Every Friday is “DogDay” at eleven. Having the Dogs running around the office is great for the human spirit and brings out the inner-youth in everyone here. Since Friday is Dog day, we wanted to share some amazing photos from the “Diving Dogs” series by photographer Seth Casteel. And check out Jamie’s dog, Maracas at the bottom!!
NIKE Unveils Performance Innovations.
Nike’s new Nike+ futuristic sensor, Nike FLYKNIT Track Shoe Mat’l, as well as updates to top performance lines too. Jaw dropping dope-ness below
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We know you've been waiting with bated breath to find out how Taco Time went here at (ELEVEN). Well, after not one but two days of taco lunches, we can definitely give two (30?) thumbs up to the results.
As you can see, I clearly forgot to list one key set of ingredients in Wednesday's post - Coronas with lime. But otherwise we went above and beyond the ingredient list, for a proper, full-on feast (for example, never before have I had roasted cauliflower with tacos, but I've obviously been missing out).
More than just demonstrating our collective culinary expertise, though, it was yet another lunch that proved that group cookouts are one of our favorite events at (ELEVEN). One of the best ways to take a break from the work reason we'll all here, and remind ourselves of the other - perhaps as significant - reason we come to Canal Street every day: the group.
We hope to keep up our promise of one theme-based feast per month. Green food on St. Patrick's Day, anyone?
Great reminder that, no matter how thought-out a product's creation and launch is, it might not succeed if the peccadilloes of us silly humans aren't fully taken into account too. Design for humans - and human nature - and not just reasonable, practical beings.
Once again, check out the original article - "How Do You Wean People Off Cars? By Rebranding Bikes and Buses" - for the excellent, specific example of Tata's Nano. And have a happy Friday!
According to John Thackara, we're heading toward a future in which there simply will not be enough energy resources to maintain the kind of infinite economic growth to which we have become accustomed. There being significant evidence for this point of view, why is the idea of reigning in economic growth a complete nonstarter? We just keep on believing that the inventors and scientists will discover an unlimited energy source at the last minute, just before the great energy crisis, and save us all. Why not, it happens all the time in the movies.
Anyway, Mr. Thackara's article is insightful and worth reading.
We've been moving some things around at (ELEVEN) lately. I suppose that if it nearly feels like spring outside (well, compared to last winter), then we might as well take to some spring clean/rearranging inside.
In this spirit of mindfully (re-)constructing our space, we've added a top-notch library and lounge space, and just last week shifted around our good ol' desk arrangement to create more collaborative pods of four desks apiece, butting engineers up against designers or even (gasp) psychologists.[More photo evidence soon?]
Suddenly the office does indeed feel more communal, inclusive, that much livelier. And when my brain is a bit halted, I know I'll get the juices flowing again if I just step over to the lounge space for a bit.
This success only makes us want to rethink other nooks a bit more - how do we make them more collaborative? Or make others more conducive to quiet solo inspiration? How can we create both of those spaces at once?
Well, just today, Co.Design offered one good example of the quieter, reflective side of what an office can be: the Oslo office of Netlife Research is largely open, just like ours, but is also built with plenty of privacy nooks for reading, quiet reflection, etc.They also infused it with a garden theme, and constructed the area (and chose its materials) to maximize the feeling of space and nature. With a studio not nearly as large as theirs, how can we create a similar sanctuary for quiet thought (after all, we keep on hearing that we're often more creative working by ourselves), right alongside areas of conversation and engaged collaboration?
We look forward to seeing how it all takes shape, and to the process of thoughtfully creating such a space.