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  • Book Review. Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design. By Bill Buxton

    After spending a couple days on a train I got the chance to read my latest design book. Book Review. Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design. By Bill Buxton. This book is a deep look at a product design techniquie, but in the lanuage for technical software / user interface designers.  The first half of the book is all about sketching, and covers some product design history. He talks though this by showing mountain bike, and orange juice case studys.  The 2nd part of the book (pages 234 and after) is all about diffent technics...

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  • Thoughtless Act. Wheel Barrow BBQ

    Thoughtless Acts: BBQ Wheel Barrow. Inspired by the Book from IDEO, This is a great product solution with not for it purpose products.

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  • My Industrial Work Placement: Resolute, Seattle.

    I have just completed my years (10 months) work placement at Resolute, an arcertical lighting design firm. The work placement was part of degree which is 4 year sandwich. This just means that I work for a year before my last year, I would recommend this to all undergrdautes as you are going to have to end out working eventily, a work placemnet will give you an option to see what the industry is really like, and what your strenghts are. At Resolute I had a rought 3 phase workplan, this consited of. **Full Imerisoin: **Working in all areas of...

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  • Designers are wankers. By Lee McCormack

    I found this book in the Museum of Modern Art in SanFran, yet the book is written by Lee McCormack an English Designer. The book will teach any designer what you will learn on placement and that Is that industry sees ‘Designers as wankers’. The book talks about how to work with industry and manufactures. The book follows Lee’s multimedia Pod, and how he struggled filling orders and getting componets from manufacuteres. Lee addresses how to approach these industries and how to protect yourself and your ideas. The book finishes with review from top designs, Paul Smith, Jason Kirk, Karmin...

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  • cheap but good. the UK Addicted to Cheap Shopping?

    Addicted to Cheap Shopping? Most people believe that prices are constantly rising, but in reality the cost of most consumer goods have been drastically falling over the past 10 years. Libby Potter crosses three continents to reveal how ‘cheap’ has changed the world. In America she visits the busiest mall on earth – which can house 32 jumbo jets – and the small town where one store revoluntionised the way everything is now sold. In Europe, she meets shopaholics and sees how one retailer totally transformed how we buy. She also goes shopping in the ‘citadel of cheap’ – the...

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  • product design magazines

    The internet is a great resource for finding out news, but sometimes its nice to have the information in your hand. These are my top ten magazines for product designers to read. (and top 5 to not!) Design Week <p style="text-align: center"> </p> Design Week <br clear="all" /></li> * I.D.<img src="/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/id.thumbnail.jpg" alt="id.jpg" class="imageframe imgalignleft" align="left" height="200" width="200" /> I.D. <br clear="all" /> * Business Week * Wallpaper * Creative Review</ol> 1. Blueprint

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  • Design 21 Social Design Compertitoin

    Here are my two entry’s for Design21 social Design competition. These were very rushed entry’s, and aren’t polished ideas. I entered two competitions one about designing an emergency shelter and one for a toy product. Guts.  Robotics made easy.   

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  • dub. a phone concept for facebook. Watch out iPhone.

    This is a personal design project taking the facebook platform and making a phone around it. Building on a already successful interface. dub contains some great features such as a split braille input, and a real time RFID based crowd search. “getting laid, was never so easy”. Please post your comments and suggestions here. read more

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  • Summer site update.

    There is some existing stuff that I’m currently working on, a product called ‘the dub’, and various other design projects. I’m currently migrating this site to a new web host that will allow me run more video and allow for larger files on this site. I will be trying to update the blog with a ‘usfull’ post once a month. There will be a ‘services for hire’ section on my website that will allow anyone to give me some freelance love. UPDATE: Site is now on new Server. benarent is now on Dreamhost. This will mean that I will be...

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  • Engadget, Treehugger, CNet, SciFiChannel…. Bring on the PR

    Hey, Just a quick thank you, for checking out my site. Its been very interesting to the linking work. It started when I finally updated my Corfolot Portfolio, which  in 3 days was linked by various design sites, then linked by Engadget. Which is amazing for me! As a avaid Engadget reader. I would like to appolgise, for the lack of content and bad grammer on the site. It isn’t in its finsihed state. I am working on lot of new design projects at the moment and will be constantly updating my site. I’m currently seeking a company to sponser...

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