I don’t know about you, but I am in denial that it’s already almost October. Where has this year gone?! I can’t believe I saw the first of the “best-of 2016” lists start to come out this week, but I’m glad I did. This one listing the 25 most innovative health care designs is an amazing view of how design and innovation can be used for good, and to improve the lives of people around the world. The Go Wheelchair design for example—fit to each user’s specifications and preference, and delivered in only three weeks thanks to 3D printing technology. Or Nima, a portable gluten tester that will tell you in about two minutes whether a meal is safe for the gluten-intolerant to eat. Do yourself a favor and read the whole list, the innovation will inspire you.
This week marked the opening of the newest building on the National Mall—the National Museum of African American History and Culture. We here at Forum One were particularly celebrating the opening, honored to have been a part of shaping the experience for museum-goers as members of the team who designed the new website. The lucky few from our team who had a chance to explore the museum have described it as moving and powerful. That’s no surprise, given David Adjaye’s plan for the building and the journey that the museum’s team designed for visitors to take. Timed passes for the museum are “sold out” (the museum is free) through the end of the year, so it seems a lot of people—myself included—are looking forward to getting a chance to experience the museum for ourselves.
With the election just around the corner (have you registered to vote?), coverage is ramping up, which previously seemed impossible. We’ve been paying particular attention to those that talk about design and innovation. This great video from Vox talks about that red-and-blue map of the US that’s everywhere during election seasons. We’re all used to seeing it, but have you ever thought about how useless it is as a representation of votes and their influence on the election? A number of designers have tried to tackle the problem, and some of the examples in the video definitely help solve the problem. How would you change the map to make it more accurate?
And finally, have you ever wondered what it’s like to fly first-class on Emirates? Casey Neistat got the chance, and he filmed the whole thing. Want.
Oh, and—because I can’t help myself—check out this packaging design concept. Quite possibly the most clever design I’ve ever seen, and it’s beautiful to boot. Hats off to Angelina Pischikova.