As design students, still learning our craft, we seldom get the opportunity to see our ideas taken through to implementation. As such, it can be difficult for us to fully understand the close relationship between engineering and design, and the need for engineers and designers to collaborate to produce achievable and successful products. This article discusses the importance of integrating design and engineering, arguing that “When design is seen as a satellite that orbits engineering, it usually comes crashing back to […]
Made from copper and jesmonite, these lamps by Old Matter Studio take inspiration from the simple diagrams used to depict electrical circuits. The way that each lamp turns on and off creates a 3D representation of the closing and opening of the circuit that causes it to do so providing resonance between form and function. See more here.
NZ sportsman Tim Brown, and San Francisco based engineer Joey Zwillinger have teamed up to launch Allbirds footwear made from NZ merino wool. The shoes make the most of the natural properties of merino wool, minimising odour, wicking moisture, cushioning the foot, and helping to regulate temperature. Thanks to clever material use, the shoes can be worn without socks, and simply cleaned in the washing machine. You can find out more about the story behind Allbirds shoes here.
Sketching is probably one of the most important tools that designers have at our disposal. The moment we start dreaming up ideas for a new brief, the pencil is often the first thing we reach for. Drawings are also an invaluable means of making our ideas understood by others and starting those all important conversations that help us work from loose ideas towards refined finished products. If you’re interested in finding out more about the role of sketching in the design process, check […]
Japanese design studio Nendo has produced a series of household furniture designs incorporating linear metal elements that outline the paths of moving parts like cupboard doors and drawers. With a minimal aesthetic, the curved outlines are reminiscent of the way that doors are marked in architectural plans. They provide a visually intriguing sculptural element while simultaneously giving clues to the function of each object and guiding its use. The Trace series makes visible and celebrates the everyday movements we take for […]
The Ripples of Time clock by Studio Ayaskan may not be a precision timekeeping device, but it expresses the passage of time with a simple beauty. Inspired by a Zen garden, the clock hand rakes and erases concentric circles in a bed of sand.
Stuart Karten of Karten Design spoke at a medical design expo earlier this year about the future of business models within the healthcare industry. In the same way that Uber disrupted the taxi industry by embracing the culture around the use of mobile technology and making users the focus of the experience, Karten believes that the future of healthcare will see the formation of new companies looking to put patients rather than hospitals at the centre of healthcare products and services. […]
London design studio Layer has designed a 3D printable consumer wheelchair called the Go wheelchair. 3D printing technology allows the seat and footrest to be made to measure for each user. The design also features lightweight carbon fibre wheel spokes and a titanium foot bay. Beyond the innovative use of 3D printing to provide customisation and improved functionality, Layer’s design presents a radical overhaul of traditional wheelchair aesthetics. The elegant form with sleek contours transforms the wheelchair from an ugly […]
Apple’s Jonathan Ive spoke at the opening of the Manus x Machina exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, reflecting on the links between machine made and handcrafted design. Ive described the importance of working by hand to understanding the potential of processes and materials, while also arguing that machine made works do not by definition lack the sense of poetry afforded by hand craft; “Many of us I think believe in the poetic possibilities of the machine, […]