It's crucial for designers of physical objects to understand how the world around us is constructed. Whether your materials of choice are wood, metal, plastic or fabric, your comprehension of how that material behaves is the first step in you creating a successful design with it. It can also be
We've seen how being able to effectively split wood was important to earlier societies that aimed to build ships. Both riving and pit-sawing were effective ways to turn logs into the needed boards, but they were also highly time-consuming and laborious. For a country to win the naval race, they'd
If you want to turn a bunch of logs into boards, it might not occur to you to start digging a trench first. But that's exactly what the Romans did, as they developed a log-splitting method very different from the Vikings and their system of riving. The results of the
Think about this: We humans have been on the planet for about 200,000 years. For most of that time, the only way to travel long distances was by walking, riding an animal, or having an animal drag some rickety thing you built. We still managed to spread far
American black walnut is a wood that's prized by many. It's relatively stable, easy on the eyes and has that beautiful chocolate-y color that looks so good that I sometimes want to eat it. It's no surprise that it's become the go-to wood for many a furniture designer, and
Expanding foam insulation is amazing stuff for sealing gaps. The hazard is that it can, as it expands, distort the door or window frame you're trying to seal, which is why they sell low-pressure, low-expansion variants for that application. Moving in the other direction is an expanding foam called PolyLevel.
Candidate must understand all platforms of packaging: window box, closed box, blister packs, “try me” packaging. They'll design packaging for a wide variety of kitchen products, so they must have a thorough knowledge and understanding of print processes and have knowledge of all Adobe programs. Minimum of 5 years experience!
Have you ever looked at an object and found it so uncomfortable that you wanted to touch it? This might be most familiar in high fashion, but in many areas of design that feeling of surprise-revulsion can be a source of inspiration. Today's example: Rock Set by Arkadiusz Szwed, a
Jerry Miculek is a professional competition shooter who holds world records for speed and accuracy. To create the latest video for his well-trafficked YouTube channel (510,000-plus subscribers), he commissioned an impressive-looking replica of Captain America's shield. Miculek went with titanium since the "vibranium" it's made from in the comic books
I first spotted the work of Samuel Amoia two years ago during New York's Design Week. Glittering and glorious, the cast crystals and coffee grounds embedded in concrete at AMMA's booth caught my eye and I've been enraptured ever since. (Great pro-tip for all you designers trying to catch the
Ott-chil is a type of Korean lacquer technique that is done by adding the secretions of the ott tree, released as a protective response to wounds. Collecting this from the ott tree is an intricate and difficult process that can be done only by experts. The lacquer produces incredibly durable
It's rare to come across an academic program that allows considerable time for students to ruminate on potential design dilemmas of the far away future—for example, if robots eventually replace a good number of our jobs, where will this leave us? In a hypothetical tomorrow where raising meat is not
How can sustainability practices drive innovation? We're on Twitter with Eastman Innovation Lab (@Eastman_EIL) chatting about Sustainnovation with Nanette Stowell of@Patagonia, Heidrun Mumper-Drumm (@hmumperdrumm) of Art Center, Dawn Danby (@ecoworkshop) of Autodesk and Nathan Jones of Fluid Technology Solutions (@ftsh2o) who will share their thoughts on the most important sustainability
In the Ventura Lambrate district of Milan, material explorations and experiments at the intersection of craft and technology were on show. Packed into the warehouses, abandoned garages and galleries of the district were over 160 exhibitions from emerging designers and independent design galleries. Craft reigned supreme in the district but
The statistics around plastic waste are astonishing. Over 100 million tons of plastic are manufactured around the world each year, but according to an EPA study from last year, only 9% of what we make is successfully recovered through recycling. The reasons behind this are many, starting with general consumer
Ideal candidates have a bachelors of Science in Engineering (Mechanical or Manufacturing) and can perform plastic, component, and assembly specification analysis to ensure function & quality targets. Must have an understanding of injection molding and part design CAD (Solidworks) and the ability to build hand mock-ups and test concepts quickly.
The Lexus Design Awards, which began four years ago, puts forth a noble and valuable effort to search for valid ideas worth nurturing. Teaming up young designers with successful and thoughtful designer mentors, the projects chosen for the awards are given careful consideration and encouragement so those with idea have
Each day our editors will roundup our favorite sights and projects from Salone Milan Design Week. Today we look at highlights from the Triennale Design Museum and Spazio Rosanna Orlandi. The Subtle Power of Paper - One component of the Triennale was the SUBTLE Takeo Paper Show, which demonstrated works from
The bulk of the Holz-Handwerk show is tools, machinery and processes. But there were also vendors displaying a variety of takes on wood and wood processing, from CNC timber framing to funky finishes to fun with veneers. More from Core77's coverage of this year's Holz-Handwerk Show!
Not many designers start their conceptual product exploration with as much open-endedness as a duo like Seongil Choi and Fabio Hendry of Studio Ilio. In fact, this design team (who formed their studio after meeting at the Royal College of Art), insists that they are actually not as inspired by
Thanks to leaps in technology, the definition of a designer can be looked at today less as a mere aesthete but perhaps more like a scientist or detective. In fact, success in the field almost certainly requires a particular level of curiosity due to the sheer speed at which a
We're used to seeing Apple push the designs of their own physical products. What's interesting is when they also have the capability to push the boundaries of design fields outside of their realm, as they presumably did with their forthcoming Norman-Foster-designed "Spaceship" campus. Now it's come to light that there's
Poplar Lirodendron tulipifera Poplar, lacking bold coloration or an exciting grain pattern, doesn't often get the respect we feel it deserves. The Poplar tree is widespread across all of North America and Europe, and it grows very rapidly and to large sizes, meaning it's very easy to sustain. Because
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! One Core77 reader has an interesting query about how ceramics are used in different industrial processes. bepster asks: "I have been fascinated with ceramic for a long time...[I've] always enjoyed the look
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