On Friday, as the horror unfolding in Paris began popping up on news outlets and social media, administrators at California State University Long Beach began to worry. "[We have] 18 students participating in international exchange programs in Paris," they wrote in the News section of their website. "The university is
When Shaun Crampton designed a bentwood housing for his self-built radio receiver, he didn't go with steam-bending. Instead the software developer went the lasercutter route, cutting accordion lines to turn the walnut-veneered plywood into its own hinge. The result is not only pleasing to the eye, but looks like something
The statement "Hardware is Hard" has become the go-to phrase for companies interested in producing physical tech products. And it's true—compared with the typical product cycles of an app, hardware requires much longer timelines, larger teams and way more up front investment to get something off the ground. Despite these
When you decide to become a designer, the path might not be completely clear—but traditionally, it has some key features and check points. Attending the right design school, getting the right client, innovating in a particular material, style, etc usually top the checklist for a successful design career. However for
Perhaps Studio [D] Tale is a creative business with a social edge—or maybe it's a social impact project with an eye towards business. Whichever is appropriate—the joint studio of Safia Qureshi and Maxwell Mutanda is far from your average architecture firm. Last week, on the stage of Design Indaba 2016
Ending on an high-note, Design Indaba wrapped the three-day conference with a hybrid talk/performance from musician, composer, hardware innovator and music industry activist Imogen Heap. A good example of Design Indaba's aspirations to not only bring incredible creativity to the stage, but creativity with a mission - Heap was
Over the years, Design Indaba has strived for a careful balance between fresh perspectives from emerging designers and creatives who have built some of the most impressive careers in the last century. On Day Two, Indaba delivered a healthy dose of promising new thought from their 2016 'Global Graduates' class
Each year, Cape Town transforms for one week to host the annual Design Indaba Conference. For 21 years, the city has celebrated creativity with the three-day conference attracting some of the finest minds in fashion, architecture, design and art. This morning the conference opened to 1,000+ delegates who filled
The evolution of design as a professional practice is one regularly impacted by developments in other fields. As designers, we often sit squarely between disciplines, streamlining and humanizing products for greater usability and appeal in the end result. Never has the requirement to work between disciplines been as important
As people who build hardware know, there are important reasons both from the electronic and manufacturing standpoint that you reduce complexity, limiting the number of PCBs, parts and components. Streamlining electronics increases viability that the product will work and decreases the bill of materials —meaning you can afford to produce
While the terms 'internet of things,' 'smart objects' and 'connected devices' seem to be regularly splashed across the pages of newspapers, design briefs, crowdfunding campaigns and conference topics—relatively little is discussed about what tools designers need in order to design smart devices. Some startups and corporate departments are beginning
In just a few short years, IFA Berlin (Internationale Funkausstellung) has created a name for itself as the go-to international launchpad for Q4 product offering announcements from the biggest names in tech. IFA has recently been gaining speed on it's American counterpart CES in Las Vegas, growing steadily in scale
In true Berlin style - DMY Berlin came back this year for its 13th edition taking over the historic Kraftwerk Berlin. The former industrial plant (previously used to power the eastern regions of Berlin) turned historic techno club.. turned event space housed hundreds of objects, furniture and conceptual design
Nearly two decades ago, Marc Prensky perfectly defined that awkward feeling of explaining how to use an iPad to your grandparents by coining the terms 'digital native' and 'digital immigrant.' Having recently spent a week with my grandparents, I can't help but feel a renewed appreciation for that exact
As countless hardware startups and design firms can tell you - there is a huge difference between designing a product ...and building a product. The general consensus when you move into the manufacturing
Casa Jasmina threw open its (presumably) internet-connected doors on Saturday to welcome the public for the first time into the two-year pilot project in Torino, Italy. A collaborative effort curated by Bruce Sterling and Massimo Banzi with support from Arduino—the Internet of Things home is one of the first of
Running a successful Kickstarter campaign has become an nearly-necessary stop on the road to launching a hardware startup. With Berlin as a hotbed for tech startups over the last several years and the long standing mystique of German design and manufacturing - the launch of Kickstarter in Germany was a
When is the last time you drank the recommended 8 glasses of water a day? Did you remember to exercise today? Habit formation—or rather the difficulty of habit formation is an issue to which most humans can relate. In this amazing world we live in, it seems as though
Zona Tortona in Milan tends toward the eccentric. The neighborhood has rapidly become known for housing projects and shows that lean toward concept and scale. This year we were impressed to see a particularly diverse selection from countries France and Japan . Two shows, France Design and Tokyo Design Week
With the IKEA temporary show that included a concept kitchen, Milan was abuzz discussing the future of flat pack shipping and embedded technology. IKEA's charging-hub furniture became available to buy for the first time and their own Björn Block spoke at frog Milan about the future of their stores
Ventura Lambrate is always a treat during Milan Design Week. The neighborhood unfolds into a variety of spaces that become home to the lighting, furniture, fashion and conceptual products (and much more). Currently in its 6th year, Ventura Lambrate strives to give a platform for up and coming designers as
Walking into the Nendo show during Milan Design Week is almost an other-worldly experience. The massive doors of Milan's Museo della Permanente open up onto a great white entryway leading to their single year solo retrospective. Second Floor view of Nendo 2015 has already been an undoubtedly good year for
Of the number of designers who claim the title designer/maker or even designer/maker/artist, few compare to the work of London-based Max Lamb. On view at the Garage San Remo in Milan, visitors are welcome to explore the breadth of Lamb's material inquiry through the lens of design's favorite archetype—the chair.
Are we being watched? Well this year in the Ventura Lambrate District of Milan - we actually are. This detour into technology-derived anxiety is the result of the exhibition of Koncern, a Prague-based studio founded by the design pair Jirí Pribyl and Martin Imrich. In their show aptly titled "Embracing
Frog opened the doors to their Milan studio last night to celebrate ten years of Milan Design Week. The "Future Fact or Fiction" panel discussion—and later party—featured Björn Block (Lighting Range Manager at IKEA), Simone Tognetti (Co-founder of Empatica) and Gianluca Brugnoli (Executive Creative Director, frog) speculating about a number
The Lexus Design Award 2015 centered around the theme 'Senses,' showcasing an array of projects related to sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing this week in Milan. The award—developed to encourage broard thinking around the topic—never fails to yield an impressive group of projects and diverse thought from fashion to
According to the American Diabetes Association in 2012, more than 29 million Americans were living with diabetes. Of that group, 1.25 million were living with type 1 diabetes, a number that is made up primarily of children and young adults. For those of you unfamiliar with the disease, type 1
Unless you've done a deep-dive into patent history, you may not know that the creation of the metronome is originally attributed to none other than the German inventor and engineer Johann Nepomuk Maelzl. When the patent was originally filed by Maelzl in 1815 it bore the name "Instrument or Machine
The San Francisco-based DODOcase creates a customizable version of their Cardboard VR Viewer on the heels of Google 'Cardboard.'
A handful of schools are taking the first step towards new methods of real-world training by looking at trends in making, crowdfunding and direct to consumer products as necessary topics to cover with design students.
Over the last few months, the hot topic of conversation among myself and my female startup friends (and a number of male friends too) has switched from the usual suspects of Shinola, YikYak, Casper etc to an unlikely pick: the New York-based underwear company Dear Kate. Dear Kate's marketing campaign...
As an avid documenter, collector and all around object enthusiast, my accumulation of 'stuff' from design school and beyond would rival designers much older than myself. In notebooks alone I have managed to fill many a bookshelf. Even a recent downsize upon relocating to Germany has done little to stymie...
Chances are if you're a designer, artist, musician or use a computer daily, you have encountered that fateful moment when your mouse keeps you from making that perfect color selection or nudging a layer into exact position with Photoshop. While most computer aided drawing and modeling programs account for clumsy...
Berlin has rapidly made a name for itself as one of the foremost cities for tech startups to ahem, start up. In addition, to the budding companies that call the German capital home, we also have heavy hitters such as Soundcloud, Eyeem, plus satellite offices of Twitter and Etsy...
School is back in session, so you know what that means: The a Better World by Design Conference will be returning to Providence, Rhode Island, in just a few short weeks, for the weekend of September 19–21. Born as the collective brainchild of RISD ID and Brown Engineering Students in...
It should come as no surprise that the marriage of art and technology has had some difficulty finding a place in the institutional white cube exhibition spaces of most contemporary galleries and museums—after all, many practitioners reject the traditional art-object format on principle. Indeed, the incorporation of technology in...
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