Design

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’.

 

 


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.


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.


The Great Wave and New Technologies

Post by iSiZ

The Great Wave is an ukiyo-e print by Japanese artist Hokusai, made between 1830-1833. One of the best recognized works of Japanese art in the world. This beautiful print shows us a wave of the open sea in an area around Mount Fuji in Japan.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa

When in abundance, the important role of clean water in our lives is easily forgotten. Images of people in less fortunate places, like a tsunami, makes us remember. In 2004 Michael Pritchard sat at his Christmas diner when he saw the South Asian tsunami on television. It inspired him to develop LIFESAVER® technology. The LIFESAVER® bottle filters all bacteria from polluted water down to 15 nanometres, making it clean to drink. Another scientist Cezar Harada is in de process of developing a prototype of Protei, an open hardware oil spill cleaning device.

These are just two of the amazing technologies developed in recent years.


Sustainable design

Post by Meltem Akturk

Isaac Monté of atelier monté has created the ‘filter factory’.On every three hundredth cigarette which is disposed of, a door pops open and the ‘lucky smoker’ is gifted with a birdhouse. The birdhouses are made in large waffle iron. The shredded cigarette filters are melted into the waffle iron and pressed into a birdhouse.The project makes one think about people’s daily actions and how we can harness our so-called bad habits for good.


Discover Typography

Post by Meltem Akturk

Type:Rider is a videogame for smartphones, tablets and desktop-computers that makes you discover the unexcepted world of typography.

It’s really interesting and great game. You would learn more about the visual design of type and what those choices mean to the books and texts we read.