Category Archives: design research

Office chairs are a scam

If you want to know more about design and chairs and if a “highly designed chair” is really worthy.

Locklin on science

A younger self employed pal asked me if he should dump $2k on a Herman Miller Aeron recently. The TLDR is “no.” It’s like spending $2k on a pair of sneakers blessed by a devil worshipping blood-drinking pothead. Worse; unlike the $2k devil worshipping blood sneakers (which I suppose will eventually be mandatory for corporate dress codes), it’s become something that everyone unquestionably accepts.


Let’s do a little history here; there was a first office chair, and it existed for a reason. Originally it was because Charles Darwin had a giant room filled with biological specimens and he needed to flit from object to object to invent evolution. So he stuck some wheels on a comfy Victorian chair. I’ve used caster-chairs in laboratories for their intended purpose. They’re great and they exist for a reason. Thank you based Charles Darwin for inventing laboratory caster chair.

Darwin chair; respek

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The useful car of the future

As polluted air, carrying particles of harmful chemicals generated by other vehicles on the road, pass under the Airo and enter the HEPA filter

The future of car travel? Incredible self-driving electric car concept can hoover up the pollution from other vehicles and includes a dining room-style space that can be turned into a double BED – and could go into production by 2023.

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Mythology As a Source of Inspiration for Design

The myth, in reality, is of design being an isolated discipline – unaffected by its context and the stories that envelope it.

Mythology is an intriguing aspect of religion and storytelling that allows people to metaphorize, personify and personalize a universal message for their own lives. Design as a discipline affords something similar by use of signifiers, affordances and guides to help the user feel that a product they interact with is relatable to them and caters to their lives, adding value to it.

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inspirON – Sustainability training hackathon

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Designers, Engineerings, Inventors and Pioneers in New Business…
If you care about Design and Sustainability, but struggle to know where to get started, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for you!

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Pivot 2021 – Tools for alternative futures

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The Deadline for abstracts for Pivot 2021 has been extended.

You can download the call here: https://lnkd.in/eG37-uz

Follow Lesley Ann Noel, PhD  – Professor of Practice; Associate Director, Design Thinking for Social Impact

Getting Serious About Diversity: Enough Already with the Business Case

Summary.    Leaders may mean well when they tout the economic payoffs of hiring more women and people of color, but there is no research support for the notion that diversifying the workforce automatically improves a company’s performance.

This article critiques the popular rhetoric about diversity and revisits an argument the authors made 25 years ago: To fully benefit from increased racial and gender diversity, organizations must adopt a learning orientation and be willing to change the corporate culture and power structure.

Four actions are key for leaders: building trust and creating a workplace where people feel free to express themselves; actively combating bias and systems of oppression; embracing a variety of styles and voices inside the organization; and using employees’ identity-related knowledge and experiences to learn how best to accomplish the firm’s core work.

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