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The Perfect Fit: Milton Glaser for Mad Men 

If you have ever been to our office, you know that we are located in the Milton Glaser building. We get to be in the same creative space where Milton Glaser creates iconic pieces of work that defines cultures, particularly the 1960's. This is also the building where Milton also helped found New York magazine with Clay Felker.

"It was Milton Glaser, who — probably more than any graphic designer of his generation — forged the sophisticated, exuberant advertising look of the late 1960s, the time “Mad Men” is now traversing, and whose work to publicize the show’s new season will begin appearing next week on buses and billboards around the country." NYTimes

"Mr. Glaser said his concern was trying to make work that suggested a late-1960s feel without pillaging his own late-1960s feel. “I haven’t been working this way for 30 years or so,” he said. “My anxiety was that people would think, wait a minute, I’m still doing this sort of thing.”

I think he has successfully channeled the 60's for Mad Men. The color, the art, the feel, it's all there. Now it's time for a martini. 



SensFloor - A Truly Smart Floor

With the population ageing at a fast rate, companies are looking to produce smart products that aid in the ageing process. 

SensFloor bu Future Shape is a conductive rug that can detect movement and call for help if someone has fallen over - pretty much turning the floor into a touchscreen, touch sensitive communication device. 2-millimeter-thin radio module imbedded textile act as an underlay fitted under carpets or other floor coverings. The radio modules track the speed and direction of movements and convey the information to a separate control unit, which analyzes it in real time. The smart combination of the sensor signals enables the switching of orientation lights, controlling of automatic doors, fall detection, intrusion alarm, activity monitoring, leakage water detection as well as presence recognition.  

The rug was recently installed in a nursing home in Alsace, France. It monitors 70 rooms and turns a light on when a resident steps on the floor, and calls the nurses’ station when it detects that someone has fallen. 

Alex Steinhage, SensFloor research and development director, said in an interview with Dezeen, “In the first four months, we had 28 falls discovered by our system and none were false alarms. One nurse told us that she wouldn’t have seen one of the falls because the person fell on the far side of the bed where she wouldn’t have been discovered.” 

Smaller mats can be placed bedside to notify of falls or someone trying to get out of bed without assistance. 

There are so many possibilities to this floor technology. I can see this becoming a normal part of smart homes to track and respond to families' needs.  



Tomorrow's Smart Home, Today

We've seen a lot of "smart home" products. This is a great example of how our "smart homes" will be integrated into every aspect of our life — even when we are out of the home. 

2014 will not only be in the introduction of more "smart home" products, but the integration of these products into our daily lives. 


Edible Masterpieces 

In a clever effort to fundraise for UK museums and galleries, Art Fund has created a campaign that encourages art and food lovers to create literally, "Edible Masterpieces" and host parties to create, share and fundraise for the love of art. Check out some of the recipes they provide. Pretty impressive if you can pull it off. 

In my case, this would look like Epic Pinterest Fails.


IBM's Computer Generated Food Truck (video)

It's a food truck that uses computing to reinvent your favorite foods. IBM teamed up with the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) to cook up dishes based on the recipes generated by the recipe-generating program that is part of the company’s research on “computational creativity.” The machine is tasked to create surprising yet flavorful recipe ideas no cookbook has ever thought of in order to enhance human creativity.



Next stop, SXSW in Austin. What would you create? I'm on the burrito or dumpling path.



Icons For The Future

HYPERMORGEN is an interdisciplinary lab that researches potential trends to determine what might be likely, and what is an otherwise unforeseeable outcome. One of their most recent projects resulted in a set of icons that depict potential trends such as slime mold computing, synthetic biology, and 3D replication.

They are open to suggestions too: "We would like to create some more. Suggestions welcome via mailtwitter or facebook!" What would you suggest?

Teleportation, instant wound healing spray, Rosie the housekeeping robot, amphibious cars as the norm, smart clothing that can save your life?





New F.D.A Nutrition Label Design - Fail?

Does this redesign actually provide the nutritional information more clearly to consumers? Will consumers actually notice the changes? This looks like minor tweaks to a bigger problem in communication of information to consumers. This is the first redesign in over two decades.

In the world of design and the information we have on effective design strategies is communication, there could have been a more effective redesign. This is lackluster. Perhaps the government should have had U.S. agencies pitch their designs. I think there would be a flood of more creative and effective ways of communicating the same information. Designs that would excite consumers to look and learn. 

For more information, check out the NYTimes article


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