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September 10, 2008

On seven years in the indie film business

Yesterday, The New York Times published another profile of Beastie Boy Adam Yauch and his new film distribution company, Oscilloscope Pictures: “Oscilloscope Pictures will operate in a model similar to an independent record label, Mr. Yauch, 44, said over green tea in a de facto conference room … Read More

September 9, 2008

If the average shelf life of a high-tech object is less than eleven months, why on Earth does anything have to be built to be permanent? It should be all 100% disposable. You know, I think my laptop should be made of cardboard, or my mobile phone could be a … Read More

September 3, 2008

Help free Andrew Berends

A fellow Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker, Andrew Berends, has been arrested in Nigeria on suspicion of espionage while working on his new film about the troubled Delta oil region. From AP: A U.S. documentary filmmaker was arrested along with his translator and accused of spying after he filmed … Read More

September 2, 2008

The Braun record exists

You may recall that in an earlier post I thought I remembered a techno record made up of Braun appliance sounds? I’d wondered whether it was a figment of my imagination, since no amount of googling could turn up any mention of it. Well I wasn’t crazy, it … Read More

August 28, 2008

Inside Naoto’s studio

I’m in Tokyo this week, and had the privilege of spending a day in the busy studio viagra otc of Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. My taxi ride there ended prematurely when the side street we were driving on became … Read More

August 22, 2008

Get Bangle in the car and drive

Most of the interviews for the film have already been shot, but there are a few late additions we’re doing this month. One is BMW’s Chris Bangle. Bangle is based in Munich, but we missed him when we were in Germany a few months back. He was visiting the … Read More

August 15, 2008

Bad design is where the customer thinks it’s their fault that something doesn’t work. So if you can’t make your GPS device work in your car — I mean, there should be a riot because they’re so poorly designed! Instead, the user thinks, ‘Oh, I’m not very smart, I can’t … Read More

August 15, 2008

David Kelley, IDEO Palo Alto

August 7, 2008

How to make an Air Chair

Italian design manufacturer Magis was kind enough to let us film their injection molding process in Milan last month, using Jasper Morrison’s Air Chair as an example. Maybe it’s just me, but there’s a ballet to the way these machines move, and you can get hypnotized buy the sounds … Read More

August 5, 2008

Since blood, birth, and titles of nobility have lost their ideological force, the task of signifying transcendence has fallen to material signs – to pieces of furniture, objects, jewelry… A myth of power, and a myth of origins: whatever it is a man lacks in invested in the object. Read More