By using big data and data mining technologies a team of researchers at Nottingham Trent University in the UK have created a computer algorithm to detect product features that will work and fail.
Eleven new installations by leading designers including OMA, Hussein Chalayan, Kenya Hara and Neri Oxman will be unveiled at the new Design Museum in Kensington opening exhibition.
An outdoor performance shell at Monash University has won the Corian Design Award for 2015.
BIS Publishers and author Carola Vershoor have released a new book titled Change Ahead – How research and design are transforming business strategy.
The Taiwan Design Center is calling for international design collaborators to partner with Taipei-based design groups to create innovative solutions to Taipei City’s urban problems.
Helsinki is a city in design transition. Designstoriesfromhelsinki.fi is a new web publication that presents stories about eight design initiatives in Helsinki.
In collaboration with Barcelona’s materials centre, Materfad, RMIT University’s Design Research Institute is hosting Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies.
Lexus have created a futuristic hoverboard for its ongoing campaign to showcase the creativity of their brand.
Revealing tips, tricks and wisdom from some of the best minds in the industry, 'Breaking In: Product Design' is a new book by designer Amina Horozic.
Harley-Davidson showcases its first electric motorcycle with the Project LiveWire.
beachTuff’s Lazee Move beach cart and chair combo was awarded Tailgater Magazine’s Game Ball Award.
The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Design Store is selling a range of products brought to life by industrial designers on Kickstarter.
For the first time ever in Australia, Sydney will be hosting the Enabled by Design-athon 2014 on 25–26 July. Teams of industrial designers, engineers, inventors and people with disabilities will work side-by-side.
Australian bathroom-ware brand, Caroma – with industrial designer Marc Newson – has won the 2014 Good Design Australia Award of the Year.
The annual Domaine de Boisbuchet summer art workshops run from 13 June to 15 September this year.
Made by Hand is a stunning survey of contemporary hand-makers by Black Dog publishers in the UK
The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has announced their 2014 National Design Award Winners.
Lupine Lighting Systems produces small, powerful torches for cyclists and the outdoors
On 9–10 May, Beyonderground – a festival of graphic joy and creativity – will be held in Helsinki, Finland.
Two years after showcasing the first of Z-Series spacesuit designs, Nasa has unveiled the second prototype in the series.
‘Cobrina’ – a word derived from the Japanese expression ‘koburi-na’, used to describe things that are smallish or undersized – is a series of small-sized pieces of furniture that allow space to be used more effectively.
new nesting bowl set, designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Design House Stockholm, launches at Ambiente fair in Frankfurt 2014.
How can a domestic appliances company operating in Europe find a way out of the gridlock that globalisation and cheap Asian labour has brought about in the last decade?
Once again London’s Design Museum is playing host to the Designs of the Year exhibition.
Veryday industrial design and innovation consultancy has won this year’s Red Dot:Design Team of the Year.
Six designers from Queensland, Australia, will showcase their new collections in New York.
It looks like a book, but when opened Lumio’s pages illuminate to form an ambient lighting solution.
The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will present the next installment of its Design by Hand series in May.
The 2014 winners have been selected for the Red Dot Award: Product Design in Essen, Germany.
ABC Syringe is the winner of the World Design Impact Prize 2013–2014, aiming to improve health in the developing world.
Visual messages subliminally flood our daily lives, influencing our choices – this book explains how
Hermès of Paris introduces its first sport bike whose beauty is more than skin deep
British product designer takes his rescue craft prototype to the beaches of Australia for testing.
Look Upstairs is the landmark event for the Design Matters Melbourne International Design Week in April.
Enter the 2014 Good Design Awards before 28 February and receive the 20% early-bird discount – official entry closes 31 March.
The cut-off for entries for IDEA 2014 is 14 February and IDSA is seeking exceptional industrial designs, products and concepts.
Companies and independent industrial designers have until 5 February to enter Red Dot Award: Product Design for 2014.
Torafu Architects has collaborated with Aesop for their new project, ‘Aesop Kawaramachi’ – a fit-out for the Australian store in Kyoto.
Curated by Barber and Osgerby, ‘In the Making’ is an exhibition at London’s Design Museum that captures 20+ objects mid-manufacture.
As 2014’s World Design Capital, Cape Town will host a year-long program of more than 450 projects in the hope of positioning the city as the design and creative hub of Africa.
The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam’s premier contemporary art and design institution, will present an exhibition of one of the Netherlands’ most distinguished designers: Marcel Wanders.
Edited by Ronald T Labaco and published by Black Dog Publishing, Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital examines the interdisciplinary trend in today’s postdigital world that artists are using to achieve levels of expression that were never before possible.
Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport opened the doors of its impressive Studio Fuksas designed Terminal 3 in November 2013.
Yves Behar and his team at Fuseproject have created Kernel of Life – a healthcare concept for the developing world.
A celebration of award-winning design, the Good Design Award Exhibition 2013 recently took place in Tokyo.
Red Dot Young Professionals Application Day is on 11 December and graduates have 24 hours to apply for free registration.
Gallery One wins with a ground-breaking suite of beautifully designed interactive displays at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Netatmo has won a CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award for its latest product – a thermostat designed by Starck
Dr Brandon Gien is set to lead the Icsid Board of Directors for the 2013–2015 term.
The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) opens its 2014 International Design Excellence Awards for entry on 2 December.
The city of Taipei has been designated the World Design Capital (WDC) 2016 by Icsid.
The German Design Council releases an anniversary book: ‘The Major German Brands’
Ventura Lambrate 2014 is set to take place from 8 to 13 April 2014 in Milan and applications are closing soon.
Dominic See's design Fish Eyed Joe’s Tuna Can is the winner of the 12th annual Cormack Innovation Awards.
Red Dot is calling for entries for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014, which opened on 11 November.
airFIELD – a dynamic sculpture at Atlanta International Airport – is one of the winners of the 2013 SEGD Global Design Awards.
Design agency Priestmangoode has helped design a space capsule that will transport passengers to the edge of space.
Advertising agency Olson is one of the winners of the 2013 SEGD Global Design Awards.
Crystal, an interactive light artwork by Studio Roosegaarde, goes on permanent display in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
The innovative PackH2O water backpack wins the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt 2013 People’s Design Award.
Scope design studio showcase a unique bamboo furniture collection at the Taiwan Designers’ Week 2013.
The fourth annual Sustainable Design Lecture will be held at the Design Museum London on 8 November and feature John Thackara.
For over eight years, Tesla Motors was focused on creating one of the most advanced cars on the planet. Designed by Franz von Holzhausen, the Tesla Model S is an all-electric vehicle with pioneering automotive-grade lithium-ion batteries and an innovative powertrain.
Designers Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson collaborate with U2’s Bono to curate a collection for the (RED) Auction.
Japan Institute of Design Promotion announces the results of the Good Design Award 2013.
The Nymi is a wearable device that uses your heartbeat as a password.
Design Forum Finland’s Young Designer of the Year Prize for 2013 goes to Mari Isopahkala and Iina Vuorivirta.
The Endless Stair, a playful yet technically ambitious wooden structure, forms the focal point of the London Design Festival.
Red Dot have opened their third design museum. This time in Taipei.
Korea is taking over the world of design, as showcased in this book – Korea Power: Design & Identity.
Turin’s design festival, Operæ – for independent and self-produced design – runs from 11–14 October this year.
A solar-powered car from Eindhoven University of Technology will race in the World Solar Challenge during October.
‘Think Outside’ is a upcoming talk series at the State Library of Queensland, which will challenge designers to think outside of the box.
San Francisco-based studio, NewDealDesign, wins Cooper-Hewitt prize for product design.
A Royal College of Art graduate, Gabriele Meldaikyte, has designed a home first-aid kit for one-handed use.
SEDG’s Xlab – Experience + Interaction in Public Space – is taking place on 24 October at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Lenovo have been crowned Red Dot Design team of the Year for 2013.
The People’s Choice Award is open to vote on the architectural competition to revamp Melbourne’s Flinders Street Railway Station.
The Stair-Rover is unlike traditional longboards in that it allows the rider to glide down stairs and ‘surf the city’.
The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has revealed the winners of the International Design Excellence Awards 2013 competition.
An installation in Hyde Park in Sydney’s CBD is turning heads.
29 June is World Industrial Design Day, celebrating industrial design across the globe.
Using Tyvek, an extremely lightweight, robust and waterproof material, The Unbelievable Testing Laboratory (UT.LAB) has launched an ultra-lightweight pair of shoes.
Airbus reveals what air transport could look like in 2050 at TEDGlobal Edinburgh 2013.
The Helix Tree by Bruce Ramus is a luminous sculpture on display in Melbourne in the Light in Winter program.
The 60 finalists of the INDEX: Award 2013 have been unveiled in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The industry-led council plans to chart the new direction for Australia’s high value advanced manufacturing
Young talent Neil Conley has created a lamp – the Fossil – which pays homage to the inventor of the lightbulb.
McKinsey&Company released this article last month in the McKinsey Quarterly by three of their principal consultants Sauri Gudlavalleti, Shivanshu Gupta and Ananth Narayanan based in India.
The University of Canberra has launched an international Canberra Centenery Typeface Design Competition to mark the Centenary of Canberra, Australia’s capital city.
Design lights up, and Blackmagic wins the trophy.
Ten Images for Ithaca workshop is a five-day design event to be held from 2–6 September in Ithaca, Greece.
The Can–Watch is a product with a social ‘mission’.
Belgian designer, Carl de Smet, has developed high-tech foam furniture that can expand into shape, like popcorn.
The SEGD Conference for 2013, ‘Above the Fog’, will be held in San Francisco on 6–8 June, celebrating design.
The winners of the 2013 Australian International Design Awards will be announced on 30 May.
Students from London’s Royal College of Art have designed Eidos – experimental facial masks that give users superhuman sight and hearing.
RCA alumni Merel Karhof has harnessed the wind with the Wind Knitting Factory to produce her first furniture range.
British industrial designer Sebastian Conran has turned the nose from the iconic Concorde prototype into a sculpture – ICON.
The Sustainable Energy Floor is a human-powered interactive floor system that converts kinetic energy from walking or dancing into electricity.
Since 1968, the BraunPrize has been a forum where design is celebrated and promoted globally.
A University of California engineer is pioneering a novel manufacturing technique to fabricate miniature medical devices.
The new version of Curve for iPad is featuring in New & Noteworthy on Newsstand.
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera has won a best of the best red dot:product design award
agIdeas International Design Week runs from 29 April to 3 May, hosted in Melbourne, and features talks from industry leaders.
A group of Polish students have created an installation, Let’s Cook the Future, where KUKA, a robot, cooks your meal.
Swinburne University of Technology is sponsoring a new award for the 2013 World Environment Day Awards.
Inspired by the flow of molten metal, the Serif stool by Charles Wilson was designed to resemble a discarded industrial component - like the casing from a piece of agricultural or earth-moving equipment.
Chair4Life is an innovative modular wheelchair that grows with the child, promoting independence for disabled children and young adults.
The 2013 summer workshop program at Domaine de Boisbuchet in Charente runs from 16 June to 14 September.
Designer and artist Phillippa Carnemolla brings together art, nature and the community in an exhibition at the Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens.
Icsid announces collaboration with WeSchool for the next Icsid Interdesign in Mumbai in 2014.
Dr Luca Marmorini of Scuderia Ferrari will join RMIT University in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.
The 37th annual negative award ‘Plagiarius’ was recently held in Frankfurt, Germany, increasing public awareness of design fakes and imitators.
The Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing (M-CAM) was recently launched in Melbourne.
A wind-powered landmine detonator, Mine Kafon operates much like a giant tumbleweed rolling along the desert.
The 2012 China Red Star Design Award ceremony was held in Beijing in December 2012, promoting Chinese design.
Braun inaugurated a new 2012 BraunPrize Sustainability Award into the 2012 BraunPrize awards celebrated in October last year.
Over a sixth of the world’s population lives in Africa. That’s almost one billion people, yet only four per cent of the world’s electricity is generated on that continent.
The ‘Urban Beehive’, by New Zealand design graduate Rowan Dunford, is a beehive design that’s specifically aimed at urbanites.
The IDEA 2013 jury has been announced by IDSA, and it will be led by IDEO’s Thomas Overthun.
red dot 2013 is calling for architects and real estate developers to apply for the category ‘Architecture and Urban Design’.
German product design agency DING3000 recently received an award at the imm cologne trade show for its Charge-Box range of products.
A new range of storage furniture by German designer Werner Aisslinger for Flötotto.
The Australian International Design Festival is taking place in Sydney from 30 May to 10 June.
French design agency IDEACT has received a ‘Star of the Observeur’ in the annual Observieur du design 2013 for The Nest.
Like Pastoe: 100 Years of Design Innovation is a new exhibition in Rotterdam.
BLAZE bike light projects a flashing laser image of a bicycle in green onto the road to alert cars and buses, making cyclists more visible
Winners announced for Singapore's President’s Design Award 2012
The 2013 red dot award for design concept is now open for entry.
The College for Creative Studies in Detroit
is mourning the passing of Provost Imre Molnar who died on 28 December, 2012.
A first-of-its-kind display at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, the Art of Scent 1889–2012 is an exhibition of perfume scents.
Young professional designers have one day to apply for free participation in the red dot award:product design 2013, starting at midnight 18 December CET (Central European Time).
A temporary communication station for use in natural disasters and emergency situations has won the red dot luminary award at the 2012 red dot: concept awards.
JWT, global marketing communications group, has released its annual key trends forecast - indicating the top 10 trends for 2013.
The 2013 International Design Excellence Awards is open for entries.
The Melbourne Design Market opens its doors on 2 December
Vestige is a three part safety-alert device designed to notify you when appliances have been left on in your home.
Architect James Ramsay wants to build an underground park in New York
Universal design shapes the form of this nursing kit for the home.
The 999Bottle reusable water bottle won a BraunPrize Special Mention
The 2013 red dot awards for product design are now open for entry.
The International Design Excellence Awards program (IDEA) was established in 1980 by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) to foster a better understanding of the impact of design excellence on quality of life and the economy.
The final judging of the 18th BraunPrize was held at the BraunPrize Forum in Kronberg at Braun headquarters in Germany late last month.
Turner Duckworth took home the Best of Show Diamond Pentaward this year for their minimal redesign for Diet Coke.
Designers and companies wanting to highlight plagiarism of their products are invited to send in their original products and any offending counterfeits when they apply for the 37th Plagiarius competition.
Great news! Curve for iPad® is featuring in the What’s Hot section in iTunes Newsstand’s Business and Investment category section.
Bill Moggridge the renowned design leader, has died, after a battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.
The prestigious INDEX:Award for designs that improve everyday life is calling for submissions from the public for its fifth design award program.
Curve for iPad has launched on the App Store!
What do you think will be the ‘game-changers’ in industrial design and product development in the next two to five years? Twenty design experts tell you what they think.
The barista standard reusable cup has been recognised at the 2012 Telstra Australian Business Awards (Victoria) by winning the HTC Start-Up Award.
The 2012 red dot awards for product design recorded an impressive line-up of entries this year from 1800 companies and design firms.
A Macquarie University/Panasonic study shows that the green intentions of Australian consumers decline once they reach the cash register.
The first jury session for the “BraunPrize 2012 – Genius design for a better everyday” is now complete.
Victorian design users and individual designers have 1 week left to complete an application for the Premier’s Design Awards which close on Tuesday, 3 July 2012.
Business to business lending has declined following a spike during the Global Financial Crisis.
An eco solution to urban mobility, combining multiple transport systems in one centralised system is set to make life much easier for commuters in Munich.
Mark Armstrong has been appointed to the Eva and Marc Besen International Research Chair in Design
A mechanical engineer from MIT has developed a technique for fabricating a tiny integrated diagnostic sensor or lab-on-a-chip
The December Melbourne Design Market is a Christmas favourite with Melburnians, with over 10,000 visitors each year.
A battery-free, wind-up digital radio and MP3 player making education and information accessible to the developing world
Australian design firm Design + Industry among team to help filmmaker James Cameron make record dive in the Mariana Trench in March
The Australian International Design Awards for 2012 are open for entry.
Over 200 eggs designed and crafted by leading designers have been hidden around London.
The IDSA have announced the jury panel for the 2012 IDEA program.
The world's first internet-controlled cafe plans to make people aware of how design can make things work better.
Designed with function in mind, the PRO chair collection by designer Konstantin Grcic and Flötotto, has been designed for active school students.
The BraunPrize 2012 is open for entries until 31 March
Helsinki is dedicating 2012 to design, as the new World Design Capital.
The Industrial Designers Society of America has announced its International Design Excellence Awards® (IDEA) 2012 program is now open for entry.
The three Best in Show winners for the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEAs) program were announced in September by founding organisation – the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). Participation in the IDEAs this year grew to a record 2000 entries.
A fundamental principle when marketing products is not to engage in behaviour that misleads or deceives consumers, or that is likely to do so. But what does this mean in practice?
Reality TV show The Block was in the spotlight recently when authorities investigated whether the prices of the houses being sold as part of the show had been underquoted to the market – a practice that can mislead consumers about price expectations.
Based in Lille in France, Fred&Fred have used their collective research and creative thinking, combined with their passion for light, to create a state-of-the-art glass building product.
Designers have strutted along the catwalk in Singapore to collect their red dot: concept awards
Steve Jobs passed away today, after a long and well publicised fight against pancreatic cancer.
Juice bottles in Australia are traditionally cumbersome and brick-like. So rising to the challenge, the packaging design team at Outerspace Design saw an opportunity to create a unique juice bottle. They had nine months.
The Museum of Architecture and Design, Slovenia has announced it will be exhibiting at the London Design Festival for the first time this September. Here is a sneak preview.
In a brief letter to the Apple board, Steve Jobs resigned as the CEO of Apple today.
Designed by Yves Behar, See Better to Learn Better or VerBien has won the INDEX: Award in the Body category this year.
This design of an innovative aircraft seat stole the show at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg this year.
2011 marks 100 years since the birth of Finnish designer, Kaj Franck.
The Grohe design team has won this year’s ‘red dot: design team of the year 2011’ award. Headed by Paul Flowers, the global senior vice president of design and a multi-award-winning designer, the design team join a select group of design teams to win the red dot ‘Radius’ award.
Capital Growth: The Piggy Bank Project is an exhibition of 3D printed piggy banks.
The red dot product design awards night this week in Essen was a glittering affair.
Philips has announced that Stefano Marzano will be retiring as chief design officer after twenty years of design leadership on 1 November.
61 finalists have been chosen by an international jury, from a group of 1000 nominees from 78 countries for the 2011 INDEX awards.
The WWF has established a program for the sustainable production and processing of rattan in the Mekong region.
The aim of the Istanbul congress will follow the focus of other International Design Alliance Congresses
The call for entries for the red dot award: product design 2012 was announced at the 2011 Taiwan World Design Expo this week.
Two students from Chile have won the annual World Industrial Design Day poster competition for 2011.
A bike rack design called, Derailled, by Jones Chijoff design studio, has won a Bike Rack as Art competition.
It’s Tuesday night in downtown Cairo. I’m sitting on the back seat of what is affectionately labelled the hotel’s limousine – a dusty beige 2006 Kia Rio, its interior seating still adorned with the factory’s plastic wrapping and the external paintwork mottled by the many prangs, bumps and blows encountered on a typical Cairene driver’s road journey.
The red dot award: design concept 2011 are advising that there are only a few days to go to enter concept designs in German, Mandarin or Korean.
A product design student from the University of Dundee has created a TweetingSeat.
Target’s ClearRx by Deborah Adler and Sonic Design was the big winner of the IDSA’s Design of the Decade Awards.
Philips has announced a new Chief Design Officer for their Healthcare division.
After several days of live judging, this year's awards across 19 categories have been announced.
The Design of the Decade 2010 competition celebrates the importance of industrial design's contribution to society and business success.
In 1959 His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh launched the Duke of Edinburgh’s Prize for Elegant Design with the aim of lifting the nation out of post-war austerity by rewarding elegant solutions to design problems.
With a theme of - Genius design for a better everyday - the 18th Edition of the famous BraunPrize is back and bigger than ever.
The 2012 jury for the red dot award:product design has been announced, and includes two star architects, Hadi Teherani from Germany and Steve Leung from Hong Kong.
The winners of the red dot product design awards for 2010 have been announced. Despite the global downturn, the red dot program received a higher number of entries than in previous years.
The Icograda World Design Congress 2009 Beijing was an historic event for Icograda – in Icograda’s fifty year history this was the first time a Congress was held in China. It was also held within the first Beijing Design Week.
Shaping a design agenda for the year 2050 is a tall order. Some of the world’s leading lights in design, architecture and creative thinking rose to the challenge at the Icsid Congress, held in Singapore late last year, to propose what life may be like in 2050 and how design will play an integral role in this life: by supporting the planet and the way humans, plants and animals will live.
Braun recently opened its doors to media and friends in an event marking new directions for the brand, announcing a new chief of design and the celebration of the 17th BraunPrize student awards.
Artistic copyright and registered design rights can each provide protection for a product design but, taking a leaf from Salvador Dali, they provide different reflections.
The nominations have been announced for the INDEX:Award 2009, Denmark’s biennial summit of Design to Improve Life. The most celebrated design prize on the planet, the five categories include Body, Home, Work, Playful Learning, and Community, with a focus on improved life, often relating to sustainability and climate issues. The winner of each prize is awarded 100 000 Euro.
An event not to be missed offering the opportunity to celebrate
the best in product design. International leaders from design, architecture, industry, media and politics gathered at this year’s glamorous red dot gala awards night and exhibition opening in Essen, Germany.
London city travellers can look forward to a new bus to make their way around the busy cosmopolitan city – a bus that has been designed from the inside out.
At the Biennial of Industrial Design (BIO) held late last year, the focus was on awarding design projects that proposed creative and innovative solutions to the problems of life today; that were oriented toward sustainable development and social responsibility; and that addressed the special needs of various groups of users.
The SparkAwards aim to represent the interests of all community members, while recognising new processes and technologies. Entries are open to designers, architects, manufacturers, ad agencies, students and inventors, from anywhere in the world.
The Bose Corporation has been producing state-of-the-art hi-fi products for more than forty years. Its classic speakers, headphones and audio systems have been prized by generations of music lovers, technicians and sound gurus.
The corporation was founded in 1964 by Dr Amar Bose, a researcher investigating ‘psychoacoustics’ at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
“In Torino, healthy optimism is in the air,” says Alessandro Bertin, the communications director of Torino World Design Capital.
The World Design Capital Project is an initiative of the International Design Alliance (IDA) – a collaboration of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) and the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda).
The ‘red dot award: design concept’ focuses on design concepts, ideas and visions that are new, creative and exciting. It celebrates ideas themselves – the start of the journey for all products.
This year the red dot communication design awards focused on packaging design, which had the highest number of entries of any category. To lift the status of this category, red dot worked for the first time with the European Brand Design Association. Four thought-provoking designs were awarded ‘best of best’ red dot awards in this category.
Africa and Scandinavia. Geographically, politically and historically two worlds apart – yet united by a similar approach to crafts and design.
Pentawards – the first worldwide competition dedicated exclusively to packaging design – announced its list of winners late last year.
Design prizes known as the Best of the Best were presented late last year to design graduates in Melbourne, Australia, for their innovative projects.
Professor Peter Zec, head of red dot design promotion and Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, recently handed over the presidency of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) to his Chilean successor, Carlos Hinrichsen.
Held in late October last year, Connecting’07 was an incredibly frenetic and fruitful gathering of industrial designers from around the globe. The overall aim of the organisers, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) to connect people, ideas and to inspire, was achieved well beyond expectations.
The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEAs) were announced in July this year. The program, sponsored by BusinessWeek magazine and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), is receiving an increasing number of international entries.
While ‘Made in Taiwan’ labels are everywhere in the global market, Taiwanese design is less visible. The maturing design talent showcased at Taiwan’s first ever Designers’ Week, however, gave a taste of things to come that are inventive, uniquely Taiwanese and worthy of a place in the international limelight.
A bike lamp has won the 2007 Australian Design Award. The Gator LED headlamp is designed and manufactured by Melbourne-based Catalyst Design Group.
Ten Australian manufacturers from the state of Victoria were inducted into the 2007 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame by Theo Theophanous, Minister for Industry and State Development, in May.
Set in a large minimalist white space at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo site, the latest Philips Simplicity Event was unveiled in March to hundreds of designers and guests from the Asia region.
The INDEX: AWARD jury has short listed 112 products and services that meet the INDEX: criterion of Design to Improve Life. Health and environmental sustainability are general themes. The short-listed designs are all in use and represent the seven continents of the world.
This year the Australian Design Awards (ADA) will undergo a transformation. In response to the fact that design is now a global activity, it will cover all professionally designed products sold on the Australian market, regardless of where they were designed.
In October last year the winning concept design for a Melbourne tram of the future was announced.
Alstom Transport, United Group Limited and Yarra Trams sponsored the student competition. Design and engineering undergraduates from Victoria were invited to design a futuristic tram for the year 2020.
London has a certain attitude. There is a gritty reality that gives London its individuality and appeal. You come to expect a different class of creativity, an edge. As London’s Design Week commenced, it seemed the city’s reputation was at stake.
The Premier’s Design Award, considered Victoria’s highest honour for outstanding design, was announced in early October.
Say the words ‘Korean design’ to any group of designers and you are sure to spark an opinionated debate regarding the continued progression of Asian design and its evolving position within the global design hierarchy.
Student designers from thirteen countries have created an exciting exhibition of Ferrari vehicles of the future, now on display at Germany’s Red Dot Museum.
The European Union, EU, has introduced a new directive centred on the elimination and reduction of toxic and/or hazardous substances in new electrical and electronic equipment, EEE.
With a brief to design a trophy to capture the spirit of sport in Australia and reflect the values of the ‘new football’, a number of Australian design agencies created various concepts.
Observation, memory and action all played a major role in the development of a navigational system for a multi-level car park to service the exciting new World Square project in Sydney.
Can good design breathe life into todays latest technologies? It seems that Sony believes so.
Two Australian university students were among twelve finalists selected to compete for the ultimate prize in the third Electrolux Design Lab competition.
The Design for Asia Award, established three years ago by the Hong Kong Design Centre, is dedicated to promoting design excellence and raising awareness amongst the business community as well as the general public.
A concept car that combines a blast from the past with some of the latest in automotive technology has been unveiled to the public. The Holden Efigy, a reincarnation of the original 1953 FJ Holden with new concepts, is more like a hot rod than a family car.
With a focus on beauty, sustainability and craft, the human touch was a feature of entries in this year’s US based Industrial Design Excellence Awards.
Providing for our aging community has set new challenges for industrial designers. In a widespread reversal of conventional demographics, society is aging and life expectancy has gone up considerably.
Getting noticed by one of the biggest names in furniture is no easy task. But it helps if your work is as eye-catching as that of Australian designer, Damian Barton.
The iF material awards, a spin off from the popular iF awards program, has been included in the annual Hannover Fair in Germany for the first time.
The winner of the overall Australian Design Award this year was Sydney based Surf Hardware International. The award recognised the company’s design and development of the H2 surfboard fin, a simple product with an impressive history.
In March this year fifty prestigious iF product design awards were presented to winners from a select group of 542 finalists.
Ten outstanding Australian companies have been inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame, a State Government initiative to honour role models of industry.
Design is such an integral part of our society and our business world that we often take it for granted. Do we even notice that a paper cup containing our take-away coffee is a ‘designed’ product?
Peach is a fruit storage and refrigeration unit for people living in high density, inner city dwellings. Matt Smith of Punga Design in New Zealand explains:
One of the great traditions of the Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay, symbolises the gathering of countries across the Commonwealth. And for the 2006 relay, a Melbourne industrial design consultancy has created a world first baton to carry the Queen’s message to the athletes.
There is far more to the greening of Ireland than its magnificently verdant landscapes.
A waterless dishwasher that looks like a rock pool has won first prize in a global design competition from Electrolux.
Theorist and historian Clive Dilnot was a keynote speaker at the recent Design Research Society’s FutureGround conference held at Monash University.
The Materialica Design Awards, are an important showcase of Europe’s top design using new material applications. The awards are considered a platform for product engineering and product design in Europe and provide an important stimulus for industry.
Australian designers across a variety of design disciplines and industries entered more than 300 projects for the State of Design 2004 Awards, based in Victoria.
A record number of international designers submitted entries for the 2004, Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) this year.
The importance of invention rates highly among Australian consumers, along with quality and authenticity in the products they buy. According to a study of consumers, 77 per cent of Australians say consumer goods should be of a better quality and 95% say they will pay more for quality.
There is now an easier and more effective way of protecting industrial designs thanks to the new Designs Act 2003 that took effect on 17 June 2004.
Guests from the local and international design community attended the annual presentation of the Australian Design Awards at the Sydney Town Hall, hosted by comedienne Jean Kittson.
A life-saving heart pumping device called VentrAssistTM has received the prestigious Engineers Australia Award for engineering design excellence. Known as the ‘artificial heart’, the device is currently on trial at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.
While there were a number of outstanding entries in the Australian Design Awards 2004, an emerging trend has been to prefer the conservative to the daring, with lots of grey and stainless steel dominating.
Perched above the water in inner Sydney, the new Electrolux design and innovation centre in Pyrmont is no ordinary office. This inspirational studio space with its masses of light streaming through floor to ceiling windows is easily the envy of designers across the country.
Running water is an incredibly valuable resource with an almost endless list of applications and uses in and around buildings – whether it’s for drinking, cooking, cleaning, cooling, washing, gardening or recreation.
Melbourne recently hosted a design forum at which the internationally respected, design historian and educator, Penny Sparke was the keynote speaker.
Melbourne’s 2006 Commonwealth Games will provide an opportunity for local designers to display their talents to an international audience. And one of the most sought after projects is the design of the Queen’s Relay Baton.
International designers are moving toward the pragmatic, aiming to solve everyday life solutions, judging by the entries in the 2003 Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEAs) in the US.
A project involving teams of research scientists at the Cooperative Research Centre – Polymers (CRC-P) in Melbourne, and a team of engineers from Olex Australia has led to the launch of a special polymer compound that turns from plastic to ceramic when exposed to fire.
By adding value to Australia’s wood products, timber industries across the country are working to reduce the high level of imports and expand export opportunities.
Papyrus Australia – a research company established to investigate the potential for banana trees to produce high quality, low cost paper products – plans to build the first commercial scale banana ply paper manufacturing facility.
The Australian Packaging Awards were presented at the Packaging Council’s annual gala dinner in October this year in Melbourne.
Standards Australia’s Australian Design Awards this year attracted a record number of entries, which in turn required a record number of judges – professionals committed to promoting excellence in Australian design.
Packaging is an area of important focus for environmental design with a number of recent developments expected to facilitate greater changes in the way that packaging is designed, manufactured, consumed and recovered.
Ageing populations and a growing healthcare market in Asia provide significant opportunities for Australian manufacturers of medical equipment.
The Electrolux Group is the world’s largest producer of domestic appliances and equipment for the home.
The Outside Inside Out mural on ‘The Arkley’, the first residential tower in the Docklands precinct in Melbourne, is already attracting controversy.
The humble corncob could soon become a symbol of hope for a more environmentally friendly manufacturing industry.
From only one or two industrial designers working in-house for manufacturers twenty years ago, Queensland now has a thriving and talented industrial design scene.
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