• Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition. — Freeman Thomas
  • I believe that quality level is determined primarily by the actual design of the product itself, not by quality control in the production process. — Hideo Sugiura
  • The details are not the details. They make the design. — Charles Eames
  • Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. — Steve Jobs
  • Once the product's task is known, design the interface first; then implement to the interface design. — Jef Raskin

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Events for March 2015

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Mobile Measurement University

March 3, 2015
Techhub, Bangalore
Hosted in conjunction with Times Internet Limited & TLabs, we're planning an interactive session covering all things mobile measurement and attribution: from basic fundamentals to cutting-edge best practices from leading mobile marketing & analytics teams in the US and India.

IBRX - International Battery Expo and Recycling Conference 2015

March 3-5, 2015
Marriott Resort & Spa, Goa
It will feature Exhibition by Battery Manufacturers , Equipment for Battery Manufacturing, Equipment for Battery Recycling . Recent technological advances in battery manufacturing. Waste management and Environmentally Sound Technologies for recycling Used Batteries.

Intel IoT Roadshow

Posted in Design Competitions/Festivals

Are you ready to build something innovative with the Intel® IoT Developer Kit?

Here’s your chance!

 

Happening worldwide and the Bangalore details are as follows:

  • April 11th: begins 9am
    April 12th: ends 6:30pm
  • MLR Convention Centre
    No.35, Next to the Mahadevapura fire station
    Garudacharupalya, Mahadevapura Post
    Bangalore - 560048

Website for Registration

James Dyson Award 2015

Posted in Design Competitions/Festivals

The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The Award is open to current and recent design engineering students. It’s run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to get young people excited about design engineering.

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Engineering The City

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Book Review

Author: Matthys Levy and Richard Panchyk
Publisher: Chicago Review Press. 2000.

Reviewer: Arvind Padmanabhan

This is a book meant for school children aged 10 and above. Indeed, one does not need to wait for college to get introduced to engineering. When children play with plasticine they are exercising their imagination and building engineering models. When they play with Lego blocks they are actually learning how to make structures and put things together. Likewise, books such as this one can be read by adults who have somehow lost touch with their surroundings and are taking things for granted.

I was prompted to pick up this book mainly due to the pathetic state of today's Indian cities. I live in Bangalore where urban planning does not appear to exist. Newly paved roads last for a few months at best, before they become a mix of potholes, puddles and ridges. Last week I lost Internet connection for a couple of days because construction workers next door unknowingly cut the optic fibre. In summer months, there are power cuts and water shortages (these are much worse in Chennai). Sometimes one hears of sewage lines leaking into water supply lines. Stomach-related disorders are becoming common. Hygiene is one factor but there are also shady practices of genetic modifications and excessive use of pesticides.

Garbage levy is collected but there is no proper segregation of dry and wet waste, and no consistent recycling process. It is common to see open heaps of garbage that make an inviting buffet for strays cows and dogs. Finally, there are the city canals, vestiges of a colonial drainage system, that are now rivers of filth and stench. How did we end up like this when the Indus Valley civilization had almost perfected a system of town planning?