Allison Dill

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The 7 Deadly Sins of User Research

It’s fashionable to blame poor usability on firms not doing enough customer research. On the face of it, this seems like the obvious cause of poor …

UX Design

This 500-Year-Old Book Revolutionized How We See Cities

The very first atlas of cities shows us how little has changed about our collective obsession with cityscapes.<p>Probably more than any other physical phenomenon, cities are a reflection of the incredible complexity of the modern world. And in the mid-1500s, as modern cities began to burgeon …

Human evolution, biomimicry and more go on display

<b>Now open</b><p>This new, permanent display marches through 7 million years of hominid history; highlights include a 3.5-million-year-old tooth from …

How Google Is Reimagining Books

Editions At Play sees designers and authors working simultaneously to build a new type of e-book from the ground up.<p>The first sign that Reif Larsen’s <i>Entrances & Exits</i> is not a typical e-book comes at the table of contents, which is just a list of chapters titled “Location Unknown.” Click on one of …

Sugar crystals inspired the interior design of this new dessert bar

Design firm party/space/design have recently completed SHUGAA, a new dessert bar in Bangkok, Thailand.<p>The concept of the interior design of Shugaa is …

Totally tubular design pays off for Toronto office building

Building a cutting-edge office tower perched atop two century-old buildings in Toronto’s core was an unprecedented engineering feat.<p>As complex as that was, persuading potential tenants that the concept was even feasible turned out to be just as large a challenge.<p>Allied Properties Real Estate …

Inner space: 'Big Will and Friends' explores the perceptual playfulness of wallpaper

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Could The Green Answer To Leather Be Pineapple Leaves?

An artist and leather industry veteran has created shoes, bags, and other accessories out of environmentally friendly material.<p>Finding a substitute for leather has long vexed those concerned about the material’s effects on the environment. On the one hand, the process of tanning leather involves …

NASA’s new space tourism posters are spellbinding

2015 was a big year for the popularity of space. So perhaps you'll forgive NASA if the space agency wants to capitalize on that momentum with some stellar new artwork.<p>Today, Seattle design firm Invisible Creature — which has done work for clients like Nike, <i>Seattle Weekly</i>, Target, and many more — …

11 tips for calming your nerves before a big presentation

She was presenting an oral book report on "Great Expectations" to Mrs. Weaver's tenth grade English class. She was nervous and could feel her hands shaking, heart racing, knees knocking, and palms sweating. As she reached the front of the room and turned to face her 33 classmates, she froze.<p>Moments …

Vail Systems in Chicago, Illinois by Eastlake Studio

<i>Article source: Eastlake Studio</i>Looking to connect its future to the past, Vail Systems, a communications software developer, found a perfect home in …

Inside the Latest Office-Design Craze: Hot Desking | Inc.com

The cubicle's days are numbered.<p>A concept called "hot desking" is rewriting the rules on how companies should landscape their work environments. By ditching desks and dividers, the hot-desking faithful make the entire office--and more--their workspace. This free-range approach, in which employees …

5 People Who Design for Interaction

Gary Miciunas of NELSON, Michael Berger of Partners by Design, Ferdinand Dimailig of Box Studios, Renae Bradshaw of HOK, and Arturo Febry of IA …

How to Build a Collaborative Office Space Like Pixar and Google

When the Second World War ended, universities struggled to cope with record enrollments. Like many universities, the Massachusetts Institute of …

2016: sustainable buildings go from being green to being good for you

Over the past 20 years, green construction has gone from a niche enterprise to a major driver of new business. But in 2016, erecting sustainable, profitable green buildings will no longer be enough to stand out. Buildings will also be expected to directly contribute to the health and wellbeing of …

Sustainability

How Virtual and Augmented Reality Can Shape Architecture and Design - fifty On - architecture and design

<i>Will designers soon collaborate using Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality devices? Image © Gensler</i><p>One of my colleagues recently shared a <i>New York</i> …

Augmented Reality

ideas + buildings | People and Perspectives at Perkins+Will

As schools and colleges evolve to changing conditions, they are faced with questions about how to sustain and strengthen their resources, their …

Pedagogy

Samsung reveals plans for new mirror and transparent OLED displays

Samsung has unveiled its new mirror and transparent OLED displays in Hong Kong, and from the sound of it, the company has big plans for both of them. While the event has only showcased the screens as ad billboards and as a virtual necklace stand, Samsung believes they have bigger uses in the future …

The Complete Guide to Productivity

<i>This post originally appeared on The Growth List</i><p>Let’s face it.<p>We all want more time in our lives.<p>It could be an evening to spend more time with our family and friends, a 30-hour day to grow our business, or simply time to close our eyes and relax.<p>If you would like to make more effective use of your …

Time Management

It’s Time For Industrial Design To Grow Up

Traditional industrial design can’t deliver what it takes to create tech devices. Besides new skills, we need new language.<p>I am an industrial designer by training, but it’s been a while since I called myself one. Industrial design has changed, and what I do has changed, too.<p>The kinds of projects I …

On the Red Couch with Roald Dahl’s Grandson Luke Kelly

<i>Whether you’re 50 or 15, there’s a good chance Roald Dahl influenced your childhood in some way. The prolific British author penned 17 hugely popular</i> …

Use a 'Fake' Location to Get Cheaper Plane Tickets

I can't explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from. This is all about leveraging foreign currencies and points-of-sale to your advantage.<p>For reasons I never quite understood, every time I …

5 Simple Ways To Harness The Power Of Gratitude At Work

Who wants to work for an ungrateful boss? Nobody, so start saying thanks.<p>We all know the good feelings that come with being acknowledged for something that we did. Those feelings result in wanting to do well, and we continue to look for ways to give our best effort.<p>While we often have no problems …

Can the Design of Hospitals Help Patients Recover Faster?

<i>Can the way hospitals are designed improve the experiences of staff and visitors, and even the recovery of patients? Lucy Maddox finds out.</i><p>"If one …

Swimming Pools

USGBC Announces 2015 Board of Directors

USGBC has announced newly elected and appointed officers and directors to its 2015 Board of Directors.<p>“USGBC’s Board of Directors provides invaluable …

Is Ikea The End Of Design? See The Italian Counterattack At This Powerful Milan Design Exhibit

Future archeologists studying the material culture of austerity need look no further than the Ikea catalogue. Even in Milan, the design capital of Europe, people under forty are likely to eat on a <i>Tärendö</i> table and to sleep in a <i>Fjelsse</i> bed – if they’re not couch-surfing on the <i>Knislinge</i> sofa of a …