Check out this years Innovation By Design Awards competition for your chance to appear in the October issue of Fast Company magazine and receive a complimentary pass to attend Fast Company’s Innovation Festival in November. There are 11 entry categories, one of which is for student work and entries will be judged by their functionality, originality, beauty, sustainability, depth of user insight, cultural impact, and business impact. Entries are open until 5th May. If you’re interested in putting your work […]
Product design student Ari Jonsson from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts has designed a biodegradable water bottle as an alternative to environmentally harmful plastics. Made from a combination of agar powder and water, “as long as the bottle is full of water, it will keep its shape, but as soon as it is empty – it will begin to decompose.” Click here to find out more.
Looking for some design inspiration? Check out this series of kinetically controlled, brass and wood lights by Héctor Esrawe. Each light in the series features a unique switch mechanism that activates the light through a different gesture. The minimalist use of materials and visual language place the focus on the simple yet intriguing way that users interact with each light.
Facebook’s Head of Product Design Luke Woods recently shared what he’s learnt from working at Facebook on Q&A website Quora.com. Woods offered 3 key tips: Be bold Data improves design Products are never finished The prominent designer also offered this insight from working with young designers: “Young designers may be less aware of their own limits, what energizes them vs. what saps their energy and when to push for things vs. when to let go. I think it is important […]
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Adobe is working on on a programme purpose built for user-experience designers, incorporating new tools to improve productivity. A preview version of Experience Design CC us currently available free to use for OS X users with an Adobe account (even if you are not a paying Creative Cloud user), with a Windows version also coming soon. To find out more, click here.
Designed by London company Primo Toys, this simple toy set teaches children to use basic coding principles to direct a wooden cube robot (Cubetto) to his home on the play mat. “With the Cubetto Playset, we wanted to create an new, tangible programming language that any child, of any language, anywhere in the world could pick up and begin using straight away.” To find out more about the design, click here.
Indian designer Yogita Agrawal has created a wearable light that is charged by walking for use in rural india. With most people in rural Indian communities spending a couple of hours walking each day, the design makes use of readily available energy. The resulting light provides illumination in homes that aren’t robust enough to support solar panels. Agrawal says; “I believe that when designing wearables, it is crucial to have an in-depth understanding of the user: their preferences, lifestyle, culture […]
Raised in Munich, industrial designer Konstantin Grcic has a broad portfolio but is best known for his sometimes radical chair designs. In a recent interview with Dwell Grcic discussed his penchant for furniture design and some of what drives his work.“I like the scale of furniture, the relevance, the place it has in everyday life… Furniture reflects how we live.” Grcic’s designs recognise the influence that context has over the needs of a specific chair. “For example, the idea most people have […]
“The best way to discover how well your product works is to watch real people interacting with it.” Testing is a fundamental part of the design process. When executed properly, usability ensures that your attention is focussed on what is most important to achieving a successful outcome and often identifies issues that may otherwise have gone unnoticed. For tips on incorporating testing into your own design process click here. View story at Medium.com View story at Medium.com
Xero is holding an open studio event at their Auckland office on Tuesday 15th March from 5-7pm. The purpose of the open studio event is to give students an insight into how Xero’s Marketing and Product design teams work. It’s also an opportunity to learn about intern and graduate opportunities offered at Xero through Summer of Tech and the Xero Grad Programme. As well as giving students from a variety of design schools in the city a chance to socialise together. […]