Design

Domino paper

Oiseaux & Feuillage

How beautiful is this handmade domino paper by A Paris chez Antoinette Poisson? Since 2012, Antoinette Poisson has been reinventing the artisanal savoir-faire of the “dominoterie” inspired by traditional 18th century techniques.

The social dilemma

We tweet, we like, and we share— but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? This documentary-drama hybrid reveals how social media is reprogramming civilization with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations. 

In a time when technology has become our lifeline, it is more important than ever that we examine the role it plays in our lives and realign it with the interests of people, not profits.

Learn more about The Social Dilemma and Center for Humane Technology.

The magic of human-centered design

A couple of weeks ago I discovered MT tape, the original Japanese washi masking tape. I had heard of washi tape before but that was all. Well, I was surprised to see the beautiful illustrations and collaborations with artists and designers on the products. Naturally, I gave in and purchased one roll with illustrations from Henri’s Walk to Paris, a children’s book illustrated by Saul Bass, and one with retro birds designed by Swedish artist Lisa Larson.

As I was exploring the site, I learned that:

In 2006, the company received an email from 3 women in Tokyo who were using their industrial tapes in beautiful craft projects. Amazed by this surprising and wonderful usage, Kamoi Kakoshi invited the women to visit their factory. This visit inspired the development of an entirely new and original category of tape: MT brand washi tape, colorful tape which is easy to tear by hand and reposition on nearly any surface.

It made me smile. It reminded me of the magic of human-centered design. Listening to and especially observing people gives you surprising and wonderful insights, which you can then turn into new opportunities.

I really believed that I could do anything that I wished. And because I believed it… I did anything I wished.

– Milton Glaser

Remembering Milton Glaser

The most significant things are not verbal, they’re not narrative. They’re something else. They are in the realm of feeling, expression, and art. It’s one of the reasons that the design profession is worthwhile. Every once in a while, you really get an opportunity to make things better than they were before.

– Milton Glaser

Via AIGA.

If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

William Morris

The human mind

Because much human behavior is subconscious – that is, it occurs without conscious awareness – we often don’t know what we are about to do, say or think until after we have done it. It’s as if we had two minds: the subconscious and the conscious, which don’t always talk to each other. Not what you’ve been taught? True, nonetheless. More and more evidence is accumulating that we use logic and reason after the fact, to justify our decisions to ourselves (to our conscious minds) and to others. Bizarre? Yes, but don’t protest: enjoy it.

– Don Norman, The Design of Everyday Things

100% of customers are people.
100% of employees are people.
If you don’t understand people,
you don’t understand business.

– Simon Sinek