Thought You Should See This, November 4th, 2011

Last week’s Thought You Should See This update for the folks at Doblin:

More from the Design at Scale conference this week, with a recap of Brian Quinn and Ryan Pikkel’s storming presentation of the refreshed version of the Ten Types of Innovation. I particularly enjoyed their stern reminder that good design alone doesn’t guarantee success, with nods to the Flip camera and Amazon Kindle. Useful and enlightening. They really did a great job.

Also this week on Thought You Should See This:

Roo Rogers, president of Red Scout Ventures, and Cameron Tonkinwise, associate dean for sustainability at Parsons, discussed the importance of design in a “sharing economy.”

Knoll CEO Andrew Cogan chatted with Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum director, Bill Moggridge about the challenges of running a design-based business.

Christopher Robbins showed off his public art pieces, including his work as part of the Ghana Think Tank collective. Truly provoking and inspiring ideas here.

Facebook designer Everett Katigbak gave an insight into the company’s culture by showing off the “analog research lab”. That’s a fancy name for a print studio, which he and a colleague started just because they could. (“Like” icon as lino print shown, above.)

Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation design manager Lorna Ross shared 20 Ways to Protect and Nurture Design.

“If it was unprecedented, I’d be pretty sure we were doing something wrong.” Great reminder of the importance of research and history from materials science professor, Debbie Chachra, who was describing how she conducted research into the mysterious structure of a cellophane-like material made by bees to protect their eggs. After exhaustive research, it turned out to be protein, not polyester, and not so mysterious after all.

One from left field: Origamibiro shared a lovely video meshing audio, visual and meaning.

And, finally, one for graphic design buffs: PHARMA is an exhibition of mid-20th century graphic design and advertising created on behalf of the then nascent industry.


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