David Hill

The Museum of Modern Art, in New York City, is one of my favorite cultural havens. Whenever I’m in the city I always try to plan a visit and recharge my art and design batteries. Artists such as, Matisse, Calder, Picasso, and Klee are all there for the viewing. Honestly, I don't think I have ever seen a bad Picasso. The design gallery is a very special place for me. There I can see the things that designers dream of. The objects that have broken through the ordinary and made a lasting statement.  It always makes me proud to see the 701c “Butterfly “on display there. Fortunately for me, I’ll be at the MoMA  today. I'll be there for an early celebration of the 20th anniversary of ThinkPad and the official launch of the X1 Carbon. I can't think of a better reason to make the trek to New York City. The premier device for business, the X1 Carbon is the latest in a long line of milestone ThinkPads. It also happens to be the ThinkPad I’m carrying now. Although controversial to some, the island style X1 keyboard is truly the best I have ever experienced. For a person who travels a lot, there is no such thing as having a ThinkPad that is too thin or light. That story has been true for nearly 20 years. Thanks to advanced carbon-fiber construction, the X1 Carbon measures just a scant 18mm thin and weighs in at under 3 pounds. A far cry from the first...

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Do you know what it means to be a Jeep?

Do you know what it means to be a Jeep?

Fastcompany.com just published a new blog called 9 Principles For Great Branding By Design. I'm one of the three designers interviewed by the author, Mark McNeilly. The others include Bob Brunner, former manager of design at Apple, and Joe Doucet, up and coming design star. Thanks to Mark for putting this blog together about a topic I find personally interesting and important to the field of design. There are few products that have a stronger design and branding connection than a ThinkPad. David Hill

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The Porsche 911 has become an icon of automobile performance by design

The Porsche 911 has become an icon of automobile performance by design

Ferdinand A. Porsche, designer of the iconic 911 sports car, died yesterday at the age of 76. He was the grandson of the founder of the company, known to many by the nickname "Butzi". He was also one of my design heroes. A hero not only because he penned one of the most impressive car designs ever, but because he had a design philosophy that inspired my own. I'm mourning the loss of this design legend. Someday I want to own a nice black 911 and emerse myself in his philosophy every day, tough duty. A true design legend at work shaping a future icon The original Porsche 911 turned out to be such an immediate and lasting hit that the company never entertained replacing it with a new design. Instead, they managed the design through evolutionary refinement. Each new generation was intended to improve on the breed, rather than ignore the past. In spite of countless modifications, technology shifts, and governmental regulations, today's 911 is a clear descendant of the original design vision. A vision that has endured for nearly 50 years. There are few other cars that can boast of such an incredible legacy and cult following. Now in its seventh design generation, the car remains an icon of performance, engineering prowess, and pure sex appeal. Ferdinand was once quoted as saying “Design must be functional and functionality must be...

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Laptop Magazine just published their annual Best & Worst Laptop Brands for 2012. Lenovo was well positioned once again in the number two spot with an overall score of 84. The ranking includes scores for both ThinkPad and IdeaPad. In case you're curious, Apple topped the list with 88 points.  A gap of just 4 points is not so big. More about that later. The overall brand scores are determined by adding scores in the following categories: Reviews, 20 Points Possible Design, 15 Points Possible Keyboards & Touchpads, 15 Points Possible Tech Support, 15 Points Possible Displays & Audio, 10 Points Possible Value & Selection, 10 Points Possible Software, 5 Points Possible Innovation, 5 Points Possible This is the overall scorecard summary for Lenovo as it appears in the Laptop Magazine article. 2nd Place: Lenovo Trusty and reliable, the Lenovo brand also held on to its No. 2 spot from last year. While it only topped two categories (innovation and customer service), Lenovo consistently scored well, winning accolades for its keyboards and touchpads as well as value and selection. We also look forward to a bright future for the brand, with such upcoming Windows 8 devices as the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. I pulled these two excerpts from the

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Today would have been the 126th birthday of the seminal modernist architect, Mies van der Rohe. Although Mies is my favorite architect, celebrating his birth was not on my radar until I saw this morning's Google logo. Thanks for the reminder Google. I really like how they transformed their logo into an abstraction of 1956's Crown Hall at IIT. If you click on this link you can watch an interesting Google Doodle animation and learn more about Mies. Mies did not like the railings that were added to the porch and stairs As a designer, I really admire the work of Mies and how he took simplicity and ordered perfection to the highest level possible. He broke new ground with buildings that celebrated structure rather than hid it. The Wikipedia claims he called his buildings "skin and bones" architecture. He used rationale ideals to guide the creative process of architectural design. One of his most famous quotes is quite simply "God is in the details". I've never seen a building he designed that looks dated or out of step with my own design thinking. He was a true pioneer in the field of architecture. One of my design professors, Len Singer, was actually the last person to have graduated with a degree from IIT under the direction of Mies. Maybe that's where I discovered a passion for Mies and his work? The

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