Technology

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.

 

 


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.


Nanomaterials from the Nanofactory

Post by iSiZ

Nanotechnology, also called nanotech, refers to the construction of materials from the bottom up, using techniques and tools being developed today to make complete, high performance products.

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Nanotech is a technology that manipulates atoms and molecules for fabrication on macroscale products. The world of the very small! Watch how a nanofactory may look like in this animation.

 

Nanotechnology may be able to create many new materials and devices in medicine, electronics, biomaterials and energy production. However scepticists, as always is the case of new technologies, worry about the environmental impact of nanomaterials and their potential effects on global economics, as well as doomsday scenarios.

I’m not so much a scepticist. I can’t wait until I get hold of my first nanoelectronic videocamera or quantum computer. It will open up so much more creative production possibilities. I just hope I don’t get lost in the endless possibilities that a quantum computer will probably show me.

Watch this 10 minute short documentary explaining nanotechnology. Paul Alivisators, the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, explains us: ‘These advances are key to achieving health and achieving sustainable energy technology. The big issues of our world today. I think every member of the public has an obligation to learn a little bit about these things so they can participate in that debate in a meaningful way.”


John Lasseter – A Day in a Life

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Aren’t you curious how a day in the life of John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is like? Here’s an entertaining 25 minute documentary of a day in his life.

 

At the moment there is a nice overview exhibition in Amsterdam until the 27th of oktober 2013. Enough time, so make sure to catch this one! The exhibition is called: ‘Pixar: 25 Years of Animation’. There is a lot to see; original models, old animationfilms, special installations with storyboards, sketches, paintings, clay figures and more. This exhibition breathes passion, creativity and technology. Have a peak behind the scene’s and get inspired!

Under this link you’ll find a full length documentary on ‘The Pixar story’.


Is a digital Aristotle the future of education?

Post by iSiZ

Will technology help us learn better in the future? Watch this interesting video from CGPGrey explaining how technology could fill in the gap the education systems sometimes create.