issue twenty-five

twenty-five

From the publisher

Carlos is an energetic and enthusiastic advocate for industrial design and with his extensive international experience and knowledge he is able to speak with complete authority about the design profession and the current manufacturing environment on a global level, in this issue’s interview segment.

Design education is always a hot topic. We speak to design associations and educators about priorities in design education and what lies ahead for graduates when they join the profession. From listening to these experts, it is clear that graduates with strong business and project management skills are highly sought after.

 


Inside this issue

Finding a firm footing

Finding a firm footing

Throughout history, people all over the globe have been forced to move because of wars, natural disasters and changes to climate and water supply, a shift usually entailing significant cultural upheaval.

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Designer games

Designer games

The International Convention of Infants’ Rights approved by the UN states it very clearly: playing is a fundamental right of all children. This statement – at first glance – seems to have more to do with educational experts than with designers or architects.

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Carlos Hinrichsen

Carlos Hinrichsen

Professor Carlos Hinrichsen is president of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid; 2007-2009); director of the School of Design, Instituto Profesional DuocUC de la Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile; and design director of Design Innovation in the 
Latin American region.

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Forms from the land of plenty

Forms from the land of plenty

Three hundred architectural sculptures are showcasing Australia’s architectural diversity at the Venice Architecture Biennale in an exhibition entitled Abundance.

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Learning the ropes

Globally, the roles played by industrial designers are shifting as they adapt to the enormous changes afoot in the manufacturing environment – changes that are happening fast. The challenge for educators is to stay ahead of the trends and produce graduates who are prepared for what they find in the workplace once they get there.

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Get smart: active materials

Get smart: active materials

Active materials, often referred to as smart materials, are a collection of materials that can change their properties in response to some form of stimulus.

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Sound affects

Sound affects

The Bose Corporation has been producing state-of-the-art hi-fi products for more than forty years. Its classic speakers, headphones and audio systems have been prized by generations of music lovers, technicians and sound gurus. The corporation was founded in 1964 by Dr Amar Bose, a researcher investigating ‘psychoacoustics’ at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Rise and shine

Rise and shine

The Wake-up Light, a product that helps you wake up in natural light with gentle sound effects, has been released in Europe by Philips. The Wake-up Light was developed from a concept first presented to the media at a Philips Simplicity Event in 2006 after years of consumer research.

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The shipping container

The shipping container

The modular shipping container is one of the 20th century’s most revolutionary products. The design development and integration of a standardised shipping container into the global transport system continues to transform the world’s economy.

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