Is Good Design Art?

One of the great things I love about blogging, is you get to meet so many great people through your blog. One of them, whom I now consider a friend, is William Lehman from the Artist Hideout. Not only is he a


More on the Theories behind Japanese Design

Following on from our coverage of his thoughts on Theories behind Japanese Design, Aen Direct has posted his Chapter 2 expansion article which focuses on "Yugen", which is all about the idea of a Focal Point in design or the seemingly lack of one. Aen


Inside the Minds of Designers

Michael Graves Its amazing that the Moleskine has manage to brand and associate themselves with the great talents of our time. Don't get me wrong as I think this is a good thing, but I wonder if this branding aspect has been taken too far.


The Changing Role of Industrial Design

As some of you might know, I was recently invited to present a Design for Brand presentation at the University of New South Wales Faculty of the Built Environment (my Alma mater). As mentioned before I will not be posting the entire presentation as


Fabbing: A Primer for Guerilla Design Strategies

I have been nursing this article since June 01, 2007. It was originally called "Who stole my design? A Primer for a Guerilla Design Strategy", I felt the context just did not seem to be comprehensive enough as it covered only the creation aspect


Graduated from design school? Where to Next?

Congratulations, if you have just completed your design studies. You are finally qualified to begin your journey into the working world of design. Now that you have graduated, where do you intend to pursue your design career? More often than not, fresh design graduates


Why does China Copy Designs?

This post started as an interesting discussion in another post, when a Design Sojourn reader wondered why China suffers from this syndrome of copying product designs from the West. I'm no expert on this but having work with Designers and Vendors from China, as


7 Ways to Unleashing your Creativity

No matter how good a designer we are, they are times when we face mental blocks that disrupt our design thinking. So in times like these, how can we then boost our creative juices? Here's another exciting post by our resident contributor py, helping


The Design Philosophies of Toshiyuki Kita and Naoto Fukasawa

Our resident contributor py, inspired by "Theories behind Japanese Designs" writes about the time spent working in Japan with Naoto and Kita, and how they have applied such Japanese design theories into their work.After reading through the previous article on "Theories behind Japanese Design", I


A Blueprint for Designing Engaging Products

One of the things about the future of Industrial Design that I've always been interested in, is the interplay or relationship between software and hardware interfaces, the pros and cons of each, as well as being a product designer, how we can give an object's


Theories behind Japanese Design

Aen, the guy who banged out the design of this site has an interesting write up of the theories behind the Japanese approach to design and aesthetics. Also called Wabi - Sabi (I know I had to re-read it after thinking it was Wasabi too), the


Have Design Schools Stop Teaching Design?

Updated: I cleared up a few statements and typos. Dan over at his Adaptive path blog, has written a interesting rant on the quality of graduates today. He bemoans the lost of thinking designers that can "think, make and do", and furthermore blames the schools,


Designer Portfolio Shootout!

More often than not, fresh graduate designers have found themselves searching for a design job, unaware of what they are capable of. Hence, when it comes to interviews, they fall short of showing their unique design capabilities, which makes them stand out from the others.


The Future State of a Product's Existence?

"There is a design revolution, but nobody really knows what it is" ~ Karim Rashid I was reminded of this quote Karim made at the International Design Forum in Singapore a few years back while I was having a interesting debate with long time Design Sojourn


Many Ways of Seeing

A few years ago I was involved in design mentoring junior high school or lower secondary school students in the pilot run of the Many Ways of Seeing Project (MWOS). Based on the work by Nelson Goodman, and a few others, this design project was developed


Designing stupidity? Thankfully not everybody!

After my recent rant on how some companies continue to generate needless wants and fuel consumerism, I was not surprised to see a growing back lash towards designers like Philip Starck, who are guilty of creating overprices products that may look great but essentially hollow