, a blog by visual designer Andrew Kim. [more inside]
, a resource for vintage and antique collectors, examines the gender politics of the Easy-Bake Oven
, the toy industry’s gender divide
, and why ordinary things go pink
. (Don't miss the Dumbest Products Made 'For Her' slideshow at the bottom of the "pink" article.)
Bill Moggridge, 1943-2012
"I think it's always wise to remember to use the dirtiest method you possibly can at the time. Use the quickest thing and the simplest thing for the stage you're at." Bill Moggridge, designer, co-founder of IDEO and director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, died after a battle with cancer on September 8 2012. [more inside]
"Here come the inevitable Freudian references: the Solo Traveler lid
is a substitute for a mother’s breast – what we might call nature’s original travel lid. The flat covers with the tear-back openings offer no such metaphoric representation. Instead, spout = nipple. Paper cup = warm skin. Coffee, tea or soy = mother’s milk. Ergo the lid is a nurturing apparatus. It provides comfort and joy as well as nourishment." [via
] [more inside]
iPod competitors talk briefly about the iPod
and how they think their products and design philosophies compare to it.
The comments of the CEO of Archos lives up to his country's "we are right and you are stupid" stereotype, saying, "I do not share the opinion that Apple's design for the iPod is any good."
A history of the IBM Typewriter
. When in high school (ca. 1993), a room full of these
was replaced with a room full of 286s.