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The New Yorker recently published a lengthy article about Apple’s long-term head designer Jonathan Ive, the man behind the iPod, MacBook, iPhone, and now, the Apple Watch. Previously, Ive has been famously reclusive and mostly hidden from the public eye, but the New Yorker article promises to provide a rare
‘Tradition’ is a loaded and problematic term that can raise questions about our understanding of technology, craft, materiality, time, sentimentality and the design profession. All equally troublesome concepts that have indeed caused extensive debate amongst historians, contemporary commentators and design practitioners. Nevertheless, the idea of tradition remains a useful tool
‘The plugs here are bigger than the things they power’ grumbles a frustrated US Vice President Selina Meyer at the end of her ‘misery marathon’ in London during an episode of the HBO comedy series ‘Veep’. Although seemingly insignificant, the matter of power plug design deserves a place in the
This article was first published on the morning of 20th January 2015, after The Times – The Sun’s sister paper, announced that the ‘page 3’ feature of the tabloid would not appear in the print version of the publication. Two days later, on the 22nd January, The Sun published the
This year has seen an active debate about the present state, and the future prospects, of art and design education in the United Kingdom. Bucks New University has closed down their Furniture Design programmes, Falmouth University cancelled its course in Contemporary Crafts, the Design Products programme at the RCA is
In 1967, in an attempt to challenge the current understanding of design, Magnus Silfverhielm, a Swedish interior design student, wrote in the design student magazine Draken: ’design says something – and everyone knows what it is – it is what Sigvard Bernadotte and all these designers are occupied with –
Given the relentlessness with which today’s media outlets inundate our daily lives with dystopian projections of a future defined by the bleak realities of severe weather, overpopulation, and the destruction of natural resources, it is often difficult to maintain even a small degree of optimism about our planet’s inevitable trajectory.
Not that long ago I overheard a conversation between two girls who had just finished their A-levels. They were discussing and comparing the usefulness of the different subjects they had studied during their twelve years of schooling. They liked mathematics but weren’t sure what to do with it afterwards,