Everyday creative work

for Harvard's SEAS ENG-SCI 22 / GSD SCI 6276 course

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  • Desirable Objects

    Warby Parker: The branding is a comprehensive package. The company markets their eyewear as an alternative to a traditionally overpriced and boring product. On top of that they have partnered with nonprofits to ensure that every pair of glasses sold will be matched by a pair donated to someone in need. Already the product is…

  • Design for Desirability

    Instagram makes everyone a photographer. Easy-to-use filters modeled on real vintage film styles produce images that look like they’ve been around for a while, giving users’ images weight with faux-nostalgia. Users share their images with friends or an audience of strangers, allowing everyone to be a glamorous street photographer/photojournalist/fashion photographer. Foursquare allows users to brag…

  • Desirability Examples – Melody Wu

    Melody Wu Psychology Senior  Evernote Evernote is desirable because it is a note-taking app that synchronizes between all your devices. You can begin taking notes on your laptop and pick up where you left off on your smartphone wherever you are. The synchronization happens so seamlessly and quickly that you won’t notice a lag time…

  • New York Times Subscription #DEvdokimova

    NY Times has the best design among most well known news engines (have you seen cnn.com?). It’s very minimalistic and easy to use and their traditional typeface keeps it authentic. Another nice detail is that the way their articles are located on page reminds of their actual newspaper.   They’re also the only major newspaper…

  • Pinky’s cupcakes (or any cupcakes…) #DEvdokimova

    Would anyone ever want to consume 5 teaspoons of sugar and about as much fat all together? Surprisingly, virtually everyone. I often wonder what part of human obsession with sweets and desserts come from the fact that they are designed to look desirable.   Pinky’s cupcakery in San Francisco is a typical example of an…

  • Google Chrome #DEvdokimova

    It used to be that only techy geeks used to worry about the browser they’re on but now this concern has become universal. There’s just something about the moment when someone I know opens Safari that makes me wonder: ‘Does he know what he’s doing?’ Personally, I automatically assume that this person just hasn’t done…

  • Products Designed for Desirability

    Legos Legos are a desirable product because they have so many forms and uses. Legos come in various styles and colors, so they can illustrate various themes. They can be used to model people in interior spaces or create a battle scene. Legos are also very easy to use because their form reflects their function.…

  • Desirable objects! Jan 30, 2012

    1) Berg little printer: (see attached video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlC5taBgLp0 This little blue tooth receipt printer is a simple concept. In the promotional video, the cute and well-executed design is shown off. Everything from the face-like interface to the red feet are aesthetically pleasing design choices. While buying a printer is not something I think I need,…

  • Welcome to Design Survivor!

    Welcome to the Design Survivor tumblr!  This is going to be our communication hub for assignments, readings and announcements, as well as a place for you to post your work, look and ask for help, and find information about class events and Reveals.  All posts will be tagged to make it easy for you to…

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