Good design in ten commandments

How to measure good design?
"As good design cannot be measured in a finite way Dieter Rams set about expressing the ten most important criteria for what he considered was good design. Subsequently they have become known as the ‘Ten commandments’. Here they are:"

- Good design is innovative;
- Good design makes a product useful;
- Good design is aesthetic;
- Good design helps a product to be understood;
- Good design is unobtrusive;
- Good design is honest;
- Good design is durable;
- Good design is thorough to the last detail;
- Good design is concerned with the environment;
- Good design is as little design as possible.

(published in Vitsoe)


Raven - the first online vector editor

Aviary vector icons from mpeutz on Vimeo.
Raven is the first web-based vector editor, very intuitive and with a good performance.

Ettore Sottsass: When I Was a Very Small Boy

"Everything we did was entirely absorbed in the act of doing it, in wanting to do it, and everything we did stayed ultimately inside a single extraordinary sphere of life. The design was life itself, it was the day from dawn till dusk, it was the waiting during the night..."

"When I was a Very Small Boy" ("Quando ero Piccolissimo") was written in 1973 by Ettore Sottsass and published in Terrazzo, Number 5, Fall 1990. Perhaps best known for designing Olivetti's iconic red plastic typewriter, Ettore Sottsass was born in Innsbruck, Austria, and grew up in Milan. An Italian architect and designer of the late 20th century, he was a leading member of the Memphis Group, which revolutionized product design in the 1980s.

(article published in Design Observer)


The Photographic Dictionary

The Photographic Dictionary "dedicated to defining words through the literal, figurative, and personal meanings found in each photograph".
(via colourlovers)


Subway Life

Subway Life by the portuguese artist António Jorge Gonçalves.
"António Jorge Gonçalves makes drawings of people sitting in subway trains in 10 cities around the world. He stays an average of three weeks in each city, making around 300 drawings which seek to cover different times of day and the different lines in the subway system."

Eames Lounge Chair debut in 1956 on NBC [2/2]