Here is a freaking cool piece of sciencey goodness for your Friday afternoon! The self assembly lab at MIT are composed of designers, scientists and engineers who have been busy working away at inventing self assembly technologies. The self assembly team have been working with other departments such as mechanical engineering, computer science, media lab and architecture. These guys have been designing specific geometries with specific materials to respond to energy and change state – which can be anything from heat, shaking, gravity, pneumatics, electronics, ANYTHING! The research and the practise has only become possible with the cross-disciplinary collaborations between designers, scientists and engineers. […]
A very interesting read (with examples) on interface usability, and how it can improved with animation. Pasquale convincingly argues that animation isn’t just a tool for visual embellishment, but can help the brain understand cause and effect in an interface. https://medium.com/design-ux/926eb80d64e3 Thanks Matt! M. x
Things that are great about this campaign: Crowdsourced design Users can browse the Heineken library for downloadable historical assets which has an instagram-style interface as well as being able to sort and filter by colour swatch, year and featured object A nice interface which allows users to design their bottles as well as showcasing other designs using HTML and WebGL Users share their design as part of the entry mechanic …All within a Facebook app! Check it out at http://apps.facebook.com/heineken_ltded/ M. x (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)
Design consultancy Webb deVlam and packaging manufacturer Karl Knauer have created a special Global Travel Retail pack for Bombay Sapphire, with an illustration by Yehrin Tong that lights up whenever someone touches it. Design Week reports that the illustration was produced in electroluminescent ink, and a battery is hidden in the bottom of the packaging. When you pick it up off the shelf, a hidden mechanical switch triggers the electric current. This runs through different paths at different times to create the visual effect, which lasts for 18 seconds before stopping until its activated again. Very swish! M. x
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toHQCrb4a38?wmode=transparent&autohide=1&egm=0&hd=1&iv_load_policy=3&modestbranding=1&rel=0&showinfo=0&showsearch=0&w=500&h=342] I just LOVE this!!
[vimeo 40117938 w=500 h=375] Seamlessy transfer files in between spatially aware devices with the flick of a finger. Beautiful. “Designer Ishac Bertran has come up with an elegant idea for spatially aware devices with a user interface that allows media to be transferred seamlessly from one device to another. A user would simply hold up their mobile device to their computer, creating a visual link that appears as a circle across both screens to show they’re connected, and then transfer content by dragging and dropping it.” Source: PSFK (Source: http://player.vimeo.com/)
“(CBS/What’s Trending) – If you’ve been watching the web, you’ve likely seen at least a few infographics hit your stream such as Hierarchy of Robot Needs, “FarmVille” vs. Real Farms and Lost Explanation. They’ve become so popular that there are entire columns and blogs dedicated to them, including Fast Company’s Infographic of the Day and FastCo Design, GOOD magazine as a whole and their infographics spotlight, Infosthetics and my partner Jesse’s newly minted visual storytelling blog at Forbes — just to name a few. In fact, brands are also making serious investments in infographics and data visualization as a part of their marketing and communications strategy — from IBM’s Smarter Planet to GE’s Data […]