At this time of year it's all about prediction. From Wearables to 4D printing to fitness tech to disruption - here are technology, design and consumer presentations from Frog Design, KoruLab, Brian Solis, Accentures Fjordnet Innovation group, Havas Media, Golden Gekko and Trendwatching.com.
'Metro'. An interactive design language to be reckoned with.
What is it? "Metro is the name of the new design language created for the Windows Phone 7 interface. When given the chance for a fresh start, the Windows Phone design team drew from many sources of inspiration to determine the guiding principles for the next generation phone interface. Sources included Swiss influenced print and packaging with its emphasis on simplicity, way-finding graphics found in transportation hubs and other Microsoft software such as Zune, Office Labs and games with a strong focus on motion and content over chrome." Source: http://www.microsoft.com/design/toolbox/tutorials/windows-phone-7/metro/
Metro's Design Principles are:
/ Light, Clean, Open, Fast / Content, not Chrome / Typography / Motion / Authentically Digital
Window's Phone interface before and after Metro... (Windows Mobile 6.5 vs Windows Phone 7)
Assorted Metro shots...
The creators of Windows Phone 7, the Metro UI and where the inspiration came from...
Jeff Fong, the Design lead for Windows Phone kicks-off Windows Phone design day with his overview of Metro...
Another great idea from Berg...no matter how 'digital' things become we all like to print bits and bobs out. Thanks @andrewdotdobson for the find.
"Little Printer lives in your home, bringing you news, puzzles and gossip from friends. Use your smartphone to set up subscriptions and Little Printer will gather them together to create a timely, beautiful mini-newspaper." http://bergcloud.com/littleprinter/#!prettyPhoto
"More and more people interact in an 'eco-system of screens'. It's not enough to design digital products and services...we also have to think about their connections. We need to design systems." via http://precious-forever.com/
What would happen to the branding of Orange & T-Mobile if they merged, what would their brand look like?
Strand Consulting chief executive John Strand said: "The two brands will run separately. To say to Orange it has to give up the Orange brand would be like asking the Queen she must speak French. It won't happen. The same with T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom will not give up its brand in the UK." See http://www.mobilenewscwp.co.uk/News/316600/new_orangetmobile_jv_brand.html
But what of they HAD to make a hybred brand together, what would they do…? Obvious & sensible… · Create an entirely new brand, ‘powered by’ Orange & T-Mobile (this’ll probably be the way they’ll go)
Use the square… · They both use squares, so some kind of hybred pink and Orange square?
Change the name to: · Pink… · Orangey-pink · Sunset Mobile · O-Mobile · Orange-Mobile · TO-Mobile (like together…!) · OT-Mobile (or even OTT Mobile, over-the-top mobile)
What if they kept Orange’s strapline… · The future’s bright, the future’s Orange · The future’s brighter, the future’s Pink · The future’s brightest, the future’s a Pinky-Orange hybred
What if they kept T-Mobile’s strapline… · Life’s for Sharing · A brand’s for sharing · Share an orange I’d love to be a fly on the wall in the brand steering meetings to see how they’d fight it out, somewhere between the Orange and the Pink corner. Here are some bad logo designs to show you what I mean…