Back in January, I wrote that the United States Postal Service would release Charles and Ray Eames stamps featuring the Eames Wire-Base Table, the Hang-It-All, the Lounge Chair and Ottoman, the House of Cards, the Molded Plywood Lounge Chair, the Aluminum Side Chair, the Molded Plastic Side Chair, the Storage Unit, the Wire Chair, and the La Chaise. Well, the time has come folks. You can pick up your own pane of 16, self-adhesive 42–cent Charles and Ray Eames stamps ($6.72) at your local post office. That’s right, if Eames furniture wasn’t already out of your budget, stamps now cost 42 cents. I plan on framing one sheet, and saving another for letters to my favorite design-fiend friends.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
“Letters are things, not pictures of things” – Eric Gill (1882-1940)
“Users make their credibility-based decisions based upon the site’s overall visual appeal.”
—Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, 2002
Working with Giulio Cappellini (head of Cappellini, the Italian furniture maknufacturer) was a real eye opener. It was a window into a world where design was prized and respected in its capacity to grow industry.
|“Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?”|
|Steve Jobs quotes (American Entrepreneur Apple co-Founder, b.1955)|
Everything is designed. Few things are designed well
– Brian Reed
Only 2 problems with Ikea design – The big things fall apart and the small things fall off.
“A picture is worth a thousand words. An interface is worth a thousand pictures.”
—Ben Shneiderman, 2003
Manufacturing is a beautiful world to the retail designer, and retail a paradise for the manufacturing designer. They are identical because design intelligence, passion and hard work, makes either work.