London architecture collective Softkill Design has joined the race to build the world’s first 3D printed house, announcing plans for a plastic dwelling that could be built off-site in three weeks and assembled in a single day.
The paper, published in the journal Building and the Environment, found that classroom design could be attributed to a 25% impact, positive or negative, on a student’s progress over the course of an academic year. The difference between the best- and worst-designed classrooms covered in the study? A full year’s worth of academic progress.
The product’s potential is undeniable: Socially speaking, Graph Search is a friend finder, a dating service, and even a way to learn things about friends and family that you never thought to ask. But there’s almost an uncanny valley we’re approaching of knowing too much about a stranger, and whether that information becomes repulsive or liberating will come completely down to a few pieces of design.
What struck me about our brief conversation wasn’t that Mr. Cook was talking about two teensy buttons — this is Apple, after all — but that he never once mentioned the technology in the iPad Mini. Instead, he talked about one thing: design.
If these screens are any indication, we’re in for a slim and tall iPhone 5 design. Perhaps most intriguing — the dock connector appears to be much smaller. Compatibility with third-party devices that rely upon the dock connector could be a potential problem.
When paired with this front shot, this iPhone 5 design seems even more real.
We try to develop products that seem somehow inevitable. That leave you with the sense that that’s the only possible solution that makes sense. Our products are tools and we don’t want design to get in the way. We’re trying to bring simplicity and clarity, we’re trying to order the products. I think subconsciously people are remarkably discerning. I think that they can sense care.
Google announced a ton of new design upgrades for Google+ today. Among them: improved navigation, redesigned stream and dedicated hangouts page, essentially making Google+ look like a drastically different product.
Sarah Perez did a nice job summarizing the design changes, which appear to be a pretty impressive list.
But I’m concerned.
In highlighting the new features, Google also mentions that Google+ now has over 170 million users. However, it’s still counting those who share via Search, Gmail, YouTube and other places across Google’s network – so, again, it’s not a real count of how many users are visiting Google+ as a destination of its own.
The design upgrade is nice, but just how many users will actually see it? Google seems to skirt around the question about Google+ active users, even Google+ unique users (i.e. users who create a Google account for the sole purpose of signing up for the social network).
I’m skeptical of the impact the updated design and functionality will have, given that a significant portion of Google+’s 170 million users probably won’t even click over to Google+ to share on the social network. Good design can re-engage users to start sharing more, but if the active users aren’t there, the ceiling (and subsequent overall impact) only gets so high.