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Recently, a baker's dozen of product designers convened to show the impressive potential within an also-ran material.
Lately, at design fairs around the world, one new trend has crept to the fore: the design jam, for lack of a better word. Resembling a cross between a church lock-in and Project Runway, the idea is to gather a bunch of creative minds, give them a challenge and set them loose. At the Milan Furniture Fair, we saw the Craft Punk exhibition; recently, at Dmy Berlin, there was Open Process, an exhibition put on by Transalpino, a sprawling design collective whose members hail from Germany and Italy.
What's behind the trend? Transalpino says the idea was to focus on the design process, rather than the actual products created. The entire thing was meant to be as close to a performance as design gets--no mass production, no copyrights. Still, the objects, all made »
- Cliff Kuang
In seven days, Apple's World Wide Developers Conference kicks off. Everyone is expecting we'll see a new iPhone revealed during the keynote, so a lot of leaks and rumors are popping up. We've compiled the most interesting ones for you.
Voice Memo, Compass and Autofocus Camera
Chinese Web site UMPCFever leaked some imagery of the new iPhone 3.0 recording and compass apps in action, and a demo of the new autofocus camera.
While the compass and recorder apps look very glitzy, which is a mite un-Apple like, they're definitely highly polished. We hope there's a switch to make it deliver the compass data in numerical format, though: Much more useful if you're trying to do some proper navigation. Meanwhile, the autofocus for the new 3.2-megapixel camera seems to work very intuitively--there's a blue square superimposed on the viewfinder screen. You simply drag it to what you want to focus on.
- Kit Eaton
2 items from 2009
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