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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.
We used to be limited by drafting technology and production technology. There was a point where if you couldn't sketch something and/or make it with human hands, it would never see the light of day. And those limitations provided a convenient boundary between designing for reality and designing for IDGAF*.
RISD's Media Group - a team of designers, writers, marketing strategists and public relations professionals - seeks to underscore RISD's role as a global leader in art and design education and help foster a stronger understanding of the value of art and design in our lives by creating a wide
This week we bring you our pressing topic of the moment straight from our reader-driven discussion boards! This discussion thread dates back all the way to 2004 (12 years ago? Gulp), but a topic that remains pertient as the years go by despite evolving design landscapes: as a working design
One of the annual highlights of New York's Design Celebration, NYCxDesign, has always been WantedDesign's Design School Workshop—which brings together students and mentors from all over the world to collaborate on intriguing design themes, materials, and problem solving. "More a collaboration than a competition," the event marks Wanted's commitment to
Why sketching? What is it? And, why is it important to design? Design as a Process: A conventional approach to understanding design and one that is often cited is from the classic book, Engineering Design Methods by Nigel Cross who subdivides the process as a series of linear, yet distinct activities;
In an era of rapidly densifying population centers, a disaster has the ability to impact more people at once than ever before. Large scale infrastructure and safety systems often take decades to implement, so how do we build community resilience in the meantime? The PREPhub project was recently submitted
Affording younger generations the opportunity to learn facets and principles of good design at an early age is paramount in ensuring that design has a promising future. By effectively educating youths in design practice, the next wave of designers have a chance to not only carry on the legacy of
At last week's industry preview night of the Automotive and Transport Degree show at Coventry University, several themes emerged from the projects tackled by this year's international cohort. Here we look at concepts ranging from how racing might evolve to the future of luxury. Tomas Omasta developed the Jaguar
The MIT International Design Center (IDC) is seeking an innovative, detail oriented, hands-on person to help upgrade and maintain the IDC shops, office and classroom facilities. The start date is flexible depending on the candidate, though no later than June 20th. The temporary appointment is for this
We've seen time and again that shipwrights comprehend materials and techniques on a level well beyond your average furniture design grad. From Tom Sullivan's incredible "The Accidental Designer" story to Louis Sauzedde's unparalleled wisdom to Brendan Ravenhill's transition from boatbuilding to industrial design, it is clear that being trained to
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
The Walker’s Design Department is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Its work has been featured in publications such as I.D. Magazine, eye, Émigré, and Metropolis. Since 1980, this department has maintained the Mildred S. Friedman Design Fellowship program that provides individuals who
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