Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cute and Functional Combo Tool

I think these would be a bugger to store away.

Cute and Functional Combo Tool: "

If you have ever hit your thumb trying to hammer a nail, you know the unforgettable, mind-numbing pain that follows. This simple Coral Tools combination houses steel flat-head & Phillips screwdrivers within its hard plastic body & also serves as a tripodal stand that holds nails firmly in the center hole to help get them started, ensuring a straight hit while keeping fingers safe. The 3rd arm also holds a corkscrew so you can enjoy some well-deserved wine after all your hard work.

Designer: Jinyoung Choi, Junpyo Kim, Hyungwoo Uhm, Joonhyoung Seo & Kijo Son

Untitled from Choi jinyoung on Vimeo.

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The Solar Sinter

The Solar Sinter: "

With global concern over energy production and raw material shortages increasing, this project explores desert manufacturing as an alternative way to produce items. Set in the Saharan desert, sunlight and sand are used as raw energy and material to produce glass objects using a 3D printing process that combines natural energy and material with high-tech production technology.

Silicia sand, when heated to melting point and allowed to cool, solidifies as glass. This process of converting a powdery substance via a heating process into a solid form is known as sintering and has in recent years become a central process in design prototyping known as 3D printing or SLS (selective laser sintering). These 3D printers use laser technology to create very precise 3D objects from a variety of powdered plastics, resins and metals – the objects being the exact physical counterparts of the computer-drawn 3D designs inputted by the designer. By using the sun’s rays instead of a laser and sand instead of resins, the basis was discovered for a new solar-powered machine and production process for making glass objects that taps into the abundant supplies of sun and sand to be found in the deserts of the world.

The Solar-Sinter machine is based on the mechanical principles of a 3D printer. A large Fresnel lens (1.4 x 1.0 metre) is positioned so that it faces the sun at all times via an electronic sun-tracking device, which moves the lens in vertical and horizontal direction and rotates the entire machine about its base throughout the day. The lens is positioned with its focal point directed at the center of the machine and at the height of the top of the sand box where the objects will be built up layer by layer. Stepper motors drive two aluminium frames that move the sand box in the X and Y axes. Within the box is a platform that can move the vat of sand along the vertical Z axis, lowering the box a set amount at the end of each layer cycle to allow fresh sand to be loaded and levelled at the focal point. Two photovoltaic panels provide electricity to charge a battery, which in turn drives the motors and electronics of the machine. The photovoltaic panels also act as a counterweight for the lens aided by additional weights made from bottles filled with sand.

The machine is run off an electronic board and can be controlled using a keypad and an LCD screen. Computer drawn models of the objects to be produced are inputted into the machine via an SD card. These files carry the code that directs the machine to move the sand box along the X, Y coordinates at a carefully calibrated speed, whilst the lens focuses a beam of light that produces temperatures between 1400°C and 1600°C, more than enough to melt the sand. Over a number of hours, layer by layer, an object is built within the confines of the sand box, only its uppermost layer visible at any one time. When the print is completed the object is allowed to cool before being dug out of the sand box. The objects have rough sandy reverse side whilst the top surface is hard glass. The exact colour of the resulting glass will depend on the composition of the sand, different deserts producing different results. By mixing sands, combinatory colours and material qualities may be achieved.

Designer: Markus Kayser

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Nokia design Story

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1664347/nokias-svp-of-design-on-solving-the-ui-problems-in-smartphones

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Important message for all L6 students going to New Designers.

Just to confirm heres the plan. I have spoke to most of you regarding what is set out below so it is just confirmation. We need all your digital work by Tuesday 28th June so we can send out to print. We are playing a very dangerous game to go beyond this. So, you will each be showing 2x (550 wide x 841mm length), one of these is your photographed image which has already been done. The other board is your A3s and development re-arranged.

PLEASE NOTE, YOU DONT HAVE TO CRAM EVERYTHING INTO THIS SMALLER SPACE. IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO DROP SOMETHING I WOULD GO FOR YOUR MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING INFO BUT ITS UP TO YOU. REMEMBER YOU ARE COMMUNICATING YOUR MESSAGE, PRODUCT FEATURES AND USER INTERACTION I FEEL ARE CRUCIAL.

So to summarise:
1 x (550x841)Impact image/photo which most of you are happy with as they stand.
1 x (550x841) showing design process and communiacting your product in depth.
100 word (no more) statement/description of your product
Get your portfolio ready also with back up work to this project and also previous project such as RSA.

As you know i am available through multiple channels please speak to me if there are any issues, and it wouls also be nice to see your proposed work just so i can check spellings layout etc.

PS. Well done with your results. We are happy with the high level that has been acheived. just the final 1% to do to close the project and celebrate at the New Designers opening night. (Wednesday 6th July, big parties)

See ya soon

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Thanks to Haydyn Bhowon L4-5 Product for this

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1664113/kickstarter-at-its-craziest-a-pool-that-floats-in-nycs-east-river?partner=co_newsletter

Monday, June 20, 2011

BBC 2 - Tonight - Made in Britain - All about what the country makes!

Who says we don't make anything any more? In the first of a three-part series on how Britain pays its way in the world, Evan Davis busts the myths that we were wrong to let so much of our manufacturing go abroad, and that we have become a nation of shopkeepers, bankers and estate agents.

As he flies in the world's most revolutionary jet and drives one of the world's fastest supercars, he discovers Britain still makes a lot it can be proud of. But post crash, he asks is it enough to meet the country's bills.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

http://www.cowonglobal.com/

Nice interesting company who do mp3 players etc. Like the i audio e2.

Great visual art website.

Great sculptures by Ara Peterson down the page. http://butdoesitfloat.com/

Nice quote!

Seen this and quite liked it, even tho its not the right time of year for it, 'And suns grow meek and the meek suns grow brief and the year smiles as it draws near its death'.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Or how about a Norm 03

Or how about a Norm 69


Or how about a Norm 69. http://www.lightingstyles.co.uk/Ceiling/Ceiling-Special-Offers//Norm69_small_420mm.htm

Gino Sarfatti Chandelier


The best Chandeleir ever, or so the lady at my side tells me!

http://www.icone.co.uk/lighting-suspension/2097-50-chrome/flos/gino-sarfatti/A1500057/

New blogging ideas

In a session on 'Blogs for knowledge building and reflective learning'. Getting some new ideas!

Dyson on Design Education pre 18

http://twitter.com/#!/martyn_evans/statuses/80748086934245376

Nju Studio's Nifty "Collect, Stack, Set" Stool

Nju Studio's Nifty "Collect, Stack, Set" Stool: "

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Years ago I worked for a startup magazine, and we traveled to a prominent college to do a launch event. Sadly, when we arrived we discovered that not only had our event had been poorly publicized, but the college kids were using stacks of our premiere issue (which we'd pre-shipped to them) to prop heavy doors open.



Ego blows aside, the fact remains that piles of magazines do provide weighty stacks of material with consistent dimensions, which ought lend itself to something useful after (or in our case, before) its reading purposes are over.

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New job in from ex grad!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Go to Photos tab to see show photos!

Shows - Big success

Hi all. Show going very well. Opening night was a big success. the show is now on until Saturday the 18th. So all students must make every effort to see the show, esp L5 students, its you next year! Its open 10-4 each day. I am around from Tuesday next week so if you visiting then give me a shout and i will give you a special tour. Craig

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

what makes apple special by Dieter Rams

http://gigaom.com/apple/top-designer-dieter-rams-on-what-makes-apple-special/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheAppleBlog+%28GigaOM%3A+Apple%29&utm_content=Twitter

kaiser chiefs redefine album production

kaiser chiefs redefine album production: "

taking an experimental approach to album production and web commerce, the band kaiser chiefs invites fans to arrange tracks and create cover artwork, generating a custom album upon which they can earn royalties.


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Why e-books are noy there yet - Wired

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/06/ebooks-not-there-yet/all/1

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Story 03: Defining Innovation

The Story 03: Defining Innovation: "




Define innovation to get alignment.


How do you define innovation? Does everyone in your company agree about the definition?


Why it is vital to have a shared definition for innovation and how it can be an advantage.


We would love to get your feedback in the comments or at thestory@bright-innovation.com.


Right Click here to download podcast



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Armin Vit on Stupidity

Armin Vit on Stupidity: "

“One is considered stupid until proven creative.” Armin Vit presents the case for stupidity. Instead of avoiding the stupid, we should embrace it, chase it and execute stupid ideas as often as possible.


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Friday, June 3, 2011

And another Job offer from an ex-grad, for more info see Craig or Nigel

Job Title: Graduate Design Assistant

Starting Salary: £15,000 to be reviewed on completion of 6 month intern/probationary period

Closing date for application: 15th June 2011

Company: Kooltrade – established designers, manufacturers and distributors of nursery (children) products.

Location: Denton, East Manchester

Hours of work: 9-5pm Monday-Thursday and 9-4.00pm Fridays. In addition some weekends/evenings may be required in order to attend meetings, trade shows etc

Description:

Are you recently graduated and brimming with creative spirit? Want to hone your design skills as a member of a busy, lively product development team?

We require an enthusiastic, dynamic Design Assistant to support our Senior Designer and Product Developer in conceiving, designing, presenting and specifying new and existing product ranges for our nursery brands and for the own brand labels of major nursery retailers.

This is a growth role with support and personal development opportunites,. We expect the candidate to be fully fledged Junior Designer within 6-12 months with a salary to match!

Key Roles:

  • Identifying, analysing and presenting market and design trends.
  • Obtaining and presenting market and competitor research
  • Create CAD drawings and renderings of new products.
  • Illustrating improved styling and functionality of existing products.
  • Completing design presentations under guidance from designer(s).
  • Completing product specifications.
  • Assist in the creation of publicity material (adverts, POS, brochures etc).
  • Assist in the design of packaging.
  • Maintain server and hard copy design filing systems
  • Completing other day-to-day design related tasks as requested by designer(s) and directors

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Educated to degree level within design/creative field (including graphic and surface pattern designers, although there is a strong element of product design involved)
  • Flair for creative problem solving and idea generation
  • Interest in and eye for ; current colour, fashion and interiors trends
  • Understanding of materials and manufacturing processes
  • Good organisation skills are essential
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to collate and present research
  • Hardworking, flexible attitude and good sense of humour
  • Excellent computer skills and an understanding of some or all of the following software:

- Word

- Excel

- Photoshop

- Illustrator

- Autocad/solidworks (desirable but not essential)

  • Work experience in design field desirable but not essential
  • Full driving license desirable but not essential
  • Valid passport

To apply, please send a copy of your current C.V. with an accompanying letter clearly stating which position you are applying for, (this can be accompanied by up to 3 A4 sheets showing examples of your work) to:

Laura@kooltrade.co.uk

Or by post to :

Laura Slattery, Senior Designer, Kooltrade Ltd, Unit 3 Orbital Way, Denton, Manchester, M34 3QA

Another Job Opp for a Grad

You may remember me, I graduated from Salford around 15 years! Nice to see you are still around Nigel.

I’m now Head of Design for a lighting manufacturer just North of Manchester and we are looking for a new Lighting product designer.

Based upon my knowledge of the course at Salford I thought you guys might be able to provide suitable candidates for the course.

Would you be able to ask anyone who is interested to contact me please so that I can provide more details?

The basic job description is as follows :

· Provide customer based solutions based around ACDC Lighting Portfolio.

· Deliver original and innovative architectural LED lighting product designs for manufacture (using software eg SolidWorks) to deliver physical lighting products from a brief which are visually attractive and practically functional to the required specifications, budgets and timescales.

· Design products to respond to customer requirements from initial brief, either through modification of existing ranges or creation of a new product.

· Seek involvement from colleagues internally and externally to contribute ideas and solutions at the design stage and incorporate these in the overall first stage design.

· Create concepts, sketches, mock-ups, 3D models as required – designing by hand, physical models and using software (eg SolidWorks).

· Communicate (presentation, email etc) outputs to customer/internal sales team and liaise to refine designs as required by presenting designs to customers at ACDC site or at customer premises, (as required).

· Apply knowledge of constraints to designs eg temperature, thermal testing, photometrics, installation restrictions etc to ensure designs are produced to customer requirements and meet all necessary manufacturing guidelines.

· Respond to feedback and refine design as required by parties engaged in the appraisal of the prototype/visual/3D model etc, present further re-designs and ensure final refinements to the satisfaction of all parties, prior to approval for production

We are looking for someone to start at the end of July latest.

If you could let me know if you think the details above would be of interest to any of your students, either from the undergraduate or postgraduate courses.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Any interest see Nigel or Craig

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Analogital Clock?

Analogital Clock?: "

I’m loving this chic, ultramodern wall clock by Raunak Narang!! Clock-o’s simple yet striking design reads like a continuous analog clock but actually processes time digitally. Its minimal LED digital display and seamless ring shape are, on one hand, breaking the stream of time, and on the other, reminding us of its continuity.

Designer: Raunak Narang

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