issue twenty-four

twenty-four

From the publisher

Richard Seymour talks turkey about his direct communication style and how this has helped to shape his relationship with clients. He also talks about his highly successful partnership with Dick Powell at SeymourPowell.

Min Wang, design director for the Beijing Olympic Games, talks about the teamwork involved with creating the identity for the 2008 Games. He explains how traditional Chinese elements informed the design of medals and pictograms.

Our exploration of materials continues, with a feature on new designs in venerable style from Meta; a Focus segment on new developments in plastics; and our second instalment in Jonathon Allen’s series on new materials.


Inside this issue

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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Aggregates and assemblages: Nathan Gray

Aggregates and assemblages: Nathan Gray

Artist Nathan Gray works across drawing, collage, silk-screening and assemblage, and possesses a particular affinity for colour. His paper compositions are cut and combined with found objects and small-scale sculptures to create ‘aggregations’.

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Is carbon the new black?

It is astounding how new knowledge and increased environmental research can transform into prime content for building brand loyalty and selling products and services, albeit in a more environmentally responsible manner.

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East melds with west

East melds with west

People who are passionate about objects – designers above all, but also artists, artisans and general enthusiasts of material culture – know that the value of an artifact goes well beyond its function or appearance.

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Life-saving design

Life-saving design

Of the world’s total population, 5.8 billion people, or ninety per cent, have restricted access to many products and services we take for granted, and nearly half do not have reliable supplies of food or clean water, or access to shelter.

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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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Some like it slow

Some like it slow

In pre-industrial times, the success of an object was defined less by the design than by the ability of the artisan to work the materials. It used to be that quality required time. Time that was not spent in defining and designing what was to be made, but in the making of the single piece itself.

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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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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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