This may be my last twitter update so stay read carefully! This month I tried to focus more on design, whether the article be about design or the article itself was well designed. As a part of my design class it seemed appropriate.
Here are some of my favorite tweets from the last month (from oldest to most recent).
The tweets of May
The climate is changing and many coastal states are in trouble.
This is probably not new news but this article had a cool concept; where you could type in your geographic location and it would simulate how much rising water would affect your home or where you live.
It’s just interesting, as someone who loves the coast and misses it, to see that there isn’t much of a future for coastal areas. However, a good realtor would tell you to buy a home a couple miles inland as it’ll be a beachfront property in 20 years.
Luckily, those in Denver won’t have to worry about buying a bathing suit any time soon.
With city density growing and the need for cities to become more energy efficient, many design thinkers have come forward with creative solutions to allow cities to grow in a healthy manner.
From solar panels, to unique and affordable housing, right brain thinkers are coming up with ways to be more practical without sacrificing looks.
LA was one of the top mentions here with there airport being a main mention. This is one of the most traveled to (and through) airports in the world so LA has been forced to make some innovative moves.
This article also features a cool animated design on top of the article that mirrors the one that came out on the physical Wired article. Wired has always been a design minded magazine.
I personally always get excited to use the self checkout machines at grocery stores, probably because they are new and cool.
This article points out that you essentially are paying to check yourself out, since the store requires less attendants and therefore has to pay less people when they have this installed, it is a smart economic choice for grocers.
The other thing this article talks about is that the software for these checkout counters has become open source, meaning that anyone can have access to the code that makes these things work.
The hope of doing something like that is maybe someone will come along and fix design flaws in the software and make it easier and faster to use.
I purposefully did not use “robocop” for the title. Showing refrain.
The first robotic policeman is coming to a mall near you, starting in Dubai.
It is an interesting concept that just goes to show that no ones job is invulnerable. This thing has the ability to look at faces and interpret whether they are lying or not (among other emotions). But for now its main function is different…
When i first looked at the picture, I thought the man in the beige was the robocop but i think he is just pretending to be the robot… the robot is on the left of the picture.
Currently, the robotic mall cops main job is to cheer people up at the mall if it detects they are sad or having a bad experience.
Times of Design
Did you know what age products began diversifying in appearance in order to gain value and why?
Since mass production and mold production had become extremely useful and proven to work well in the World Wars, the end of World War II indicated a shift.
Since every product could be produce extremely efficiently, at a high quality, companies began to debate how to justify it’s products over it’s nearly identical competitors.
Soon artists were working closely with large companies (which was uncommon before) to design products with character.
This article has obvious implications for my design class but if you want to just skim through the photos of the article, that will be equally fulfilling.
For me, when I read through this article, I had never really stopped to notice that all these old things were beautiful in their design.
One last tweet that I made at the end of may was of my 30 page spread that was kind of a quarter long project. We finished it in stages but the final product is a culmination of the thought process.
Now it doesn’t have all thirty pages because i took out all of the two page advertisements as they had nothing to do with my work. Take a look.