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Blueprint for living

Blueprint for Living is a weekly rummage through the essential cultural ingredients—design, architecture, food, travel, fashion—for a good life.

My event: “Innovating with Universal Design”

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Companies want to innovate through “inclusive products and services”. The main question is “How to start” and “Where to start”.

It’s not about the market, it is about the people.

I will answer these questions in my new lecture, happening in SP, Brazil.

This very demanded lecture is available in Spanish and English.

Let me know if your University or business might be interested.

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS

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The Origins of Universal Design

Patricia Moore ’74 (industrial design) has long made an impact on the world through her work as an internationally renowned designer, gerontologist and author.

Her illustrious career of difference-making achievements was recognized in June by receiving a distinguished Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in the Design Mind category.

The National Design Awards — conceived by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and in its 20th year of existence — annually honors lasting success in American design. They recognize designers who exhibit excellence, innovation and enhancement of the quality of life. Moore was among the 11 category winners selected by a diverse jury group of designers and educators from around the country.

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Making Design more inclusive

The Singaporean government is committed to creating a more inclusive society, yet there’s a lack of initiatives which will make this a reality for all.

My interactions with designers and the general population point me to three barriers. One, there is a lack of awareness about the need for and importance of inclusion. Two, those who are aware of its importance do not know where to begin or how to move forward. Three, naysayers are dismissive of the idea and say that it’s impossible to cater for everyone’s needs and wants.

Here, I attempt to inch us forward from these barriers, I offer three tips to help you start taking the practice of inclusive design seriously. It isn’t as difficult as many suggest, but it takes a clear understanding of what inclusive design is to see why.

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Book: Design and Development – Leveraging social and economic growth through design policies

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Design & Development: Leveraging social and economic growth through design policies – by Gabriel Patrocinio and Jose Mauro Nunes (eds.) has just been launched and is available at Amazon (Kindle) and other digital platforms (ePUB).

The book brings together a team of experts from around the world – including Gui Bonsiepe, Victor Margolin and Mugendi K. M’Rithaa (former ICSID President) – to discuss Design as a tool for national and regional development. Two exclusive and previously unpublished documents of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization are also reproduced in the book, after more than four decades.

Originally launched in Brazil, the book received two awards (in Brazil) and took part of two exhibitions in Europe (Lisbon and Madrid), being hailed as “a theoretical and academic milestone, with potential to change the current practice and understanding of Design.”

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Design Languages

Design languages began with the industrial revolution as a response to the emergence of machine culture and mass production as it encountered traditional artisan aesthetics. These base languages evolved into a set of aesthetics that are expressed today among various design languages.

Design Languages by Stefano Caggiano

a design language can be compared to an iceberg: there is its above-water, visible forms–its aesthetic, and a submerged, imperceptible body–that deeper cultural content upon which the aesthetic is based and only thanks to which that aesthetic can even be perceived as meaningful

The book begins with the origins of aesthetic movements in the 1850s to 1950s and moves on to the articulation of the early languages into threads which exist in contemporary culture. The final section of the book discusses contemporary design culture from the perspective of the threads of environmental sustainability and our daily immersion in digital technology.

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Product Frameworks

Design Sprint

 

Frameworks for Product Managers


A collection of resources and techniques to help you create better products.

Visit: https://www.product-frameworks.com/