To celebrate this year's NYCxDesign, MakerBot hand-picked 17 New York City designers and put them to the test of designing and prototyping an object to improve daily life. The 13 individual designers and 2 design duos were each given a MakerBot Replicator and a few rolls of filament to bring their objects to life in about five weeks. Needless to say, the broad brief yielded extremely diverse results.
The resulting products were put on display at the MakerBot headquarters in downtown Brooklyn. The exhibit and party drew a large crowd, including a panel of esteemed judges (ed. note: Core77 editors were part of the panel) who reviewed the projects and voted on their favorites.
We particularly enjoyed this challenge because in a sea of shiny, completed furniture and home object exhibitions during design week, this showcase instead put emphasis on makers and their varying design processes. Below are images of every product that came out of the competition, accompanied by descriptions written by each designer themselves. We've indicated before the description if the project received an award.
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While a neat idea, the Flyer Birdhouse ignores utility pole usage rules, which exist for the safety of the linemen who would have to work around the birdhouse. They'd probably have to tear them off the poles and discard them.
good design always ignores the rules
Great point Bruce to never forget your stakeholders when designing, especially when safety is a concern! Awesome form though.