On May 14 management consulting giant McKinsey & Co. announced the acquisition of LUNAR, the venerable ID firm based in San Francisco. Known for their work with dozens of Silicon Valley stalwarts, LUNAR has a tradition of design and engineering going back 30+ years. This is another example of the
I've just watched the umpteenth Kickstarter video with crappy sound and that awkward-designer-mumbles-towards-the-camera production value. Folks, come on—when trying to verbally communicate the value of something, audio is important, and it's not all that hard (nor expensive) to get right. NYC-based photographer Michael Cinquino has started up an initiative called
There are two benefits to ordering something heavy, like a washing machine, on Amazon. The first is that you don't have to drive to Home Depot and hump it in and out of your hatchback. The second is that you allow your local deliveryperson to maintain his deltoids, saving him
If you're granted an interview at the most prestigious design firm in the country, how confident would you feel going into it? Many designers can relate to feeling nervous before or during an interview or while presenting their work. To be a great designer, you must be able to communicate
Many of us would love to see one of our product designs for sale at a large retail chain. But when Aaron and Claire Van Holland saw their mirror selling at Urban Outfitters, they were less than thrilled. The reason: They never sold their design to Urban Outfitters! The Van
Is there a designer among you who doesn't dream of creating a crowdfunding smash hit? Something that asks for seven grand, but nets over a quarter of a million dollars? Do you have an idea for a product that you just know people will want, and can you back that
On Friday, some 20% of MakerBot staff got a nasty surprise: They'd been fired. The same day, the company announced that they are closing all three of their retail locations. "All my friends at MakerBot just got laid off," wrote an anonymous Redditor. "They say there is currently private security
Eric Ries is a household name in most startup micro-kitchens. The Silicon Valley entrepreneur and author is the poster child for "fail faster"—learning quickly from mistakes and forging ahead to found successful ventures, a process that he documents on his blog, Startup Lessons Learned. In 2011, Ries published a post
When we interviewed Scott Croyle back in 2014 at the launch of the HTC One (M8) in London, fanboys said 'best just got better,' critics said 'unexciting minor design evolution.' The then SVP for Industrial Design gave us little more than a month after publishing our report before announcing his
As designers we know that good design is not just a pretty rendering or a cool concept. It's a process—understand the problem, generate concepts, test concepts, repeat. Real design is a holistic, interdisciplinary process of discovery and ideation that can address messy, complicated, poorly defined challenges in ways that not
When you block a troll on social media, you realize the internet has given you Mob Boss powers: You can press a button and make someone disappear. Now Amazon has created a product that's sort of the opposite. The Amazon Dash Button is a physical button you press that makes
Consumer Reports once tested various bottles to see how much product is actually left when we consider it "empty." The results were shocking: Up to 13% of toothpaste, 15% of condiments, 16% of detergent and a whopping 25% of hand lotion gets thrown out with the bottle, as consumers find
Content guidelines be damned, we always feel compelled to post OK Go's music videos because they're just so damned creative. So when we heard they were doing a commercial for Chinese furniture brand Red Star Macalline—which is something like China's Ikea—we didn't know what to expect: Would the company reign
The humble bicycle has literally changed the way the world operates and lives on a day-to-day basis. Symbolizing everything from an active lifestyle, to sustainable habits, the bicycles’ importance worldwide goes beyond just transportation, impacting environmental concerns, human health, economic development, and much more. VP of Marketing for SRAM
With the woodchipper fired up, the men began tossing $1 million worth of brand-new sneakers into it. Nike, Adidas, Vans, Converse, it didn't matter what it said on the label; all 150,000 pairs were counterfeits,
"Sustainability" is a popular buzzword, but I think we should also consider "longevity." When a company has sustainable practices but you must re-buy their products every few years, it seems obvious that we should be leaning more towards longevity. This is Patagonia's Men's Better Sweater Hoody, which I purchased three
The San Francisco-based DODOcase creates a customizable version of their Cardboard VR Viewer on the heels of Google 'Cardboard.'
Is this a knockoff or a valid design evolution?
The TowPlow is a snow-fighting force multiplier
How the team behind a phone case that transforms your iPhone with a shutter button, lens and strap attachment produced a game changing work on a startup budget.
Why every entrepreneur needs to think like a designer—watch last week's RKS Sessions presentation featuring RKS founder Ravi Sawhney.
The Paris-based designer on switching from business school to design, softening the visual environment, and the value of working on 25 projects at once.
A handful of schools are taking the first step towards new methods of real-world training by looking at trends in making, crowdfunding and direct to consumer products as necessary topics to cover with design students.
In the summer of 2013, Andy Quitmeyer was teaching electronics workshops to scientists in the jungles of Panama as part of his dissertation, when he met a woman with a very specific project in mind: a vibrator. Quitmeyer sat down with the woman and showed her
While L. Young has four albums out and a host of TV music credits, the Kentucky-based R&B singer has been toiling in relative obscurity for years. But 10 months ago he began playing around with an iPhone app (we've not been able to find out which) that records multiple takes...
As I was marched over to an unfamiliar bank of elevators towards the back of the building, I realized I was the prime suspect. An unreleased design that I had access to, and had done dozens of renderings of, had suddenly appeared on the market—produced by a prime competitor of...
Over the last few months, the hot topic of conversation among myself and my female startup friends (and a number of male friends too) has switched from the usual suspects of Shinola, YikYak, Casper etc to an unlikely pick: the New York-based underwear company Dear Kate. Dear Kate's marketing campaign...
As an avid documenter, collector and all around object enthusiast, my accumulation of 'stuff' from design school and beyond would rival designers much older than myself. In notebooks alone I have managed to fill many a bookshelf. Even a recent downsize upon relocating to Germany has done little to stymie...
Sadly, there are no Vines of industrial design studios from seventy years ago. But we're lucky indeed that ID'er C. Stowe Myers was toting a film camera around inside Walter Dorwin Teague's office in the 1940s, giving us...
It's not every day you get to hear the President of the United States weigh in on and answer questions about the future of innovation. Our friends at RKS attended an Innovation Friday event at the Cross Campus space in Santa Monica (where they have a satellite office) that featured...
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