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The Core77 Conference: Object Culture is off to a great start and we've got a solid line-up of presenters to take us through the rest of the day. If you weren't able to join us this morning, or you're just looking for a quick recap, read on to see what attendees are saying on Twitter and stayed tuned in the coming days for more in-depth coverage.
Dong-Ping Wong, Founding Partner at Family and + Pool
There's no argument against the fact that New York's water isn't the best for swimming, fishing or even drinking. Dong-Ping Wong took the stage and shared his in-progress project, + Pool—a floating, water-filtering pool perfect densely populated cities looking for cleaner water. For more information, check out our coverage on the project from earlier this year—or check out what audience members had to say about Wong's presentation:
Jordan Brandt, Technology Futurist at Autodesk
With a title like Technology Futurist, a presentation title like "How Do We Teach Our Machines to Design" is expected and highly anticipated. Brandt brought us through a number of Autodesk's projects and reminded us of an important lesson that hails from a time long past: "We've always been crazy about 3D printers that can print anything, but the Industrial Revolution taught us that there is a place for purpose-built machine—we're going to see a boom in niche machines." Here are a few pull-out points from the peanut gallery:
Carla Diana, Designer / Writer / Educator
Diana's storybook, "LEO the Make Prince" brings us all back our first introductions to the magical process that is 3D printing. Her presentation highlighted behind-the-scenes facts and anecdotes about the creation of the book itself and how it helped her explore the area of food design and even jewelry design through 3D printing. (For more on the book, you can read our review here.) Fun fact: The font that appears on the book's cover was the product of a printer malfunction. The machine stopped working as the structure was being built, leaving Diana with a half-finished, 3D-printed "font" that everyone ended up loving. See more pull-outs as caught by the audience:
Panel: Cult of Bike
These bike enthusiasts and historians want us to all talk about more than just sharing the road with cyclists. Edward Albert, Ethan Frier, Michel Dallaire and moderator Core77 editor, Ray Hu, discussed the origins of the humble bike—a design that has barely changed over the past 100 years. They pointed out that bikes are a standard and well integrated form of transportation across the globe, with the exception of the U.S., where visibility and safety are still roadblocks for cyclists. With more visibility on the road and better infrastructure to ensure rider safety, biking will become an integral form of personal transportation everywhere. See what the spectators thought of their points:
Michael DiTullo, Chief Design Officer of Sound United
DiTullo took us through the process of bringing design strategies to fruition in the marketplace. The big question of the presentation: "Would this make my 13-year-old self proud?" He reminded us that our job as designers is to shepherd progress, not perfection, because if we aim for perfection, we'll never get anywhere. Here's what the audience took away from DiTullo's talk:
Heather Fleming, CEO of Catapult Design
Fleming asked a great question—what can someone with a design background do to implement change and improvement on a global scale? From water distribution in her home state New Mexico to meeting the challenges caused by population boom, Fleming invited us to think differently about the roles product designers can plan in changing the world. Read which of her points resonated with attendees:
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