Designer Dave Hakkens has developed a set of four open source machines that can be used to recycle everyday plastic waste to produce new plastic goods. Inspired by the wide availability of plastic waste and inaccessibility of plastic manufacturing tools, Hakkens has worked to create simple machines that can be made, repaired, and customised by people all over the world. Through preciousplastic.com users can access the plans to build an extruder, shredder, compressor, and injection moulder as well as video tutorials to help with getting […]
Alain Brideson, who has been teaching our product design first year students alongside Nick Charlton this year, has designed an autonomous car that was shown to US President Barack Obama earlier this week. Alain designed both the exterior and interior of the Rinspeed Etos, which is a self-driving, hybrid concept car. Obama was given a tour of the vehicle in Hamburg as part of the Hanover Fair. Click here to see more of Alain’s work.
Approaches to design are often limited by our preconceptions of the way a given product normally looks and functions. Generating designs that add something new to the conversation often requires breaking away from conventions and experimenting with aspects like material or form. These bluetooth headphones by “New Normal“rethink the visual and material language we expect from headphones creating a luxury fashion (rather than tech) driven feel. But despite appearances, technological convenience has not been compromised, with the wireless headphones incorporating […]
Children’s products have emerged as a major trend at this year’s Milan Design week. Where typically children’s products have been robust, colourful, and ultimately tacky, designers are exploring new approaches to design for children. Objects like Stockholm Studio Front’s “Furia Rocking Horse” and Philippe Starke’s “Airway Swing” are designed to appeal to parents as well, fitting into the home like any other piece of furniture. In keeping with this trend, our very own AUT graduate, Nicole Marshall, is exhibiting her graduate […]
Curious about advances in the world of 3D printing and digital fabrication? Check out the Lasertec 65 3D, which uses an additive manufacturing process called laser deposition welding combined with the capabilities of a 5-axis milling machine. The Lasertec 65 3D allows for the manufacture of parts that would have previously been impossible or incredibly expensive. It is capable of creating hollow spaces and undercuts that may otherwise require multiple manufacturing processes or attaching two separate parts to create the […]
British designer Simon Kinneir has designed a range of homeware objects that offer tactile cues to simplify use for the visually impaired. The Leaven Jug consists of a stainless steel vessel supported on an angle by a tubular steel frame. The frame has an angled base allowing the jug to tip forward slightly when full. The range also includes a set of cutlery with raised marks that allow the visually impaired to check they are holding them the right way up. […]
Design and technology company Artefact has designed an untethered virtual reality headset in the form of a computer enhanced hoodie. The design aims to offer an immersive VR experience, including a hood that users can pull to isolate themselves from the outside world and sleeves that offer tactile feedback. The headset also incorporates eye tracking allowing the virtual world to respond to cues about the user’s emotions and facial expressions. Click here to read more.
Designer Benjamin Hubert has recently rebranded his previously self-titled studio under the new name Layer, reflecting a shift towards more human-focussed design. The London-based designer has expressed a sense of disenchantment with the current climate of furniture and lighting design with thousands of products launched each year, but no real meaningful innovation. “Everyone involved in creating lighting, furniture and accessories… they’re all talented people but everyone seems to be designing the same thing. Hubert has also presented some interesting reflections […]
Around the world, millions of farmers work tirelessly to feed their families and communities. But in spite of their efforts, over 42% of the food these farmers produce is never consumed. Instead, it is lost during harvest, or on the journey from farm to market. The consequences are immense- closing this gap has the potential to feed one billion people and improve livelihoods for farmers. The fifth Amplify Agricultural Innovation Challenge is calling on designers, entrepreneurs, social innovators and NGOs […]
We are proud to announce that AUT’s Design Faculty is once again ranked the top design school in New Zealand and in the top 100 worldwide! For more info on AUT’s QS ranking scores click here.