foresight and innovation – the automobile

Foresight and Innovation returns to Stanford With Stanford colleagues Bill Cockayne and Tamara Carleton, I have started to revive our research interest in Foresight and Innovation, anticipating, plotting future scenarios, as a part of the Center for Design Research. Bill pioneered this effort when we worked together in Stanford Humanities Lab with Jeffrey Schnapp and…

the skeuomorph

More reflections upon the ceramic works of Helen (Shanks). ([Link] to hylography) The skeuomorph – a form that involves the transformation and redeployment of a design feature or quality from one material or medium into another. This is a common, ubiquitous feature of design, though little discussed until quite recently. Apple received significant attention in…

Tadge Juechter – just what is a Corvette?

This evening I was at an Open Garage talk hosted by the Revs Program at Stanford [Link]. Tadge Juechter, chief engineer on the Corvette, shared with an audience of over 200 the features of the new seventh generation of the paradigm of the American sports car. At the heart of the design effort was the…

design and antiquarians – 8

This is a comment on the seminar series currently running between Stanford and Bard Graduate Center. [Link] [Link] This week – two more aspects of the antiquarian project – description and care. Pragmatography – writing and representing things and things done And what to do because things matter Designer Hideshi Hamaguchi explores possibilities Ceramics in…

design and antiquarians – 7

This is a comment on the seminar series currently running between Stanford and Bard Graduate Center. [Link] [Link] Connoisseurship – deep knowledge of things. The diagnostician – a contemporary archetype – Gregory House MD [Link] Previous post on design thinking – [Link]

design and antiquarians – 6

This is a comment on the seminar series currently running between Stanford and Bard Graduate Center. [Link] [Link] Our exploration of the world of engaging things continues. This week the theme was Assemblage We visited the Manhattan studio of Ghiora Aharoni – Genesis sculptures – seven extraordinary and wonderful assemblages of laboratory glassware, engraved texts,…