- Tesla unveiled their latest car, the Model 3 - and it doesn't have a grill. In jettisoning what is typically a primary feature to distinguish one brand from another, Tesla is making a bold design choice that underscores their commitment to building a new future for automobiles rather than following closely in the footsteps of the auto industry.
- The massive international design consultancies that largely defined what commercial design was in the 20th century continue to bend, break, sell off or retool in the face of a much more dynamic corporate ecosystem. The latest chapter is frog design's Chief Creative Officer taking off to join a digital agency, and frog announcing that they will not be filling the position - instead they are going to spread the responsibilities across several people.
Feeding the Future :
- Given the strong forces of culture surrounding food, it can be hard to change our diets for improved personal and ecological health even when we know the hard facts about damage done by consuming large quantities of animal-derived products. By introducing a blend of beef and mushroom to school cafeterias, the Culinary Institute of America & the Mushroom Council (a pro-fungi interest/industry group) there's a hope to transition the red meat and dairy heavy diets of U.S. residents to a less resource intensive way of eating. With climate change reducing water supplies and arable lands all over the world, smart transitional concepts like this are a welcome tactic.
Technology as a Threat:
- Hijacking and "upgrading" insects to turn them into low cost, high performance drones. This is a really, really bad precedent but will almost certainly prove too tempting to not be readily adopted by intelligence or military organizations around the world.
P.S. - we are hiring: (We found our operations person already!) We're looking for designer / engineer type people (a formal degree in either field is not a requirement, overall design/building aptitude and attitude are more important to us.)