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…

Peter Stevens – design as confection

This is one of a series of comments on the 8th biennial symposium “Connoisseurship and the Collectible Car” held at the Revs Institute for Automotive Research in Naples, Florida in March 2015. [Link] Today I was lucky to share a conversation with car designer Peter Stevens [Link] as we looked at some of the vehicles…

designing for difference? Chris Bangle at Revs

Chris Bangle, car designer, was at the Stanford Revs Program this evening. He’s a superb speaker and came with some great stories, on the back of his notorious leadership of the BMW design team, about how cars might begin again to look more distinctive, when so many today look so bland, just the same as…

Paul Ingrassia – 15 cars for America

Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Ingrassia was with our Revs Program yesterday at the VAIL Facility of CARS (the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford). He was sharing with us his superb new book: Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in 15 Cars.   Written in his crisp and elegant prose, the book…

crowds of makers

Maker Faire, San Mateo – [Link] – and see the 2011 Economist article – [Link] 50,00 people and moreĀ  attending the latest gathering of geeks, amateur designers, hobbyists, hackers, aspiring inventors, tinkerers, incipient entrepreneurs, electronics experimenters, steampunk enthusiasts, new-age techno-dreamers. Giraffe robots, poetry on a Remington, Arduino contollers, ship models, Makerbot contraptions, customized jeans, zombie…