We recently caught up with Scott Summit, the industrial designer behind San-Francisco-based Bespoke Innovations, at AU 2010, where he was one of the keynote speakers. Bespoke Innovations has a clear mission: Apply good industrial design and rapid prototyping techniques to make kick-ass prosthetics. They don't do off-the-shelf parts--they interview amputees, find out what makes them tick, and design some seriously cool custom limbs based on their interests and tastes.
Some amputees like Mid-Century Modern. Some like motorcycles. Some like leather or tattoos. Summit seems like the first industrial designer to realize that with today's manufacturing technologies, there's no reason an amputee should have to wear a cold and impersonal prosthetic designed by some engineer who's ordering parts out of a catalog and has never been to design school.
With about a million diabetic amputees in the U.S. alone, Summit and Bespoke have a huge market to address. And as they serve them, they're raising some very good issues about the product space that mass production should, and should not, occupy in the future. The production world is changing, and as you'll see in the interview below, Summit isn't just riding the wave--he's helping to create it.
The Yakuza Lou is an automated origami landscape designed by ChersonProm. LINK"This piece explores the connection between nature and mechanics. It is an automated origami landscape that lives and breathes within the current confines of it's outdoor gallery space in Los Angeles. The pattern we ended up committing to was...
SpeakUp has just spun off their irresistible 'Word It' user-gen-playpen into its own website.
We exported all 4,400 submissions worth 66 months and their respective words. We've also tagged them so that if you wanted to see submissions that show poop, you can.
Ya. Here's poop.
Clay Shirky published an excellent essay on his blog on newspapers in the digital age.Trying to understand an industry that hangs on to wishful thinking not connected with the reality around us, Shirky evokes a previous revolution -- the one of the printing press:"That is what real revolutions are like....