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Watch “5 Things We Learnt About The Beauty of Design’ with Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister talks about Design, Aesthetics, and the Beauty of Design in this follow-up Q&A at Brewery Stage after his keynote “Why Beauty Matters” at D&AD Festival 2017

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Design Readings

Watch Dave Malouf’s “The Aesthetics of Motion in the age of Natural User Interfaces” talk at IxDA | Interaction ’12 Conference

Motion has always been a part of interaction, but today more than ever, the types of motions we are being asked to do have greater scale and greater diversity and the very motions we employ are now central to how we differentiate the means of interaction and lead to new aesthetic and semantic phenomena as part of the total experience design […]

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China Consumer Behavior Economics Trend Watching

China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: premium brand products “made in China”?

We all know that China is still a developing country, so you may be amazed if you hear the following facts: China has overtaken the U.S. to be the world’s second-largest luxury goods market […]

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Design

Watch Dave Malouf’s “Foundations of Interaction Design: Bringing design critique to interaction design” talk at IxDA | Interaction ‘09 conference

While interaction designers have strong evaluation skills through quantitative research such as usability, IxD lacks the same types of aesthetic-based design criticism that graphic design, architecture and industrial design have. This 25-minutes presentation is meant to offer the beginnings of a discussion around what could are the foundations of interaction design, how do they impact aesthetics of interaction and how can they be used for design critique within an interaction design practice […]

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Design

Watch Nancy Etcoff’s “The Surprising Science of Happiness” talk at TED

Cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff looks at happiness — the ways we try to achieve and increase it, the way it’s untethered to our real circumstances, and its surprising effect on our bodies.

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Design Innovation Software

Apple’s Design Process

Interesting presentation at SXSW from Michael Lopp, senior engineering manager at Apple, who tried to assess how Apple can ‘get’ design when so many other companies try and fail. After describing Apple’s process of delivering consumers with a succession of presents (“really good ideas wrapped up in other really good ideas” — in other words, great software in fabulous hardware in beautiful packaging), he asked the question many have asked in their time […]