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Sorting big data to design products

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.

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Fear and Love at New Design Museum

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.

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Change Ahead

BIS Publishers and author Carola Vershoor have released a new book titled Change Ahead – How research and design are transforming business strategy.

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Design Open Call from Taipei

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.

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Design stories from Helsinki

Helsinki is a city in design transition. Designstoriesfromhelsinki.fi is a new web publication that presents stories about eight design initiatives in Helsinki.

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Smart flexibility exhibition at RMIT

In collaboration with Barcelona’s materials centre, Materfad, RMIT University’s Design Research Institute is hosting Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies.

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Breaking In: Product Design

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.

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Life’s a beach

Life’s a beach

beachTuff’s Lazee Move beach cart and chair combo was awarded Tailgater Magazine’s Game Ball Award.

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Making by hand

Making by hand

Made by Hand is a stunning survey of contemporary hand-makers by Black Dog publishers in the UK

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Torch light

Torch light

Lupine Lighting Systems produces small, powerful torches for cyclists and the outdoors

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Beyonderground

On 9–10 May, Beyonderground – a festival of graphic joy and creativity – will be held in Helsinki, Finland.

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Nasa’s Z-2 spacesuit

Two years after showcasing the first of Z-Series spacesuit designs, Nasa has unveiled the second prototype in the series.

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Compact style

‘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.

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Beautiful bowls

new nesting bowl set, designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Design House Stockholm, launches at Ambiente fair in Frankfurt 2014.

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Appliance innovation

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?

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WantedDesign

WantedDesign

Six designers from Queensland, Australia, will showcase their new collections in New York.

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Lumio lamp

Lumio lamp

It looks like a book, but when opened Lumio’s pages illuminate to form an ambient lighting solution.

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Hidden Persuasion

Hidden Persuasion

Visual messages subliminally flood our daily lives, influencing our choices – this book explains how

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Chic ride

Chic ride

Hermès of Paris introduces its first sport bike whose beauty is more than skin deep

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Asap rescue craft

British product designer takes his rescue craft prototype to the beaches of Australia for testing.

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Look Upstairs

Look Upstairs is the landmark event for the Design Matters Melbourne International Design Week in April.

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IDEA 2014

The cut-off for entries for IDEA 2014 is 14 February and IDSA is seeking exceptional industrial designs, products and concepts.

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In the Making

Curated by Barber and Osgerby, ‘In the Making’ is an exhibition at London’s Design Museum that captures 20+ objects mid-manufacture.

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African design hub

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.

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Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital

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.

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Kernel by Fuseproject

Yves Behar and his team at Fuseproject have created Kernel of Life – a healthcare concept for the developing world.

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Gallery One

Gallery One wins with a ground-breaking suite of beautifully designed interactive displays at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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airFIELD sculpture awarded

airFIELD – a dynamic sculpture at Atlanta International Airport – is one of the winners of the 2013 SEGD Global Design Awards.

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World View capsule

Design agency Priestmangoode has helped design a space capsule that will transport passengers to the edge of space.

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Tesla Best in Show

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.

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(RED) Auction objects

Designers Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson collaborate with U2’s Bono to curate a collection for the (RED) Auction.

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Endless Stair

The Endless Stair, a playful yet technically ambitious wooden structure, forms the focal point of the London Design Festival.

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Korea Power

Korea is taking over the world of design, as showcased in this book – Korea Power: Design & Identity.

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Operæ 2013

Turin’s design festival, Operæ – for independent and self-produced design – runs from 11–14 October this year.

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Solar Team Eindhoven

A solar-powered car from Eindhoven University of Technology will race in the World Solar Challenge during October.

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Think Outside

‘Think Outside’ is a upcoming talk series at the State Library of Queensland, which will challenge designers to think outside of the box.

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NewDealDesign

San Francisco-based studio, NewDealDesign, wins Cooper-Hewitt prize for product design.

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One-handed first-aid

A Royal College of Art graduate, Gabriele Meldaikyte, has designed a home first-aid kit for one-handed use.

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SEGD Xlab 2013

SEDG’s Xlab – Experience + Interaction in Public Space – is taking place on 24 October at the Museum of the Moving Image.

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China stars

China stars

Lenovo have been crowned Red Dot Design team of the Year for 2013.

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Stair-Rover longboard

Stair-Rover longboard

The Stair-Rover is unlike traditional longboards in that it allows the rider to glide down stairs and ‘surf the city’.

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2013 IDEA winners unveiled

2013 IDEA winners unveiled

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has revealed the winners of the International Design Excellence Awards 2013 competition.

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Tyvek paper shoes

Tyvek paper shoes

Using Tyvek, an extremely lightweight, robust and waterproof material, The Unbelievable Testing Laboratory (UT.LAB) has launched an ultra-lightweight pair of shoes.

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Helix Tree

Helix Tree

The Helix Tree by Bruce Ramus is a luminous sculpture on display in Melbourne in the Light in Winter program.

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The Fossil lamp

The Fossil lamp

Young talent Neil Conley has created a lamp – the Fossil – which pays homage to the inventor of the lightbulb.

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Challenge your assumptions

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.

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Show your face in Canberra

Show your face in Canberra

The University of Canberra has launched an international Canberra Centenery Typeface Design Competition to mark the Centenary of Canberra, Australia’s capital city.

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Pop-up furniture

Pop-up furniture

Belgian designer, Carl de Smet, has developed high-tech foam furniture that can expand into shape, like popcorn.

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Eidos project

Eidos project

Students from London’s Royal College of Art have designed Eidos – experimental facial masks that give users superhuman sight and hearing.

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ICON sculpture

ICON sculpture

British industrial designer Sebastian Conran has turned the nose from the iconic Concorde prototype into a sculpture – ICON.

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Sustainable Energy Floor

Sustainable Energy Floor

The Sustainable Energy Floor is a human-powered interactive floor system that converts kinetic energy from walking or dancing into electricity.

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agIdeas Design Week

agIdeas Design Week

agIdeas International Design Week runs from 29 April to 3 May, hosted in Melbourne, and features talks from industry leaders.

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Serif by Charles Wilson

Serif by Charles Wilson

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.

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Chair4Life

Chair4Life

Chair4Life is an innovative modular wheelchair that grows with the child, promoting independence for disabled children and young adults.

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Botanical Songforms

Botanical Songforms

Designer and artist Phillippa Carnemolla brings together art, nature and the community in an exhibition at the Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Plagiarius Awards 2013

Plagiarius Awards 2013

The 37th annual negative award ‘Plagiarius’ was recently held in Frankfurt, Germany, increasing public awareness of design fakes and imitators.

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Goal Zero lights Africa

Goal Zero lights Africa

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.

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Urban beehive design

Urban beehive design

The ‘Urban Beehive’, by New Zealand design graduate Rowan Dunford, is a beehive design that’s specifically aimed at urbanites.

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Futuristic cot design

Futuristic cot design

French design agency IDEACT has received a ‘Star of the Observeur’ in the annual Observieur du design 2013 for The Nest.

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BLAZE bike light

BLAZE bike light

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

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The Art of Scent

The Art of Scent

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.

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Float Base Station

Float Base Station

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.

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10 Trends for 2013

JWT, global marketing communications group, has released its annual key trends forecast - indicating the top 10 trends for 2013.

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Vestige monitor

Vestige monitor

Vestige is a three part safety-alert device designed to notify you when appliances have been left on in your home.

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Nursing Kit

Nursing Kit

Universal design shapes the form of this nursing kit for the home.

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999Bottle

999Bottle

The 999Bottle reusable water bottle won a BraunPrize Special Mention

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Best design of 2012

Best design of 2012

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.

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Celebrating genius design

Celebrating genius design

The final judging of the 18th BraunPrize was held at the BraunPrize Forum in Kronberg at Braun headquarters in Germany late last month.

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Bill Moggridge

Bill Moggridge

Bill Moggridge the renowned design leader, has died, after a battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

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Design game-changers

Design game-changers

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.

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KeepCup keeps on winning

KeepCup keeps on winning

The barista standard reusable cup has been recognised at the 2012 Telstra Australian Business Awards (Victoria) by winning the HTC Start-Up Award.

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Best product design

Best product design

The 2012 red dot awards for product design recorded an impressive line-up of entries this year from 1800 companies and design firms.

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Mo-bility for Munich

Mo-bility for Munich

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.

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Redefining excellence

Redefining excellence

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.

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To market, to market

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.

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Glass houses

Glass houses

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.

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Fresh juice bottle

Fresh juice bottle

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.

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Silent Revolutions

Silent Revolutions

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.

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Not for Wimps

Not for Wimps

This design of an innovative aircraft seat stole the show at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg this year.

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Design DNA

Design DNA

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.

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Egyptian design identity

Egyptian design identity

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.

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Awarded for innovation

Awarded for innovation

The Design of the Decade 2010 competition celebrates the importance of industrial design's contribution to society and business success.

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Celebrating design in all its forms

Celebrating design in all its forms

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.

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Bigger than ever

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.

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Converting culture

Converting culture

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.

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Design for 2050

Design for 2050

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.

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A new direction

A new direction

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.

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Designs to improve human life

Designs to improve human life

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.

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Reaching new territorie

Reaching new territorie

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.

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Bio active

Bio active

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.

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The brightest sparks

The brightest sparks

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.

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Sound affects

Sound affects

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).

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Design and the city

Design and the city

“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).

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Rewarding ideas

Rewarding ideas

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.

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Simplicity, clarity and ties 
to tradition

Simplicity, clarity and ties 
to tradition

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.

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Meeting of minds

Meeting of minds

Africa and Scandinavia. Geographically, politically and historically two worlds apart – yet united by a similar approach to crafts and design.

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Seal of approval

Seal of approval

Pentawards – the first worldwide competition dedicated exclusively to packaging design – announced its list of winners late last year.

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Lab gets results

Lab gets results

Design prizes known as the Best of the Best were presented late last year to design graduates in Melbourne, Australia, for their innovative projects.

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Design guru moves on

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.

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Connecting up at the congress

Connecting up at the congress

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.

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Taking a universal approach

Taking a universal approach

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.

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Designed in Taiwan

Designed in Taiwan

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.

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Shining light at Design Awards

Shining light at Design Awards

A bike lamp has won the 2007 Australian Design Award. The Gator LED headlamp is designed and manufactured by Melbourne-based Catalyst Design Group.

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Fame and fortune

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.

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Simplicity itself

Simplicity itself

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.

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Top nominees announced

Top nominees announced

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.

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Going global with awards

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.

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Fast-tracking trams of the future

Fast-tracking trams of the future

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.

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Design Week: London calling

Design Week: London calling

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.

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Drumroll please

Drumroll please

The Premier’s Design Award, considered Victoria’s highest honour for outstanding design, was announced in early October.

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Designing for the good life

Designing for the good life

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.

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Ferrari focus of the future

Ferrari focus of the future

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.

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Eliminating toxic electronics

Eliminating toxic electronics

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.

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Winning the winners’ trophy

Winning the winners’ trophy

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.

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Winning designs reflect Asia

Winning designs reflect Asia

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.

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Giving the old FJ new life

Giving the old FJ new life

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.

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Ideas kept clean and simple

Ideas kept clean and simple

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.

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Easy access makes winning feature

Easy access makes winning feature

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.

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Perth designer wows the world

Perth designer wows the world

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.

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Rewarding research

Rewarding research

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.

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The Australian Design Awards

The Australian Design Awards

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.

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Simplicity wins

Simplicity wins

In March this year fifty prestigious iF product design awards were presented to winners from a select group of 542 finalists.

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Praise for industry leaders

Ten outstanding Australian companies have been inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame, a State Government initiative to honour role models of industry.

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Tests needed to define new laws

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?

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Harvest time in the city

Harvest time in the city

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:

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World first baton for longest relay

World first baton for longest relay

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.

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Rethinking research

Rethinking research

Theorist and historian Clive Dilnot was a keynote speaker at the recent Design Research Society’s FutureGround conference held at Monash University.

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Showcase for materials

Showcase for materials

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.

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Victoria celebrates design diversity

Victoria celebrates design diversity

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.

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Study reveals new trends

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.

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Encouraging excellence

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.

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Winning hearts worldwide

Winning hearts worldwide

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.

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Judges seek courage in design

Judges seek courage in design

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.

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A change for the best

A change for the best

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.

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Thirsty products or thirsty people?

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.

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Race for Melbourne’s baton design

Race for Melbourne’s baton design

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.

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Clean detail, less fuss are winners

Clean detail, less fuss are winners

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.

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Partners produce export earnings

Partners produce export earnings

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.

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Microwave timber – a new look

Microwave timber – a new look

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.

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No waste, low cost banana paper

No waste, low cost banana paper

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.

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Australian Packaging Awards

Australian Packaging Awards

The Australian Packaging Awards were presented at the Packaging Council’s annual gala dinner in October this year in Melbourne.

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Australian Design Awards

Australian Design Awards

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.

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Less is more

Less is more

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.

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Medical manufacturers unite

Medical manufacturers unite

Ageing populations and a growing healthcare market in Asia provide significant opportunities for Australian manufacturers of medical equipment.

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Cornstarch beats plastic

The humble corncob could soon become a symbol of hope for a more environmentally friendly manufacturing industry.

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All eyes on Brisbane

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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