Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bloggin' Time : Drei

So, I'm not a Dyson sponsor or anything like that (one may think since this is my second consecutive dyson blog), but I saw this in a mall and thought it was the coolest thing ever. Well, maybe not the coolest thing ever, but pretty sweet. Just like the last blog, this is amazing design. Kudos to Mr. Dyson! First, let me tell you my encounter. So, I'm washing my hands in a restroom and I see this box. I thought it may be a hand dryer, but at the same time never saw something that looked like this. Oh! It was made by Dyson! Of course it's a hand dryer. There is this gap in the box where you stick your hands and it automatically starts blowing air. Not like a regular air dryer. It's this stream of air. I don't know exactly how I feel about it though. It's not like it dries your hands any faster than a regular dryer, plus you have your hands in this box and you have to keep going in and out just to get dry. (imagine going through a car wash. even though the air is blowing on your car to dry your car, you still leave with a little water on it). So let's see. I think the design of this product and the technological part of this product is amazing. The air stream is my favorite. Although I don't think it works amazing, the concept behind the product is definitely something to look out for.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bloggin' Time : Dos

I've always been interested in mid-century modernism. I guess you can say if I had the opportunity, I would love to fly into a time machine and go back to that era. Well, while looking at a modernist website, I somehow came across Dyson's bladeless fan. What?! A bladeless fan? I really don't know how long this has been out. Maybe I'm out of the loop and this has been out for awhile, but this is new to me. I am personally finding it hard to explain how this works exactly, which is why I posted a link to their website. Basically, airflow is amplified through an airfoil-shaped ramp to create a very smooth air current. A fan leaves ripples because of its cage while the Dyson fan brings out a smooth, cylindrical air current.
I chose to write about this product because of its design, plus a bladeless fan?! This fan, like many of Dyson's works are designed beautifully. Enjoy!

Friday, January 15, 2010

bloggin' time 1 : heat maps

i'm working on an identity for a client at work. i've already finished their logo and was working on a letterhead system for them. during my early phases i came up with some pretty nice ideas but they still needed some tweaking. my boss looked over my designs and started talking about heat maps. he mentioned to me that even though heat maps are mainly used for web use, they can be easily worked into print material as well. he told me to look at my work and view it as a heat map. see what is important and fix my work based on this "heat map." i started looking up heat maps, something i've never done before and found it quite interesting. a program is set up and a heat index shows what is most important on the site by sight. i looked at my letterhead system as if i was the heat map and saw what was important and least important. try it out sometime. no matter what a program may be used for can be beneficial in other ways as well.