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Paper animation about Alzheimer

Post by Meltem Akturk

Suus Hessling made this stop motion video about Alzheimer’s disease for her graduation at the School of Arts in Utrecht, Netherlands.

It’s a really good paper animation, great details on her models. Very appropriate technique and materials selected to tell the story. This makes it so much easier to understand the context in comparison to text.

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Powerful Design

Post by iSiZ

In the end it’s up to the consumer whether a product is successful and in what context it will be used.

Design exists because it solves problems. A chair was once designed to solve the problem of siting upright instead of on the ground. While the car was invented to solve the problem of transporting a person or cargo from A to B, it is now one of the main causes of air pollution. Today designers pay more attention to whether a product is sustainable, for example is it social design or is it recyclable?

 

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An example is the WakaWaka Light, it uses solar technology to bring electricity to those parts of the worlds where electricity is not accessible. WakaWaka is an impact driven, social venture that fights to abolish energy poverty throughout the world, by replacing kerosene lamps with off-grid solar powered products. This saves money, results in better school grades, increases income-generating capacity for families by enabling the ability to charge mobile phones and by stimulating entrepreneurship.

Let’s start asking the question to non-designers: Which problem needs solving by design in your environment? Watch the trailer of the film ‘Design & Thinking’ for some inspiration. Also check the website of the film for more information.

 

 


Marcel Wanders – Pinned up

Post by Meltem Akturk

Marcel Wanders (Boxtel, 1963) is a product/interior designer and art director in the Powerhouse studio in Amsterdam. He became internationally known for its furniture, interiors and original art direction. He is recognized as one of the most distinguished designers working today.

The exhibition  ‘Pinned up’ at the Stedelijk Museum presents designs from Wanders’ entire oeuvre, ranging from the late 1980s to the present. I think everybody will enjoy his original designs.

The piece highlights Wanders’ focus on sustainability and joyfulness, creating products, he says, that aim to ‘serve you for the rest of your life’.

 

 


Music is.. very natural

Post by iSiZ

Jeff Skoll presents Internationally renowned and inspiring singer, songwriter Annie Lennox with the Honorary Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2013 Skoll World Forum, Oxford England.

In 2007, she founded the SING Campaign to raise awareness and funds for issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. Watch this video presenting her admirable efforts:

Here’s a nice short interview during Annie Lennox’s Revenge Tour in the 80s. She explains what music means to her.


The First 3-D Printed Book Cover

Post by Meltem Akturk

The world’s first 3-D printed book cover is a novel by Chang-Rae Lee “On Such a Full Sea” published by Riverhead Books. Helen Yentus, the art director of Riverhead Books says about the making of the slipcover “We’re looking for new ways to present our books that give people the opportunity to have something to hold onto that’s not available in digital form,”

It’s beautifully designed book and a very beautiful application of the 3d printer, it’s more an object than a normal book.


Pay with a smile!

Post by iSiZ

There are lots of ways to get a public’s attention. Guerrilla marketing is one fun way of doing this.

In 1984 Jay Conrad Levinson wrote the first book about Guerrilla marketing. The concept of guerrilla marketing was invented as an unconventional system of promotions that relies on time, energy and imagination rather than a big marketing budget. Typically, guerrilla marketing campaigns are unexpected and unconventional, potentially interactive, and consumers are targeted in unexpected places.

Here are some fun examples of Guerrilla marketing:


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Attention from your domestic cat!


 
 

The great escape!


 
 

Vivienne Westwood brings attention to domestic abuse by turning mannequins in her store into victims.


 
 

Pay with a smile!


 
 


A Brochure Made Entirely Without Energy

Post by Meltem Akturk

This brochure was designed and printed using techniques that didn’t require any electricity. It was a campaing of the electricity company EDP Group that tries to bring electricity to isolated communities in regions like the Amazon and Sub-Saharan Africa. In response, the designteam of Leo Burnett Lisboa decided to produce the commissioned brochure without the use of any electricity.

Actually, we are so dependent on industry, economy and technology for even the most basic of our everyday activities but this video shows us how difficult is it to make only a basic brochure without electricity.