Things that have made my day this week:
This great interview / video by IDEO of veteran mechanical engineer and industrial designer Jim Yurchenco
Yurchenco worked on the design of the original Apple mouse, in the video he discusses his approach to design. It is also great to see him actually using real tools, rather than just tapping away at a work station. Yurchenco was retiring last week and leaves IDEO with some 80 patents to his name. Alongside the original Apple mouse Yurchenco also worked on the Palm V, in his own words:
That was a really important product for us, and the industry, Yurchenco says. “It was one of the first cases where the physical design—the feel and touch points—were considered to be as important as the performance
You can read more on Yurchenco’s work here.
Subtraction.com did a great job of collating the user interface (UI) designs done by Territory Studios for Guardians Of The Galaxy.
In the same way that Star Trek, Ghost In The Shell and Star Wars have influenced engineers, who is to say that Territory’s work won’t be the creative DNA of new interfaces in the future?
In the earlier days of the web, interactive content had a distinctly trippy feel, from site design to ‘Mind’s Eye’ videos and The Shamen’s generative screen saver. Japanese group BRDG (Bridge) have gone back to that psychedelic feel with this brilliant discordant video:
Twitter cards are something that is interesting me at work at the moment and I was particularly taken by this interactive one from Acura – the upmarket brand of Honda.
Here’s something you haven’t seen before. Configure your dream 2015 Acura TLX below without ever leaving Twitter. http://t.co/mvfblJ0ZiA
— Acura (@Acura) August 20, 2014
Pizza Hut Japan, have managed come up with marketing gold by creating an interactive YouTube series based around the grand opening of a pizza restaurant run by cats. I am just surprised that Jonathan Hopkins and Nando’s hadn’t done it much earlier…