“Stories are the currency of human contact”, Robert McKee said once. I guess we can find that true every time we make our friends laugh (or bored ;)), can’t stop watching Louis CK’s standups, sit up with an exciting book, or watch a keynote with Steve Jobs. So the next time you need some “currency” on a seminar, meeting or a party, you can recall one of these stories:
It’s happened to all of us: You open a new box of cereal or crackers, dispense as much of the product as you need, and then prepare to close the box using the package’s tab-in-slot mechanism. This requires you to press down on the die-stamped perforation that will create the slot, which is easy enough, until…
Once upon a time, soccer balls (or footballs, depending on where you hail from) were inflated pig bladders wrapped in leather. One variation was an ancient Chinese game called “tsu chu,” using a ball stuffed with feathers. In medieval England, players used leather-covered wine bottles filled with cork shavings (…)
Seems old? And this is not even the first version of the logo… :)
But Belanger wasn’t just any parent; he was a mechanical engineer. One day in 1988, as Belanger found himself cleaning up a spill again, he thought, How many times am I going to do this? And that’s when he decided to solve the problem for good.
The fascinating study in obscure typography opens with the single symbol that inspired the entire book, a symbol that has ties to some of the greatest events in human history, including the rise of the Catholic Church and the invention of the printing press: the pilcrow.
It’s human nature to hate things that remind us of how dumb we used to be;
In the 1960s, grocery stores handed out free cards covered with a waxy coating that hid a possible cash prize. To find out if you’d won, you either scratched off the coating or wiped it off with a rag dipped in butter.
Too much even for Edward Tufte…
Some of the very first computer video games (called roguelikes) used @ to represent the player as he explored rudimentary ASCII dungeons. “This is you, and you are at this location within our cyber world.”
While visiting the island of Curaçao, Heineken was bothered by the mass amounts of trash–including his own bottles–and the lack of housing. His solution? Make a beer bottle that could serve as a brick when it’s finished.
Andrew Lih, then in his first year teaching at the Ivy League school, proposed a different idea. “I said we should abandon this CD-ROM stuff and try this wacky new technology called the World Wide Web and we should use a browser called Mosaic,” he recalls. “They kind of looked at me and said, ‘Are you sure? We’ve never heard anyone talk about this stuff before’. And I said, ‘Trust me, we gotta do this.’
If there is one thing that CEO Tim Cook doesn’t want people to know, it’s what dwells behind his company’s “signature.” As a result, most efforts to explain design at Apple end up reducing a complex 37-year history to bromides about simplicity, quality, and perfection–as if those were ambitions unique to Apple alone. So Fast Company set out to remedy that deficiency through an oral history of Apple’s design, a decoding of the signature as told by the people who helped create it.
- An Oral History Of Apple Design: 2000
An Oral History Of Apple Design: 2001
An Oral History Of Apple Design: 2004
An Oral History Of Apple Design: 2013
I designed most of the audio currently in the product today. There are a few major components that make up the audio identity. First, is the base chord which is an Fmaj7 chord. For you music nerds out there, yes, these notes actually spell out “FACE”. There are a few reasons I went with this chord
You know, not the simply-bad-ads kind… this kind of ads ;)
One of Steve Jobs’ biggest heroes is Edwin Land, the inventor of Polaroid. Former Apple CEO John Sculley describes a meeting they had years ago and how both Land and Jobs felt that products existed all along — they just needed to discover them.
In 1872, Charles Darwin published The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, a book that cataloged emotional expressions in humans and their link to the animal world. In the book, Darwin described more than 50 universal emotions. Now Facebook, with the help of a psychologist who studies emotions and a Pixar illustrator, has turned some of the emotions Darwin described in the 19th century into a set of emoticons.
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