Don’t forget James Dyson Awards entries are still open until Tuesday 2nd July. That’s just 5 days remaining to get your entries in. The brief is simple: “Design something that solves a problem” The Prize: The international prize is NZD$60,000 for the student or team, NZD$10,000 for the student’s university department, a James Dyson Award trophy. International runners-up receive NZD$10,000 each. The NZ winner wins NZD$4,000, a year’s membership to The Designers Institute, an official fee prize package from IPONZ, tailored […]
This set of measuring instruments designed by Unfold in collaboration with Kirschner 3D and Penny Webb translates measurements into CAD models in real time, allowing for the customisation of 3D printed objects. Digital software like photoshop uses familiar objects like a paint brush or paint bucket as a metaphor for representing digital tools. These analogue objects inject the digital functions of these tools back into the physical realm. For more information, check out the following: http://www.dezeen.com/2014/10/19/unfold-physical-tools-digital-measuring-3d-printing-dutch-design-week-2014/ http://www.dezeen.com/2015/03/13/movie-dries-verbruggen-unfold-analogue-digital-tools/
The above puzzle “comes from a Hong Kong elementary school admission test for six-year-olds, who are required to solve it within 20 seconds. Based on the visible numbers, the students are asked to determine the number of the spot where the car is parked.” “At first glance it might seem like logic or algebra is needed to find the right answer. But, as it turns out, the solution is much easier than it first appears. It is explained below. The trick is to […]
Take a look at this concept for a “Hackable” kitchen by industrial design students from Sweden’s Lund University. Based on the insight that “users are increasingly wanting to change, add, and get rid of unneeded features and components,” the design allows users to customise their kitchen setup using a modular system of wooden beams and metal joints.
“Build like a clock, this 3D printer is a paradoxical experiment in combining automated technology and hand-built design” Read more to find out how this 3D printer highlights the tensions between rapid prototyping technology and the sense of personality that hand craft brings to design.
Take a look at this kickstarter product by Industrial Design students from Western Washington University. The kickstarter campaign initially seeking $20k received over $300k showing just what can be done through the power of crowd funding. The product is a tea brewer called “Imbue”. “The container is constructed from shatter resistant borosilicate glass that works as an effective insulator, keeping your beverage hot and your hand cool. The lid is made from bamboo, a sustainable hard wood used in many household […]
This core77 article gives some valuable insight into what employers are looking for from design interviewees. Here are a few of the highlights: “One designer began by highlighting one of Smart Design’s company values. They proceeded by showing examples of how they did the same throughout various projects. It showed they understand what we do here.” “Just show your best work; in this case, less is more. You’re better off leaving the interviewer impressed.” “Self-edit by reviewing your portfolio page-by-page […]
If you’re looking at putting together a portfolio of work, take a look at this core77 discussion board for a rich resource of advice and examples. Here are some stand out examples to get you started: Brent Radewald Elie Ahovi
Check out these tips for making it as a designer covering the importance of design education, digital presence, and networking. Here are a few of the highlights: “Formal education goes hand-in-hand with real world experience. Both are vital, distinct, and irreplacable.” “A digital presence is ESSENTIAL in all scales and forms website, pdf, resume, facebook, tweet, blog.” “Building a network of mentors and clients is so important so you’re not starting from scratch when you go out on your own.”
design-milk.com is yet another great design site that you can find on our links page if you’re short on inspiration. Take a look at these minimalist speakers constructed from beams salvaged from a 19th-century factory, exemplifying how old materials can be given new life. This post features a rubbish bin concept that reminds you when to empty it.