The USB Flash drive is becoming a common sight in the pockets and on the key chains of computer users. The tiny digital storage devices are an easy way to carry and back up important documents and information, but their design has typically been boring and utilitarian. Art-toy company Mimoco is out to change that with a line of limited-edition, artist-designed Flash drives. The latest is Bigby, designed by Dino Alberto (BFA 1997 Illustration), available for pre-order at www.mimoco.com. The high-speed USB 2.0 Bigby drive is an edition of 600, and comes in 256MB, 512MB, 1BG and 2GB memory capacities, letting users carry their digital data in a fun, stylish package.
In other design news, alumnus Deborah Adler (MFA 2002 Design) MFA Design Department Co-chair Steve Heller and faculty member Scott Stowell have been selected by I.D. magazine to serve as jurors for the 2006 Annual Design Review. The issue recognizes the best in product, furniture, graphic and environment design, from the iconic to the obscure, as selected by a panel of leading designers.
Image: Dino Alberto, Bigby, 2006; courtesy of Mimoco.