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We Are the Builders of Tech Revolutions. Why Are They Still a Surprise?

We should expect another digital revolution, or two, or three.  In fact, I would like to think we could plot them like stops on a subway line, or – introducing free will – cities on a map.

Launching Point B’s Design-Thinking Center for Community Engagement in Myanmar

After more than 50 years under military rule, Myanmar (formerly Burma) is just beginning to open up to be a free and democratic nation. The people of Myanmar currently face challenges and complexity that vastly exceed the creative resources available to address them. Point B Design + Training (pointB), a partner of frog, is leveraging this unique time and context to change the story of Myanmar from seeing problems to creating new possibilities.

Reviewing Cosmos: A Personal Voyage


 
I’ll admit it. I was ready to dislike the new FOX and National Geographic series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. You don’t mess with a man’s childhood memories.

From frog Milan: Design for Everyday Life

On February15th, frog Milan hosted the 3rd annual World Information Architecture Day: a global sharing of experience and vision among the IA community. Taking place in 24 cities on 6 continents, the Milan event attracted 120 enthusiastic participants to frog’s studio for a day of sharing and collaboration themed “Design for a Better Everyday.”

Chromeless: The Content is the Interface

If we want to better understand the power of the contemporary software interface, then it’s useful to look at the social context. The emerging Millennial generation, for example, is disillusioned with the wide gulf between their consumer and corporate digital experiences. In terms of lost productivity, this is only the tip of an iceberg. We are experiencing a generational shift in which hardware platforms, code, and expected behavior are driving a software evolution.

Myris: Access With the Blink of an Eye

Forget all those user names and passwords. Instead, your iris is scanned and saved and used as a biomorphic identifier. Science fiction? The launch of Myris, an iris identity authenticator designed by frog for Eyelock, makes it very real. Project co-leaders Jason Severs, Executive Creative Director, and Dino Sanchez, Creative Director, spoke with design mind about how the iris has the potential to become the gateway to our digital world.

Project Bertumbuh Takes Prototypes In-Field

We spent the last weeks of Project Bertumbuh working out of Hubud, the Hub in Ubud, as our global team (South Africa, Indonesia, U.S., Italy, Singapore) prototyped and created business cases for our top concepts. As experienced innovators, we know good ideas when we see them, right?

Bringing Disaster Relief Home

Last October Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S., leaving a trail of destruction that stretched from Florida to Maine. More than 100 people died and 300,000 homes were destroyed. Total damage reached $75 billion, much of it in the New York-New Jersey area. On the first anniversary of the storm, we look at a collaborative project between frog and FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, aimed at finding innovative approaches to disaster relief.

All Possible Futures: An Interview with Jon Sueda

Curated by Bay Area designer and educator Jon Sueda, All Possible Futures features 37 projects from renowned designers Ed Fella, Experimental Jetset, Daniel Eatock, Martin Venezky, and many more. The idea for the exhibition originated from Sueda’s interest in showcasing the value of design projects that failed for any number of reasons, including being rejected by clients. The result is an exhibition of speculative design pieces that celebrate the questioning of boundaries regarding concepts, processes, technologies, and form.