With the arrival of our site-wide celebration of 15th anniversary of Design Milk comes the rare opportunity to pause and take a deep breath to explore what we’ve worked on over the years, both as a team and as individuals, reporting on design in all its facets. As a technology editor here at Design Milk, it was both a nostalgic pleasure and a challenging task, as my main focus on the interface of design and technology is developing at a rapid pace, a confluence that has become increasingly inseparable as technology penetrates all facets of the modern Life one.
When I joined the team in 2014, Design Milk was still mainly focused on the more prominent pillars of architecture, decor, product and industrial design that held the roof of the design halls. Our founder realized that technology was exponentially becoming an indispensable tool for designers, while evolving into a new canvas of both material and increasingly immaterial nature. Fortunately, I’ve avoided categories like automotive, mobile, smart home, games, and various other technology categories that were previously only sporadically covered to better determine how design evolved (and vice versa; over the years, tech companies have increasingly more focused and dedicated efforts to appeal to the design community).
Design Milk began at a time when giant tablet-sized touchscreens in fully electric cars were still a novel “what-if” concept, while virtual reality was popularly associated with a sliding musician with an affinity for giant headgear , and Steve Jobs had to drop the groundbreaking Apple iPhone to forever transform our relationship with technology and design into app-sized nibbles. In retrospect, I have had numerous extraordinary opportunities to learn how designers, engineers, and programmers use technology to manipulate and enhance the human experience. Below are a selection of some of my favorite milestones and memories of that awkward timeline of technology and design for Design Milk.
Automatic enables safe tweeting + updating of Facebook status while driving
The very first tech post I would write for Design Milk encompassed topics that are still very dear to my heart today: mobile devices, automotive integration, our virtual online life in connection with our IRL activities, and automation. Back then we suggested: “Imagine your vehicle automatically emails your mechanic when an engine check alert comes up, turns on or dims the house lights upon departure or arrival, or automatically sends notifications to family members that you are safe too They’re home after a visit on Facebook, Twitter, or email. ”Nowadays, these features are commonplace and branded into cars, rather than required as add-on accessories, and show how today’s what-if models are fast can become the standard.
The beauty is in the details: Volvo XC90 test drive 2016
I remember that Volvo event getting lost in the rolling hills of Spain with a passenger and the remarkable effort the Swedish automobile brand made to highlight and explain many of the core principles of their design, which are reflected in three new models for the Express yourself – including that of the then new XC90 – in the language of the designers rather than one specifically aimed at traditional automotive media. Tisha Johnson, Volvo’s chief interior designer, would be up to the task of interweaving the brand’s sublime language of modernist architecture and Swedish affinity for nature to highlight many of the functional, tactile and aesthetic details that were reshaping the perception of Volvo internationally. underneath that is an adorable “spider web” pattern and spider hidden on the underside of the rear compartment lid that added structural reinforcement.
A great time for simplicity: 12 minimalist watches
In 2014, wearable technology was not yet a mainstream term or category. The Apple Watch was a year away from its official release, and we still categorized traditional timepieces – albeit minimalist design watches – as a technology that, despite its increasingly anachronistic necessity in the age of the smartphone, is still desirable to wear and own. Readers would corroborate this assumption and would become one of our most popular posts by the end of the year.
A preview of a custom fit future: adidas Futurecraft 3D
As in the post above, the introduction of technology into fashion made a notable impact on the development of improved 3D printing technology. And no company has done more to push the boundaries of functional fashion designed and made with 3D tools than adidas and their Futurecraft 3D initiative. I would receive one of the first hundred prototypes of 3D printed sneakers, one with a “light off-white TPU of the 3D printed midsole that gives the appearance of an athletic Matthew Barney piece.”
Our favorites from CES 2016
I’d been to numerous consumer electronic shows over the years before joining Design Milk, but I remember 2016 as my sophomore year with a Design Milk-embossed media pass and a small budget to stay in Las Vegas to explore the endless halls of new technology. including the most amazing headphones I’ve ever heard and the unforgettable pleasure of watching “this guy air guitar” at the Sony booth.
This 112-year-old company makes giant tables for Apple Campus 2
Our first formal press invitation from Cupertino was not for a computer or a mobile device, but for a table, one that would play a prominent role in the future Apple Campus 2, also known as the “spaceship”, made of large spans made of oiled Spesshart white oak the fairy tale forests of Germany and processed into beautiful surfaces to move and force Apple’s teams to work together organically.
How Ivy Ross helped transform Google’s design culture
If you haven’t yet listed our DMTV milkshake episode with Google’s VP of Hardware Design, Ivy Ross, I would highly recommend you listen to it as it certainly complements the myriad of accomplishments she has made as a design artist technology and data-driven company. Ross and her dedicated team are responsible for conveying a human-centered design – an aesthetic and tactile heart for the established brains of Google.
Behind the doors of Microsoft’s Building 87
Visiting Microsoft Building 87 – or “B87” as it is called on Microsoft’s 500-acre campus in Redmond, Washington – was like a behind-the-scenes tour of the land of Oz, a tour taken by the slightly mischievous Microsoft Head of Design Ralf. Grone was headed. He gave us a glimpse into various prototypes of the Surface team, their exploratory materials labs, and the unforgettable opportunity to stand in the quietest room in the world (which I really enjoyed to a somewhat alarming extent).
The Moog matriarch joins the family at Moogfest 2019
The invitation to Moogfest, a diverse music, art and technology festival in North Carolina, was a little surprise. Although I was aware of the iconic reputation of the Moog synthesizers, I experienced a uniquely jubilant event that felt like a mass in nine parts. I built a limited edition Moog Spectravox synth, met Mark Ramos Nishita, aka Money Mark, and went to? Uestlove when he put his hands in the air and she waved like you didn’t care.
The new Jaguar design studio is defined by creative permeability
Access to Jaguar’s 39,000 square foot Jaguar Design Studio and Engineering Center in Gaydon, Warwickshire, UK provided an exceptional opportunity not only to see an entirely new and cutting-edge automotive design facility equipped with state-of-the-art models On a 1: 1 scale, mimicking virtual reality cockpits and a range of test simulation facilities (including a giant lighting system that mimics the natural light of certain geographic locations) also gave me a better understanding of the holistic approach required to run a computer on four Design wheels. The charming Jaguar Design Director Julian Thomson was an easy-going guide, both in an office setting and in test vehicles.