Follow-Ups: 04-04-2006

by April 4, 2006

Follow-up for: Design Vision

"The design group includes the disciplines of advanced mechanical, user interface, industrial design, research, material sciences, and more. Within the last two years, the roles and disciplines of this group evolved from where we were to the point that it's probably one of the most diverse, multi-disciplinary corporate design groups all under one roof."-Jim Wicks, Motorola

"It's all about one thing: creative problem-solving to get the story out" -Robert Greenberg, R/GA "It's all about one thing: creative problem-solving to get the story out" -Robert Greenberg, R/GA

Follow-up for: A New Kind of Media

Ian Rogers (Yahoo! Music) describes the importance standards in online music:

“It was not great technology that drove the Internet boom, but great standards. (TCP/IP, HTML, and HTTP) gave us unprecedented opportunity (the Web). We’re Still Lacking Standards in Digital Media. Great technology has brought us iTunes, iPod, and Windows Media Player. Great standards (XSPF, XIPF, Web services loosely coupling together services like eMusic with applications like Songbird) can give us unprecedented opportunity.” -Media 2.0 Physics

A focus on standards could enable the “Future of Media” described by Fred Wilson:

“Microchunk it - Reduce the content to its simplest form. Free it - Put it out there without walls around it or strings on it. Syndicate it - Let anyone take it and run with it. Monetize it - Put the monetization and tracking systems into the microchunk.” -The Future of Media

Follow-up for: Designed by Nature

"Bionics is the study of living systems with the intention of applying their principles to the design of engineering systems." A bionic system is one that combines the biological and mechanical systems to create an enhanced system that is more powerful than either alone. It strikes me that this "bionic" aspect is critical to many of the most successful web applications. – Bionic Software, Tim O’Reilly