Cool, remarkable or just beautiful things
Posted 26 July 2012 - 02:53 PM
It's a groundbreaking design because all the shiny chromed stuff and protrusions and accessories and mountings were done away with or hidden. Which was also what the iPod was about, now that I come to think of it.
Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:04 AM
Pretty cool video, I thought was beutifully made.
I just watched the video on the knife-maker. This is fantastic, thank you for the link.
A few points of note from that video:
1. It took him 15,000 hours (roughly 2 years) to get to day 1 (which is the day he made a knife he found acceptable). This is roughly in accord with what Malcolm Gladwell asserts, that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to be proficient in a field of endeavour. I approach this from an investment manager's expertise angle, but it is surprising how things/concepts are equally applicable across seemingly disparate industries.
2. The difference in handmade items are all in the details.
3. You need a consumer base who is willing to be educated (forget China at the moment).
4. The goal is to reach the pinnacle of craftsmanship, but the reward is rarely monetary, it is more in the relationships/quality of life that ensues.
There kotmj, more material for your interview.
Posted 14 September 2012 - 03:46 PM
The problem when you are developing something very different from industry standard is that the excellence cannot come merely from yourself. Most products are very complex and require contributions from many suppliers. Your product isn't just yours -- it's also your suppliers'. What are the chances that you can get your ecosystem of suppliers to deliver products which are vastly different from what they are used to producing?
Many suppliers won't bother. They know where the money comes from -- sell more of their existing products, make them more cheaply. To go on speculative development projects with a crazy guy is ambiguos, takes up energy, and may not pay off.
So the reason why most products are average is that it takes huge amounts of energy, persuasion and fortitude to achieve a noticeable elevation from the average. It helps to be very vertically integrated, because what you fail to persuade can then be dictated by executive fiat.
To be a real luxury producer requires vertical integration.
Posted 22 September 2012 - 12:36 PM
There is a lot of demand for minimalist graphic design. We're talking lots of wide space, sans serif fonts, light grey elements, etc.
There is some demand for retrospective designs. Old fashioned designs. ("Distinguished" some would say.) So Garamond fonts. Dark type.
But nobody does designs which engender a strong sense of occasion and wonder.
This is one of Cirque Du Soleil's setups. What a great design.
Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:01 PM
Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:34 PM
Lawyers are usually poor marketers, and that is a fine example. What a stupid idea.
Still, a poor second to a firm I saw advertising divorces on a buy one and get one free basis.
Very astute observation...I can bet you there is no such card being exchanged at the moment. In the world of advertising this is known as a scam...a piece of eye-catching creativity (that often ignores logical considerations like usability) done just to win an award for creativity.
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