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As the founding director of Parsons' Transdisciplinary Design program, Jamer Hunt has been championing the possibilities of a systems-based, postindustrial design approach to social innovation and service design for over a decade. Using New York City as an academic laboratory, students work to, "define the next phase of design practice
It may slip our minds from time to time, but the overall objective of design should be to create a better world. Driven by the desire to approach problem solving holistically, eight years ago engineers from Brown University and designers from Rhode Island School of Design formed a partnership and
For her Masters Thesis at the SVA MFA Products of Design program in New York City, Natsuki Hayashi undertook a year-long pursuit to investigate how design could respond and contribute to the increasing legalization of assisted suicide in the United States. In the conversation below, she talks to Allan Chochinov,
My friend Ted recently broke an ankle and as part of the fix had pins installed in the bone. He wasn't awake to see it, but I'm sure the orthopedic surgeon used the kind of fancy pants surgical drill that costs upwards of $20,000 and must undergo a lengthy sterilization
I think most designers would argue that design isn't about the big picture as much as it is zeroing into the tiniest of details—they are what sets apart a generic IKEA chair from an Eames classic. On that note, designers make sure with almost everything they do that the details
The 2016 International IDSA Conference was hosted in Detroit last week with a focus on the theme of "Making Things Happen." Detroit, with it's wrought morality tale of decline from the richest city in the United States in the 1950's and '60s to it's recent designation as the country's poorest
When the Nazis took power in the 1930s, Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius wisely, and daringly, escaped to America. Gropius, along with protégé Marcel Breuer, landed teaching gigs at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Harvard subsequently amassed, with Gropius' help, a massive collection of "more than 30,000 [Bauhaus-related] objects, from
Schools need to be redesigned to prepare students for professional trajectories we can't currently imagine. As the former provost and dean of faculty at the Philadelphia University and the dean of Parsons School of Design, I've seen firsthand the urgent need to abandon the Industrial-Age approach to higher education that
Identity is a fingerprint substitute that acts similarly to a band-aid for fingerprints. Contrary to the biological fingerprints you already have, Identity strips are fully replaceable and disposable. Identity allows you to have a new fingerprint everyday, either as a replacement for stolen fingerprints or to prevent future theft.
XY Race concept /// Michael Mills On the back of recent news of a redesigned Roborace driverless electric race car concept from their chief design officer Daniel Simon (the same man who brought you those light cycles in Tron: Legacy)… Source: Instagram ...we look at an alternative motorsport vision that
KANTON is a smart home solution to develop your color and black and white film in both 35 and 120 mm without the need of a darkroom—it combines chemical heating and automated film agitation in a single device. Developing films at home is time consuming and the outcome is highly
Something that might blow millennials away is how design used to be taught and executed. If you wanted to put letters on a presentation board, you transferred them from a Letraset sheet using a burnisher. You had to buy a physical sheet that was in a particular font, and on a student's budget, there was no changing your mind mid-project; you made the font decision at the store and stuck with it.
The only time I formally learned about food labels was in a sixth grade "health class" through a crossword puzzle containing the words "calories," "fat," "protein," "carbohydrates," etc. What do all of those words even really mean? I'm still figuring it out, and the FDA's new, still poorly designed, data
After thousands of years spent manipulating wood, humans are still inventing new and exciting ways of working with the versatile material. Here are two recently discovered techniques that bring new meaning to the process of woodworking:
A recent collection of work from Cranbrook, "Fine Design for the End of the World", was exhibited at Skylight Clarkson Square in West Soho. The purpose of the work was to critically analyze the social, economic and environmental uncertainties of the future through the lens of fine design.
Apparently this is a big year for color, between Vantablack and Pantone's "Most Disgusting Color in the World" or whatever they're calling it. Now it's come to light that a team of researchers led by chemist Mas Subramanian at Oregon State University have invented a new type of blue. Subramanian
We all know that the news surrounding the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio is dismal and the conditions are desperate. Amid rising countless health, safety and finance concerns, some are turning to design innovations for "solutions." [Photo Credit: Tom Avril of The Philadelphia Inquirer]Instead of truly addressing the cause of
If you want to study footwear design, the PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy should be one of your go-to's. But they're based in Portland, Oregon, making it tough for those east of the Atlantic to get there. Thus last year Pensole began offering a version of their course in Denmark, called
Paper is a machine that can print, scan and copy in a pleasant way. It communicates its function, provides clear feedback and uses physical controls to operate the key functions with ease.
The curse of many a designer is that they're too right-brain, unwilling to let the realities of business interfere with their creativity. Online education platform The Skool is attempting to counter this by teaching business skills to creatives. (Insert joke here about proper spelling.) As part of their mission, The
A few days ago I stumbled upon a little gif on my newsfeed on Facebook showcasing a drawer that had a lovely personality. I know, it sounds crazy, but it's true: A drawer with personality. Who could have guessed that those words were ever going to form in my head.
There's a lot of ground to cover when majoring in Industrial Design, but if there's one thing they don't teach you…it's how to explain, to students from other majors, just what the hell it is you do. Thus a group of ID students at Arizona State University put together a
A transradial prosthetic arm for the sport of rock climbing. Currently, almost all prosthetics are designed for general use, with a ‘one does all’ outlook. This product aims to turn disability into ability by designing specifically for the task. SCALO is fully mechanical and modular, aiming to be as economical
I've long been aware of Poppin's office furniture and supplies, since so many of the products are organizing-related: file cabinets, staplers, pen holders and much more. So when I learned Poppin had teamed up with the Rochester Institute of Technology for its Metaproject—an industrial design senior project—I was intrigued and
Requiring interaction to control the volume, the 'Stack' speaker demands tactile contact, removing the need for traditional buttons and switches. Designer Rowan Jackman was driven by the desire to create a speaker which does away with traditional buttons and switches.
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