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.
BIS Publishers and author Carola Vershoor have released a new book titled Change Ahead – How research and design are transforming business strategy.
In collaboration with Barcelona’s materials centre, Materfad, RMIT University’s Design Research Institute is hosting Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies.
Idea killers, idea boosters and creativity myths unravelled for business, designers and design strategists.
Notes are sound-absorbing panels for office environments designed by Luca Nichetto.
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.
The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has announced their 2014 National Design Award Winners.
The w127 is a new lamp by Dirk Winkel for Swedish brand Wästberg, developed by BASF
PullClean is a hospital door handle that dispenses hand sanitiser without interrupting the normal routine of hospital staff, patients and visitors.
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.
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.
A new sound-absorbing technology by Caimi Brevetti changes the face of acoustic panel design.Flap acoustic panels
Made of concrete and fir wood, PACO’s loudspeaker is making some noise in the audio industry
Uniting Scandinavian and Spanish influences, Collar Lamp is a simple yet striking lamp that recently showcased in Oslo.
The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt has released a new e-book – 'Favelization: The Imaginary Brazil in Contemporary Film, Fashion & Design'
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.
As homes make room for studios, offices try to achieve a more domestic look and feel.
Companies and independent industrial designers have until 5 February to enter Red Dot Award: Product Design for 2014.
Gone is the equation office = playground. The places where we work will increasingly look like homes and will make us perform and feel better.
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.
US design agency FiftyThree has launched a stylus to help get ideas onto ‘paper’.
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.
Advertising agency Olson is one of the winners of the 2013 SEGD Global Design Awards.
USB-Clip by Scopetime can be clipped to papers, business cards or letters to prevent it from getting lost.
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’.
Some ideas are very simple, honest and clear-cut. Yet turning these qualities into an actual product can be a tricky business.
Typically, technology products for the developing world are hand-me-down versions of their western equivalents, of inferior quality and utilising lesser technologies.
The Voltaic Generator Solar Laptop Charger is a solar-powered laptop bag designed by Voltaic Systems,
Yill is a mobile energy storage unit by Studio Aisslinger for Younicos
Designers Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson collaborate with U2’s Bono to curate a collection for the (RED) Auction.
Norwegian product development company Unikia rethinks the lunchbox with the Compleat Foodbag.
SEDG’s Xlab – Experience + Interaction in Public Space – is taking place on 24 October at the Museum of the Moving Image.
The Be.e is a sustainable, lightweight and strong electric scooter constructed predominantly from bio-composites.
29 June is World Industrial Design Day, celebrating industrial design across the globe.
The industry-led council plans to chart the new direction for Australia’s high value advanced manufacturing
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.
The SEGD Conference for 2013, ‘Above the Fog’, will be held in San Francisco on 6–8 June, celebrating design.
With more designers and engineers needing to develop and test products at an exponential rate, the move towards using cloud-based services is inevitable.
A University of California engineer is pioneering a novel manufacturing technique to fabricate miniature medical devices.
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.
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.
The ES 01 extension socket from Swiss brand Punkt solves the cable clutter problem.
Australian Designer David Hardwick has created the ‘Unfold’ Desk – a compact and practical workstation with a slide-out desktop area.
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.
hipKey is a keyring that helps users keep track of their valuable belongings.
RØDE iXY is a recording stereo microphone for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
PROOFF's #006 SideSeat is an all-in-one furniture unit from the Netherlands design team Makkink & Bey.
The 2012 China Red Star Design Award ceremony was held in Beijing in December 2012, promoting Chinese design.
Entomology has been a buzzword in the military for a few years now. Mammalogy, too.
Sustainability can no longer be ignored, with many organisations now obligated to embed sustainable practices into their business model.
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.
Seymourpowell’s range of new products and packaging for kt (Korea Telecom) has won multiple red dot awards.
A writing set called Slim featuring a retractable pencil and a ballpoint pen made from sustainable materials.
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.
For thousands of years the drill was an instrument people used to create holes in materials such as timber and stone.
Students at the UMEA Institute of Design in Sweden won a Gold IDEA for their C-thru Smoke Diving Helmet
Torafu Architects and Ishinomaki Laboratory have created a very simple and versatile wooden stool.
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.
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.
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.
Curve spoke to three of Australia’s leading universities about their current directions in industrial design education
and postgraduate research activities.
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.
The story behind Autodesk Simulation software unravels to reveal new opportunities for ease of use and visualisation.
The barista standard reusable cup has been recognised at the 2012 Telstra Australian Business Awards (Victoria) by winning the HTC Start-Up Award.
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.
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.
The very particular demands of space exploration have long sought the pointy end of innovation in materials and technologies.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The IDSA have announced the jury panel for the 2012 IDEA program.
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
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.
Steve Jobs passed away today, after a long and well publicised fight against pancreatic cancer.
The Wood Ring bench was created from one massive 10 metre long wooden beam.
In a brief letter to the Apple board, Steve Jobs resigned as the CEO of Apple today.
To celebrate Curve's 40th print edition and the launch of Curve for the iPad -
“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.
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.
Capital Growth: The Piggy Bank Project is an exhibition of 3D printed piggy banks.
Philips has announced that Stefano Marzano will be retiring as chief design officer after twenty years of design leadership on 1 November.
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
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.
Luke Williams, a fellow at frog design, and adjunct Professor at the Stern Business School at New York University has released his new book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Philips has announced a new Chief Design Officer for their Healthcare division.
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.
It started with a small design project for New South Wales State Rail in 1988 and has rapidly grown into an international transportation design business.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
This material has the texture, quality and even the smell of wood, yet it can be worked as if it was plastic
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
User-centred design is simply about considering the end-user first
in the design process, rather than the technology or the product.
The French design team known as 5.5 designers is on a crusade to save discontinued and obsolete products from the scrap heap.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is a place where designers’ dreams come true, where visionary sketches and ideas slowly – but surely – evolve.
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.
Controversial desiger Julia Lohmann finds inspiration in anatomy, chemistry and forms from the natural world. Laura Traldi caught up with her in London.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scanpan and Dolphin torches are household names, but their market dominance depends on Australian design agency Design Resource.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How much money do you lose due to poor briefs? When was the last time you had to put more hours into a project than you’d anticipated?
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.
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.
Belinda Stening, Curve editor, spoke to Edan Dionne, director of corporate environmental affairs for IBM about its global environmental, energy and product-stewardship strategy.
Intellectual property is a white-hot topic worldwide and a common
cause of confusion. And with negotiations underway for the Australia–China Free Trade Agreement (FTA), there’s been some heated discussion locally.
Belinda Stening, Curve editor, spoke to three awards-program directors - Brandon Gien, Chelsea Sutula and Ralph Weigmann about their design award programs.
Toyota Australia has consolidated its operations with heavy investment in new facilities at Altona, west of Melbourne.
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.
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.
Colourways Australia is a national colour forecasting group providing information on consumers’ continually changing preferences for colour.
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.
The greening of commercial furniture in Australia and New Zealand has taken a major practical step forward.
Intellectual property law is expensive and complex. But understanding the legislation is crucial in preventing others from profiting from your ideas and blood, sweat and tears.
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.
When it comes to safety at sea, many countries from far corners of the globe are turning to an Australian manufacturer for expertise and innovative design.
While ‘Built for Australian Conditions’ was one of GMH’s earlier marketing slogans, ‘Australian conditions’ designed and built some of our earliest manufactured goods.
Taking over the helm of a successful family business while preparing for the birth of a second child might be a little stressful for some.
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.
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.
The ‘green building’ boom is taking hold in Australia and reaching new levels of environmental performance and sophistication.
David Webster, head of IDEO San Francisco, believes IDEO’s outstanding global success reflects a philosophy of listening and collaboration.
After WWII, Australians were far better skilled technically than they had been at any time before.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richard David Hames is an eminent philosopher, strategist and futurist. He has an impressive commercial and academic background.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ability to make informed decisions about design, products and ecological concerns can sometimes be complex and challenging.
A customer focused approach to innovation can truly make the difference in the development of winning solutions.
As Australia’s ageing population continues to grow it is estimated people with vision-impairment will double.
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.
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.
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.
Planet Lighting’s lamp, to be re-released this year, is an ‘urban’ design object and surely worthy of iconic status in Australia.
“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.
In South Africa about twelve million people walk more than 200 metres (often many kilometres) for water each day.
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.
Since its inception in Toronto in 1985, Bruce Mau Design has gained international recognition for cross-disciplinary work.
New technologies designed to further enhance the ‘intelligence’ of textiles are now being developed in fields as diverse as medicine, computers and music.
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.
We design, we produce, we market, we consume, we discard, and then some of us stress about the related environmental impacts.
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.
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).
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.
Environmentally oriented design is no longer the preserve of sanctimonious alternative life-stylers.
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.
Cold calling is easily the least popular and glorious part of the business development process.
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.
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.
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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