design by intention

this clip played at the start of wwdc:

with all the hype around ios 7, and the buzz words (“flat”, “skeuomorphism” ) being thrown around…i don’t really care. i’m not surprised that a company so focused on good design and simplicity has such a beautifully-animated design manifesto/statement.

source: fast co design

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i wish wired hadn't taken this down, it took me forever to find this

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words of wisdom

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stay hungry, stay foolish: remembering steve + michael

steve jobs
1955 – 2011

john lasseter + steve jobs

why?
because he valued design and aesthetics as much as function and performance
because he constantly strove to be the best–even until the end. i don’t think it’s a coincidence he died only a day after the iphone 4s was released. he was in it until the end.
because of his creativity and innovation
because i don’t think pixar would be here today if it wasn’t for him
because of his charisma and his ability to inspire others
because he was a regular guy

an oldie but goodie:

michael jackson
1958 – 2009

why?
because he’s the moon walker
because of his compassion and empathy
because he was also a perfectionist
because he felt lonely
because he truly loved his fans
because i abandoned him

why thrill billie jean when you can be a smooth criminal?

because…they left us too soon…were game-changers, no–world-changers…there will never be anyone else like them
rest in peace
i will miss you both, always

evolution of style + dance

how cute is this westfield stratford ad?  it combines a bunch of things i like: fashion, dance, couples (i guess?), and videography.

it chronicles 100 years of east london style from the 1910’s until present times.

when i saw this, it totally reminded me of the evolution of dance video (and i wasn’t alone):

and while we’re on the subject of dance…how amazing is david elsewhere?  an oldie but goodie, i can’t help but smile when i watch this:

he’s one of the silhouettes in my favorite ipod ad (break dancing + daft punk? yes, please!):

it’s a shame he never got to perform with michael jackson; they were collaborating for “this is it”…

dancing is one of the (many) things i really wish i was good at.  funny how this turned from a fashion post to dance.

have a great labor day weekend!  i’ll be spending it churning out 8 essays.

how apple broke the pr rules–and got away with it

i saw an interesting post today from the harvard business review called “how apple broke the pr rules–and got away it” by joshua gans.  he basically discusses how apple broke 5 “key” pr rules after the fiasco of the iphone 4 release.  when it was released, apple was faced with a crisis over dropped signal strength if the device was held a certain way.  by breaking these crisis communication rules, apple actually benefited and saved its brand and reputation.

i won’t post the entire article, if you’re interested in learning more, just check it out at hbr. but i will list the 5 rules broken by apple:

  1. apologize & take full responsibility
  2. don’t create expectations with a media event
  3. announce the giveaway first
  4. avoid specific comparisons with competitors
  5. don’t air your industry’s dark secrets

reading this made me wonder how toyota would have fared if it had responded the way apple did after the recalls.