Brand agency Kurppa Hosk was commissioned to design and develop the brand identity and digital user interface for Fogg, a company that buys overcapacity in telecom networks around the world and transforms it in to cheap data traffic.
In the new version of Paper released last week, you mix colors with your fingers, like it’s paint—only somehow more beautiful. This one magical feature burned a year of development time, resurrected the work of two dead German scientists, and got Apple’s attention.
Source: Fast Company
The Next Phase Of Manufacturing
“Here at PARC we are actively working on many of the key enablers, ranging from new manufacturing technologies such as printed electronics, to social design and intelligent design tools. As an example, we are working to incorporate manufacturing knowledge into design automation tools to give real-time feedback to product creators and designers on both the function and manufacturability of designs, avoiding months of delay caused by multiple iterations and prototype builds.”
Brilliant Innovation of the Week
Honestly, I need someone to tell me right now where to find this. I’m in awe.
The creator of the laptop, founder of IDEO and godfather of interaction design. RESPECT. He was one of my heros.
We tend to rewrite the histories of technological innovation, making myths about a guy who had a great idea that changed the world. In reality, though, innovation isn’t the goal; it’s everything that gets you there.
“THE CELL PHONE MARKET IN THE UNITED STATES IS NOT SET UP TO ENCOURAGE INNOVATION.”
And because success in the wireless marketplace can only come with carrier support, innovation is stunted as companies design their future products around what they think carriers might want, not where the market or consumer behavior is heading.
“Companies build phones that the carriers ask for instead of taking risks and testing new concepts in the marketplace,” says Vizio’s McRae. “The result is a collection of handsets that are fairly homogenous from a small number of brands.”
“THE CARRIERS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN WARY OF ‘EXCESSIVE’ INNOVATION IN THE MOBILE SPACE.”
And carriers rarely want what’s best for their customers. “The carriers have always been wary of ‘excessive’ innovation in the mobile space because of the danger that it might make mobile service cheaper,” says Columbia Law School professor and The Master Switch author Tim Wu.
If companies like HTC and Samsung were able to compete directly at the consumer level, the carriers would turn into dumb pipes — and AT&T and Verizon would be forced to raise their service levels and lower their monthly fees to effectively compete against each other.