A huge congratulations to our product design third years who submitted their final projects for assessment yesterday! Everyone has been working incredibly hard all semester to reach this point so it’s exciting to see everything come together. The work is looking fantastic and will be on display in the studio spaces on level 3 of WE Building during this year’s Art & Design Festival from Friday 11th until Wednesday 16th November. There is also a display of excellent work from […]
The Man responsible for this Iconic, if not entirely functional Lemon Squeezer has now designed a smartphone with an edge-to-edge screen for Chinese electronics company Xiaomi. The Mi Mix Smartphone has a unique ceramic body and 91% screen area, which places the interface firmly in the foreground of the design. Starck said of the ceramic body: “It’s incredibly strong, and it’s warm, it’s the same structure as jade.” Click here to find out more.
One of design’s most important roles lies in responding to our ever-developing social, political, and cultural climate. BAG2WORK is a design project that seeks to address some of the issues emerging around the ongoing refugee crisis as well as communicating an important message: “If we want newcomers to integrate, we have to get them back to work.” The BAG2WORK backpack designed by a Dutch duo known as the “No Mad Makers”, not only uses waste materials from refugee life boats and […]
Categories: Interesting • Tags: Amsterdam, Backpack, Bag, BAG2WORK, design for social good, Dutch, Europe, No Mad Makers, Recycling, refugee, refugee crisis, socially responsible design, sustainability, upcycling
In addition to our successful AUT student Best Awards entries, we would like to congratulate designer and AUT lecturer Clark Bardsley on winning a Bronze Award for his tongue-in-cheek design “Arm Chair“. “‘Arm’ is not another chair; it is an anti-chair. It celebrates nonsense, and gleefully breaks the chair design rule book. It is not comfortable; in fact, it cannot be sat on. It is the outline or symbol of a chair, produced in fine American Oak.” Clark has an impressive […]
In her book “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance”, University of Pennsylvania psychology professor Angela Duckworth argues that success is achieved when talent meets drive. “Whatever your talent, you have to engage to realize that talent. We all have seen talent wasted.” Click here to listen to a podcast interview with Angela Duckworth to find out what else she has to say.
As designers we are constantly fed new ideas of what the ideal design process is or should be. Countless frameworks tell us that if we just go about the business of creativity in a certain way then our designs are sure to be successful. In reality I’m sure we all know that there probably is no secret formula; no one-size-fits-all solution. That said, learning how others work can give us access to alternative ways of thinking that we can tap into when […]
We all know how much of a distraction our smartphones can be with push notifications and incoming calls and messages demanding our attention at all hours of the day. The compulsion to constantly check a smartphone screen can pose a real barrier to hunkering down to get work done. Wellington designers Avid Kadam, Ruya Akyol, Jules McGannon, and Yong-Ming Wang developed an elegant solution to this problem, designing the “Tranquillo” lamp that only turns on when you surrender your smart phone […]
The winners of this years Best Awards have been announced following Friday night’s awards dinner and we are proud to announce that we have 1 gold, 3 silver, and 4 bronze winners from the AUT product design department. This is a fantastic result! Our winners are: Gold: Antonio Wan – The Little Ones Silver: Hadyn Jack – Sixth Sense Kelly-Anne Keach – Lumi Joshua Bradley – Waterboy Bronze: Jordan Warham – LAYR Ankle Support Hayden Maunsell – Sideboard Speaker Shiri Friedler – […]
Good design has the power to create beauty and value from otherwise worthless materials. The Recycle series by Bentu design takes the kind of construction site rubble that we walk past everyday and think nothing of and transforms it into a set of robust, minimalist homeware designs Click here to see more.
Categories: Interesting • Tags: bentu design, concrete, construction, construction waste, design, homeware, homeware design, homewares, light, material, materiality, materials, plant, recycle, Recycling, responsible design, reuse, rubble
As the end of the year rapidly approaches, many of us will be thinking once again about what comes next. Whether continuing study or moving into the full time workforce, everyone can benefit from further developing skills that will improve our employment prospects as we move forward with our career. While the experience and skills that employers are looking for vary depending on the position, soft skills like work ethic, attitude, and communication are valued across the board. Soft skills […]