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Editor's Note

 

August 2012

Greetings Design Fans,

It's been a busy summer here at Core77 HQ! We wrapped up the Core77 Design Awards with live jury announcements broadcast from around the world and we couldn't be more excited to introduce the 200+ design innovations that were honored in our 2012 program.

Check out this month's must-reads to get you ready for the coming academic year including Bruce Tharp on product licensing in an era of open innovation, an exclusive Q+A with The Noun Project on how communication design can create change and a case study on creating the 21st Jean. Finally, don't miss our photo galleries for a constant stream of design inspiration. This month alone we have photo reports from the Farnborough Airshow, RCA's Graduate Show, the Barbican's 007 Bond Style exhibition and a manufacturing story on Metal Molding in the South of Brazil.

Happy Exploring,

LinYee Yuan

Executive Editor


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Features

 

Feature One

200 DESIGN INNOVATIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD: MEET THE HONOREES OF THE CORE77 DESIGN AWARDS 2012

Wrapping up our second year, the Core77 Design Awards is proud to honor over 200 design innovations from around the world. Representing 17 categories of design enterprise, the Core77 Design Awards celebrates the richness of the design profession and the brilliance of its practitioners by encouraging designers, researchers and writers a unique opportunity to communicate the intent, rigor and passion behind their efforts.

 

Feature Two

PRODUCT LICENSING IN AN ERA OF OPEN INNOVATION

Designers, opportunity awaits. Bruce Tharp kicks off his column dedicated to educate designers on product licensing in an age open innovation. He contends that product designers with the volume of innovative ideas they can generate, their understanding of the product development process, and with their ability to visually communicate, are uniquely suited to become the darlings of the product licensing world.

 

Feature Three

VISUALIZING CHANGE: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE NOUN PROJECT

In this conversation with the Designers Accord, we learn from The Noun Project how a shared visual language can be the connective tissue across disciplines and geographies, and why you don't need to be a designer to be an effective communicator and change-maker.

 

Feature Four

CASE STUDY: OUTLIER ON CREATING THE 21ST CENTURY JEAN

We've been fans of Outlier since they first launched, and as designers, cyclists and 21st-Century urbanites, we're duly impressed with Abe and Tyler's continued commitment to innovation in apparel and accessories. Co-founder Abe Burmeister presents an inside look at their rigorous design process.

 

Feature Five

MAKING IT: MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES FOR PRODUCT DESIGN BY CHRIS LEFTERI

Chris Lefteri has provided the second edition of Making It to catalogue all of the manufacturing tools modern designers have at their disposal. While it may be possible to find more detailed or technical information on the processes he describes, Making It stands as a robust resource for a product designer looking into a new manufacturing technique, an eye-popping compendium for a scientifically minded student, or, perhaps most valuably, as a vehicle for increasing designer awareness of new innovation in manufacturing. Reviewed by Robert Blinn.

Feature Five

PHOTO GALLERY: DESIGNING 007, 50 YEARS OF BOND STYLE

The Barbican celebrates 50 years of Bond films with a huge exhibition featuring costumes, props, gadgets, and design drawings from the Dr No debut in 1962 to Skyfall (the 23rd film) due for release later this year. We're glad to report moments of child-like glee in contemplation of the impressive array of original concept artwork, guns and gadgets and other gems from the films such as a classic Aston Martin DB5 and Halle Berry's dagger wielding orange bikini. Photography by Sam Dunne.

 

Flotspotting

 


Christian Scholz
Frankenthal, Germany


Janina Alleyne
Warwickshire, United Kingdom


Cathy Schaefer
Baltimore, Maryland


MacMaster Design
London, United Kingdom


Zach Heinrichs
Menifee, California

Design Jobs

 

Principal Visual Designer
GE Healthcare
San Ramon, California

Digital Art Director
Food & Wine Magazine
New York, New York

Senior GUI Designer
Lenovo
Beijing, China

Project Director
Brooklyn Guild
Brooklyn, New York

Product Communication Specialist
Qatar Airways
Doha, Qatar

Creative Services Director
Under Armour
Baltimore, Maryland

Find more jobs on Coroflot!

Calendar

 

Featured Competition:
The Design for (Your) Product Lifetime Student Design Challenge
Deadline: October 10, 2012

Graphic Design - Now in Production
Through September 3, 2012
New York, New York

8th International Conference on Design & Emotion
September 11–14, 2012
London, United Kingdom

100% Design
September 19–22, 2012
London, United Kingdom

Beijing Design Week 2012
September 28 – October 6, 2012
Beijing, China

The Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition
Deadline: October 30, 2012


Find more design events on our calendar!

Top Blog Posts

 

Apple Continues Pushing Boundaries of Glass for Architectural Applications

Corvette-killer... or Career-Killer? Virgil Exner's Unusual 1960 Chrysler Concept

Tigere Chiriga's No-Coaster-Necessary Floating Mug

A Brilliant Way to Carry Your Bike

Andreas Bhend Takes IKEA Hacking to the Next Level

Forum Frenzy

 

Bad Design That You Are Forced to Have
"A week ago I moved into a place in southern Carlsbad, CA. Near the water, close to Encinitas. To paint the picture and to understand why I'm posting this; it is a beautiful spot with concrete floors downstairs, with hardwood in the living room, ultra modern kitchen, the studio space has a glass garage door that rolls up so you can have it open while you work... pretty awesome. Our furniture is going to look great in this place..."
by yo

 

Ouya by fuseproject
"What do you guys think? Will it be able to successfully challenge other more established consoles? On the one hand, I love the idea (especially because hacking it could turn it into an emulator machine) but my biggest fear is that devs won't be releasing quality games for it that can contend with other platforms since all games start off as free..."
by DanOrbach

 

Detroit Design Romantic Apocalyptic Relocation
"I find myself increasingly intrigued by the work and energy I see coming out of Detroit. Maybe it's young idealistic energy or naiveté but I see this city as the front line in a battle to spur innovation and combat a deteriorating economy. I'm drawn to the romantic idea that the status quo clearly failed and the only way forward is to function differently. Would you move there or is it a lost cause? What are you're thoughts? Do you know of any actual studios that are looking to hire young talent?"
by cjs33139

 

How Do You Decide the Product That You Want to Design
"In order to design something is it important for that the person should come up with the product first that they want to design? Like in my case, we've always been taught; create something that interests you the most. Animals is what interests me. I researched, narrowed it down. I had like hundreds of options, I could either go towards biomimicry, animals which benefit us, etc. There are so many options. I chose indoor pets, I focused on how to increase their animals instincts that die over the period of time...'"
by ammara4

 

Getting a MFA/Masters in Design with a Non-design Bachelors?
"I have a bachelors degree in Business (majoring in Finance). I began in architecture, however, I left and went into Business and am now realizing the corporate world it is dreadfully boring (and I have zero passion for it). I am now looking to get into Industrial Design. I like to think I am a creative person and therefore I aiming at taking a Masters program. However, I don't want to take a step back academically (i.e.: to take a bachelors in design; I would feel rather old in a class full of people just leaving high school—I am 25)..."
by coffeekicker

 

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