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Next week: More Design | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Next week: More Design

postopolis

As this week starts to slow down with design week fun (after the Ric Scofidio talk at the IAC Building Thursday night), I was looking forward to taking a couple days off, visit D.C. for the first time on the weekend and taking the next week to slow down the design extracurricular activity. That was the plan but the reality is probably going to be a lot different. The Storefront for Art and Architecture is holding a week long (Tuesday, May 29, to Saturday, June 2, 2007) event called Postopolis! The schedule isn’t out yet, but if the number of invited guests is any indication I don’t think it’s humanly possible for a full time working designer to be there for everything. Since it is about blogging I’m sure that most people will be able to catch a lot of it online before/during/afterwards.

Olivetti Divisumma

But there’s more… Via Architectradure, Cati mentions the future exhibition IDEO Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection at the Cooper-Hewitt. Having that design displayed along with the other exhibition Design for the Other 90% is something that most design enthusiasts would be hard pressed not to miss. Funny though, the designer in me looks at the image of the The Divisumma 18 Calculator by Olivetti (Mario Bellini, 1973) and wonders why not make the “C” button the same width as the “+” button? It would make the alignment so much better.

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  • Shaun

    I’ve always presumed that the “+” button is the most frequently keyed button when you compare it to the usage frequency of the other none numeric buttons on a calculator – hence it is physically larger to make it more available when fingers are rapidly targeted at the keypad. When you look at and Olivetta Divisumma 18 you must remember that the designer Mario Bellini ‘responds to human requirements in his design’ (Tambini 1999).

    REFERENCE: Tambini. M (1999) The Look Of The Century – Revised Millenium Edition. London Dorling Kindersley