Tanner Christensen: Where digital product design is going


"No longer is it reasonable for design leaders to merely advocate for “average” users, emphasizing an arbitrary quality bar that appeals to many but fulfills the needs of only a few. These design leaders know they can’t simply be data-driven, but instead they must be data-informed and make decisions from data that’s paired with empathy and diverse perspectives. They know that data can’t empathize or feel.

Leaders in digital product design are those who are willing to pull on a thread in order to uncover where an experience might fail, cause harm, or otherwise negatively influence real people."

Dieter Rams: If I Could Do It Again, "I Would Not Want To Be A Designer"

Design Legend Dieter Rams on the future of design:

We need to deal with our resources differently, in terms of how we waste things. We have to move away from the throwaway habit. Things can, and must, last longer. They must be designed so that they can be reused. We need to take more care of our environment. That means not only our personal environment but also our cities and our resources. That is the future of design, to take more care of these basic elements. Otherwise I’m not sure what the future of our planet will be. So designers have to take on that responsibility, and to do so we need more support from government. We need political support to solve the problems with our environment and how we should shape our cities. As designers, we shouldn’t be doing this for ourselves, but for our community. And the community needs support, not only to interact with each other democratically, but it also needs support to live democratically.

Things you can rock with the new Gold MacBook

Here are some things that would go well with your new Gold MacBook:

Nike Air Foamposite One "Metallic Gold" Basketball Shoes
Recognized for its futuristic design language - the shoe’s rugged upper in shiny gold is just the look to coordinate with that flashy new MacBook.  Available April 3 for $230. 

Louis Vuitton Lockit MM Handbag
In the Classic Monogram canvas, the Lockit MM is just the right size to carry your super-light Gold laptop in style.  Available now for $3,150.

Adia Kimbur Crystal Embellished Necklace

Gold-plated triangles and crystals create a dimensional bib on this eye-catching Adia Kibur necklace.  $95.

Rolex Oyster Sky-Dweller 42mm watch in Yellow Gold

The Sky-Dweller is "the first Rolex with two time zones and an innovative annual calendar that marks the passage of the months." Approx. $40K

Alex's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

It's the season of gift-giving, and as such, you may be a little challenged.  For me, the best strategy is to give something you would want yourself - hence, this little guide.  After you've gone through the awesome gift guides from the Verge, Wirecutter, and The Bold Italic, here are some additional gift ideas for yourself, or the nerds in your life (like me).

Photive 50 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger

Buy on Amazon

This 6 Port Charger is great for trips, especially if you have a lot of mobile devices that you need to charge. With 6 ports, you can charge your iPhones, iPads and any other devices that use USB.

Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

Buy on Amazon

The QC25s offer top-notch active noise cancelling, which is important when you're travelling by plane, boat or car.  They are also comfortable, lightweight and look good.

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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i Mobile Scanner

Buy on Amazon

In the digital age, going paperless is the way to go.  The ScanSnap S1300i is a portable scanner that allows you to quickly scan multi-page documents (front and back) and with OCR technology you'll be able to easily search for your scans.

BackBlaze Online Backup Service

Buy on Backblaze.com

A backup plan is super important for a growing family, especially for those with newborns, who will take tons of photos and videos in just the first year.  Backblaze makes the process of protecting your data super easy.

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Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation 

Buy on Iconicbook.com

A beautiful photo book by takes you on a tour of the most visually stunning and important products produced by the world's most innovative company — Apple.

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Apple Watch (or, at least a Gift Card to buy one when it comes out)

Buy on Apple Store

The Apple Watch doesn't come out until early 2015.  But in the meantime, you can make purchasing one much easier with a Gift Card so that when the watch is available, pulling the trigger on an Apple Watch won't be so hard.

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Jason Markk Holiday Box

Buy at jasonmarkk.com

The sneaker head will love the Holiday Box from Jason Markk, in collaboration with artist Naturel for a limited edition Gift Box. The box includes an Essential Kit, Set of 12 Quick Wipes, Microfiber Towel, Premium Brush and a Travel Shoe Bag.

Studio Ghibli Collection on Blu-Ray

Buy Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service, and The Wind Rises on Amazon

For the anime lover: Disney finally made available the animated classics directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by his famed Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli. As a group, they're a nice sampling of Miyazaki's work.

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Iron Man Mark 42 figure by Revoltech

Buy on Amazon

The Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn't come out until next summer. While you're waiting, this 6-inch fully possible figure will bring hours of enjoyment, allowing you to play out scenes from the first one.

Deluxe Flying Baymax with Hiro Action Figure

Buy on Amazon

This 11-inch Baymax with 4.-5-inch Hiro Hamada figure has 20-plus points of articulation, has the famous rocket fist from the movie, and plays different phrases from the film.  Perfect for the Big Hero 6 Fan.

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Transformers Generations: Leader Class Jetfire

Buy on Amazon

A show-accurate figure from the 1984 TV series of the scientist autobot who transforms into a white jet.  Nuff said. 

LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy Escape from Nowhere

Buy on Amazon

Lego versions of Groot and Rocket Raccoon.  How can you go wrong?