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From the publisher

The pages of this launch issue feature only a taste of some of the exciting and innovative products being developed in this country. As an industrial designer with years of experience working on product development teams, I know that there are many of you who will appreciate the range of news and views covered by Curve.

Regular profiles, such as the article on Derek Yuen from Globe Shoes and the interview with Mark Richardson from Ford, will highlight the work of individuals and companies making breakthroughs in product development. From shoes to fishing lures, cars to medical devices... designers and developers openly share their opinions, strategies and motivations with you.

The enthusiasm and encouragement from within the product development industry has been overwhelming. I am grateful, also, for the support and generosity of the excellent contributors who share their knowledge and expertise for the benefit of Curve’s readers.

As a reader and a potential subscriber, we value your feedback. So let us know what you think and fire your comments and suggestions in our direction and watch us come up with the goods!


Inside this issue

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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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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Design or decline

Successful manufacturing companies, irrespective of geography or circumstance, are led by people who can identify and exploit commercial opportunities using design as a key strategy.

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One small spring to safety

One small spring to safety

After a close relative sustained a needlestick injury in 1996, Bruce Kiehne made it his personal mission to develop a revolutionary safety syringe.

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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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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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At home with tubular steel furniture

At home with tubular steel furniture

From 1925 when a photograph of Marcel Breuer’s first tubular steel chair was published, this new kind of furniture simultaneously signified modernist style and the experience of modernity.

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Design for the world

During the recent volcanic eruption near Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, we were again reminded of the importance of proper tools for living.

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Computerised irrigation

A computerised irrigation management system accesses data from purpose-built weather stations around Australia in a unique project, which is providing large cost savings and reductions in water waste.

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Derek Yuen

Derek Yuen

Footwear design may seem a somewhat unusual passion for a young kid growing up in Melbourne. But for Derek John Yuen a childhood dream has landed him at the top of his profession.

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Striking the balance

We are in the midst of a period of extraordinary social change. The last time such an upheaval took place, we dropped our ploughs, marched out of the fields and headed for the factories.

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mark richardson

mark richardson

Inspiring young designer Mark Richardson is one of the bright new faces behind Ford Australia’s future styling directions, setting the pace with the company’s new flagship the R7.

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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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Tale of allure

Tale of allure

What looks like a prawn, moves like a prawn and sounds like a prawn... but isn’t a prawn?

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Message in a bubble

Message in a bubble

Michael Manion, of Giftspeak in Hobart, has created the ‘speech bubble’ which has been developed for use in corporate promotions worldwide.

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Wovin Wall

Wovin Wall

Refitting a tired looking restaurant or office has never been easier thanks to the Wovin Wall system from Box and Dice Pty Ltd in Sydney.

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US insight gains momentum back home

US insight gains momentum back home

With ten years experience in product design at GE Fitch design consultancy in Boston, Craig Andrews has returned to Australia to establish Design Momentum in Sydney. The company will specialise in medical product 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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