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Design Experience That Matters, Book Review: The Back of the Napkin

Cartoons! They carpet the walls of our studio, and they make frequent appearances in Design that Matters presentations and TED talks. In his 2009 book, The Back of the Napkin, design thinker and professional doodler Dan Roam demonstrates how simple cartoons can help us to explain and visualize complex concepts, brainstorm more effectively and extract meaning from piles of data.

The Back of the Napkin argues that if you can draw a smiley face and a stick figure, you’re ready to become a visual thinker. The book demonstrates how even simple doodles can help ideas jump off the page.

DtM’s value is expressed in terms of novel solutions to tough problems. Where powerpoint slides and bullet points can lead to anxiety and boredom, drawing cartoons makes people happy. Happy people are more creative. Creativity pays the bills at DtM.

But there’s more! We’ve found loads of resources describing human-centered design research methods, including IDEO’s Method Cards and the LUMA Institute’s Innovating for People. Back of the Napkin is the first book we found that explains the kinds of visual “frameworks” we use for data-reduction. Frameworks help us to organize the enormous undifferentiated mass of observations and insights we collect during field research. Frameworks lead to qualitative design principles, and then to quantitative product requirements and specifications. Roam’s framework examples on pages 130-133 are worth the price of the book.

And if you buy this or any of the other books through the links in this email, Amazon will send part of the proceeds to DtM!

[The Back of the Napkin]

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This “Design Experience that Matters” series is provided courtesy of Timothy Prestero and the team at Design that Matters (DtM). As a nonprofit, DtM collaborates with leading social entrepreneurs and hundreds of volunteers to design new medical technologies for the poor in developing countries. DtM’s Firefly infant phototherapy device is treating thousands of newborns in 21 counties from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. In 2012, DtM was named the winner of the National Design Award.


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How to DIY Bentwood Laminations, Make an Adjustable Camera Bag, a Review of Telescoping Levels & More

Ultimate Camera Bag for Less than $ 60

Linn from Darbin Orvar designs and fabricates a padded bag for street photographers, feauturing adjustable dividers:

Giant Steel Letters

Laura Kampf gets to use the bending machine she built last week, as she turns steel sheets into a set of large illuminated initials for a friend’s wedding:

DIY Bentwood Lamination Coat Hook

Ben Uyeda experiments with laminating veneer sheets to create this bentwood coat hook:

Reviving A Trashed Grinder, And Making A Sharpening Stand

We like watching people design out loud, and here the MacGyver-like Jeremy Fielding does so as he rescues an old grinder from the trash, then devises an adjustable sharpening platform for it.

New Tool: Stabila Telescoping Levels

Ron Paulk takes a look at a cool new tool, Stabila’s space-saving telescoping levels:

Discussing Angled Legs

Not a build video, but in this episode of his “Let’s Talk Design” series, Chris Salomone gives his take on how to successfully integrate angled legs into a design:


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How to DIY Bentwood Laminations, Make an Adjustable Camera Bag, a Review of Telescoping Levels & More

Ultimate Camera Bag for Less than $ 60

Linn from Darbin Orvar designs and fabricates a padded bag for street photographers, feauturing adjustable dividers:

Giant Steel Letters

Laura Kampf gets to use the bending machine she built last week, as she turns steel sheets into a set of large illuminated initials for a friend’s wedding:

DIY Bentwood Lamination Coat Hook

Ben Uyeda experiments with laminating veneer sheets to create this bentwood coat hook:

Reviving A Trashed Grinder, And Making A Sharpening Stand

We like watching people design out loud, and here the MacGyver-like Jeremy Fielding does so as he rescues an old grinder from the trash, then devises an adjustable sharpening platform for it.

New Tool: Stabila Telescoping Levels

Ron Paulk takes a look at a cool new tool, Stabila’s space-saving telescoping levels:

Discussing Angled Legs

Not a build video, but in this episode of his “Let’s Talk Design” series, Chris Salomone gives his take on how to successfully integrate angled legs into a design:


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How to DIY Bentwood Laminations, Make an Adjustable Camera Bag, a Review of Telescoping Levels & More

Ultimate Camera Bag for Less than $ 60

Linn from Darbin Orvar designs and fabricates a padded bag for street photographers, feauturing adjustable dividers:

Giant Steel Letters

Laura Kampf gets to use the bending machine she built last week, as she turns steel sheets into a set of large illuminated initials for a friend’s wedding:

DIY Bentwood Lamination Coat Hook

Ben Uyeda experiments with laminating veneer sheets to create this bentwood coat hook:

Reviving A Trashed Grinder, And Making A Sharpening Stand

We like watching people design out loud, and here the MacGyver-like Jeremy Fielding does so as he rescues an old grinder from the trash, then devises an adjustable sharpening platform for it.

New Tool: Stabila Telescoping Levels

Ron Paulk takes a look at a cool new tool, Stabila’s space-saving telescoping levels:

Discussing Angled Legs

Not a build video, but in this episode of his “Let’s Talk Design” series, Chris Salomone gives his take on how to successfully integrate angled legs into a design:


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How to DIY Bentwood Laminations, Make an Adjustable Camera Bag, a Review of Telescoping Levels & More

Ultimate Camera Bag for Less than $ 60

Linn from Darbin Orvar designs and fabricates a padded bag for street photographers, feauturing adjustable dividers:

Giant Steel Letters

Laura Kampf gets to use the bending machine she built last week, as she turns steel sheets into a set of large illuminated initials for a friend’s wedding:

DIY Bentwood Lamination Coat Hook

Ben Uyeda experiments with laminating veneer sheets to create this bentwood coat hook:

Reviving A Trashed Grinder, And Making A Sharpening Stand

We like watching people design out loud, and here the MacGyver-like Jeremy Fielding does so as he rescues an old grinder from the trash, then devises an adjustable sharpening platform for it.

New Tool: Stabila Telescoping Levels

Ron Paulk takes a look at a cool new tool, Stabila’s space-saving telescoping levels:

Discussing Angled Legs

Not a build video, but in this episode of his “Let’s Talk Design” series, Chris Salomone gives his take on how to successfully integrate angled legs into a design:


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How to DIY Bentwood Laminations, Make an Adjustable Camera Bag, a Review of Telescoping Levels & More

Ultimate Camera Bag for Less than $ 60

Linn from Darbin Orvar designs and fabricates a padded bag for street photographers, feauturing adjustable dividers:

Giant Steel Letters

Laura Kampf gets to use the bending machine she built last week, as she turns steel sheets into a set of large illuminated initials for a friend’s wedding:

DIY Bentwood Lamination Coat Hook

Ben Uyeda experiments with laminating veneer sheets to create this bentwood coat hook:

Reviving A Trashed Grinder, And Making A Sharpening Stand

We like watching people design out loud, and here the MacGyver-like Jeremy Fielding does so as he rescues an old grinder from the trash, then devises an adjustable sharpening platform for it.

New Tool: Stabila Telescoping Levels

Ron Paulk takes a look at a cool new tool, Stabila’s space-saving telescoping levels:

Discussing Angled Legs

Not a build video, but in this episode of his “Let’s Talk Design” series, Chris Salomone gives his take on how to successfully integrate angled legs into a design:


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How to DIY Bentwood Laminations, Make an Adjustable Camera Bag, a Review of Telescoping Levels & More

Ultimate Camera Bag for Less than $ 60

Linn from Darbin Orvar designs and fabricates a padded bag for street photographers, feauturing adjustable dividers:

Giant Steel Letters

Laura Kampf gets to use the bending machine she built last week, as she turns steel sheets into a set of large illuminated initials for a friend’s wedding:

DIY Bentwood Lamination Coat Hook

Ben Uyeda experiments with laminating veneer sheets to create this bentwood coat hook:

Reviving A Trashed Grinder, And Making A Sharpening Stand

We like watching people design out loud, and here the MacGyver-like Jeremy Fielding does so as he rescues an old grinder from the trash, then devises an adjustable sharpening platform for it.

New Tool: Stabila Telescoping Levels

Ron Paulk takes a look at a cool new tool, Stabila’s space-saving telescoping levels:

Discussing Angled Legs

Not a build video, but in this episode of his “Let’s Talk Design” series, Chris Salomone gives his take on how to successfully integrate angled legs into a design:


Core77

How to DIY Bentwood Laminations, Make an Adjustable Camera Bag, a Review of Telescoping Levels & More

Ultimate Camera Bag for Less than $ 60

Linn from Darbin Orvar designs and fabricates a padded bag for street photographers, feauturing adjustable dividers:

Giant Steel Letters

Laura Kampf gets to use the bending machine she built last week, as she turns steel sheets into a set of large illuminated initials for a friend’s wedding:

DIY Bentwood Lamination Coat Hook

Ben Uyeda experiments with laminating veneer sheets to create this bentwood coat hook:

Reviving A Trashed Grinder, And Making A Sharpening Stand

We like watching people design out loud, and here the MacGyver-like Jeremy Fielding does so as he rescues an old grinder from the trash, then devises an adjustable sharpening platform for it.

New Tool: Stabila Telescoping Levels

Ron Paulk takes a look at a cool new tool, Stabila’s space-saving telescoping levels:

Discussing Angled Legs

Not a build video, but in this episode of his “Let’s Talk Design” series, Chris Salomone gives his take on how to successfully integrate angled legs into a design:


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How to DIY Bentwood Laminations, Make an Adjustable Camera Bag, a Review of Telescoping Levels & More

Ultimate Camera Bag for Less than $ 60

Linn from Darbin Orvar designs and fabricates a padded bag for street photographers, feauturing adjustable dividers:

Giant Steel Letters

Laura Kampf gets to use the bending machine she built last week, as she turns steel sheets into a set of large illuminated initials for a friend’s wedding:

DIY Bentwood Lamination Coat Hook

Ben Uyeda experiments with laminating veneer sheets to create this bentwood coat hook:

Reviving A Trashed Grinder, And Making A Sharpening Stand

We like watching people design out loud, and here the MacGyver-like Jeremy Fielding does so as he rescues an old grinder from the trash, then devises an adjustable sharpening platform for it.

New Tool: Stabila Telescoping Levels

Ron Paulk takes a look at a cool new tool, Stabila’s space-saving telescoping levels:

Discussing Angled Legs

Not a build video, but in this episode of his “Let’s Talk Design” series, Chris Salomone gives his take on how to successfully integrate angled legs into a design:


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What grownups drive (fast) | 2017 Subaru Forester 2.0XT Touring Review

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Comfortable, quirky, and plenty powerful, with some solid updates for 2017.

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Review: The Automotive Design Episode of Netflix’s New Design Series

I’m absolutely thrilled that Ralph Gilles was chosen as the subject for the auto design episode of “Abstract: The Art of Design.” Partially because I knew so little about Gilles beyond his work and his reputation, and partially because he’s that rarest of designers—a business-savvy one. (Gilles got an MBA from Michigan State in the early 2000s.

As for that reputation: Since graduating from CCS in 1992, Gilles was snapped up by Chrysler. He was subsequently promoted to Manager within the design office, then Senior Manager, then Director. By 2008 he was VP of Design, then Senior VP; By 2009 he was President and CEO of Dodge. 

Following the merger with Fiat, Gilles was promoted in 2015 to Head of Design, Global, for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Involved early in his career with Chrysler’s groundbreaking 300 and later the Dodge Charger, among other models, Gilles now overseas the design for Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Maserati and Ram.

Series creator Dadich does a masterful job of unpacking Gilles’ fascinating backstory while following along with the high-stakes venture unfolding on camera: Gilles leads a team to develop, against the clock, the radical SM-1 concept car to be presented to FCA boss Sergio Marchionne. If greenlit, the SM-1 could literally be the future of the company.

The sheer pressure of undertaking such a venture is unique to the auto design industry. To develop an entirely new car from scratch can cost a billion dollars and take five years. The car must continue to look fresh throughout the first three to six years of its service life, meaning Gilles and co. are essentially trying to design for 11 years into the future.

As with the footwear design episode, there’s plenty of eye-candy on show here, from Gilles at Italy’s famous Mille Miglia race poring over drop-dead gorgeous vintage Italian exotics; pursuing his track passion back home with an SRT Viper; and Gilles and the design teams’ sketches and full-scale mockups.

Among other illuminating moments, Gilles covers how cars transcend design and impact society, moving into the realms of tastemaking and pop cultural consciousness, as well as spawning communities of enthusiasts around particular models. And he reveals his own inner conflict with the inevitable rise of autonomous cars.

Some of the things you’ll learn about by watching this episode:

– Game-changing auto design history tidbits

– Why “interiors have become the new battleground” between brands

– Automotive designers, too, have to deal with Jimmy-Kimmel-worthy Mean Tweets

– The letter he received from Chrysler as a 14-year-old boy that later changed his life

– Why he watched “The Dukes of Hazzard” religiously

– The challenges of designing for Millennials

– What an auto design crit looks like at the corporate level

There’s plenty more, of course, but I don’t want to spoil the viewing. In addition to the look behind the curtain, I found the human aspects of this episode very compelling. With that I’ll say no more and encourage you to go watch it.

(This is not a paid plug for Netflix, but I feel I must point out, as I would to any of my friends, that Netflix is offering a free one-month trial. Plenty of time for you to check this episode out without having to commit to signing up. Watch it, you won’t be sorry.)


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A Japanese Toolbox/Sharpening Station, a Laser-Cut Leather Lamp, a Review of the Ultimaker 3D Printer & More

Powder-Coated Hammer

Jimmy DiResta turns a new Estwing hammer into something more custom. Check out how he quickly creates his own contoured scraper to clean up the handle shape:

Paperwork Boxes with DeWalt FlexVolt Saw

Matthias Wandel’s got a video sponsored by DeWalt this week. With signature honesty he points out another of his battery-operated table saw’s flaws as he uses it to create some boxes:

CNC Build 2.0

Frank Howarth tackles the massive task of assembling the frame of his new CNC mill:

Japanese Tool Box / Sharpening Station

The Samurai Carpenter builds a very cool toolbox with the Japanese-style sliding lid, then shows you how he’s using it as a sharpening station:

Ultimaker 3 Review

Is the Ultimaker 3 3D printer worth the hefty price tag? Does the machine live up to the hype? Here Bob Clagett breaks it down:

Milk Painting a Bookcase and a HTS Membership Discount

Milk paint and similar finishes have seen a resurgence in popularity in the past decade or so. For those unfamiliar with the stuff, here Shannon Rogers uses it to finish up the bookcase from his live build. (Fast-forward to 3:12 if you just want to get to the painting part.) Also: Today, Friday Jan. 20th, is the last day to get 30% off of a Hand Tool School membership. The info is posted towards the end of the video.

Laser-Cut Leather Lamp

A quick one from HomeMade Modern, who use leather in a novel way to create a lampshade:


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A Japanese Toolbox/Sharpening Station, a Laser-Cut Leather Lamp, a Review of the Ultimaker 3D Printer & More

Powder-Coated Hammer

Jimmy DiResta turns a new Estwing hammer into something more custom. Check out how he quickly creates his own contoured scraper to clean up the handle shape:

Paperwork Boxes with DeWalt FlexVolt Saw

Matthias Wandel’s got a video sponsored by DeWalt this week. With signature honesty he points out another of his battery-operated table saw’s flaws as he uses it to create some boxes:

CNC Build 2.0

Frank Howarth tackles the massive task of assembling the frame of his new CNC mill:

Japanese Tool Box / Sharpening Station

The Samurai Carpenter builds a very cool toolbox with the Japanese-style sliding lid, then shows you how he’s using it as a sharpening station:

Ultimaker 3 Review

Is the Ultimaker 3 3D printer worth the hefty price tag? Does the machine live up to the hype? Here Bob Clagett breaks it down:

Milk Painting a Bookcase and a HTS Membership Discount

Milk paint and similar finishes have seen a resurgence in popularity in the past decade or so. For those unfamiliar with the stuff, here Shannon Rogers uses it to finish up the bookcase from his live build. (Fast-forward to 3:12 if you just want to get to the painting part.) Also: Today, Friday Jan. 20th, is the last day to get 30% off of a Hand Tool School membership. The info is posted towards the end of the video.

Laser-Cut Leather Lamp

A quick one from HomeMade Modern, who use leather in a novel way to create a lampshade:


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A Japanese Toolbox/Sharpening Station, a Laser-Cut Leather Lamp, a Review of the Ultimaker 3D Printer & More

Powder-Coated Hammer

Jimmy DiResta turns a new Estwing hammer into something more custom. Check out how he quickly creates his own contoured scraper to clean up the handle shape:

Paperwork Boxes with DeWalt FlexVolt Saw

Matthias Wandel’s got a video sponsored by DeWalt this week. With signature honesty he points out another of his battery-operated table saw’s flaws as he uses it to create some boxes:

CNC Build 2.0

Frank Howarth tackles the massive task of assembling the frame of his new CNC mill:

Japanese Tool Box / Sharpening Station

The Samurai Carpenter builds a very cool toolbox with the Japanese-style sliding lid, then shows you how he’s using it as a sharpening station:

Ultimaker 3 Review

Is the Ultimaker 3 3D printer worth the hefty price tag? Does the machine live up to the hype? Here Bob Clagett breaks it down:

Milk Painting a Bookcase and a HTS Membership Discount

Milk paint and similar finishes have seen a resurgence in popularity in the past decade or so. For those unfamiliar with the stuff, here Shannon Rogers uses it to finish up the bookcase from his live build. (Fast-forward to 3:12 if you just want to get to the painting part.) Also: Today, Friday Jan. 20th, is the last day to get 30% off of a Hand Tool School membership. The info is posted towards the end of the video.

Laser-Cut Leather Lamp

A quick one from HomeMade Modern, who use leather in a novel way to create a lampshade:


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A Japanese Toolbox/Sharpening Station, a Laser-Cut Leather Lamp, a Review of the Ultimaker 3D Printer & More

Powder-Coated Hammer

Jimmy DiResta turns a new Estwing hammer into something more custom. Check out how he quickly creates his own contoured scraper to clean up the handle shape:

Paperwork Boxes with DeWalt FlexVolt Saw

Matthias Wandel’s got a video sponsored by DeWalt this week. With signature honesty he points out another of his battery-operated table saw’s flaws as he uses it to create some boxes:

CNC Build 2.0

Frank Howarth tackles the massive task of assembling the frame of his new CNC mill:

Japanese Tool Box / Sharpening Station

The Samurai Carpenter builds a very cool toolbox with the Japanese-style sliding lid, then shows you how he’s using it as a sharpening station:

Ultimaker 3 Review

Is the Ultimaker 3 3D printer worth the hefty price tag? Does the machine live up to the hype? Here Bob Clagett breaks it down:

Milk Painting a Bookcase and a HTS Membership Discount

Milk paint and similar finishes have seen a resurgence in popularity in the past decade or so. For those unfamiliar with the stuff, here Shannon Rogers uses it to finish up the bookcase from his live build. (Fast-forward to 3:12 if you just want to get to the painting part.) Also: Today, Friday Jan. 20th, is the last day to get 30% off of a Hand Tool School membership. The info is posted towards the end of the video.

Laser-Cut Leather Lamp

A quick one from HomeMade Modern, who use leather in a novel way to create a lampshade:


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The Grand Tour’s first two-part special is stunning, but too long | Episode Review

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Beach buggies, beautiful scenery, and about 30 unnecessary minutes.

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DIY Home Theater Components, More Efficient Dust Collection, an Easy Way to Make a Wooden Spoon, a Tenoning Jig Review and More

Home Theater LED Lighting & Speaker Set-Up

Good learning for designers: Linn from Darbin Orvar consistently tackles projects with a holistic approach, and does a great job of explaining her process. She’s got her own aesthetic style, the hand skills to build across multiple materials, the tech brain to cobble electronics together, and she analyzes her projects honestly in order to uncover and correct mistakes. This project is no exception:

A Different Approach to Dust Collection

Matthias Wandel re-thinks the typical shop solution of having a centralized dust collector by creating some new inventions:

Anvil Stand

This week Jimmy DiResta breaks out a plasma cutter, a cold chisel and a welding rig to create this solid steel anvil stand:

DIY Dowel Jig

Here Izzy Swan demonstrates an unconventional way to easily make dowels by cleverly hacking together a jig involving a chisel and a cordless drill:

Fancy Corners Created With a Drill Press

Swan also shows us a technique for creating decorative corners for boxes using a drill press and dowels:

How to Make a Wooden Spoon (With Regular Shop Tools)

Another from Swan, who shows us how to whip up a popular-selling item: Large wooden spoons for cooking.

Powermatic PM-TJ Tenoning Jig

Marc Spagnuolo reviews Powermatic’s updated tenoning jig. Might be overkill if you’re only cutting conventional tenons, but surely looks useful for those of you doing them at angles:


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