Frederick Fasola

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London, UK

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  • "Nice work. I love the aesthetic of it and the back story is very timely.Fly ash, and GGBS (Ground Granulated Blast-furnace Slag) can both be used in in concrete as a way of reducing the embodied carbon of a building. This is going to become more common as regulations start to take carbon footprint into consideration. In the UK for instance, the new London Plan establishes targets to limit the embodied carbon, and as timber construction is difficult in the UK at the moment (Fire safety is a very sensitive subject here after the Grenfell Tower disaster), I expect we will see much more of this kind of recycling!"
    on: Great Student Work: Erica Stine's Sustainable Fly-Ash Chair
  • "Its not something you would actually buy, its purpose is to highlight the absurdity of having an Alexa device in your home, and invite people to reconsider their relationship with the brands we interact with. Its a manifesto, a piece of art, a (actual) statement (that word has been so misused that we have forgotten what it actually means!!!). MSCHF is using design to remind us that we, as consumers have a choice. we can choose what we bring into our homes, but also, when companies like Amazon, Facebook, Apple and others overstep the mark by forcing us to accept features we don't want or need, or use the pretense of the service they offer to harvest data we don't want to share, we should not just accept it but seek to limit it, either through legislation ( like the EU GDPR regulations), through software (adblocks in browser, denying app permissions for microphones or webcams...) or as is suggested here, by an add-on that phisically limits the functionality of the device (even Mark Zucherberg has a post-it note covering his webcam....). Of course, here the mitigation is pushed to the extreme, rendering the original object basically useless!"
    on: Subversive, Adversarial Product Design: Alexagate Add-On Blocks Amazon Echo From Listening In
  • "too bad you have to stay outside as they won't fit through the door...."
    on: Social Distancing Designs: Sombrero-Sized Burger King Crowns
  • "Oh WOW! I feel like that link requires a "dangerous rabbithole" warning!!! Do they sell outside Japan???"
    on: A Notched Coat Hanger for (Partially) One-Handed Operation
  • "Nice concept! It reminds me of a pop-up by PrintClub London at Clerkenwell Design Week in 2018, where they offered to recycle your branded tote bags with a selected screenprint design by Chelsea College of Art graphic design students. Anyone that has been to trade shows will immediately understand how many tote bags, t shirts and branded gifts go to waste as some of them are really nicely made, but you're unlikely to use them precisely because of the branding they carry !"
    on: Tee Tag is a Service Concept Meant to Relieve the Environmental Toll of Printed Promotional Apparel
  • "Good luck social distancing inside the "management module"...Seems like someone is just nostalgic for 70s office design !I find it quite discouraging to see that so far, all the (publicised) responses to covid from architects and designers have been utter rubbish... Nice renders of over-worked and impractical design, or concepts that are just basically floored, all in the name of getting something instagramable...  Are we really that vain and incapable of actually being creative when it is needed most?Seriously, I have seen plenty of really good responses from all sorts of industries, but the creative industry that should be best placed to help doesn't seem to be helping!Please Rain, show me I'm wrong... let's see some really useful responses..."
    on: What is the Point of These Architect-Designed, Anti-COVID Sealed Cubicles?
  • "Yes, you could do that... but actually its nice NOT to be staring at your phone all through the meal!!! If you are going to place a qr code on the table, you could also just place the menu on the table, under a plastic tablecloth for instance... or do what every good old fashioned french bistro has done for generations and write the menu on a blackboard...! No phone, batteries, wifi or data required !!! Also, in a world were social interactions are limited I feel like the main reason people will go to restaurants and eateries is not convenience but social interaction. If its going to be like a takeaway, then I'll stay at home and do just that!But also from a scientific point of view, is this helpful?  Yes, you may have removed the risk of people touching the menu, but by introducing phones, you are bringing a very high risk item into the mix. Ideally you want to wash your hands upon arrival, so taking your phone out of your pocket to order, immediately ruins that action, whereas being able to read the menu from a board and vocally transmit your order to a waiter stood at a safe distance from you still seems to me the most hygienic option!  ... and its also the nicest !The issue with phones is that we use them both inside and outside the home, and very frequently, so they become an excellent vector for germs and viruses, a little like wearing your outdoor shoes in your house, but then also in bed!"
    on: The No-Contact Menu System Adopted by Savvy Restaurants
  • "They are also great fun to drive. The suspension is increadible so you can accelerate if you see a speed bump, but going round corners at speed is quite a sight, the whole car looks like it will turn over! To such an extent that when it came out, Citroen reportedly offered 10.000 Francs to anyone that managed to roll one without external help, and the prize was never claimed!Just one thing though, they are NOT good on mountain roads! The brake servo is almost INSIDE the tiny engine, so they overheat on the way up and have NO brakes on the way down !!! ... still fun though, once your heart beat recovers !!!"
    on: A Brief History of Citröen, Part 2: The 2CV - Designed in the 1930s, Built Until the 1990s!
  • "We had one of these when i was a kid, and my brother still drives it ! ("2CV6 Speciale" with different colour headlights 'cos someone nicked the originals in a station car park !).To this day the recongnisable purr of the citroen air cooled engine still reminds me of holidays in the south of France. Its a truly amazing car and an ID masterpiece. It had so many clever ( and some not so clever ) details to it, and it certainly fit the brief for simplicity and versatility"
    on: A Brief History of Citröen, Part 2: The 2CV - Designed in the 1930s, Built Until the 1990s!
  • "How does it ring the door bell???"
    on: Amazon Rolls Out Scout, Their Autonomous Delivery Vehicle
  • "This story only serves to illustrate the rediculousness of Nespresso and many more of our conveniance driven habits.This article aims to present this as a  positive design, helping the planet by recycling, but this is very much the opposite.The only merit of this project is to illustrate very graphically the scandalous levels of waste produced by Nespresso capsules... Think about it. If you drink only 1 cup a day (and if you are like me the real figure is much closer to 5 or 6!) it will take you less than a year to use enough aluminium to make a bike !!! Get yourself a washable filter and a kettle (or a fancy pants Jura expresso machine with integrated grinder if you have to!) and get better coffee, cheaper and with a much smaller impact on the environment!Recycling is important, but it is not a solution in itself. Remember the correct order:1. REDUCE2. RE-USE3. RECYCLE"
    on: This Limited-Edition Bike is Made Out of 300 Nespresso Pods
  • "Completely defeats the point of wearing a mask !!! If the mask is expected to protect the user, then you must assume the external face is effectively covered in (potentially) harmful droplets. For a mask to effectively protect it's wearer, you have to take great care not to transfer contaminants from the outside of the mask to their face. This is why medical professionals are trained in how to safely fit and remove the mask, and dispose of them very regularly. As you can see in the video, its very difficult to operate anyway, and virtually impossible to do so without the food or fork touching the mask or mechanism, therefore providing the ideal route for contaminants to go straight in!And even if you assume that its function is only to protect others by reducing the projection of droplets, the mechanism doesn't close properly, so if you were to sneeze, I doubt it would do much to reduce the spread !I think a simple perspex visor would be as if not more effective, a lot easier to use and would cost a fraction of the price! Oh and it would still work with an ice-cream !!!"
    on: A Facemask With Hinged "Mouth" So That You Can Eat While Wearing It
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