Calling all FIT, Parsons and SVA students: here's the latest way to get involved in President Obama's 2012 campaign. Runway to Win, fashion designers' effort for Obama's reelection campaign, is holding a Design Challenge in which any designer can submit their designs to the current collection of Runway to Win gear.
If your design is selected, it will be sold in the Runway to Win collection, right alongside the likes of Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Diane Von Furstenberg and more. As cool as that sounds, that's not the best part. The best part comes when the winning designers each receive a fully produced version of their item autographed by Anna Wintour. Common That's hot! (Have you seen the September Issue?)
“[User-centered design] doesn’t work. Here’s the truth: Great brands lead users, not the other way around.”
Skibsted and Hansen cited Apple and IKEA as some of the most innovative brands that don’t follow the user-centric design model. They say that the Apple design team spoke out against user-centric design because it’s “a waste of time”. Similarly IKEA claimes, “it doesn’t work.”
I must admit, their points are compelling...[sigh] but are they correct? Where does the user fit in? After the innovation or to inspire the innovation? How might we reconcile their claims with the value of design research and user-centered design?
Are you a grid lover? It's a design basic that so many do not use when planning out their site. The grid has long been an invaluable tool for creating order out of chaos for designers of all kinds—from city planners to architects to typesetters and graphic artists. In recent years, web designers, too, have come to discover the remarkable power that grid-based design can afford in creating intuitive, immersive, and beautiful user experiences.
So if you answered yes to my question then you must get Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design. This great book delivers a definitive take on grids and the Web. It provides both the big ideas and the brass-tacks techniques of grid-based design.
If you prefer some online source, here are some of my favorite grid resources
Have you every wanted to spend a year exploring art museums from around the world? Google's Art Project will help you do just that in a few moments.
At their new site, http://www.googleartproject.com , you will discover and view hundreds of artworks using their street view technology. You will be able to view all the works of art with incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.
Does your brand or company have tons of influencers blogging, tweeting, vlgging and posting photos and videos all over the web? How do you take these disperate posts from thought leaders and influencers and form a global community? This was the business challenge when I began designing IdeaCorps platform.
When I thought about the audiece I found that we were all creating content locally. The creation of the content was not the challenge - however bring this content forth to benefit the global wunderman brand was. IdeaCorp.Wunderman.com was designed to bring together a global community that is focused on inspiring business-changing ideas.
Through the plaform we turned our top content creators and digital influncers into curators on behalf of the wunderman brand by using open social APIs to aggrigate a wide variety of content.
The IdeaCorps Global News Feed, this application uses just about every social API to aggrigate it’s community of thought-leaders. The feed seen in this iPad application uses dynamically pulls every content type into one mobile interface.
This years best holiday site. Many retailers stay true to their stoggy user expereinces and CMS for the holidays - NOT H&M - If you want the best in fashion ecom this holiday season check out this site http://www.hm.com/gb/#/holiday2010/