From an article in The Dartmouth, Michael Arad, the architect who designed the September 11th Memorial explained, “My design has been parsed down to the most essential.” While “material and emotional” constraints have altered Arad’s original ideas, some of these issues changed his design for the better, he said. Arad explained that he received a request from [...]
Archive for December, 2011
From the Steve Jobs biography: The power Mac G4 Cube, released in 2000, was so alluring that one ended up on display In New Yorks Museum of Modern Art. An eight-inch perfect cube the size of a kleenex box, it was the pure pression of Jobs aesthetic. The sophistication came from minimalism. No buttons marred the surface. There [...]
The book, “It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For” by Roy Spence, explains that businesses without a purpose that improves peoples’ lives, and contributes to the greater good, will struggle to be successful. Some might think that focusing on purpose would limit the company, but in fact with the constraint of purpose in [...]
The Internet is creating markets that enable us to own much less, allowing less daily friction and a more mobile life. Aside from big things like deciding whether to rent or buy a house, there are a lot of other services that give an alternative to ownership. Spotify for music, Netflix for movies, zipcar for [...]
Great TED talk on editing your life.
I just read about the story behind Steve Jobs famous black-turtle-neck-and-jeans uniform in his biography, it goes like this: In Japanese factories all the workers where uniforms, something that started after the war when no one had any clothes and it bacame a way of bonding workers to the company. Jobs learned of this and [...]