We’re hardly short of new products in the modern world. But how often do the products we rely on really matter to us? Why do we so often favour big brand names? Is it because we trust in their power to improve our lives or because we lack the knowledge and confidence to make bolder choices ?
Introduction to the work of industrial designer Sebastian Bergne. Created as part of the ‘Design with heart’ exhibition, Biennale Design Saint Etienne 2013.
This exhibition gets to the heart of why these choices are important by showcasing new products that have what Sebastian Bergne calls ‘Design with Heart’. But visitors expecting to find a collection of exclusive design ‘icons’ may be in for a surprise. Exhibits range from tableware to trumpets and cheese boards to circus equipment. Some are beautiful; a few may not even appear to have been designed at all.
The ingredients that these products have in common often transcend issues of style or aesthetics. Some are distinguished by the spirit of generosity or integrity in which they were created; others are products with the power to create a special sense of community; still more stand out because of their unique sense of innovation or their sheer beauty.
If I were to look back at some of the best designed products, and understand their principles of design, I would definitely look at Braun. Why? Because Braun products were created with a great combination of functionality and technology.
Hungarian vehicle developmental company Antro may have found the perfect solution to traveling in a big city—a foldable electric scooter.
The environment-and user-friendly folding scooter offers a unique solution for both commuters and the challenges of urban road. Called ‘Moveo’, the scooter is capable of transforming into a rolling suitcase when not in use eliminating the need for a parking space.
The concept of development reached the end of the third prototype is ready for production in Hungary aims to achieve improvements in technology and now working with the team.
Joshua Harris has envisioned that, in the future, somewhere in 2050, we can print our own clothes using the Clothing Printer.
Industrial designer Joshua Harris has created the concept for an in home, clothing printer that would allow to each consumer to manufacture their own products at home.
The ability to create customized objects, such as 3D printing, is increasing in sophistication and marketability. People are becoming more and more aware and comfortable with the concept of printing objects for immediate use.
The technology for a clothing printer exists but is not packaged in a form that would be suitable for consumer use. With the future potential of printing technology, an at-home clothing printer is a definite possibility. Joshua’s challenge was to define the experience.
Fashion Designers in the future can sell cartidges of material and then sell their designs digitallu for the user to print.
The design would eliminate the need for closets, washing machines and dryers, thus saving space in the crowded urban environments of the future.
We’re in love with the clothes of Canadian designer Angélique Chmielewski because they are simple, delicate and tell stories of life.
“My designs are inspired by human experiences and the idea that clothing can be a vehicle used to express one’s emotions, thoughts and ideals. What we wear every day is an expression of our unique personalities and contributes to the stories of our lives. I believe everyone has a unique story to tell and my collections seek to provide pieces that help tell those stories.” says Angelique
Scott Schuman is back with a completely new collection of beautiful images of the men and women who have caught his attention: The Sartorialist: Closer Book.
His much-loved blog, thesartorialist.com, remains one of the most-read in the fashion world and continues to grow in popularity as Scott travels further and more widely. This book encompasses the diverse style and visual attitude of people as far afield as Japan, Korea, London, Milan, New York, Paris, and beyond.
In The Sartorialist: Closer, Scott Schuman looks deeper and with great breadth of human style, and the way it is expressed across the world. Always reacting to an inspirational moment, the images in his new book continue to reflect Scott’s unique sensibility and vision.
Stratasys and Materialise has announced the unveiling of 3D printing collaborations on the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week as part of Iris van Herpen’s Haute Couture show, ‘VOLTAGE’.
Dutch designer van Herpen’s eleven-piece collection featured two 3D printed ensembles, including an elaborate skirt and cape (top right) created in collaboration with artist, architect, designer, and professor Neri Oxman from MIT’s Media Lab, and 3D printed by Stratasys.
“The ability to vary softness and elasticity inspired us to design a “second skin” for the body acting as armor-in-motion; in this way we were able to design not only the garment’s form but also its motion,” explains Oxman. “The incredible possibilities afforded by these new technologies allowed us to reinterpret the tradition of couture as “tech-couture” where delicate hand-made embroidery and needlework is replaced by code.”
Van Herpen adds, “I feel it’s important that fashion can be about much more than consumerism, but also about new beginnings and self-expression, so my work very much comes from abstract ideas and using new techniques, not the re-invention of old ideas. I find the process of 3D printing fascinating because I believe it will only be a matter of time before we see the clothing we wear today produced with this technology, and it’s because it’s such a different way of manufacturing, adding layer-by-layer, it will be a great source of inspiration for new ideas.
So, welcome to the future of fashion design. We were wondering how far would 3D technology go in the next 50 years?
Being enrolled for the Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society course for the past 8 weeks was one of the best experience in terms of design education that I’ve had in the past years.
This is a course on Coursera.org aimed at making you a better designer. Karl T. Ulrich professor at the University of Pensylvania created the course for designers around the world, and combines the fundamental concepts with hands-on design challenges to become a better designer.
ABOUT THE COURSE
The course marries theory and practice, as both are valuable in improving design performance. Lectures and readings will lay out the fundamental concepts that underpin design as a human activity. Weekly design challenges test your ability to apply those ideas to solve real problems.
The course is deliberately broad - spanning all domains of design, including architecture, graphics, services, apparel, engineered goods, and products. The emphasis of the course is the basic design process: define, explore, select, and refine. You, the student, bring to the course your particular interests and expertise related to, for instance, engineering, furniture, fashion, architecture, or products.
Here is a great video where Professor Karl Ulrich better describes the experience with the course.
WHAT I’VE LEARNED
The course it was incredibly rewarding for me. Being enrolled with it every week was an amazing experience, sometimes was difficult, sometimes was fun, but in the end, in two months, I really learned how to think design from the user needs perspective.
I truly believe that design is not only about being beautiful, it’s about being functional and creating an experience for the consumer. The course taught me how to identify gaps, how to set up the problem statement and find out user needs. Based on that I could explore for the design concept and create an amazing handbag concept in the end.
I highly recommend this course for every designer or aspiring designer or for everyone who aims for a better understanding of the design thinking. Even though you are a fashion, graphic or product designer, this course provides a unified framework for design across all domains.
Probably the course will start again the next year for all of you who are interested to make a difference when thinking about design. But for now, if you have an account on coursera.org, you can see the archive of the course here and you can pass through each week of the course. It’s important to be enrolled to each week to understand the flow of creating a concept.
To get a feel for the style of the instructor and the material in the course, this book is a good place to start:
Ulrich, K.T. 2010. Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society. University of Pennsylvania.
With few exceptions, each idea in the book applies to graphics, environments, products, software, services, machines, and buildings. This is a book about ideas. It is not a handbook for doing design. The book targets three audiences: designers with an interest in ideas about the design process; those who do not think of themselves as professional designers, but who have an intellectual interest in design; and university students and their instructors.
Coursera.org is an on-line university completely free, taught by real professors and linked to well respected universities in Canada, the United States and around the world. It is completely free. Right now it is for the joy of learning from some of the best professors out there. I hope you’ll enjoy no matter what age you have.
In this talk from PSFK CONFERENCE NYC, Abe Burmeister explains how a punk-rock ethic helped him create a business building a new niche in a market he had no experience in. Abe just wanted a pair of pants he could both ride his bike and go to work in - and all his partner Tyler needed was a shirt that stayed fresh despite his pedal-powered commute.
The Outlier co-founder describes how the duo paired intensive research in New York’s garment district with the connectivity of the web to create Outlier - a performance fashion business that only sells over the web.
Abe Burmeister is co-founder of OUTLIER, an innovative performance clothing company whose first product was a pair of pants designed to enable bike commuting.
Are you an artist/ fashion illustrator and you’re looking for places where to sell your artwork? Society6 might be a good choice. There you can selling your artwork as gallery quality art prints, iPhone cases, t-shirts and other fine products - without giving up control of your rights.
Selling your artwork as a product on Society6 is as simple as making a Post on your blog - except you make money from it! All you have to do is post your artwork to make it immediately available for sale as a variety of products. When you sell a product, Society 6 will produce it, package it and ship it for you, so that you can focus on making more art!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Fashion Illustration by Kelly Murray
YOU CONTROL THE RIGHTS TO YOUR WORK
What’s yours, is yours! When you post your artwork on Society6, you continue to control the rights to it. We’ve made it easy for you to be able to make one Post right here on Society6, and if selected by our Retail Partners, have it made available through their online stores without forfeiting your rights to your work, nice.
In order to sell your artwork as prints or other products you must be a verified member of Society6, this is how they pay you for your sales. Get Verified Now!
POST YOUR ARTWORK
Click Post from the main navigation, as you normally do. Check the box next to “Make this artwork immediately available for sale…”, it’s highlighted in blue on the top left of the page. Upload one (1) high-res file from your desktop by clicking “Select File”, and chose the highest quality file that you have that is less than 50mb (Note: this file will take longer to upload than on regular posts), and then set your prices once the upload is complete.
SET YOUR PRICES FOR YOUR ART PRINTS
Set your retail price and your profit for each art print type and size, if you don’t add profit then all sizes will be made available at the base price. Based on the quality of your digital file, we will only allow you to post at sizes that will reproduce as high-quality prints, some sizes may not be available.
ADD OTHER PRODUCTS TO YOUR ART PRINT
You will also be able to add T-shirts, Laptop Skins and more to accompany your Print after you publish it (Stretched Canvas is added for you). Instead of setting your pricing and profits, you will be paid the published profits on the sale of each of these products.
PROMOTE YOUR PRINTS AND OTHER PRODUCTS
Make sure your Facebook and Twitter accounts are connected (indicated on the right-hand column). Hit Publish, and be patient. Share the link with everyone you know.
TRACK YOUR EARNINGS
When one of your prints or other products is purchased, it gets produced, packed and shipped while you get paid. Track your earnings in your Account (you get paid every 1st of the month via Paypal - with a 30 day per purchase grace period from date of sale). Ex: if you sell something on Jan 15th, it is clear on Feb 15th and then you get paid on March 1st.
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We’re preparing to attend Apps World on 2-3rd October in London.
The event is focused to increase knowledge on one of the world’s largestgrowing industries, confidence to deliver your mobile strategy for your fashion brand and find out new invaluable contacts to set you in the right direction. During the event you’ll also find out the tools and techniques required to turn your website into a business and the insight and knowledge to run a successful mobile marketing campaign for your fashion brand.
Maximising the opportunities mobile marketing brings brands and building sustainable strategies both for apps and in a broader context through search, affiliate & ad networks, analytics, sms, vouchers, location strategies and more are covered in this track. As apps increasingly fall under the marketing remit, the introduction of detailed metrics into the delivery of mobile marketing has refined much of the associated strategy. Understanding the application of these metrics, and acting intelligently on the insight they provide, is fundamental to today’s sessions.
An increasingly mobilised workforce and the boom in the consumer apps sector has led to a rapid expansion of demand for enterprise app development and the emergence of the enterprise app store. Day 1 looks at real-world examples of apps being used for business and examines how applications fit into traditional organisations, enabling remote working and real time data accessibility.
If you want to find out more on how to maximize your mobile campaigns effect, see you at Apps World who will be taking place at Earls Court 2, Warwick Road, London SW5 9TA on 2-3rd October. More details about the venue here.