Maybe one of the best definitions of “applied design” that I’ve seen: The Museum of Modern Art in New York opens a show titled “Applied Design” in March, and the show description is great.
“There are still people who think that design is just about making things, people, and places pretty. In truth, design has spread to almost every facet of human activity, from science and education to politics and policymaking, for a simple reason: one of design’s most fundamental tasks is to help people respond to change. A designer today can choose to focus on interactions, interfaces, the Internet, visualizations, socially minded infrastructures and products, 5-D spaces, bioengineering, sustainability, video games, critical scenarios, and yes, even furniture.… Read the rest
If you’re a Berkeley Haas School of Business alumnus and aren’t aware that the holiday party is back this year, here is the invite: HAN SF Holiday Party.
December 12, 2012 (12/12/12) at The University Club on Nob Hill, San Francisco (entire 3rd floor – great views).
At least two of us from ADG will be attending. Hope to see you there!
Attending Asymconf, IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, January 30, 2013. Will also be attending the Storyteller Workshop day before. If you’re interested in the “state, history and future of innovation as seen from a California perspective,” as presented by ex-Nokia analyst, Harvard MBA Horace Dediu, consider. Should be a great conference. Dediu is a compelling interpreter of data and trends – especially relating to the mobile industry and Apple in particular.
Asymco website is here.
Conference website is here.
As mentioned throughout this site, and specifically here, we will often take the time to put together 2D motion visualizations (in video) in order to “look ahead” to what a product might look and feel like – long before the actual (and drawn-out) pain of detailed wireframing, design and coding.
For the recent Verizon Apps store project, we wanted to provide Verizon management with a preview of how the interface might look in both a smartphone format as well as a tablet format. We also wanted to preview enhanced media types (e.g. video) in the interface long before the development schedule would get to that advanced version of the application.… Read the rest
After a year of design and development, the new Verizon Apps store has launched to about 4 million devices, and will roll out to a total of around 22 million devices by the end of July, 2012.
The store is a ground-up redesign of the storefront application pre-loaded to the majority of Verizon Android devices. ADG was hired in January of 2011 to conduct a tactical redesign of Verizon’s prior store, and then a wholesale redesign of the store – for both smartphones and tablets – to be launched in 2012.
In a surprise move, our (great) neighbor George Lucas has evidently donated a large corner building in our downtown San Anselmo with plans to raze the building and build a new park.
My wife and I walked by the other evening to take a look at the rendering in a window. Per the Patch article here, rumor has it that part of the agreement includes a couple of statues of famous Lucas characters in the park.
Maybe it’s wishful thinking on my part, but is that Indiana Jones, with whip in hand, and – oh please – Yoda? See the close-up shot. Also a copy of the letter to Lucas from the Chamber of Commerce, which does mention “statues of the characters you created”.… Read the rest
Lumin makes Macworld’s “The Week in iOS Apps”.
Here’s what they wrote:
You’ve heard of “augmented reality?” Well the $2 Lumin app for iPhone offers something different—“magnfied reality.” That is, it actually turns your iOS device into a magnifying glass, letting you lock onto a detail with the camera and showing that detail at ten times its actual size, a feature that can be used for everything from getting a close look at fine print on contracts to checking your makeup without a mirror. The newest update to the app lets users share closeup images to Facebook or Instagram, or save them automatically to Dropbox. Finally: An app that brings 21st century technology to the task of examining your zits.
We’ve submitted V2.0 of Lumin to the App Store for review and hoping for a general release soon. In the meantime, here are a few sneak preview screen shots.
We’re pretty excited about this release as it incorporates a few new features we wanted to include in V1.0, as well as great recommendations from the growing, and enthusiastic, Lumen user base.
We’ll post a full list of new features as soon as the app is available on the App Store, but the screens here should give you a few clues about what’s coming.
UPDATE: Lumin 2.0 is live in the app store!
Congrats to our friends at Chomp – Ben Keighran and Cathy Edwards – for the acquisition of their company Chomp by Apple. We worked with Chomp to integrate their search functionality into the new Verizon Apps Store, designed by ADG, and wish them the best of luck at their new digs in Cupertino. Can’t wait to see what influence they have over the iTunes store.
It’s hard to describe how excited I am about Apple’s announcement this morning regarding iBooks Author and their effort to replace printed textbooks with iPads. As an Apple shareholder, and heavy Apple user as a professional, I think it’s important (hopefully more successful long-term than iAd has been so far), but this announcement resonates on a much deeper level for me.
Almost 20 years ago I wrote a short essay called Allison’s Book which described a young girl going to school with only a tablet in her backpack – not 40 pounds of textbooks – just a small portable device that contained all her textbooks and was networked for things like updates and tests.… Read the rest