“I focus best on Friday when it is sunny out.”
“Looks like classical music enhances my focus.”
Ever wondered just how focused (or not) you really are during the day? Melon could be your answer. This new headband measures your focus and then sends the results to your smartphone. The goal is to help you learn which environments and activities improve your focus. More info, and a demo video.
La Boriosa: Based in Treviso, Italy, Biascagne Cicli makes custom, mostly single-speed and fixed-gear bikes from used and vintage new-on-stock components.
Shape Field Bike: San Francisco–based studio Shape Field Office partnered with Nicholas Riddle, a framebuilder and founder of the Urban Mobility Lab at California College of the Arts, to create this handsome porteur-style conveyance.
Bough Bike: Dutch designer Jan Gunneweg sculpts bespoke wooden bikes from his workshop in Alkmaar. He’s planning to introduce a lower-priced wooden bicycle line.
Thonet Bentwood Concept: Legendary furniture maker Thonet commissioned Andy Martin and his London-based studio to design this limited-edition roadster, marrying the low-tech methods that Michael Thonet used to build his 1830s chairs with 21st-century technology. Martin didn’t rely entirely on traditional steam-bending techniques but employed a CNC machine to cut and join the wood frame, which sits on off-the-shelf carbon wheels. Such craftsmanship doesn’t come cheap; you can get yours for $70,000.
“What is the most treasured and well used piece of equipment in your studio?” My Head.
- Alan Fletcher
Beautiful accidents can happen, but accident is not the basis for design excellence. Purposeful discovery followed by focused, skillful conceptualization and execution is the basis for design excellence.
Good Design is Good Business
In the 1950s Thomas Watson of IBM famously said, “Good design is good business.” The heart of the matter in Watson’s quote is that he didn’t say, “Design is good business”; he said, “Good design is good business.”
What is most important about these words is that the talk was given at the Wharton School of Business by the man who drove his company from revenues of $892 million in 1956 to $8.3 billion when he retired in 1971.
OFFBOOK by PBS arts.
“You need type again and again and again to get through the day” - Tobias Frere-Jones
Excellent discussion on the future of Creative Careers with @scottbelsky of Behance.