• Objectified Updates

November 3, 2008

Yo DJ rock this design party

The always incisive Design Observer will celebrate its five year anniversary this week with a party in New York City, Wednesday, November 5. The party will take place at Element (the beautiful 19th century bank building that became the Jasper Johns studio), located at 225 East Houston Street. It’s … Read More

November 1, 2008

Serious play at IDEO

What happens when you put a hot dog, a pole-dancing doll, a Philippe Starck juicer, a Gaussian gun, a Tickle-Me Elmo, lots of marbles, and a mechanical Chinese duck together in eight locations around the world? IDEO’s global Rube Goldberg machine: … Read More

October 20, 2008

Design world notes: – Helvetica is still in the running for the People’s Design Award, please take a minute and vote! – The Chicago Sun-Times profiles Charles A. Harrison, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum this week. – Lots … Read More

October 15, 2008

Noise annoys

It’s not enough to make a well-designed product. The product also has to make well-designed sounds. Science Daily looks at industrial designer Elif Özcan Vieira’s PhD thesis on the subject: The auditory experience of product users is not just “a sensory response to an acoustical stimulus.” In fact, … Read More

October 14, 2008


There was plenty of chatter today surrounding Apple’s announcement of new MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops, which feature a one-piece body carved from a single block of solid aluminum and sport multi-touch trackpads (sort of like the iPhone). John Gruber has several items on Daring Fireball, … Read More

October 1, 2008

It’s a MAD World

New name, new building, new identity. New York’s Museum of Arts and Design (formerly the American Craft Museum) opened its doors this week, in Brad Cloepfil’s much talked about redesign of 2 Columbus Circle. Michael Bierut of Pentagram designed the museum’s new graphic identity, above. Read More

September 30, 2008

Design world notes: – Sex toys from Industrial Designers – Core77 reviews Jennifer Hudson’s book Process: 50 Product Designs from Concept to Manufacture – BMW unveils its new 7 Series this week at the Paris Auto Show … Read More

September 29, 2008

Objectify Me: Craig Foltz unexplains the golf ball

I suppose that the story behind the evolution of a golf ball is no different from many of the other bulk items we surround ourselves with. Initially, the golf ball was built from organic materials found in the local environment (some sources mention goose feathers, others mud and tree … Read More

September 24, 2008

Design world notes: – National Geographic’s “Design by Nature” gallery, with examples on biomimetics, the science of adapting designs from nature to solve modern problems. [via Core 77] – The Marc Newson-designed Airbus A380 lands in Sydney. – Amsterdam police remove Stefan Sagmeister’s Urban Play project. Read More

September 19, 2008

Tim Brown’s Design Thinking

Objectified cast member Tim Brown, CEO and president of IDEO, is regularly posting to his new Design Thinking blog: “This is a blog about design thinking. I am in the process of writing a book on the subject and this is the place I would like … Read More