There has been a small explosion in the design world as people try to draw parallels between the current design direction of Apple under Jonathan Ive and the work by Dieter Rams for Braun during the ’50s and ’60s. This ranges from the iMac, to the iPod and even to the calculator used on the iPhone.
You can read (lots) more here and here but what is beyond doubt is the Ram’s work for Braun is some of the most beautifully understated industrial design that I have seen and was years ahead of its time.
German designer Timm Kekeritz has created an interesting Virtual Water poster which on one side shows the freshwater used in creating / producing basic commodities such as a pot of coffee or 500g of cheese, and on the other side, the water ‘footprint’ of various nations around the world. What I found interesting (apart from the concise, clear and impactful graphics of course) was the sheer volume of water required to sustain what we have come to accept as ‘everyday life’.
I read about this in Creative Review – it is a one take video by Rouel Wouters for a band called zZz with trampoline gymnasts ‘simulating’ video effects. Although the music is not to my taste (!) it is another example of of what you can do with a small budget and your imagination. And I just love the guy roller painting the progress bar and the bottom of the screen… As my boss Will King says, the devil is in the detail…