Empower Smart Citizens: A Hackathon

As computing moves further away from mobile devices and into the context of our surrounding environment, rich sources of data will change the urban experience. "Smart Citizens" will be the center of a city's evolution, creating opportunities for individuals to design and deliver innovation on both small and large scales. With over 1 billion mobile phone users and the largest Internet connected population, China's digital natives will lead the way.

日趋智能化的移动设备正在持续融入我们的生活,多元化的信息来源也正在渐渐改变着都市人的思维方式。“智慧公民”将是未来城市进化演变的主导力,不论是在宏观还是在微观层面,他们在宏观和微观的条件下不断为个人和企业完成设计与创新他们都是个体或者企业设计创新的驱动者。而拥有1亿手机用户和数亿网络用户、将成为全球最具潜力的移动互联网市场的中国必将是孕育智慧公民的最佳土壤。

Aging in Place (2): Building a Foundation for Design

What are the best ways to take care of someone you love as they age?

Making It Real

The first product I designed for frog hit market this year. Just two years ago I was in design school. Just last year I was an intern. And now my work is out there. As an industrial designer, seeing a product that I worked on in stores and even more importantly, in the hands of people enjoying it, is an enormous thrill.

山寨战略:迷思与反思

 

所谓“山寨”,指的是某些非正规行业从成功产品中汲取灵感或赤裸裸地抄袭,它们具有产品周期快的特 点。山寨厂商模仿、改变、重组成功产品的功能和设计的“残暴”程度和速度令人瞠目结舌。仅仅 40 天时间内, 山寨厂商就可以完成手机设计、制造和上市的全过程,而正 规生产商光是为了获得相关预算的审批就需要花更长时间。

Facilitating Group Problem Solving in High Schools

In today’s public high schools, standards are rising, funding is declining, and employer expectations continue to grow. Mastery of the fundamentals, such as language arts, science, and math are still at the core of American education, yet according to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the cultivation of life skills and innovation skills in public education is increasingly emphasized: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

Aging in Place (1): The New Realities of Growing Older

“It's paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone.”

― Andy Rooney

Project Ansible: Anywhere Workers of the World, Connect

Today, Siemens Enterprise Communications introduced Project Ansible, a new visionary communications platform bringing together voice, video, social media and search into a smart, seamless, intuitive experience. (For additional details: www.siemens-enterprise.com/projectansible and www.frogdesign.com/work/project-ansible.html)

Project Ansible is the result of a research and development partnership between frog and Siemens Enterprise Communications. We spoke with Justin Maguire, executive creative director in frog’s Munich studio, about Project Ansible’s potential impact on businesses and communications, collaboration and productivity in the age of the flexible, mobile Anywhere Worker.

Empowering Local Communities through Group Problem Solving

One by one, fingers excitedly point at the image-covered walls. “I was surprised how quickly we were able to reach agreement once we were able to share our differences of opinion,” says one. “We talked about healthy food, too, but after a lot of discussion, we thought violence prevention was a better topic for our team to focus on,” says another. “It can’t be fixed without everyone coming together,” says still another.

Piloting the Collective Action Toolkit in Savannah High Schools

 

The students at Groves High School were holding back tears. After weeks of discussion, they had decided to focus their efforts on providing food to homeless people. None of them had any personal experience with the issue, so the designers invited a homeless advocate from the community to visit their class and share his experiences. But during a pause, a familiar voice rang out: “I don’t think I ever told any of my students that have been here at Groves this, but I’ve been homeless.”

Towards an Urban Design Toolkit: thoughts on the 2013 New Cities Foundation Summit, São Paulo

Sao Paulo lies deep and vast over the horizon. Where one continuous line of buildings stands—extending further (by far) than the view from, say, Greenpoint towards midtown Manhattan—such skylines persist in every direction. The effect swallows all individual orientation but rewards with nothing so much as a sense of being…cradled. This apparent sense of drama continues even into Sao Paulo's open spaces, such as the one in which we now stood, Parque Ibirapuera, a quietly contrasting gap in the endless march and roll of buildings and roads.