issue twenty-three

twenty-three

From the publisher

Our Materials segment is expanding. With the assistance of Jon Allen, an industrial designer and materials expert, we discuss biomimetic materials – the first in a series of four articles. 

The feature and Focus segment show how state-of-the-art prototyping technology is an essential part of the product development process.


 


Inside this issue

Cooperative Research Centres rethink

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.

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Advocating holistic design

Advocating holistic design

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.

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Design and the city

Design and the city

“In Torino, healthy optimism is in the air,” says Alessandro Bertin, the communications director of Torino World Design Capital. The World Design Capital Project is an initiative of the International Design Alliance (IDA) – a collaboration of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) and the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda).

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Following nature’s lead

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.

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On the cutting edge

On the cutting edge

A knife is not a multipurpose tool; it is designed exclusively as a cutting tool. When a knife blade is used for a screwdriver, hole punch, scraper, wire cutter or prising lever, the result can be a disaster for the blade, the blade point and the handle assembly.

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Rewarding ideas

Rewarding ideas

The ‘red dot award: design concept’ focuses on design concepts, ideas and visions that are new, creative and exciting. It celebrates ideas themselves – the start of the journey for all products.

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Simplicity, clarity and ties 
to tradition

Simplicity, clarity and ties 
to tradition

This year the red dot communication design awards focused on packaging design, which had the highest number of entries of any category. To lift the status of this category, red dot worked for the first time with the European Brand Design Association. Four thought-provoking designs were awarded ‘best of best’ red dot awards in this category.

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Singing from the treetops

Singing from the treetops

This concrete canopy auditorium and movie theatre is a striking study in biomorphic form. Situated in a verdant park in Saint Cyprien, France, it was designed by Serero Architects for the South Roussillon community council.

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