Tuesday, November 30, 2010

10 Most Effective Time Management Tips for Designers

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A Typical Day in the Life of 10 Successful Designers

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Embody 3d - Handy little ID blog

I first came across this blog a few weeks ago when I found this article. It is a nice little tutorial that I found helpful.

"Embody 3D is an international online industrial design blog. We are dedicated to covering a whole array of topics including product reviews, tutorials and educational resources, latest fashions and trends, specific projects as well as events and news."

It seems relatively new, but with an Australian perspective on Industrial Design.

Came across again digging up info on Keyshot 2.

Add it to your rotation. ;]

Keychains... it has been done.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

2010 IDEA winners... In case you missed them

I tried to search the blog for any posts linking to Co-Design, but found none.

2010 International Design Excellence Awards are annual product design awards, which Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) organizes. In case some of us missed them.

Here is an alternate link to same content on the IDSA domain.

One of the best in show is also my favorite; the Slingbox 700U. New Deal Design cleverly made the aluminum exterior, which is also the case, the heatsink to dissipate heat very attractively.

Not only do I want one, but its a silent ingenious solution. I would gladly have more noiseless, fanless entertainment electronics.

Design School Survival Guide

Some fantastic articles I found on Core77 a few months back that I wish I read first year. Some helpful and tips for succeeding in your design education.. some very enjoyable articles in there.

Hack 2 School

Malcolm Gladwell

One of my fav TED talks, Malcolm Gladwell gives insight on how to give consumers what they want, and further how to design anything and everything, even if its just pasta sauce..

How to win a design competition

Here's a link to one of Core77's articles offering tips on how to really catch eyes of the judges, especially useful in light of the ROCA competition, and something to keep in mind when we're designing our boards


Emily Pilloton: Teaching design for change

Design Education

Why Design Education Must Change


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Saturday, November 27, 2010

earth art by Andy Goldsworthy, and nature

beautiful and moving both in aesthetic and practice! How do we live a life of significance without leaving much of a damaging trace?

Something I built

something I built for my reptiles for the last 2 years
42" tank with 4 turtles
a stone staircase leads to

replaced everything at the beginning of this year
I turned the driftwood upside down
as basking area

a 36" pool for my snapping turtle

a 24" planted tank with a baby turtle

filter I built for all three tanks
needs strong filtration for 6 turtles

outdoor turtle tub and pool
just an experimental project

snake cage, built @ OCAD

Awesome AD

I realize this doesn't have much to do with industrial design, but this advertisement caught my attention. It is an ad for The Economist and it lights up as someone walks underneath it.

It's pretty simple and straight forward I just thought it was a bright idea (i had to sorry)

CNC bending work of Matthias Pliessnig


Accidentally found this artist.

I liked his work a lot because he uses similar kind of thinking as I am.

His work blend technology with craft sensitivity.


Honda EV-N

Check out this concept car.

It is interesting because it is special,innovative in power source, Customizable, has humanized quality and crazy.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Royal Parks Drinking Fountain

Royal Parks Drinking Fountain
Winner of the Tiffany Across the Water & Royal Parks Foundation International Competition 2010

‘Watering Holes’ Text by Robin Monotti Graziadei.

The fountain is a sculptural slab of Cornish granite perforated with three circular holes.

The main slab is matt sawn granite, whereas the inside of the cylindrical chamfered voids will be polished and reflective.

The three holes relate to the drinking heights of adults (the higher one), children and wheelchair users (the middle one), and pets (the lowest hole). To the side of each circular hole will be the mouth of a water jet that is controlled by a respective push button on the side that allows the water to flow while it is pressed.

The water flows down the circular cut, and the circle prevents any splashing to reach the person drinking. Having reached the lower section of the circle, the water flows down the face of the fountain to be collected in a trough at the bottom through which the water is drained.

The positioning of the fountain within the Royal Parks will be considered with reference to the views that will be framed by the circular holes when in proximity of the fountain. The simplicity of the shapes of the rectangle for the main body, and the circles for the holes are designed to give the fountain an easily recognizable identity that can be perceived from a distance as sculptural elements within the park.

The fountains will all be slightly different from each other, there will be a degree of both repetition and variation.

Project Team: Robin Monotti Graziadei, Mark Titman, Fannar Valur Haraldsson, James Furzer and oak model by Thomas Goodey.

Ready. Steady. Go! by Sandra Janser

In the course of Design Month Graz 2010 the project „Ready. Steady. Go!“ by architects Sandra Janser and Elisabeth Koller won the first prize in the design competition for the installation of a visual frame in the Jakomini district. The intention of this visual frame is to define the streets Jakoministra├če and Klosterwiesgasse in order to mark them as a significant design area with a visible and positive identity. The entrance to the Jakomini district is clearly recognized by the north and south street endings. The streets themselves are revamped leaving them with a fresh inviting look for visitors to explore.


Vegetal by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec


Furniture manufacturers Vitra have sent us these pictures showing prototyping of the Vegetal chair by designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.


Taking inspiration from plants and nature, the Vegetal chair features branch-like structures that form a slightly irregular seating shell, supported by four legs.


The chair, designed for use indoors and outdoors, is made from die-cast, fibre-reinforced polyamide and comes in six different colours.


Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec collaborated with Vitra over four years to develop the design.


Here’s more information from Vitra:

In a development process that took four years, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec worked with Vitra to create a universal chair for indoors and outdoors whose contours seem borrowed from nature.


Vegetal features flat branch structures woven in three levels to form a round, slightly irregular seating shell. On the underside, the chair is stabilized by ribs that grow out of the supportive legs.


The original inspiration for the project came from historical gardens of the 20th century, where young trees grew into furniture-like structures through continual care and deliberate pruning.


The guiding question for the designers was how to construct a chair that would most closely approximate the idea of a grown chair.


In coming up with new structures and construction forms, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec researched the various cultural and historical aspects.


Vegetal should not only be seen in the context of the design and furnishing of historic gardens. It also corresponds to current trends towards the flexible use of weatherproof furniture in interiors, in the garden or on the terrace.


To realise the clear innovative concept the designers had in mind, it took intensive collaboration with Vitra.


Complex forms like these can only be achieved when the designer and manufacturer are dedicated to producing an exceptional solution without the pressure of time.


The result is a pioneering chair which is comfortable, stable and made from durable die-cast fibre-enforced polyamide.