Archived entries for Design
This year for Halloween, I dressed up as Antoine Dodson, otherwise known as the guy from the bed intruder video, or the “hide your wife, hide your kids” guy. In practice, it meant I walked around with a wifebeater and red bandana.
Even though I had the song memorized and ready to go, I got a near-zero recognition rate. On one hand, I was surprised more people hadn’t seen the video (40 million views on YouTube and counting), but on the other, I was a dead ringer for your average redneck.
It did get me thinking about Halloween costumes for future years. I’ve been interested in light-related art installations for a while now (you might see me occasionally link them on my Twitter feed), but have recently come across some wearable light-related projects.
For example, one talented designer built a functioning replica Daft Punk helmet. It’s beautiful:
I recently ran across a short TED talk about a team-building exercise where teams of four are challenged to build a free-standing tower using only dry spaghetti, tape, and a marshmallow. The team with the tallest stable tower wins.
Tom Wujec, the speaker, has facilitated this exercise over 70 times with a wide variety of people. His talk focuses on which groups consistently perform poorly (recent business school graduates) and which groups perform well (children in kindergarten). He’s got some great explanations of why this is and how to apply this information to other design challenges. It’s a fun talk, and worth watching.