issue forty-one

forty-one

From the publisher

Our Event coverage of the BraunPrize shows the popularity of this unique global competition. The finalists presented their concepts live at the BraunPrize Forum to 80 guest jurors, including myself, in the BraunCollection space in Kronberg, Germany. This final judging process is unique to the BraunPrize and highlighted, for me, the importance of strong communication and presentation skills.

In our Award coverage, the IDEA winners and Best in Show – the amazing Nike+ FuelBand – demonstrate a strong focus on the importance of fitness, health and sustainable solutions, with technology and design working seamlessly together.

Industrial design education, the Australian way, is our big feature. We spoke to three of our top design faculties to get the low-down on the new directions they are taking in undergraduate and postgraduate education. With international exchanges, industry-based learning and diverse studio programs, these students seem to have it all.

One small story that needs a special mention is our Process story, by Tanya Weaver, about the Sky Hive. For those interested in the plight of bees and the decline in honey-making, this project will make you smile.

Make sure you get your copy of the Curve for iPad version of this edition to experience additional content and interact with the layout, and connect with us on our new website at curvelive.com.


Inside this issue

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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Ambulance overhaul

Ambulance overhaul

Modern-day ambulances not only transport patients to hospital – they are also used as mobile treatment spaces offering care at the scene.

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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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Design classics: still state-of-the-art

Design classics are better known and more popular than ever. What many of these icons have in common is the fact that they were real technological innovations in their time.

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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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Fuelling the fire

Fuelling the fire

The Nike+ FuelBand won this year’s Best in Show at the International Design Excellence Awards.

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In for a penny

In for a penny

You’d have to be blind to have not noticed the plague of brightly coloured retro skateboards that seem to have spontaneously infiltrated the youth of the Western world.

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Off the wall

Off the wall

There is no question that when it comes to lighting, LED technology is more economical – both financially and environmentally.

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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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Sleek city cycles

Sleek city cycles

In many cities all over the world commuters are increasingly taking to their bicycles for the daily commute.

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Teaching dogs new tricks

Teaching dogs new tricks

Very rarely, an invention can be screamingly obvious, captivatingly bizarre and universally successful at the same time: meet the Pet Loo.

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The importance of failure

Despite our best efforts, things do not always go to plan. Optimism and enthusiasm often drive us to enter arrangements based on goodwill and trust.

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The right to light

The right to light

Most of us take electricity for granted. Just a flick of a switch and the power is immediate.

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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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