The Design Evolution of HP Notebooks, Desktops

Good design goes a long way in a computer. When done well, using it feels almost effortless. More than simply making life a little easier, a well-crafted machine also has the power to elevate —to make you want to hold up (and maybe show off) what you have in your hands. Let's take  a closer look at some of the work that goes into designing an HP PC from the ground up.

How the SpectreONE Got Designed

You don’t realize the amount of work that goes into the design of a new computer. All the research, design, engineering thought process – there’s a lot happening. Then, when you see something completely different like the SpectreONE, you get to wonder, “How did they come up with the design?” Well, I decided to go to the source. Peter Lee is a Distinguished Technologist on the Industrial Design team. His role was the design team lead on the HP SpectreONE. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look behind-the-scenes on what makes this desktop truly unique and how it got that way.

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HP Design: New Tech Influences

If you’ve ever wondered why we put some ports on some PCs but not others or were curious about some of the technologies that we consider cool for new products, I’ve got someone for you to chat with – Stacy Wolff.

Project Runway’s Touch of Technology

Project Runway Set your DVRs and get ready – it’s that time of year again. Project Runway 8 starts tonight! I, for one, have been eagerly awaiting this ever since Seth Aaron stormed Bryant Park with his ultra-cool military-inspired collection in the Season 7 finale. Now, 17 new and aspiring designers are coming together to see if they can make it to the top through unique and challenging creative tasks. As some of you may recall, in the HP and Intel design challenge last season, contestants were asked to create their own custom-pattern fabrics using the HP TouchSmart, which they then turned into breathtaking original pieces.

Introducing YouTube Play

youtubeplay You wouldn’t normally mention the Guggenheim Museum, YouTube and HP in the same sentence. But think about this – if artists worldwide were challenged to create art in the form of digital video what would the outcome be? That’s exactly what the three companies have teamed up to find out, and why you’ll likely hear us mentioned together over the next couple of months. Monday we announced the launch of YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video. The whole point of it is to discover some talented artists whose work deserves an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum. To earn a chance to exhibit, you need to submit your video at Youtube.com/Play.

The Story of Julie West

juliewest Design can be as important as technology when it comes to personal computers. This is the final interview in a four part interview series with the artists who created exclusive wallpaper designs for HP. Although Julie West started out using traditional tools, almost half of her art today is made with digital tools, or a combination of the two. Often quirky, bizarre, or ironic, her work examines the way people live and define themselves and the environments they create. My favorite quote from the interview – “I think my inspiration primarily comes from watching the situations people find themselves in and how they react. In some ways, I think my work is like a photograph."

The Story of Amy Ruppel

amyruppel Design can be as important as technology when it comes to personal computers. This is the third of a four part interview series with the artists who created exclusive wallpaper designs for HP. Their art was recently unveiled alongside a redesigned HP notebook portfolio that includes the HP Envy, Pavilion and Mini lines. Amy Ruppel is a full-time artist, illustrator and surface designer working out of her new sunny studio in Portland, Oregon. She creates art for a long list of notable galleries and shops all over the U.S. and abroad.” My favorite quote from the interview – “If someone really wants a painting of mine, I want them to have it regardless of cost.”

The Story of Laura Barnard

laurabarnard Design can be as important as technology when it comes to personal computers. This is the second of a four part interview series with the artists who created exclusive wallpaper designs for HP. Laura Barnard is an illustrator from the UK who specializes in quirkily drawn cityscapes and unusual views of cities. She started career as a fine artist, and later trained as a graphic designer. My favorite quote from the interview – “I'm drawn to buildings that are a bit ugly and nondescript. I might be one of the few people that would campaign against tearing down dreadful looking buildings from the 60’s.”

Think Fast

Last night was Fast Company's 6th annual Masters of Design event at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York, which brought together 300+ of the most innovative minds that impact a multitude of different industries. It was a great pleasure to be a part of the event on behalf of Hewlett-Packard and to meet the creative minds that are involved in the design of products, buildings, brands and more.
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