"How tightly can a product's lifecycle be compressed... and what are the ramifications of doing this?"
These are the questions Elliott Montgomery asks with his MicroCycle project--a mini manufacturing station-turned-public outreach kiosk that recently appeared on the south end of Union Square in New York City. Here, he and his posse created fabric shopping bags (made from salvaged materials, natch) but doesn't sell them. Instead, you can buy one by providing "an idea" for localized manufacture, materials sourcing, or the like. He designed and built the solar units for Solar1's outreach project I Heart PV.
@Jennifer van der Meer's a fan: "What's so fun about Elliott's installations is that he gets people to think in the immediate, about the waste streams available in their neighborhood, today, that can be recommissioned into something useful. He also thinks in terms of future reuse, plotting identified waste streams on a map, and posted online as an open source database.
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allan lectures around the world and at...
When technology, fabric, Instagram and a 2000-pound machine connect
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Byron Gatt may become the first inventor to be sponsored by both DARPA and Fancy Feast
Sometime in the past year, California-based Byron Gatt made the startling discovery that his cats have superpowers. Between the two of them they can hover, fire laser beams from their eyes and exercise telekinesis. Gatt came to the same realization many of us would in this situation: That it would
The most famous movie scene demonstrating a user-interface design has gotta be from This is Spinal Tap. Christopher Guest shows his Marshall amplifier off to Rob Reiner, pointing out that while other amps have volume knobs with tick-marks from 1 to 10, the volume knob on this one goes "up
Core77's Sam Dunne turns his back on portfolio templates and dips a tentative toe into the world of web development
Is it just me or is Squarespace everywhere you look these days? As if the sheer proliferation of the distinctive image-rich and luxuriously white-spaced templates wasn't enough, it seems that barely a podcast was recorded in 2015 that wasn't brought to you by the site. Flying high on investor capital