From typography-inspired watches to designing happiness and finding creative momentum, here's what's inspired and kept the Story+Structure team talking this month from around the web:

6 predictions that will change design as we know it


As companies and organizations around the world look for ways to solve a seemingly endless number of problems, we’re seeing unprecedented attention to design, and to designers, to provide solutions. Creative techniques in design thinking (as practiced by designers and people in other creative fields, science to art) are being adopted by people in fields that never previously considered design or creative thinking. At the basis of design thinking stands the idea of a user-centered approach — getting closer to the people who can benefit from the innovative solutions that will (hopefully) result... Continue reading at Medium


The connections between hospitality and design are well known. Charles Eames once remarked to his contemporary and collaborator Eero Saarinen that "the role of the architect, or the designer, is that of a very good, thoughtful host, all of whose energy goes into trying to anticipate the needs of his guests." I hit on a similar idea (much less elegantly and succinctly than Eames) in my critique of delight as an interaction design value. But how can you operationalize this concept of "being a good host" in the constantly shifting context of mobile digital interfaces?... Continue reading at Fast Co.Design

The elegance and heritage of the Mondaine Helvetica Watch

The Swiss Railway Clock is an iconic Swiss design by Mondaine so it's only natural that they'd use their start making watches. The new Helvetica watch from Mondaine takes a 2D font and turns it into a 3D watch, and their new Helvetica 1 Smart watch is coming soon... Watch it on YouTube



This house hidden in a cliff has amazingly terrifying views of the sea

Two Greek architects have created a striking house design called ‘Casa Brutale’ that perfectly complements the powerful concrete style known as brutalism – they’ve embedded their luxury brutalist home into a cliff, creating a severe yet inviting structure with an at once beautiful and terrifying view. Architects Laertis Antonios Ando Vassiliou and Pantelis Kampouropoulos, who formed OPA Works together, envisioned the building concept as a “poetic homage to pure Brutalism.” The roof-top pool (at ground level) and underground walls help insulate the building and keep it cool... Continue reading at boredpanda



6 tips for designing happiness

For decades, companies have taken for granted the notion that focusing relentlessly on improving customer interactions will lead to greater loyalty from the people who buy their products and services. The relevant metrics usually pertain to familiar questions: How well am I delivering in-the-moment? How are customers experiencing my brand across a range of touch points—call centers, websites, social media, mobile apps, in-store? What will make customers deliriously happy when they’re directly engaged with my brand?...  Continue reading on Fast Co.Design

We don’t need more designers who can code

A lot has been made of the need for designers who can code. A quick google search for “should designers learn to code” yields 25 million results. To be straight from the outset, I don’t completely disagree with the premise. However, I think the statement, “we need designers who can code” misrepresents the underlying issue... Continue reading on Medium

The key to creative insight can be simpler than you think

Sometimes a creative breakthrough comes when we're not doing anything creative at all. Maybe we're taking a walk, or standing in the shower, or awakening from a nap. The mathematician Henri Poincaré may be king of what we commonly call the "aha moment." You don't have to understand his sudden insights into non-Euclidian geometry to appreciate his belief that the best way to overcome a creative obstacle is to take a break from it... Continue reading at Fast Co.Design