As designers we are constantly fed new ideas of what the ideal design process is or should be. Countless frameworks tell us that if we just go about the business of creativity in a certain way then our designs are sure to be successful. In reality I’m sure we all know that there probably is no secret formula; no one-size-fits-all solution. That said, learning how others work can give us access to alternative ways of thinking that we can tap into when […]
Vibeat is a set of wearable devices that enable deaf people to experience music, designed by Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design graduate Liron Gino. The devices convert music into vibrations which can be felt by the wearer.The minimal modular system can be worn around the neck, wrist, or pinned to clothing. Hearing people can also plug in regular headphones allowing users to share the experience with others. Click here to find out more.
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Great design often results from the celebration and clever use of material properties as can be seen in this series of wooden objects designed by Royal College of Arts graduate Simin Qiu. The collection is constructed from meticulously glued 5mm sections of pine offcuts and uses the natural end grain to create intricate herringbone-style patterns. The objects themselves take simple geometric forms to balance out the intricacy of the surface patterns. By using offcuts, Qiu transforms a material that would […]
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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
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.
designboom.com features a wealth of design inspiration particularly within the sections of the website dedicated to design and technology. For some of the highlights check out the following: These one of a kind stools made from recycled building materials that add value to discarded materials while maintaining their origin stories. This quirky use of sunscreen to create tan lines on leather demonstrating imaginative use of familiar materials. And this elegant minimalist aluminium pencil.
99U.com is a site run by behance that runs articles about creativity and productivity with the tagline “Insights on making ideas happen”. Many of the articles use an easy reading list format and provide simple and useful tips on how to improve your practice. See here to read “How to Get More People to Actually See Your Work“, or “3 Exercises to Smash Your Creative Blocks“.
Check out dezeen.com on our links page for some design inspiration. Their online magazine features articles on design, architecture and interiors and is a great resource for current events in design and a repository of ideas to get you thinking. Take a look at this elegant self-watering plant system called pikaplant that offers a low maintenance approach to bringing the outdoors in.
Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be posting reminders of some of the great design resources you can find on our links page beginning today with themethodcase.com As well as showcasing inspiring design work, The Method Case posts include descriptions of the methods and processes that go into the designs. Many of the designs featured show how innovation can result from challenging established practices and engaging in creative experimentation. Check out this post to see how an industrial design […]
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This series of simple wall brackets let you turn reclaimed materials into shelving and switch out the surface for an adaptable design. This is an excellent demonstration of how clever design can enhance the value of recycled materials, an idea that will be central to the work of the third year students currently collaborating with Rekindle.