55 grammes, 11 bar and software design.

Sometimes design and engineering are about big and complex stuff. Suspension bridges, common rail diesel engines and polish payroll. Sometimes design and engineering are about stripping things down to the barest minimum, with focus on a single purpose. Like my new emergency bike pump. It weighs 55 grammes but produces enough pressure to pump a […]

Chess, design and software

I used to be a vaguely competent chess player, and now, with my eldest child beginning to play, I’m renewing my interest in a game that gave me much happiness as a boy.  She is learning from the same book I did 30 years ago. Via JP’s post on cemeteries, I was reminded of the […]

Design thinking and toys.

A very dear friend of mine, a Designer here at SAP, kindly gave my kids Christmas presents. All the presents were very thoughtful, perfect for each child’s personality, but the present that his family gave my boy is simply gorgeous.  Automoblox.  This stuff should be on metacool.  The design of the toy car makes me […]

Stockholm, SAP, design, and the millenials

I began this post on the plane on the way back from a dark and damp Stockholm. For the last 2 days  Design Services Team  and my team have been running a workshop with 17 customers. We applied the DLI to try and figure out what makes Millenials tick, and what impact this might have […]

ByDesign is here

Warning.  A year or more of NDA makes for a rambling gush. Most of the launch coverage in the blogsphere has been positive, even some of SAP’s more strident critics are upbeat about the vision and progress. Dennis provides  an extensive  review of the enterprise irregulars coverage.  Herewith my take after watching the cast and reading a […]

Homage to a design icon and a digression

I’m not talking about a  Barcelona chair   (from flickr of suttonhoo) nor a 1972 911 Carerra RS (from Ulfbot’s Flickr) no, not even the latest Campagolo Record. My number one design icon is the billy bookcase from IKEA. Seeing the Bauhaus thing last week made me realise why. Form follows function.  Everything about it, from packaging, […]

A design classic. 1927 and software?

More design ramblings.   On friday I got to visit the Weissenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart. It was built in the late 1920’s, opening in 1927. The architects involved were Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Jacobus Johannes Pieter Oud, Victor Bourgeois, Adolf Gustav Schneck, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Bruno and Max Taut, Hans Poelzig, […]

Good design is beautiful.

This friday we had our betriebsausflug. A department outing. I’m not sure if this is a German thing or an SAP thing, but I can’t help thinking of school outings for grown ups. A fine thing indeed.  We drove down the motorway to Stuttgart, visited the Mercedes Benz museum and then had a guided tour of the […]

Design, GUIs and Lance Armstrong

I rode the 1st stage of the Tour de France from London to Canterbury last weekend, with about 4500 other folks. 200kms, relatively (but cumulatively 1800 v.m) flat. I was vaguely unhappy with my time, but that was because I’ve not really trained consistently this year.   It did take longer to drive back than it did to ride it, but that […]