What grabbed my attention for more than 90 secs? What made me think on my way back home? What triggered an intense research session on the web? In a nutshell, what inspired me during 2019 in terms of design, culture and admiration for other people’s work. Here’s my personal top 10 of the stuff that I really liked during this year.
- Physical Device
Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute
I became a proud owner of this fantastic vacuum at the beginning of 2019. After a year I can firmly state that I am a fan of the Dyson brand, which boasts terrific examples of awesome design and brilliant usability.
- Native app
Too good to go
The mission of the app is great: “Come fight food waste with us” and the way they structured the solution is even greater. The app is easy to use and engaging in terms of exploring new ways of providing and consuming food.
P.S. My experience is related to the Swiss market.
- Urban mobility experience(s)
Eni Enjoy, Jump AKA Uber bike, Lime and Circ
I spend my days between Zurich and Rome and in both places, I don’t own a car. On top of that, I often travel across Europe for job reasons. Due to this combo of situations, I experienced the beauty of these urban mobility services and now I am addicted to them and I don’t miss at all owning a vehicle for commuting and moving across the cities I live in.
- Financial experience
I always lose coins, they rumble everywhere, they hide in pockets or hidden parts. When you need them you don’t have them, when you don’t need them you have plenty of them. In Zurich, I managed not to use any physical coin for almost 4 weeks and it was awesome. All the ecosystem that is mushrooming around this experience is just brilliant in terms of usability and easiness of changing our payment behaviours.
- TV Show(s)
Chernobyl, Mr Robot, Silicon Valley, Love, Death & Robots
All of these TV Shows are great in their own ways. Of course, their focus is on very different topics but they have one thing in common: the way they tell the story is just addictive. I couldn’t avoid binge-watching them and re-watching several times part of them. Bad news is that all of them are over – although is it really a bad news? 🙂
- Place(s) I visited
Tel Aviv, Jordan (Petra) and Jerusalem
It was the first time for me to visit that part of the globe. I was astounded by the architecture of Tel Aviv, by the beauty of Petra and the atmosphere I breathed walking through the Jerusalem alleys. On top of that, our research for the perfect hummus was just magnificent.
Julie Zoe – The making of a manager, Enrico Brizzi – Gli amici di una vita
The first is a business book I found really inspiring because of the way the main topic “managing a team” is treated by one of the most renowned designers.
The second is a crime novel written by my favourite writer. It was a big surprise and a solid confirmation at the same time. He’s not used to writing crime stories but he perfectly mastered this type of narrative.
It’s a matter of fact: in the last 10 years, Tesla and Elon Musk disrupted the automotive scenario. Despite the doubts on how sustainable and affordable could be a large scale usage of electric vehicles could really be, the company markets vehicles that will force other brands to innovate and I believe this will benefit all of us.
Turning my Yamaha MT-03 into a scrambler
It took one full year to transform my beloved motorbike into a scrambler. Thanks to the noble art of my mechanic I am really satisfied with the result so far, although I have additional ideas. Let’s see what I will accomplish in 2020 😉
Alberto Madrigal – Pigiama Computer Biscotti
The “wow effect” was huge when I stumbled on the cover of this graphic novel. Is a great piece of art both in terms of visual art and narrative. On top of that, I am experiencing exactly the same scenario as the artist 🙂