Tokyo based company AgIC has developed electrically conductive ink containing silver that allows working electrical circuits to be drawn by hand or printed with a regular inkjet printer. “[We’ve] developed innovative technology to print circuits, using a regular inkjet printer and cartridges with the silver conductive ink,” the company writes. “The ink dries in a few seconds and becomes conductive instantly when the traces are drawn on our special photo paper. You can make circuits exactly as you use a […]
Never Too Much, is a series of brightly coloured leather bowls resulting from creative collaboration between Swiss designers and Florentine leather craftspeople. Zurich-based designers Sarah Kueng and Lovis Caputo travelled to Italy to work with craftspeople to understand the different ways that leather can be worked. By talking to experience makers and experimenting with different processes they learnt that which chromium tanning is the current standard for leather work, using the more traditional process of vegetable tanning opened up different […]
In a recent fastcodesign article, Cliff Kuang speculates that the announcement of the iPhone 7 signals the growing irrelevance of hardware to the future of smartphone design, arguing that Jonathan Ive has in effect, designed himself out of a job. According to Kuang, the things that have the potential to excite us about the future of smart technology are things that are invisible and that have very little to do with the physical design of smart devices. In many ways what […]
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Check out the newest 3Doodler pen from Wobbleworks with the capability to print in nylon and polycarbonate as well as plastic-based composites of wood, bronze, and copper. These composites contain a high percentage of the real material and open up opportunities for architects and designers to use the tool for prototyping. Click here to find out more about the design of the new 3Doodler pen and its potential to change the way we think and prototype.
If you’ve ever given freelance design work a go, chances are you’ve been stumped by the question “how much do you charge?” Particularly as a design student or graduate, it can be tricky to figure out just how much your work is worth, and to calculate an hourly rate that will get you the job without underselling your skills. Core77 recently posted a Q&A on the subject featuring advice like: “Keep in mind, tax rates are higher [for a freelancer], […]
Part of the ever-growing trend known as “the internet of things” and in response to the Pokémon Go phenomenon, Vixole has designed a pair of shoes that vibrate to let you know when pokémon are nearby. As well as lending a hand to budding pokémon trainers, the Matrix sneakers can sync with social media notifications, or help users navigate with google maps with either the left or right shoe vibrating to indicate turns. Vixole is planning to launch the shoes via a […]
Do you really know the difference between UI and UX design? If you’re even a little bit unsure then this article will clear it up for you while also highlighting the value of simply asking users about their experiences. “A great interface can exist on a product that still offers a bad experience for users. Think about the ideal interface for the perfect toaster, but even with the elegant simplicity of the buttons and dial, and the super sexy brushed steel finish […]
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.