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Ravi Sawhney's Psycho-Aesthetics

With Psycho-Aesthetics’ integration into the 2016 core curriculum of US colleges and a leading industrial design school, more product designers now embrace Psycho-Aesthetics or P/A as a template for success to create products that turn customers into evangelists.

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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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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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Sliding silence

Sliding silence

Notes are sound-absorbing panels for office environments designed by Luca Nichetto.

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Plastic chic

Plastic chic

The w127 is a new lamp by Dirk Winkel for Swedish brand Wästberg, developed by BASF

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Door handle that cleans hands

PullClean is a hospital door handle that dispenses hand sanitiser without interrupting the normal routine of hospital staff, patients and visitors.

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Digital dreams

In order to figure out how architect Guto Requena thinks, you should see his remake of a Lina Bo Bardi’s chairs. I had the fortune to see it last year.

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Sound solution

When Swedish furniture manufacturer Blå Station approached Stone Designs with a brief of creating acoustic wall panels for indoor environments, the designers at the Spanish design firm didn’t just want to deliver a functional solution but create something beautiful that would inspire and delight.

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Flap acoustic panels

Flap acoustic panels

A new sound-absorbing technology by Caimi Brevetti changes the face of acoustic panel design.Flap acoustic panels

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Loud and clear

Loud and clear

Made of concrete and fir wood, PACO’s loudspeaker is making some noise in the audio industry

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Collar Lamp

Uniting Scandinavian and Spanish influences, Collar Lamp is a simple yet striking lamp that recently showcased in Oslo.

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Favelization

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt has released a new e-book – 'Favelization: The Imaginary Brazil in Contemporary Film, Fashion & Design'

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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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Good work

Good work

As homes make room for studios, offices try to achieve a more domestic look and feel.

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Workplaces of the future

Gone is the equation office = playground. The places where we work will increasingly look like homes and will make us perform and feel better.

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Flexible furniture

Docks is a modular furniture system that can be combined in a variety of ways to create different office islands. Created by German designers Till Grosch and Bjorn Meier for ophelis, Docks can be used as both a meeting place in the office environment, as well as a retreat for relaxation and concentration.

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Bigger than ever

USB-Clip by Scopetime can be clipped to papers, business cards or letters to prevent it from getting lost.

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Redefining excellence

The Windows Phone 7, by the Windows Phone design team, was designed around who users are, rather than what they do, to focus on making the end user ‘king’.

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True simplicity

Some ideas are very simple, honest and clear-cut. Yet turning these qualities into an actual product can be a tricky business.

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The democratic design of Yves Béhar

Typically, technology products for the developing world are hand-me-down versions of their western equivalents, of inferior quality and utilising lesser technologies.

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In the bag

The Voltaic Generator Solar Laptop Charger is a solar-powered laptop bag designed by Voltaic Systems,

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Red hot design

Yill is a mobile energy storage unit by Studio Aisslinger for Younicos

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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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Compleat Foodbag

Norwegian product development company Unikia rethinks the lunchbox with the Compleat Foodbag.

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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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Be.e electric scooter

Be.e electric scooter

The Be.e is a sustainable, lightweight and strong electric scooter constructed predominantly from bio-composites.

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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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Simulation 360

Simulation 360

With more designers and engineers needing to develop and test products at an exponential rate, the move towards using cloud-based services is inevitable.

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GIGS.2.GO

GIGS.2.GO

GIGS.2.GO is a concept for a credit-card-sized pack of four USB flash drives that tear off so you can share them.

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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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‘Unfold’ Desk

‘Unfold’ Desk

Australian Designer David Hardwick has created the ‘Unfold’ Desk – a compact and practical workstation with a slide-out desktop area.

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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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DARPA robots

DARPA robots

Entomology has been a buzzword in the military for a few years now. Mammalogy, too.

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Calculated risk

Calculated risk

Sustainability can no longer be ignored, with many organisations now obligated to embed sustainable practices into their business model.

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Crafted writing tools

Crafted writing tools

A writing set called Slim featuring a retractable pencil and a ballpoint pen made from sustainable materials.

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MeetYou furniture

MeetYou furniture

Global office furniture manufacturer Haworth has recently released a new line of modular furniture that caters to the needs of workers in a knowledge-based society.

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Making power drills

Making power drills

For thousands of years the drill was an instrument people used to create holes in materials such as timber and stone.

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AA Stool

AA Stool

Torafu Architects and Ishinomaki Laboratory have created a very simple and versatile wooden stool.

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All tied up

All tied up

Zagros Lalo, a structural engineer based in the UK, had a revolutionary idea for a tying strip fastener. So confident was he in his Xtra-Strap concept that he set up a company, Zerco, in order to bring it to market.

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Experiments with space

Experiments with space

Architectural duo Koichi Suzuno and Shinya Kamuro of Torafu Architects in Japan have applied their architectural thinking to create a diverse and, some would say, experimental, range of products.

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The voice of design

The voice of design

Curve managing editor, Belinda Stening, spoke to Christian Guellerin, president of Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design & Media, which represents 189 creative institutions from 46 countries.

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Setting a new course

Setting a new course

Curve spoke to three of Australia’s leading universities about their current directions in industrial design education 
and postgraduate research activities.

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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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Natural sophistication

Natural sophistication

As the first organic coffee producer in the world, and classed in the top eight coffees around the globe, Peruvian coffee is recognised as some of the best in the world.

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Sean Carney

Sean Carney

Bringing more than 25 years of experience as an international creative leader in design and management, Sean Carney is the new Chief Design Officer for Philips and Chief Design Officer for Philips Consumer Lifestyle.

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Inherit the Earth

Inherit the Earth

The very particular demands of space exploration have long sought the pointy end of innovation in materials and technologies.

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Hot off the press

Hot off the press

A certain printer has been causing something of a buzz since it was launched at the end of last year. But it is unlike any we’ve ever seen before. Aptly named Little Printer, it’s small, it’s quirky and once, maybe twice, a day it will print a miniature personal newspaper.

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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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Stockholm’s svelte week of design

Stockholm’s svelte week of design

It’s a known fact that Northern Europe is a very well organised place. Sweden is no exception. The feeling that one has when arriving in Stockholm – which every February features an International Furniture Fair and Design Week – is always of astonishment: nothing is out of place. Not in a nerdy, overly controlled way, but, rather, in a very human, playful and liberating sense.

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Stick to your guns

Stick to your guns

American inventor Thomas Edison famously said genius is one per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration. Fellow inventor, Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh, seems to be the very embodiment of that saying. This Irish designer proves that passion for a product idea and the determination and persistence to make it work does indeed pay off.

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A4 Mouse Pad

A4 Mouse Pad

Slim and simple, this mouse pad has an inward sloping edge for pencils, pens, paper clips and other bits and pieces that roll around your desk.

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The green mile

The green mile

Design firm Lunar Europe in collaboration with Munich-based environmental organisation Green City and the University of Wuppertal Industrial Design have created ‘mo’, a flexible, user-centred system for city mobility combining bike rental systems, local public transport and car sharing.

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Solar solution

Solar solution

It’s a growing global concern that the planet is running out of fresh water. Yet the cost of desalination makes alternative options inaccessible for many parts of the world.

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Lifesaver

Lifesaver

For the past 12 years Kristine Pearson, founder and CEO of Lifeline Energy, has been working tirelessly to bring self-powered radio to some of the most impoverished communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Embracing the path of change

Innovation is a buzzword that has been around for some time. Many organisations, small and large, claim to thrive on innovation, but often it’s just lip service. They pursue this ‘holy grail’ with varying degrees of success, not really understanding what it entails to be innovative and how to go about it.

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Turning objects into tales

Turning objects into tales

“I do not do art but industrial photography. We go into the object, interpret it and provide it with a new soul.” This was Aldo Ballo’s imperative when, in the 1950s and 60s, the Milanese photographer and his wife (Ballo+Ballo) became the preferred choice of architects, designers and companies.

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Mediators of design

Mediators of design

A design museum does not celebrate objects, rather, the innovative thinking that they stemmed from. A thinking that is not necessarily turned into a brilliant commercial idea, or a functional one, but one that certainly leaves its mark and, by welcoming risks and facing up to them, brings the profession as a whole one step forward.

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Challenging fun

Challenging fun

Reality is complex – and for this reason, fascinating. It is this simple, yet rather meaningful, assumption that is the basis of Luca Nichetto’s passion for design.

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Leaders in design

Leaders in design

Four of the world’s top international design leaders from Europe, North America and the United Kingdom share their views on design leadership and the important role design plays in business, for this feature story.

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The paper lantern

The paper lantern

It may seem unusual to produce a paper-based biodegradable lamp. They are hardly disposable items. As Ingo Maurer – one of the most internationally recognised designers in lamps and light installations – once said: lamps are amongst the most long-lasting products for the home. Yet Claesson Koivisto Rune’s design for Wästberg isn’t your usual design.

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Cleaner cane

Cleaner cane

The cultivation of natural rattan is a multi-million-dollar industry. Rattan is timeless in the world of design. And it’s making a comeback.

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True simplicity

True simplicity

Some ideas are very simple, honest, clear-cut. Yet turning these qualities into an actual product can be a tricky business. Take Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s new chair for Vitra, purposefully designed for schools.

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Successful summer

Successful summer

Summer holidays are no longer what they used to be. Especially for design aficionados. An ever-increasing number of schools, academies, universities and institutes across Europe are now offering courses during the summer months.

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Design team of the year

Design team of the year

The Hilti design team has won the red dot: design team of the year award for 2010. Hilti has been supplying the global construction industry with technologically cutting-edge products, systems and services since 1941. Starting as a small family company, it is now a global player with some 20 000 employees.

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The total package

The total package

Most people don’t realise that when they buy packaged goods there is a huge amount of work behind it, from designers to packaging producers.

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All aboard the design train

All aboard the design train

Turkey did it. A couple of years ago, it started showing off its best talents in collective exhibitions all over the place, then hosting international design events in its capital, Istanbul.

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Tell us how you do it

Tell us how you do it

How often have you heard the sentence “I could make it myself” referred to a contemporary art piece or, increasingly, an experimental piece of furniture?

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Centred on design

Centred on design

The new products coming out of Taiwan are a far cry from the infamous Made in Taiwan brands of the eighties. Spread across 4000 sleek square metres of shiny high-rise within one of Taipei’s hi-tech software parks lies the Taiwan Design Centre.

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Measuring design value

Professor Dr Peter Zec, president of red dot, and Burkhard Jacob, head of the red dot institute for advanced design studies, have released a book, titled Design Value – A strategy for business success.

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Lighting the way

Lighting the way

Philips recently announced the appointment of Rogier van der Heide in the newly created position of chief design officer for Philips Lighting. A role that has already been established within the Philips Consumer Lifestyle and Healthcare Sectors, creating the position in Lighting is seen as a further step in elevating the role of design in the company.

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Head First

Head First

Roberto Ziliani loves talking about his lighting company, Slamp. But forget about the typical president and business owner’s approach to the press – about the careful consideration about each word that is pronounced, about the continuous effort to pass on the proper message and about the reiteration of core business values.

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Patients come first

Patients come first

A first in its field, UCB and its design partners, OXO and Smart Design, have joined forces to create the UCB/OXO Cimzia® Prefilled Syringe, a patient-centric product for people suffering with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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In the line of fire

In the line of fire

The Austrian design consultancy formquadrat has used breakthrough technology in its design of two products for Rosenbauer, a leading manufacturer of firefighting vehicles and equipment, to help firefighters do their job effectively and safely.

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A passion and drive for export

A passion and drive for export

With distributors and offices in forty countries around the world, Ronstan International Pty Ltd, is an Australian success story in the volatile business of exporting.

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Building bricks of business sense

Building bricks of business sense

When Lego company chairman, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen was looking to develop a new strategy process for his company he had not expected to turn to his own products for inspiration. But sometimes business solutions can be found in unexpected places.

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Connected in comfort and vision

Connected in comfort and vision

Major advancements in medicine, health and well-being are not always based on science or pharmaceuticals. Sometimes the greatest achievements in patient care start with design.

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Users come first

Users come first

User-centred design is simply about considering the end-user first 
in the design process, rather than the technology or the product.

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Rescue mission

Rescue mission

The French design team known as 5.5 designers is on a crusade to save discontinued and obsolete products from the scrap heap.

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Morphic imagination

Morphic imagination

Artist Lionel Bawden views our thought processes as organisms morphing 
within our imaginations. Continuously repeating structures that expand in various directions, his works explore the notion of ideas as sculpturally realised forms.

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Like clockwork

Oliver Kratzer is the national vice-president of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and managing director of Ideal Industrial, a Sydney-based design consultancy.

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An alchemic partnership

An alchemic partnership

Kaleidos, the new chair designed by Michele de Lucchi and Sezgin Aksu for Caimi Brevetti, was introduced at last year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan.

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Pernilla Johansson

Pernilla Johansson

Pernilla Johansson has achieved extraordinary success as a designer for companies such as Electrolux, Philips and NPK. Belinda Stening asked her about her background and career highlights.

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Dolphin rescue

Dolphin rescue

Fumunda Marine has developed a new acoustic deterrent device – or pinger – that emits a signal to alert porpoises and dolphins to the presence of commercial fishing gear.

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Dream team

There is a place where designers’ dreams come true, where visionary sketches and ideas slowly – but surely – evolve.

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Back to basics: packaging

Back to basics: packaging

In recent years it has been tempting to think of product packaging as something of a blight – a filler of landfill and broadcaster of brand messages. But packaging is turning a corner. A massive shift in consumer attitudes is leading to greener solutions and a ‘back to basics’ trend, where glass, paper and cardboard are key players.

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A matter of respect

A matter of respect

Controversial desiger Julia Lohmann finds inspiration in anatomy, chemistry and forms from the natural world. Laura Traldi caught up with her in London.

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Designs on crime

The University of Technology, Sydney has established a Designing Out Crime Research Centre – inspired by similar research centres in Europe and the UK. There is a growing body of exploratory research that shows design can aid interventions against crime.

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Richard Seymour

Richard Seymour

Richard Seymour, product designer and co-founder of London-based 
SeymourPowell, was in Melbourne for the AGIdeas Conference in April. Seymour’s upfront and direct style of communicating makes him popular amongst designers and those who have heard him speak.

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The incredible lightness of being

The incredible lightness of being

Lightweight materials, as the name suggests, simply refers to materials that are light in weight. However, whilst there are many materials that may be deemed light (tissue paper, for instance), the category of lightweight materials we will look at here refers to those that are of high strength for their weight (often referred to as the strength-to-weight ratio), or have another important property relative to their weight (such as toughness).

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Health delivery

Health delivery

Students and designers from Osaka University in Japan have been working for some time now on a project they call PKD, or Peace-Keeping Design, in which they aim to design solutions to problems with food supply, housing and health in developing countries.

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Team effort

Team effort

Min Wang is design director of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the dean of the School of Design at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing.

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Cooperative Research Centres rethink

The Australian Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, is reviewing the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program as part of a broader review of the national innovation system conducted by an expert panel chaired by Dr Terry Cutler.

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Advocating holistic design

Advocating holistic design

Hartmut Esslinger, founder of frog design, is a phenomenon in the product design world. Curve editor Belinda Stening met Esslinger in San Francisco and talked to him about his rebellious beginnings and his thoughts on the future.

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Following nature’s lead

Biomimetic materials – synthetic materials that mimic nature – might be future focused, but they are not new. Leonardo da Vinci drew inspiration for his inventions from nature and by pulling apart and examining in detail the mechanics of organisms (say, the wings of a bird) he was able to mimic nature and apply this knowledge to his inventions.

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The democratic design 
of Yves Béhar

The democratic design 
of Yves Béhar

Yves Béhar and his San Francisco design studio fuseproject are well known for the design of the XO laptop for the not-for-profit One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program, formed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by architect and computer scientist Nicholas Negroponte.

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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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Indian style

Indian style

Manoj Kothari is cofounder and director of Onio Design. Onio, based in Pune, India, is an established innovation and design consultancy with a diverse range of clients – from local Indian start-ups to multinationals.

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New design landscapes

New design landscapes

Universally known as the land of the design maestros, Italy has never been an easy place for new talents to grow and glow. After a year-long census of Italian designers, Milan’s Triennale has staged an impressive exhibition, featuring 124 young talents, selected by a jury chaired by Andrea Branzi.

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More than the sum of its parts

More than the sum of its parts

Curve editor Belinda Stening spoke to Ian Thompson, lead designer at the Centre for Design Research at Northumbria University in the UK, about the design and development of an educational product called Addacus.

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An understanding designer

An understanding designer

Dr Kees Dorst is a Dutch designer, philosopher, design consultant and teacher. He is currently Professor of Design at the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney.

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Getting a head’s up

Getting a head’s up

A team from the School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University is on a mission to create the first ever digital database of Chinese head and face shapes.

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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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Creating design excellence

Creating design excellence

Lars Erikson, director of design, Electrolux Asia Pacific, believes design excellence can only be achieved if designers work together to raise the profile of the profession by establishing a strong community with a powerful voice.

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Plastic fantastic

Plastic fantastic

They flex, stretch and fill; they can be soft or hard, transparent or opaque, coloured or neutral. With so many intriguing aspects, plastics are undeniably a material of choice for almost every product we design and manufacture today.

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Sizing up the competition

Belinda Stening, Curve editor, spoke to three awards-program directors - Brandon Gien, Chelsea Sutula and Ralph Weigmann about their design award programs.

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Industry leaders tap into new markets

As Victorian manufacturing continues to play a key role in competitive global markets and national economic growth, fourteen significant manufacturers have been inducted in the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame 2006.

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Lights and brights

Lights and brights

Three members of the colour and trim team at General Motors Holden in Melbourne spoke to Curve’s Belinda Stening about local and international trends in automotive colour.

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One step ahead

Colourways Australia is a national colour forecasting group providing information on consumers’ continually changing preferences for colour.

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Designing colour with form

Designing colour with form

When it comes to colour, we think we know it all. Colour is the typical sort of topic about which everyone has something to say simply because it is available for all to experience. We can all see it, we all get emotions from it, we have all used it in one way or another in our professional or personal life.

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State of the art sustainability

State of the art sustainability

Practical innovation by an Australian company is showing how foresight backed by investment and robust research and development can deliver exemplary environmental outcomes on a global scale.

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Adapting to harsh conditions

While ‘Built for Australian Conditions’ was one of GMH’s earlier marketing slogans, ‘Australian conditions’ designed and built some of our earliest manufactured goods.

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Creating a process for profit

Creating a process for profit

As an increasing number of small to medium manufacturing companies around the world begin to recognise design as an investment in their future, Curve turned to Sweden to uncover the Scandinavian approach.

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Seek out the experts when solo

You’re feeling confident... you’ve done a few private jobs and your work has appeared in glossy mags. You’re ambitious, hard working, and you figure you’ll earn more working for yourself.

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World wide masters

World wide masters

David Webster, head of IDEO San Francisco, believes IDEO’s outstanding global success reflects a philosophy of listening and collaboration.

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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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Partnerships that sustain

A huge gap exists between the North and the South of the world in terms of use of natural resources: twenty percent of the world’s population is using eighty percent of its natural resources while eighty percent of the world’s population is poverty-stricken.

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Progress and profit in eco-design

Progress and profit in eco-design

In search of some answers, Curve Editor Belinda Stening talks to John Gertsakis, an adviser to industry and advocate for a greener approach to product development, design and manufacture.

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Return to the classics

Return to the classics

A symbolic Emeco chair, popular in the 1950s, has been rejuvenated and updated following its discovery on the auction website, eBay. Designed by Adrian van Hooydonk, the updated ‘1951’ was at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan exhibition this year.

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A pragmatic Italian

A pragmatic Italian

Berto Pandolfo migrated from Italy to Australia with his parents in the 1950s, growing up with a strong Italian heritage. As a child he spent much of his time making things in his grandfather’s workshop.

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Flushing out the fakes

Flushing out the fakes

Plagiarism has always been an issue in manufacturing. Offenders side step research and development, and produce cheap copies of original products that have taken months, sometimes years to develop.

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A precious commodity

A precious commodity

Copper is as old as the world. Natural copper was already known to men in 9000 BC, and widely used in a variety of ways. The first copper objects were decorative – because the material was obviously attractive and easy to shape.

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Simcoe heads to the US

Simcoe heads to the US

Since commencing his career with Holden as a designer in 1983, Michael Simcoe has been involved in every major vehicle design program Holden has undertaken.

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Folding food bins

Folding food bins

A plastic foldable bin initially designed for the horticulture industry is set to replace standard cardboard and bag packaging in a number of storage applications and export markets.

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Freiberg furniture

Freiberg furniture

Passion and persistence define Bob Beaver, a leading designer originally from the UK who spent some years learning from world experts before heading to Australia where he continues to impress with his unique style and work ethic.

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Building business offshore 
(starts at home)

Building business offshore 
(starts at home)

How do you successfully expand an industrial design business while keeping its culture intact? As more Australian consultancies look to establishing satellite offices interstate and offshore, Curve turned to the team at Blue Sky Creative for some insight.

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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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When the finishing touch comes first

When the finishing touch comes first

Finishes and coatings are an integral part of a designer’s creative brief 
and, as Curve reveals, it is important to keep up with new developments 
in a range of technologies. Belinda Stening spoke with manufacturers, 
and suppliers for this special feature.

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Ford covers new territory

Ford covers new territory

Behind the pomp and ceremony of an awards night and the launch of a new vehicle there is always an enormous amount of development work carried out by teams of designers, engineers and modellers that goes unseen.

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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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Is the brand bubble about to burst?

In the past ten years many design industries have been caught in the spiral of marketing bravado presented in the guise of branding while the craft of creation has become secondary.

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Imaging looks below the surface

Imaging looks below the surface

It’s easy to see why nanotechnology has become a buzz word for contemporary design, but once you remove all the hype, the opportunities for future developments in materials become infinite.

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Beyond the brief

Beyond the brief

From an idyllic open plan loft style studio looking out across the rooftops of inner city East Sydney, Peter Cooper, of konstrukt design, talks about studio dynamics and the importance of an international feel and outlook for product design consultancies.

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Information unpacked

The ability to make informed decisions about design, products and ecological concerns can sometimes be complex and challenging.

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Looking at you

Looking at you

Seeing Machines is an award winning company with a focus on vision based machine interfaces. Based in Canberra, the company is developing technology that enables a computer to monitor fatigue and provide appropriate responses.

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Straight talk for start-ups

If you’re operating your own practice in product design you’re going to see your share of inventors and new start-ups. How you advise these people is a measure of your professionalism.

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Profiting from your IP

Like any commodity, a company’s Intellectual Property (IP) is a powerful and valuable asset – generally created for financial gain. In some cases it can represent a monopoly in product, service or design.

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Building bridges with strategic design

Building bridges with strategic design

“The key in innovation is to keep on producing ideas.” It sounds relatively basic, but as Robert Sutton, Professor of Management Science at Engineering Faculty of the Stanford University says in his book Weird Ideas That Work, a ninety percent failure rate in innovation is quite standard.

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Re-inventing the wheel

Re-inventing the wheel

In South Africa about twelve million people walk more than 200 metres (often many kilometres) for water each day.

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No spills, no frills winepack

No spills, no frills winepack

Many design and engineering graduates may remember that popular problem solving exercise of how to package an egg so that when dropped from a top floor studio window the egg lands safely and undamaged in the forecourt below.

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Mau – focus on teamwork

Since its inception in Toronto in 1985, Bruce Mau Design has gained international recognition for cross-disciplinary work.

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LincLab

LincLab

New technologies designed to further enhance the ‘intelligence’ of textiles are now being developed in fields as diverse as medicine, computers and music.

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Rotational moulding

Rotational moulding

Despite reluctance from some sections of the design community to embrace rotational moulding as a preferred option for prototyping or product development, technological advances in recent years have made it difficult to ignore.

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The marketer vs the designer

Diversity of human nature is a wonderful thing. Without introverts, extroverts, numerically gifted, verbal communication oriented, meticulous, scatterbrained, disorganised, organised, punctual, tardy, quiet, boisterous, analytical, and unobservant characters all co-existing, there would be no colour or variety in life.

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Life cycle thinking

Life cycle thinking

When Australasian office furniture manufacturer, Formway Furniture was looking for a partner to help design its latest innovation, the LIFE chair, the directors were delighted to team up with the Centre for Design at RMIT University (Australia).

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Cubicle heaven

Cubicle heaven

Imagine an office or workspace where you could watch flowers grow, take a nap in your own hammock, or use an alarm to free yourself from extended visits from clients or colleagues.

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Cross cultural teamwork

Cross cultural teamwork

Australian design company, Blue Sky Creative, has joined forces with China’s Qian Jiang Motor Company to design a motorscooter to compete with the big global names of Vespa, Peugot and Italjet.

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Intelligent textiles

Intelligent textiles

Imagine being able to choose the latest fashion looks ignoring the seasons or weather conditions. Thanks to Melba Industries and its groundbreaking work on ‘intelligent textiles’ the impossible may just be around the corner.

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Consumers lead the way

Consumers lead the way

Design companies wanting to break into the highly competitive but very lucrative field of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) need to be more than just designers, according to one of the country’s most successful packaging design companies, Cowan Design.

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Three dimensional product printing

Three dimensional product printing

It is also providing superior decorating options for electronics, computer and defence industries. But right now flotation printing is mostly used in high volume production, such as the automotive industry.

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