The Kindle Fire is no iPad. It’s also not an iPad killer (as stated in comments to our first review). But I personally don’t really think Mr. Bezos (or anyone at Amazon) would think it could be. We all know the basics, it’s not as fast, large or capable as it’s pomaceous competitor. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a capable device.
Look, I’m an Apple advocate, have been since the first time I saw my Uncle’s Mac I (I’ve never owned anything but an Apple computer). That being said, Steve Jobs was many things, visionary, idea machine, brilliant businessman. But what he wasn’t was a designer.
I’m going to forgo the normal ones like PSFK, Fast Company and All Things D (’cause they are already on your daily reading lists) and give you 5 sites that can inspire in other ways. Some directly in the design space, some style inspiration and one that is just damn fun. And since Russ Ward didn’t use all 5 of his … I’m using his last one here!
Have you ever eaten in a restaurant where you can see the kitchen? Better yet, have you eaten in a restaurant that’s design revolves around you being able watch how your food is prepared? Ever seen the origin of that yummy grass-fed steak on the menu, or the dairy your yummy Humboldt fog comes from? This is a trend these days what with the whole slow food, know-where-it-grows movements. And people seem keen to know where their food is coming from and how it is being prepared. Now, you are probably wondering what the hell this all has to do with design? Well I’m here to say we should be starting our own, slow-design know-where-it’s-designed movement … who’s with me?
Play too much and you will get fat. Gamers have high rates of depression. Only losers with no social skills play them. Get inspired by amazing interfaces. View the designs that are shaping our everyday lives. Only two of those statements are true (IMHO). The rest are stereotypes. And I’m not about to play to stereotypes (this time).
While riding the subway to work every morning I am bombarded with hundreds if not thousand of ads, everything from acne removal to Jameson’s Irish Whisky ads (which I think are great). An ad today for a new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of one of my favorite illustrators Norman Rockwell struck me. Not because I’m a fan, which I am. Not that I have grown up with him always close to me – my mother always had postcards of his illustrations on the back of our front door, the Norman Rockwell Museum is just 1 town from my families country house in the Berkshires. But what struck me is that this was about the photographs he took as source for his work.