I make up part of the Communications Design team here at LUNAR. My background is mostly in product design, but before joining LUNAR I worked briefly in the ad world.
For me, the intersection of product design and advertising creates an interesting space to work in.
As a product engineer, I often find myself delighted by the little things–an ingenious locking mechanism, a cleverly designed component, a silky smooth hinge – which is why the simplest of designs are sometimes the most fascinating. One everyday object that I find to be particularly (and deliciously) nifty is the McFlurry spoon.
As an Interaction Designer with a background in various forms of 2D media design, I increasingly find myself surrounded by the emerging discipline of 3D, or more specifically, stereoscopic user interface design. (more…)
Here in the States, we easily think of America as the Land of Food to Go. We have the drive through, the Big Gulp and Starbuck’s lattes with cup cozies. But to walk down my home streets of Bangkok, Thailand is to see the mecca of street food and the hundreds of inventive ways it can be carried. (more…)
Commercials have always fascinated me. It occurred to me a few years ago that televisions only exist for the purpose of selling us stuff. Broadcast companies are able to spend millions on 22 minutes of our favorite sitcom because advertisers are willing to pay them millions to show eight minutes of advertisements during the show. Some of the most memorable stories, characters, and moments of my life were made possible by Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, and Ford. And it works! Americans watch, on average, four hours of television every day (or about an hour of commercials every day). (more…)
It should have been a very exciting time. I am in the market for a brand new car and as it is the first time in my entire consumer life I can afford investing in a vehicle fresh from the factory, expectations were high.
TV has been in a constant state of change in recent years, but the home invasion of VCRs and DVDs pales in comparison to the rate of change today. As ever-increasing options are available to consumers, how should companies decide what to design and build next? (more…)
It’s been two weeks since the close of ICFF and our heads are still spinning. The unveiling went swimmingly, with the LUNAR team just as delighted with the reactions to our piece as the show goers were with Koo. We were tickled to see the smiles creep onto the faces of attendees as they saw the transformation from bassinet to rocker, and were thrilled to hear over and over “I want one!”
When we had a spare moment to sneak away from the booth, these were some of the things we took in:
Some nice debuts. Council has a nice breadth for their 4 young years, including the new Swarm piece from Mike+Maaike.
Several rocking pieces, from rocking lawn lounger to a rocking bed. Is this some kind of recession/post-recession return to the womb?
Molo is nicely expanding their unique collection of honeycomb cardboard furniture into lighting. We loved their cardboard house and the lamps displayed as clouds around it. Playful and attractive!
Loved the Tom Dixon booth/ mini factory. Hats off to the effort of a well established designer pushing for local/ DIY manufacturing. Being able to see the assembly process, better understand the manufacturing process and even buy a product on the spot was quite new for a professional trade-show. But maybe I’m just a process geek!
Anne Kyyro Quinn’s Bespoke acoustic wall panels: very crafty and stunning felt wall panels. Simple idea, beautiful result. Would love some of them in our upcoming new office!
In general, lots of raw and crafty materials, many indigenous process and designer featured with very high quality and unique pieces.
We could not be happier with our first run at ICFF. Looking forward to next year! And since getting back to San Francisco, Koo has been getting overwhelmingly positive response. Bloggers, retailers and mommies everywhere are singing the praise of multifunctional baby gear that actually looks great.