In response to an increase in traffic accidents involving pedestrians playing Pokémon Go, Australian company Büro North designed an in-ground traffic light system targeted at pedestrians using smartphones.“When the Pokémon craze hit Melbourne, the number of people wandering across the road looking at their phones was pretty startling. That’s when we realised we had redundant infrastructure that had not adapted or evolved to keep up with human behavioural changes.”The system leverages existing infrastructure with the ground based LEDs powered by existing […]
Check out this article to learn about the happy accidents that resulted in some iconic foods and beverage.Here’s hoping similar strokes of luck might help out our second year students as they get to work on their “gift of chocolate” project this semester!
If you read our recent post featuring a sustainable shoe design by Ammo Liao then you will be aware of the environmental issues present in the footwear industry. This concept shoe design by Adidas presents an alternative approach to sustainable and socially responsible shoe design. The design is made entirely from plastics retrieved from the ocean. Designed in collaboration with Parley For The Oceans, the design seeks to encompass the organisation’s mission and values: ‘at parley for the oceans, we want to […]
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Products that contain a large number of different materials make recycling difficult and as a result often end up in landfills. Footwear is one industry where this is often the case, with modern shoe designs using as many as 65 different materials. Once in a landfill shoes these shoes take a minimum of 5o years to decompose. In response to this environmental challenge, designer Ammo Liao developed a “single, multi-functional material that can simultaneously display soft, flexible, and robust textures”. […]
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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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The above puzzle “comes from a Hong Kong elementary school admission test for six-year-olds, who are required to solve it within 20 seconds. Based on the visible numbers, the students are asked to determine the number of the spot where the car is parked.” “At first glance it might seem like logic or algebra is needed to find the right answer. But, as it turns out, the solution is much easier than it first appears. It is explained below. The trick is to […]
Take a look at this concept for a “Hackable” kitchen by industrial design students from Sweden’s Lund University. Based on the insight that “users are increasingly wanting to change, add, and get rid of unneeded features and components,” the design allows users to customise their kitchen setup using a modular system of wooden beams and metal joints.
“Build like a clock, this 3D printer is a paradoxical experiment in combining automated technology and hand-built design” Read more to find out how this 3D printer highlights the tensions between rapid prototyping technology and the sense of personality that hand craft brings to design.
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