Today we bring you the review of Industrial Design from across the web in March, there have been some great; book reviews, new technologies, designer showcases and more. We have trawled our favourite design websites to share with you some of the best articles; student product design, 3d printing, Autodesk, Italian design, Naoto Fukasawa and much more.
The European branding & design agency CB’a Design Solutions revamped the brand identity and created a sparkling transversal graphic style, to express the uniqueness of the products of Loux, the leading Greek brand of juices and sodas.
Designer Candice Olson tells how she created a stylish, yet kid-resistant, living/dining room.
Central Saint Martins college of art and design has teamed up with a leading US consultancy to commercialise student product ideas and create a £20m venture fund.
This showcase of Italian chair design across the second half of the twentieth century reveals the depth of creative thought underlying the world of product design. Through a diverse and unique collection of pieces, audiences gain an insight into the strategic and creative interplay between form and function.
Sifteo, Inc., has introduced Sifteo Cubes, a new take on interactive gaming the combines classic gameplay with cutting-edge technology. The game pieces are small cubes that can be easily manipulated and moved around.
PepsiCo now has a green bullet they can fire at archrival Coca-Cola. Yesterday the former revealed that they have a new, petroleum-products-free bottle design comprised entirely of vegetable products including switch grass, pine bark and corn husks.
design inevitable is a three-day workshop conducted by japanese designer naoto fukasawa with 11 young, singapore-based designers. in january 2010 fukasawa set the stage at the beginning of the workshop with a statement: ‘minimalism is about creating harmony,
“Like the Atom, the Mono is a street-legal race car. The one-seater weighs 1200 lbs. with a 280hp 4-cylinder engine and F3-spec 6-speed shifter. Goes 0-62 in just 2.8 seconds, top speed 170mph.”
Here is a late sketch from me! And this drawing is nothing to be proud of. I tried to create a neat sketch, but in the end it looks wrong. The ellipses are not right and the lighting source is unclear. And I won’t tell a word about the perspective! Also, I have to continue to practice drawing straight lines.
along with the ‘2012 prius c’ concept, toyota has debuted its ‘prius+’ vehicle at geneva motor show 2011. incidentally, the addition to the now-sizable ‘prius’ family comes in well-timed conjunction with the company’s announcement of ‘prii’ as the plural of ‘prius’, as determined by a web vote involving 1.8 million users.
Potheads: The time has come to throw out your beanbags, your Barcalounger, your couch covered in a grimy tie-dye tapestry you bought on Telegraph 15 years ago. The stoner aesthetic has finally blazed its way into the prim little world of haute design.
Imagine being able to rebuild Christchurch with the click of a mouse. Architects and engineers produce plans down to the last detail using computer-aided design (CAD) software. Then, hit print and – not quite instantly, but after a few days – completed buildings appear before our eyes.
Dominic Muren has a great way of looking at greener gadget design — make it simple, make it repairable, make it upgradable. The longer gadgets last, the less overall environmental impact they have.
This website celebrates the determination, audacity and ingenuity of the industrial design profession. Here you will find stories about the people who design products and systems for production, utility, comfort and beauty. These wide-ranging stories, often personal and humorous, provide a look into the rich history and socio-economic impact of industrial design.
Recent postings have been discussing the connection between the use phase impact of a product and the manufacturing phase impact and what influences these. This was in the context of both looking at means to reduce consumption (meaning giving the consumer products that deliver the required functionality or service but at a lower environmental impact or energy/resource consumption.)
While there are plenty of steam showers available out there, none can beat the features of St.Trop designed by Philippe Starck. St.Trop has been designed as a simple rectangle. The inside becomes the work of art depicting all sorts of actions including showering with a hand-held shower, taking a Kneipp cure or relaxing in soft and pleasant light, steam showers and so on.
Furniture with Soul – Master Woodworkers and Their Craft by David Savage and published by Kodansha is an exploration of 10 world-class furniture design craftsman and women from America to England documenting the motivation behind their craft, their design and production process and their rise to fame.
A drawing is valued by it’s quality and unique style of an artist. And what more can rise a quality of a sketch than a linear line. A straight and confidence line is a signature sign of a designer in a drawing.
When working on a studio project, there’s nothing more satisfying than those moments when you sweep all the trimmings and detritus off the table and onto the floor, allowing you to focus on only the pieces you’re working on. Of course, it also makes a damn mess you’ll have to sweep up later (or not at all, depending on how Mad Scientist you are).
Watching basketball, do you ever wonder what happens to the wood flooring when the court has to be replaced? Well, in the case of the court at Virginia State University, the maple planks once played on by the Trojans were recycled, and in an unusual way: they’ve been remade into skateboards.
Ive could be defined by his devotion to detail. When Apple boss Steve Jobs asked him in the late Nineties to create colourful, cheap cathode-ray-tube computers – what would become the first iMac – Ive spent hours in a sweet factory to get inspiration for the colours that would tell the world this wasn’t just a machine for work: it was for fun, too.
French Designer Benoit Lienart’s Sweetch18 is 2 pieces of outdoor furniture in one—fold down the back of the melamine and steel armchair and it turns into a coffee table.
The Ceemo Orchid Chair is a unique project that combines high quality materials, craftsmanship and the
outstanding properties of carbon fibre with a great design.
We have made fun of the stuff ever since Mr. McGuire told Ben in the Graduate “I just want to say one word to you …. just one word…Plastics. There’s a great future in plastics.”
This bicycle is the first in the world to be created simply by printing it out on a computer, using groundbreaking new technology.
“Designers need to be trusted and [treated] as equals by CEOs,” says the Switzerland-born industrial designer. “Unless they’re elevated to a point where they are peers to people in marketing, good design will not happen.”
A Bulb from the Future! It Looks Like it Belongs on a Spaceship
The Philips AmbientLED 12.5-watt A19 LED lightbulb (quite a name!) is probably the favorite LED bulb that I’ve tried so far. It beats the competition when it comes to light output (800 lumens vs. 450-590 lumens for the other LEDs that I’ve tried), the design of the bulb is very innovative, and light quality is excellent. Read on for my full review and more technical specs on the Philips AmbientLED.
Just as military advances trickle down to the civilian sector, I suspect innovations in disaster relief housing will come from the commercial sector, where there are plenty of people willing to throw money at the problem. Specifically, I think the innovations will be developed by event planners who have the need to transport temporary structures to a site and quickly erect it.
Combining a luxury timepiece with a racing motorcycle may not be the most intuitive combination. It might even be nonsensical if the end result wasn’t so beautiful. Called the Bell & Ross Nascafe Racer, this custom built Harley-Davidson is seeking world-champion status.
Rapid prototyping machine had been invented in the year 1980 and this device was introduced in purchase to form Three dimensional physical versions. These models can be created inside a lesser time and at a low cost. The word rapid is used within the sense that it creates the models in a very limited period for maximum advantage.
This is early concept I’m working on for the Zorbtion sneaker i’m currently designing. This one has a little inspiration from my favorite sneaker of all time, the Jordan 3′s. I wanted to try and create an old school feel with a new school twist.
March has become the traditional time for the yearly release of Autodesk’s product updates. This year, however, the usual list of features and functions has taken the backseat to packaging and ‘bang for the buck’.
New Suites Provide Easier Access to Broader Set of Design, Simulation and Visual Communication Software for Entertainment, Building, Infrastructure and Product Design.
New cameras hit the market at a dizzying pace. It can be difficult enough just keeping up with new features and advancements in technology and usability. As designers, we are we called upon to look beyond the what’s current, and envision the next generation of a particular product or service.
With 9,500 different products, 280 stores in 26 countries, 23 billion Euros in annual sales, and a catalog more widely published than the Bible, Ikea leaves quite a footprint just by virtue of their size. Luckily they’re interested not only in minimizing that footprint, but also in making their processes transparent.
Following Wednesday’s post on the Bachelor’s Chair we received an e-mail from Liverpool-based designer Karsten Eriksen, who’s currently prototyping a similar product.
RTT is making it possible for companies in the heavy-duty truck and equipment industry to give its customers the full product experience using 3D photorealistic animations and imagery. RTT supported clients Caterpillar and Western Star at the 2011 ConExpo in Las Vegas last week, and will reveal projects with Navistar at the 2011 Mid-America Trucking Show, March 31-April 2.
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