Wireframe images on kitchenware
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These four people are working on the train in the way into London. Our trains have become an extension of the office and perhaps their design needs to accommodate this – pull out tables for example. Or a least a consideration for preventing ‘laptop thigh’ where the heat of the laptop actually lightly burns the thighs. Perhaps our clothes need to be redesigned to take account of this.
In my opinion part of the flaw in the argument and calculation of the economic benefits of HS2 is the assumption that time spend traveling by train is unproductive. With many trains now offering wi-fi it’s possible for our trains to become an extension of the office if required. Therefore shaving 20 minutes off of a trip to Birmingham or beyond may not be the best return on the billions of pounds of investment.
I’ve always been a fan of Max Lamb‘s work. It is delightfully simple, sometimes crude and explores manufacturing processes. In many cases the designer will make a video that explores the process of creating the product, a highlight being the hexangonal pewter stool that he created through sand-casting on a beach in Cornwall:
Awarded the ‘Designer of the Future’ award at ‘Design Miami/Basel’ in 2008, Max Lamb explores themes of the materials, manufacturing, uniqueness and the hand made. His poly Chair involved carving a chair out of a block of polystyrene and then treated with a rubber finish.
While the process is clear in the objects that he creates, it is a process borne out of real world experimentation rather than sitting at a computer as is common with many designers. It is refreshing and the story of how his products are created, from granite chairs from a Chinese mine to lathing concrete to create stools are often as interesting as the objects themselves.
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It’s been a white since I’ve posted about Facebook T shirts. The mini business is still going – I sell a handful of T shirts each month.
The good news is that Facebook T shirts are now in a book called Never Use Pop Up Windows and 50 other Ridiculous web rules by Anneloes Van Gaalen. You can buy it from Amazon if you’d likeRead More
I went down to this year’s RCA Product Design show and was thoroughly impressed and inspired. For me one of the most interesting and successful projects was by Tom Stables who created an overlay for remote controls to make them easier to use for the elderly. The video is a great example of how observing human behavior can lead to design innovation that can genuinely improve the quality of life for the user.Read More
This video was created by Patrick Jean from the Paris-based special effect studio One More Production, and the production level is nothing short of amazing. See for yourself. MRead More
After one of the busiest weeks of my life and an all nighter I have submitted my final self directed project at college. Very pleased with it all and think I have a product that has potential to be sold in shops. Needs more work to bring it to market though.
Next up is the client project which is very exciting. I will be designing furniture.Read More