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Internet goliath Tencent is building a city the size of Midtown Manhattan in China, complete with grass-covered rooftops, offices, and apartments. Here's what Net City will look like.

Chinese internet company Tencent is building a 320-acre city in China over the next seven years as a work-life campus for employees. Net City will have offices, residences, schools, retail, open spaces, and grass-covered rooftops. Tencent is one of the most recent tech firms to delve into master-planned communities. The now-abandoned Quayside in Toronto was supposed to be a $900 million high-tech city of the future for Google's sister company before "economic uncertainties" spelled its end in ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, China, Toronto, Trends, Tesla, Tencent, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, McGill University, Shenzhen China, Midtown Manhattan, NBBJ, Google Samsung, Jonathan Ward, Wall Street Journal Tencent


Industrial Designer Michael DiTullo's Thoughts on Sketching

While the folks at Freethink had the cameras rolling for that video on Jonathan Ward and Icon, they captured participating designer Michael DiTullo talking about sketching. Not all of that footage was relevant to the Icon video, so they spliced it together into this short-'n-sweet video capturing DiTullo's thoughts on sketching: Says DiTullo: "[Sketching] isn't a talent anymore than learning to speak French is a talent. It is a skill that is cultivated overtime through discipline and practice."...
Tags: Design, Sketching, Jonathan Ward, Michael DiTullo, DiTullo, Freethink


Design vs. Disposability: The Icon Approach

The folks over at Freethink have put together a killer video on Jonathan Ward's Icon. This one isn't just drooling over the cars and Ward's legendary attention to design detail; instead they ask the larger question, what if this level of thought, design, future-proofing and craftsmanship were applied to all products? What would that do to our perceptions of disposability and long-term use?"They're taking a 40 year old car," says a familiar voice in the video, "and essentially preparing it for it...
Tags: Design, Object Culture, Ward, Jonathan Ward, Michael DiTullo, Freethink, Jonathan Ward Founder of Icon Ward


Custom Icon 4x4 “Woody” 1965 Kaiser Jeep Wagoneer Re-engineered with Modern Technology

If industrial designer Brooks Stevens had today’s materials and manufacturing when he designed the Jeep Wagoneer in 1963 as the successor to the Willy Wagon, how would it have been different? Noted vehicle restyler Jonathan Ward of Icon 4×4 asked himself that question when undertaking a 1965 Wagoneer project. “We wanted to basically build an
Tags: Brooks Stevens, Jonathan Ward, Willy Wagon


The Business of Design: 2019's Best Long Reads for Industrial Designers

If you're a "design lover" who likes to look at pictures of pretty objects, this roundup of posts is not for you. These are for the actual working industrial designers attempting to navigate a successful career for themselves.Industrial design is, by definition, tied to mass manufacturing. Since manufacturing is expensive to set up and run, industrial designers are either tied to big businesses with deep pockets, or they figure out a way to set up shop for themselves. We find stories from both s...
Tags: Design, Bloomberg, Jaguar Land Rover, Michael Bloomberg, Adam Weaver, Design Business, Smilow, Jonathan Ward, Meyers Manx, Bruce Meyers, Dan Grossman, Justin Coble, Roadtrip Adventures, Laurens de Rijke, Mel Smilow, Jeffrey McGrew Jillian Northrup


2019's New & Notable Low-Tech Objects

Now that the term "product design" has been hijacked to refer to those who create "digital experiences," we wanted to remember that plenty of folks still equate it with physical, low-tech objects. Here's some of the standouts that we spotted this year.Japanese manufacturer Balmuda designed a desk lamp for sketching, based on design features found in no-glare surgeon's lamps.No one's yet cracked the problem of the easy-to-carry bike helmet, so there's no incumbent form factor. This makes the area...
Tags: Design, Object Culture, Carpenter, Marc Newson, Jonathan Ward, Michael DiTullo, Balmuda, Karen Wang, Duesey Watch


Ward’s 3 TDs send Central Michigan past Bowling Green 38-20

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — Jonathan Ward ran for three touchdowns as Central Michigan rolled to a 38-20 win over Bowling Green on Saturday. Ward had 130 yards on 21 carries for the Chippewas (5-3, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) who have won three straight. Quinten Dormady threw for 295 yards and a score. Dormady capped the […]
Tags: News, Sports, Ap, Ward, Central Michigan, Bowling Green Ohio, Mid American Conference, Jonathan Ward, Dormady, Quinten Dormady, Chippewas, Bowling Green on Saturday Ward


What It Takes To Give A 1949 Mercury The Heart Of A Tesla

It came to me in the wide, swishy passenger seat of Jonathan Ward’s 1949 Mercury hot rod. All the right smells were imprinting the moment we rolled through industrial Chatsworth, California. Sun-heated steel from the dash; stretched leather; a vague tinge of nicotine on Ward’s jacket. One thing was missing, though:…Read more...
Tags: Science, EVs, Ward, Restomod, Jonathan Ward, Icon 4x4, Chatsworth California Sun


The $500K 'junkyard' cars

While most vintage car enthusiasts seek to return vehicles to their former glory, Jonathan Ward prizes and preserves the beauty in their decay, while hiding some high tech secrets under the hood.
Tags: News, Stories, Jonathan Ward


QOTD: Cross Country Cruiser?

There are some Q-Ships which are designed to simply eat up the miles. Despite the proliferation of cheap(er) airline tickets, there is definitely a group of people who would rather drive to their cross-country destination than get in a metal sky tube with a hundred other humans. Fair enough. Your assignment, should you choose to […] The post QOTD: Cross Country Cruiser? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Chevrolet, Icon, Qotd, Custom, Caprice, News Blog, V8, LS, Jonathan Ward, Question of the Day, Erod, Reformer


Jonathan Ward's Obsessive Approach to Design

This is a story about Jonathan Ward's obsessive approach to industrial design. If you're an industrial designer, you'll recognize some parts of his process, and perhaps be envious of the parts you don't. If you're not an industrial designer, this story will show you how an experience or series of thoughts can be translated, through hard work and over time, into an extraordinary physical product. PRELUDE It's the 1920s, and an audacious American businessman named E.L. Cord wants to make the best...
Tags: Europe, New York, Design, America, Indianapolis, Earth, ISO, Italy, Switzerland, Nikon, Pebble Beach, Jalopnik, Canon, Coo, Cadillac, Object Culture


Jonathan Ward on Designing Without Corporate Interference, and Where Icon Could Go

In design school, we're taught that our greatest struggles will be design-based: Find the form. Improve the function. Source the best materials. Figure out the manufacturability. But spend a few years working in industrial design, and you'll often find those aren't the greatest struggles at all. Your greatest challenge is named Dennis and he's an uncooperative engineer. Or Nancy in Marketing, Greg from Accounting, Susan in Operations, The Client. A lot of times it seems like designers are t...
Tags: Design, Wall Street, Nancy, Dennis, Object Culture, Susan, Ward, Greg, McKinney, Steelcase, Horween, Voltron, Jonathan Ward, Andrew Morrison, Bruce Hannah


This is What Thorough Design Attention Looks Like: Details of the Icon Duesey

In Part 1 of this story, we covered how Jonathan Ward's Duesey project came about and how he executed it. Ward tackled the design both as an industrial means of self-expression, and to correct what he saw as unconscionable design lapses in other objects in the category. Here in Part 2, Ward walks us through the design details of the finished product, revealing both his signature attention to detail and the extreme lengths he'll go to for the sake of holistic, aesthetic satisfaction (see: Packagi...
Tags: Design, America, Austria, Object Culture, Ward, Jonathan Ward, Jamie Icon


Jonathan Ward's Obsessive Approach to Industrial Design

This is a story about Jonathan Ward's obsessive approach to industrial design. If you're an industrial designer, you'll recognize some parts of his process, and perhaps be envious of the parts you don't. If you're not an industrial designer, this story will show you how an experience or series of thoughts can be translated, through hard work and over time, into an extraordinary physical product. PRELUDE It's the 1920s, and an audacious American businessman named E.L. Cord wants to make the best...
Tags: Europe, New York, Design, America, Indianapolis, Earth, ISO, Italy, Switzerland, Nikon, Pebble Beach, Jalopnik, Canon, Coo, Cadillac, Object Culture


Our Favorite Interviews with Designers and Creatives in 2018

This year we got to sit down (and Skype down) with some incredible creatives. We were interested in not only what these people do, but what their thinking process is and how they gained their current positions. Here's a rundown of our favorite interviews from this year on these topics and more. An Interview with Michael DiTullo, Part 1 The story of how the successful industrial designer climbed multiple ladders to wind up principal of his own design firm. "Sometimes young students talk to me abo...
Tags: Design, Skype, Belkin, Ward, Schwarz, Design Business, Christopher Schwarz, Jonathan Ward, Michael DiTullo, David Kleeman Belkin, Oliver Seil Belkin


Vintage cars with a Tesla battery

While most vintage car enthusiasts seek to return vehicles to their former glory, Jonathan Ward prizes and preserves the beauty in their decay, while hiding some high tech secrets under the hood.
Tags: News, Tesla, Stories, Jonathan Ward


The vintage cars with a high-tech secret

While most vintage car enthusiasts seek to return vehicles to their former glory, Jonathan Ward prizes and preserves the beauty in their decay, while hiding some high tech secrets under the hood.
Tags: News, Stories, Jonathan Ward


Vintage cars with Tesla batteries?

While most vintage car enthusiasts seek to return vehicles to their former glory, Jonathan Ward prizes and preserves the beauty in their decay, while hiding some high tech secrets under the hood.
Tags: Asia, News, Tesla, Jonathan Ward


How Toyota Changed the Way We Make Things

Something every designer knows is that having less makes you more creative. In fact one of the first things we do when beginning a new project is to figure out what the constraints are; having those boundaries to bump up against forces us to innovate.A particularly profound example of this, which every industrial design student should study, is how TPS--the Toyota Production System--and their kanban, a/k/a lean manufacturing/just-in-time manufacturing methodology, has influenced how things are m...
Tags: Design, Bloomberg, Ibm, Toyota, Pixar, Boeing, Festool, Design Business, Jonathan Ward


Introducing: The ICON Duesey, The First Watch From Jonathan Ward

The renowned automotive customizer is branching out.
Tags: Watches, Jonathan Ward


Icon 4×4 Launches Old School Bronco Series

If you are a big fan of the first-generation Ford Bronco that was made from 1966 to 1977, we have some great news. Icon 4×4 now offers the new Classic Bronco Old School Series, which delivers vintage looks with cutting-edge performance and 21st century niceties. Similar to the builder’s bespoke BR series that takes old Broncos and transforms them into better-than-new ones, the Old School Bronco can be built in as little as six months depending on the type of interior design chosen. The Old Schoo...
Tags: News, Ford, Morrison, Broncos, Ward, Ford Bronco, Brembo, BFGoodrich, Jonathan Ward, Old School Bronco, BR Broncos, Dynatrac Dana


Icon4x4's Dusenberg-Inspired “The Duesey” Watch: Designer Jonathan Ward's limited edition piece is now available

There's nothing quite like The Duesey, anybody can tell with the quickest glance. There's the black onyx dial, cut away in two places to reveal the time, told on rotating discs. This is powered by a jumping hour complication and Swiss Dubois Depraz...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Design, Watches, Watchdesign, Limitededition, Wristwatches, Jonathan Ward, Icon4x4, Dusenberg, Jonathanward, Duesey


An Interview with Jonathan Ward, Founder of Icon (Part 1)

Every designer's dream is to create the exact object they envision, unhindered by accountants, marketers and planned obsolescence. Industrial designers among you, think of every project you've worked on where the best engineering and materials were prohibitively expensive; the style needed to be compromised to appeal to a market you had no interest in; and the object couldn't be too durable, because the company needed the customer to come back and buy a new one in five years.Jonathan Ward has fo...
Tags: Design, Jay Leno, Virginia, New York City, Cars, Tesla, Ford, Chatsworth, Icon, Jonathan Ive, Coyote, Moma, Jamie, Ward, TIG, CNC


An Interview with Jonathan Ward, Founder of Icon (Part 2)

[If you missed Part 1 of this interview, it's here.]Jonathan Ward is talking about old-school custom car styling shops. "If you were a baller in the 1920s, '30s or '40s," he explains, "you didn't go buy a Cadillac. You bought a Cadillac, and you sent it to one of the boys, and they built a custom vehicle just for you on that platform." Ward is, in the modern day, one of the boys. He's got the same unerring sense of aesthetic as a Giuseppe Figoni or either of the Bertones--but he's also got ac...
Tags: Design, Cars, Gm, Bahrain, Cadillac, Ward, Edsel Ford, Jonathan Ward, Giuseppe Figoni


An Interview with Jonathan Ward, Founder of Icon

Every designer's dream is to create the exact object they envision, unhindered by accountants, marketers and planned obsolescence. Industrial designers among you, think of every project you've worked on where the best engineering and materials were prohibitively expensive; the style needed to be compromised to appeal to a market you had no interest in; and the object couldn't be too durable, because the company needed the customer to come back and buy a new one in five years.Jonathan Ward has fo...
Tags: Design, Jay Leno, Virginia, New York City, Cars, Tesla, Ford, Chatsworth, Icon, Jonathan Ive, Coyote, Moma, Jamie, Ward, TIG, CNC


An Interview with Michael DiTullo, Part 2: How He Overcame the Setbacks All Designers Face

In Part 1 of this interview, we followed Michael DiTullo's career path from unruly student to principal of his own firm. It wasn't an easy-breezy path; you don't rise to the position of Design Director at 30, then Chief Design Officer before your 40s, as DiTullo did, without encountering difficulties and setbacks. And just like when you're designing an object, when you're navigating a business environment you have to understand how things really work and how the parts fit together in order to ac...
Tags: Hollywood, Design, Nike, Frank Gehry, Frank Lloyd Wright, Kristina, Raymond Loewy, Herman Miller, Design Business, Jonathan Ward, Michael DiTullo, DiTullo, Del Mar School, Stuart -LSB- Constantine Core77, Raymond Loewy Frank Lloyd Wright Walter Teague


'Bringing Columbia Home': Launch director's book tells shuttle's final story

In "Bringing Columbia Home," retired shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach and Jonathan Ward detail the effort to recover Columbia and its crew.            [Author: FLORIDA TODAY]
Tags: News, Columbia, Florida Today, Jonathan Ward, Columbia Home, Mike Leinbach


2017 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Results

The Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI) saw its 10th edition this year, immediately following the SEMA show in Las Vegas. Chevrolet vehicles have had a long and dominant history in this event, capturing eight crowns over its nine years. Defending champion Danny Popp’s 2003 Corvette has won the previous three titles (and four overall). If Popp were able to capture the 2017 crown, he would lay claim to half of the 10 titles that have been awarded in the event’s history, but that would ...
Tags: News, Woo, Chevy, Las Vegas, Chevrolet, East Coast, Camaro, Corvette, Robert, Morrison, Ward, Barnes, Evo, Larry, Dodge Viper, Nathan


Sleeper 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud stops by Leno's Garage

Icon turns out fantastic works of automotive art. The company revisits classic cars and gives them a modern spin, though mostly under the sheet metal. You're most likely familiar with the Land Cruisers, Broncos, and other off-road machines built in the shop owned by Jonathan Ward. His company crafts incredible machines for a wide range of clients... [Author: [email protected] (Jeff Glucker)]
Tags: Jay Leno, Automotive, Jay Leno's Garage, Jeff Glucker, Leno, Jonathan Ward, Land Cruisers Broncos


Watch with an automotive soul

The Icon Duesey Watch looks beautiful, but it also looks familiar to some. If you’re wondering why, it’s because the watch takes direct inspiration from the original Duesenberg tachometer. In fact the watch was made by an automobile designer. When Jonathan Ward isn’t designing some of the most capable off-road 4×4 vehicles for ICON4X4, he collects watches, so it’s just natural that the two interests would collide to create a hallmark timepiece inspired by a hallmark brand of race cars and luxury...
Tags: Design, Watches, Luxury, Product Design, Jonathan Ward, Icon4x4, Icon Duesey Watch, Dubois Depraz Automatic