Nine designers continue their exploration of the original brief of the Designers in Residence program at Northumbria University, posted in full in our interview with Director Rickard Wittingham during the inaugural program last year. Once again, residents have set out to "investigate the language of task-focused objects"—i.e. tools—specifically to "design and make [or have produced] a tool that carries out one, some or all of the following physical actions: Ctrl. CSVXZ."
Neil Conley's poster design was featured on the newsletter, which included an excerpt from our interview with Rickard
To that end, the designers created working prototypes—and a requisite bit of documentation, per the directive to include "something that illustrates the design process"—that meet the primary criteria of "[not making] us look stupid when we show it in NYC." As this last tongue-in-cheek bit implies, the results were exhibited at the ICFF this past weekend, alongside several of last years' projects (again, seen in last year's coverage).
Tatsuya Akita's "Chronovora" (Ctrl +) were a personal favorite
David Irwin - Rivet Lights (Cmd+Opt+ -)
Philip Luscombe - Cabinet Knobs (Ctrl O)
Danny Duquemin-Shell - Magnifying Glass Task Lamp (Ctrl +)
Detail of "Magnifying Glass Task Lamp"
Colin Wilson - Industrial Blocks/Desktop Empires (Cmd D)
Trevor Duncan - CC41 Jugs 1&2 (Cmd+Shift+Z)
Ellen Thomas's "Down Lighter" (Ctrl +) reminds me of David Derksen's "Copper Lights"
Rickard Wittingham - Northern Tool Box (Cmd S)
Last year's work was also on display (you can see more images of the new work on the Designers in Residence website):
Colin Wilson - Tradesmens' Wedges
David Irwin - Modelling Tools for Swann Morton
Tatsuya Akita - Tape Dispenser (cf. Kelvin Chang's office supplies
Trevor Duncan - Pencil Works
Neil Conley - The Batchstick