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 […]
As part of the second year Technology paper, students are given the opportunity to visit manufacturing companies to see their manufacturing processes first hand. Yesterday our second years visited Galloway in East Tamaki to learn about rotational moulding. The students were given an in depth tour of Galloway’s factory and were able to watch parts of the moulding process of large water tanks. This was a valuable opportunity for students to ask questions and learn how the limitations and capabilities of […]
At this year’s Milan design week, graduates from Design Academy Eindhoven exhibited a series of material explorations as opposed to finished products. The exhibition sought to contrast the focus on finished works usually seen at Milan exhibitions, creating a conversation about the steps that come before. It allowed the designers to demonstrate abstract early ideas in a way they hoped would result in new work and collaborations. “Envisions” was said to reflect a growing trend among young designers preferring to […]
Manufacturing methods can essentially be divided into two categories: additive and subtractive. Subtractive methods include any process in which material is removed to product the desired form (e.g. milling, craving, cutting), whereas additive processes (e.g. 3D printing) involve adding material. Knowing which methods to use for the task at hand is a vital part of good design. The decision of whether to use additive or subtractive manufacturing is influenced by a number of factors including materials, part quantity, and part […]
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The latest issue of Idealog magazine features our very own head of Industrial Design and Innovation Shane Inder discussing what it means to be a product designer at AUT. “The traditional notion of an industrial designer is that they design a product and see how they might be able to sell it to people, but we start with identifying the problem and design a solution to it. It’s always about looking at the user and is the opposite of designer-centred […]
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Carbon3D‘s CLIP Technology is a new 3D printing technique that seeks to make 3D printing a viable manufacturing process. CLIP, which stands for “Continuous Liquid Interface Production”, uses UV curable resin exposed to UV light through a transparent oxygen permeable window to produce parts significantly faster than traditional layer based printing methods. The results are also stronger and higher quality. Learn more about the process here.
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As it reaches the end of the year, many students will be leaving the department in search of new opportunities. Opportunities could include postgraduate studies, travel, working abroad, or seeking out the best design jobs available in New Zealand. In most cases building an amazing online portfolio is so important to gain exposure for your work and market yourself to the world! 99U has a great article with 6 steps to creating a knockout online portfolio. This article has some great […]
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The DO School offers the unique One-Year Program for emerging social entrepreneurs who look for training, mentoring and empowerment to start their own ventures. Until November 27 2014 the DO School invites applications from motivated individuals aged 21 to 31 from around the world to participate in the DO School Packaging Challenge given by H&M: The goal of this Challenge is for the selected Fellows to create an innovative packaging system for one of H&M Germany’s product lines. By jointly solving the Challenge, […]
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Needing a good reference for Design Thinking? Check out this article Design Thinking: Past, Present and Possible Futures by Ulla Johansson-Sköldberg, Jill Woodilla and Mehves Çetinkaya Always good to have for future reference.