Autonomous cars and luxury marques

Aston Martin, James Bond's car of choice (except when he went through a BMW phase), showcased a powerboat at Monaco Yacht Show this year. Writing in the Financial Times, Philip Delves Broughton laments that Bond's legacy is being junked by this luxury marque and outlines the dangers of brands diversifying into unrelated categories, especially those … Continue reading Autonomous cars and luxury marques

Motivation as a design assumption

Holacracy. MOOCs. Food labels. Holacracy isn't working. MOOCs have low completion rates, and an estimated 90% drop-out rate. Food labels to help consumers make informed choices show mixed effectiveness and decidedly no downward impact on public health concerns re obesity. Other than not working as well as optimistically assumed in their wake, they have one … Continue reading Motivation as a design assumption

Women Artists in London: Annie Leibovitz

Long post alert! Women artists are predicted to garner more attention this year. Right on cue there is Women: New Portraits, by Annie Leibovitz, the American photographer. The London show launches the 10-city international tour of the exhibition. These images are a continuation of the project Women that Leibovitz began with Susan Sontag many years … Continue reading Women Artists in London: Annie Leibovitz

Investment and Luxury: The Birkin Bag

From fashion magazines to feminist commentariat and regular journalism outfits, many seem to be telling women this January that buying Birkin bags is a better idea that investing in the stock market. A luxury bag selling website's research comparing S&P 500 performance with that of Birkin bags says the latter stacks up more favourably over … Continue reading Investment and Luxury: The Birkin Bag

Four For Friday — 2016 in predictions

Welcome to 2016! The curated links today are all about predictions for design, luxury, jewellery, and fashion tech in 2016. "Simplicity will win.. but don't oversimplify and sacrifice thrill of discovery" is my favourite from these 10 predictions for design in 2016. Thanks to the digitization of everything, we now have the most hyperreactive markets … Continue reading Four For Friday — 2016 in predictions