation at Parsons New School of Design.

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Have Design Schools Stop Teaching Design?

Design Articles
Mar 25, 2007

Updated: I cleared up a few statements and typos.

Dan over at his Adaptive path blog, has written a interesting rant on the quality of graduates today. He bemoans the lost of thinking designers that can “think, make and do”, and furthermore blames the schools, especially the D-Schools in producing curriculum that do not reflect the real needs of industry.

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The Harsh Realities of Blogging

I must apologies dear readers for the lack of posts recently as I faced the harsh realities of blogging. I really don’t know how people do it? That is, run and maintain multiple websites or blogs as well as their own day to day lives. Just this week and last week alone, I have been plagued with work, having personal projects coming to head, daily late night childcare arrangements and a snowball effect of having to maintain all my 6 different sites in one go.

Constantly tired from all the activities mentioned above I have not been able to actually finish a blog post before my attention is required else where. What I have as a result is a whole bunch of drafts that will likely become like my half-read books on my shelf, never finished.

After getting the site maintenance and web installations up and running, as mentioned in my previous post, it hit me. I decided enough is enough and I need to consolidate my work, personal AND blogging life. I have found myself talking about design than actually doing it and that really pissed me off.

So I’ve closed down two of my six sites, deleted data like feeds and web connections, re-routed servers or web addresses and reorganized the focus of my remaining four sites. The interesting thing is the longer you have a site online, the harder it is to clear it out of the system. Think about it, you have Technorati, Feedburner, Mybloglog and everything else you signed up on that needs to be cleaned out some how.

Of the remaining 4, one of them is my family’s blog and the other, my personal portfolio site. The other two sites are this blog and IDAsia.org.

Actually I must admit IDAsia.org is really the big culprit here. Managing that site is responsible for my big computing time suck, and tipping me over the edge into blogger burnt out. However I do hope my investment in time would be repaid in the future. As it is my site maintenance is not complete, but like laundry, feeding babies or changing diapers, it never ends.

So I thought to now give myself a break, and really enjoy my Wired magazine article. So hopefully I can get over is burnt out and get back to this neglected site soon. You have to love blogging, because the moment you don’t and start to stress about it, it becomes a chore and it shows.

Ace of Bass – Updated -

About Design Sojourn
Mar 20, 2007

The Phoenix Electrostatic Speaker, designed and developed by my team and I, has been featured on Wired Magazine. Sniff…

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Clickless Computer Interface

Industrial Design
Mar 19, 2007

Ever wondered what if a computer was designed with an interface that never required using a button for clicking? Is it more intuitive or has clicking been ingrained in our psyche?

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Slight Pause in Blogging for Some Site Maintenance

About Design Sojourn
Mar 17, 2007

Sorry for the slight slow down in the blogging in the last and next few days. I have been doing some massive site maintenance, here at Design Sojourn, IDAsia.org and at my family’s blog, so apologies if things looked a little wonky.

I’ve have been upgrading all the WordPress sites to the latest Version 2.1.2, had to go through and update all the plugins, and check all the different template’s compatibility with the new release. So far so good, this custom template is doing well and behaving itself. Good work Aen. But I do have my fingers cross that nothing crashes.

Thanks to Aen’s article on the list of compatible plug-ins.

The Museum of Modern Betas

Industrial Design
Mar 14, 2007

A cool name of a fascinating site on the web’s most anticipated Web 2.0 applications based on who has bookmarked it on Del.icio.us (god that is a web address I can never remember).

The Museum of Modern Betas has a nice list of who and what and when and why (you get the picture) of the Web 2.0. Exciting trend spotting if you are interested in where the web is moving towards. Here are my favourites Scrybe (the most kick-ass personal digital assistant), Virtual Ubiquity (an online word processor!), Papervision 3D, Openserving, Crowdspirit and Xindesk.

As people are starting to understand the Web 2.0 a lot of practical applications, that take advantage of the sharing and cross-talking advantages of Web 2.0, are starting to appear. For example Scrybe and Zoho-notebook. But as you can see probably about half of the applications on the list are actually either similar to, copies of, or an alternative to each other or already existing sites.

They all claim they can do the same job but better. I don’t know in terms of product innovation, will incremental improvements really get you market share? As Guy Kawasaki mentioned in his “The art of creating a community”, the product is the key and it has to be good. Moreover with Web 2.0 technology, who ever controls the community has the power, especially when owning a community also equals money. Thus, for example, I’m doubtful that Technoraki could put a dent into all the other blog ranking (Technorati?) sites out there (I have been proven wrong, but only time will tell).

However the great thing about the internet is there is nothing stopping you from signing up. So I’ll be checking all of them out and you should too!

Edit: Added link to Mr Kawasaki. Gosh that guy (no pun intended) must be my MLB, Most Linked to Blogger!