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Editor's Note

 

December 2014

Season's Greetings,

Unless you've been living off-the-grid, the holidays reliably descend upon us with the force of a blizzard, starting with a few pre-Thanksgiving flurries that rapidly escalate to the veritable white-out of Black Friday and the subsequent weekend. But if you're looking for more interesting or meaningful gifts than deeply discounted consumer electronics and the like, we've got just the thing: Our annual Gift Guide, featuring selections from design luminaries including John Maeda, Richard Sachs, Jill Singer & Monica Khemsurov and more.

Although we're still a month out from 2015, we're always looking toward the horizon. In a must-read 'State of the Union' guest column, Ziba's Sohrab Vossoughi reflects on three decades in the business and what the future holds for product design. We also gleaned some valuable insights from a couple of events here in New York City: The first-ever Civic Design Camp and the SEGD Xlab Conference. Meanwhile, our friends in Chicago DesignHouse have just launched DesignHouse, a new platform for design for manufacture.

Plus, we have our regular dose of inspiration from around the world: From a high-tech restoration of a Renaissance sculpture to a crowdfunded initiative to bring healthy food to schoolkids through design—not to mention speculative survival gear in Istanbul and award-winning products in Tokyo—we're pleased to share stories from across the design spectrum.

Happy holidays, see you next year!

-Core Jr.


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Features

 

Core77's 2014 Ultimate Gift Guide

CURATORS' DELIGHT: 2014 ULTIMATE GIFT GUIDE

Once again, we're pleased to present our annual gift guide for all of your gift-giving needs this holiday season. As with last year's guide, the list comprises 77 items&—a lucky number if we say so ourselves—selected by our seven guest curators, each a luminary in his or her own right. Thus, we are pleased to present our 2014 Ultimate Gift Guide, including selections from Randy Hunt, Jill Singer & Monica Khemsurov, John Maeda, Chris Wu, Richard Sachs and Sam Vinz. From tasteful consumables and future heirlooms to ultra-contemporary apps and accessible art editions, our seven esteemed guest curators have compiled six lists of distinctive gift items.

 

Ziba

EXPECTATIONS AND EMPATHY: THE FUTURE OF PRODUCT DESIGN

Ziba celebrates 30 years in the business with a roundtable discussion on "The Future of Product Design." Sohrab Vossoughi, president and founder, was joined by Core77's Allan Chochinov, Aura Oslapas of A+O, and John Jay of Wieden + Kennedy, to anticipate where the discipline is heading in the next 30 years.

 

DesignHouse

DESIGNHOUSE: REVITALIZING LOCAL MANUFACTURING, ONE PRODUCT AT A TIME

A new non-profit organization from Paul Hatch of TEAMS design helps small manufacturers diversify their product range while connecting industrial designers and makers to local industry.

 

Civic Design Camp

CIVIC DESIGN CAMP: TALKS, TASK FORCES, TABOOS AND TOOLS FOR LARGE-SCALE IMPACT

It's not often that an event brings government officials, public servants, visual and industrial designers together in the same room. With the goal of creating "better citizen experiences" across the board, attendees of Civic Design Camp spent a day rethinking government programs and initiatives.

 

A Rhetorical Question

ARE INDUSTRIAL DESIGNERS RUINING THE WORLD?

Crowdfunding, plastic doodads and up cycling—managing editor Ray Hu combs the discussion forums to address the responsibility industrial designers have in the rampant proliferation of dubiously useful products. To paraphrase Manzini: Do we need another chair?

 

Ziba Panel

CHARLIE'S GONNA BE A KITCHEN STAR: SUPPORT THE CHARLIE CART ON KICKSTARTER!

Kickstart the Charlie Cart project and build healthier skills around nutrition and inquiry in public schools. The compact station would cut down on wasted resources and increase flexibility and expand cooking programs into multiple classes per school.

 

Survivalism

DESIGNING FOR A MORE CREATIVE APOCALYPSE

Parsons & Charlesworth offer six personal preparedness kits for modern survivalists—from the Object Guardian to the Biophotovoltaics Hacktivist. This semi-sinister art project takes planning for post-apocalyptic living out of the bunker and into a more convivial, personal conjecture.

 

Good Design Award

WHAT ARE THE G-MARK AND GOOD DESIGN AWARD?

Since 1957, the Good Design Award has taken place in Japan to evaluate, encourage and promote design in industry. The products and services awarded receive a "G-Mark," a note of distinction that has high recognition among the Japanese public. Core77 travels to Tokyo to take a look at this year's awardees.

 

SEGD

SEGD XLAB 2014 CONFERENCE: MAKING MAGIC IN MUSEUMS AND BEYOND

Recapping the annual Xlab conference of the Society of Experiential Graphic Designers, featuring presentations from Jake Barton of Local Projects, Stacey Martens of Bluecadet Interactive, Christian Marc Schmidt of Schema and more.

 

Adam

THE ART OF 3D MODELING: MET CONSERVATORS REBUILD FRACTURED 'ADAM'

After nearly 12 years, the conservation team at the Met has successfully restored the 13th-century life-size sculpture of Adam using FEA, CNC, 3D modeling, materials science, and more... and documented the whole thing.

 

Flotspotting

 


Hyeonil Jeong
New York, New York


Andrew Flynn
Glasgow, United Kingdom


Shelly Liew
Ipoh, Malaysia


Raka Gemma Maulid
Bandung, Indonesia


Rhys Duindam
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Design Jobs

 

Industrial Designer
Georgia-Pacific
Atlanta, Georgia

Product Engineer
Speedo
Nottingham, UK

Interaction Designer
IDEO
New York, New York

Footwear Designer
Reebok
Canton, Massachusetts

Senior Researcher - Usability & Human Factors
Electrolux AB
Stockholm, Sweden

User Interface / Experience Designer
Panasonic
Cupertino, California

Find more jobs on Coroflot!

Calendar

 

Call for Entries:
FNSS Mildesign 2015
Deadline: December 19

Call for Entries:
ADC Awards
Early Bird Deadline: December 31

IMM Cologne
January 19–25, 2015
Cologne, Germany

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs
Through February 8, 2015
New York, New York


Find more design events on our calendar!

Top Blog Posts

 

Muji's Latest Pre-Fab Re-Thinks the Design of a House

The Wolffepack: A Backpack Designed to Flip Around to the Front!

Big Ass Lights: How Direct Sales Can Lead to Better Product Design

Unusual Apertures in This Industrial Designer/Mechanical Engineer Couple's House

Visually Arresting GIFs and Next-Level Cinemagraphs

Forum Frenzy

 

Audi's New Design Language
"...Am I the only one, who doesn't get where this is going?

"If this is the 'new design language,' well it mixes some French and English themes, and not the most successful either. It is from the 80s. Flying butresses outside and slab surfaces on the interior... Perhaps it should be called the 'Epilogue?'"
by mo-i

 

Colleges That Offer Both Engineering and Industrial Design?
"I am currently doing research for my 16 year daughter who is a Pre-Engineering major student here in NJ at a 'magna' rated high school. Apart from the general advice and opinions I'm soliciting here I'd love to hear from anyone here who has gone to a college that offers both engineering and industrial design or ones listed below..."
by enigma

 

Improving on Verbal Presentation
"Verbal presentation is a very good skill to have if you are a designer. It seems like the more you rise in this profession, the more necessary it is to verbally present ideas and engage clients.

"I was never good at it during school and I'm ok at it in the workplace. When I'm working on a sketch, I have a full understanding of what I'm designing. When it comes towards presenting the sketch, I suddenly become nervous and stutter. Often times, I keep it as short as I can, so I can get it over with. On a normal basis I'm a little shy and quiet, but I would say that I'm good at casual conversation when I feel comfortable.

"Is there a way that I can practice and improve on verbal presentation? I could spend hours freehanding ellipses, so would I have to devote more time towards talking in front of a mirror? It seems like some people have a natural ability to speak in front of others, I'm not one of them!"
by sachin

 

Given an Unpaid Full Project as a Part of the Interview?
"I'm a mid-level experienced industrial designer with solid previous experience at very successful companies.

"I recently had a well-known corporate company reach out to me for a position they have open on a growing team. I expressed that it sounded interesting and that I'd be happy to talk more about it. A week later, they've given me 4 short (30-60min) phone interviews with different team members and seem really excited about the prospect of working with me..."
by Candydate

 

Progress: Sound Masking for the Office
"I've been working on a personal project for my portfolio, a sound masking system for the office. Sound masking machines (sometimes wrongfully called white noise machines) emit a low frequency sound that 'smothers' the sound of voices. With the machine, as the distance from the speaker increases, the intelligibility of the conversation significantly decreases.

"The traditional style of sound masking system used a small fan as the audio source...."
by CarlTiki

 

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