99U.com is a site run by behance that runs articles about creativity and productivity with the tagline “Insights on making ideas happen”. Many of the articles use an easy reading list format and provide simple and useful tips on how to improve your practice. See here to read “How to Get More People to Actually See Your Work“, or “3 Exercises to Smash Your Creative Blocks“.
designboom.com features a wealth of design inspiration particularly within the sections of the website dedicated to design and technology. For some of the highlights check out the following: These one of a kind stools made from recycled building materials that add value to discarded materials while maintaining their origin stories. This quirky use of sunscreen to create tan lines on leather demonstrating imaginative use of familiar materials. And this elegant minimalist aluminium pencil.
Check out dezeen.com on our links page for some design inspiration. Their online magazine features articles on design, architecture and interiors and is a great resource for current events in design and a repository of ideas to get you thinking. Take a look at this elegant self-watering plant system called pikaplant that offers a low maintenance approach to bringing the outdoors in.
Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be posting reminders of some of the great design resources you can find on our links page beginning today with themethodcase.com As well as showcasing inspiring design work, The Method Case posts include descriptions of the methods and processes that go into the designs. Many of the designs featured show how innovation can result from challenging established practices and engaging in creative experimentation. Check out this post to see how an industrial design […]
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“Drawing is not about representation but about thinking. Trying to understand what you’re looking at … The brain sends a signal to the hand and the hand sends one back and there is an endless conversation between them.” – Milton Glaser This article talks about the importance of sketching within the design process for generating unexpected ideas. Sketching is something that designers increasingly lose sight of as they become more reliant on digital technologies. The article discusses how sketching that demonstrates thinking and […]
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This Fictiv article offers the following four tips that relate to design for manufacture: 1. Seek the help you need 2. Design for assembly, not just manufacturability 3. Consider manufacturing closer to home 4. Consult your manufacturer early on Check out the full article to read more on how you can improve your own professional practice.
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Manufacturing methods can essentially be divided into two categories: additive and subtractive. Subtractive methods include any process in which material is removed to product the desired form (e.g. milling, craving, cutting), whereas additive processes (e.g. 3D printing) involve adding material. Knowing which methods to use for the task at hand is a vital part of good design. The decision of whether to use additive or subtractive manufacturing is influenced by a number of factors including materials, part quantity, and part […]
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The 2015 James Dyson Award is now open. The brief is simple: “Design something that solves a problem”. Run in 20 countries with a total prize pool of almost NZD$200K, entries can be uploaded to www.jamesdysonaward.org before 2 July. Last year’s international winner, MOM is an inflatable incubator for the developing world. It provides the same performance as a $60,000 modern incubation system, but costs just $500 to manufacture, test and transport. British inventor James Roberts has gone on to further prototype […]
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Ziera Shoes is looking for an AUT student to fill a 16 week paid internship. The work involves footwear research, trending and presentation boards for relevant stage gates, and additional involvement in working on redesigning Ziera’s prototyping space. This is an amazing opportunity that arose from AUTs involvement with the 2015 Better By Design CEO Summit. Ziera is a premium shoe brand that emphasises comfort as well as style. Their vision is “to be loved by women internationally as a […]
This series of simple wall brackets let you turn reclaimed materials into shelving and switch out the surface for an adaptable design. This is an excellent demonstration of how clever design can enhance the value of recycled materials, an idea that will be central to the work of the third year students currently collaborating with Rekindle.