Nine designers continue their exploration of the original brief of the Designers in Residence program at Northumbria University, posted in full in our interview with Director Rickard Wittingham during the inaugural program last year. Once again, residents have set out to "investigate the language of task-focused objects"—i.e. tools—specifically to "design and make [or have produced] a tool that carries out one, some or all of the following physical actions: Ctrl. CSVXZ."
To that end, the designers created working prototypes—and a requisite bit of documentation, per the directive to include "something that illustrates the design process"—that meet the primary criteria of "[not making] us look stupid when we show it in NYC." As this last tongue-in-cheek bit implies, the results were exhibited at the ICFF this past weekend, alongside several of last years' projects (again, seen in last year's coverage).
Tatsuya Akita's "Chronovora" (Ctrl +) were a personal favorite David Irwin - Rivet Lights (Cmd+Opt+ -) Philip Luscombe - Cabinet Knobs (Ctrl O)Philip Luscombe - Cabinet Knobs (Ctrl O)Danny Duquemin-Shell - Magnifying Glass Task Lamp (Ctrl +) Colin Wilson - Industrial Blocks/Desktop Empires (Cmd D) Trevor Duncan - CC41 Jugs 1&2 (Cmd+Shift+Z) Rickard Wittingham - Northern Tool Box (Cmd S)
Last year's work was also on display (you can see more images of the new work on the Designers in Residence website):
Colin Wilson - Tradesmens' Wedges David Irwin - Modelling Tools for Swann Morton Trevor Duncan - Pencil Works Neil Conley - The Batchstick