7 March 2014 - CMF: Materials Innovation is a session at PD+I 2014 which brings together industrial designers and materials experts to explore the ways in which companies can leverage the potential for product innovation through manufacturing processes and materials. Speakers are Monica Dalla Riva, European Design Lab manager at 3M; Peter Booth (pictured right), founder of Tin Horse; and Marcel Dartee, global marketing director sustainable solutions & biomaterials at PolyOne. Find out more about the conference sessions at PD+I 2014.
4 March 2014 - Philips says it has emerged from the 2014 iF awards as the participant with the most accolades, 47 in the product category. At the award ceremony in Munich on February 28, it was announced that Philips had scooped an unprecedented four Gold awards for: Sonicare DiamondClean Black Edition toothbrush, Lifeline GoSafe HomeSafe Emergency Help Communicators, Metronomis LED range and DesignLine LED TV (pictured above).
Sean Carney, chief design officer at Philips, said: “Our focus on design excellence and creating value for people shines through in the record-breaking number of design awards received.” When Carney spoke at PD+I 2012, he acknowledged the challenge of maintaining the standing of design within a large corporation. PD+I 2014 returns to this theme in a session on “Making stuff happen (inside corporations)”, which will include Gavin Procter, director of design innovation at Philips Consumer Lifestyle. Find out more about the PD+I 2014 programme.
24 February 2014 - BT and its long-standing design partner Alloy have won gold in the Product category of the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2014 for the BT 6500 range of DECT phones. The 6500 cordless range is BT’s fastest selling device of all time.
Gus Desbarats, chair of Alloy, who has been a regular speaker at our PD+I conferences, will take part in a session at PD+I 2014 on design education, where he will represent the British Industrial Design Association as well as Alloy. Jim Blyth, managing director of Alloy, will also be at PD+I 2014, speaking in a panel session on the cross-disciplinary issues of UX design and industrial design.
7 February 2014 - We have announced the conference programme for PD+I 2014 and it’s every bit as eclectic and provocative as the first three events. An overarching theme is ‘Making stuff happen’, a typically cross-disciplinary platform for debate by PD+I speakers and delegates.
James Woudhuysen (pictured right), Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University, will be taking a look at the ethics of innovation, in a seminar entitled ‘Ethics: How to stop feeling guilty about stuff’. Alongside a panel of responders, James will be looking at the role of ethics in innovation, and challenging the perception that designers are culpable for frittering away precious resources, contributing to the paradox of choice and mindless consumerism – ‘stuffitis’ as it is sometimes dubbed.
Why not join the fertile minds at PD+I 2014? Find out more on our conference pages.
27 January 2013
In The Making is the latest in a growing number of design exhibitions, seminars and books that examine production and materials, treating the process in a similar way to the finished object. There are two differentiators with the Design Museum’s new show: the objects are shown at a part-way point in their manufacture; and the collection has been curated by Barber Osgerby, the pair who have joined the UK’s design elite since designing the Olympic Torch for the 2012 games. “We are in love with and invigorated by the making process,” said Jay Osgerby at a preview. Read our feature article.
22 January 2014 - Wearable tech formed part of a session on designing for the Internet of Things at our PD+I 2013 conference. Jamian Cobbett, design lead at Nike Digital Sport, discussed the Nike Fuel Band, which has figured in the first group of wearable tech products that also includes Fitbit, Jawbone and Google Glass. Kevin McCullagh, director of Plan design strategy consultancy and chair of the PD+I events, has given his forthright opinion on Why Wearable Devices Will Never Be As Disruptive As Smartphones in an article for Fast Company’s website. “The biggest threat to the wearable nirvana is the smartphone,” he says, as it can easily serve the functions of dedicated devices for activity monitoring.
7 January 2014 - National Occupational Standards for industrial design have been approved by the UK government following extensive research and consultation by the British Industrial Design Association (BIDA) and Creative and Cultural Skills (CCS). BIDA chair, Gus Desbarats (pictured right), described the standards as “an essential platform for clearer recognition, meaningful accreditation, much needed professional development training and a better fit between modern jobs and education”. They are also a "base point" for UK industrial design to move forward and meet global best practice.
2 January 2014 - We have got the first speakers lined up for PD+I 2014 on 22-23 May in London. Paul Flowers (Grohe), Carole Favart (Toyota), Pierre-Yves Panis (Orange) and Gavin Procter (Philips) will represent global brands. Peter Booth (Tin Horse), Sir John Hegarty (Bartle Bogle Hegarty) (pictured right) and Ralph Ardill (The Brand Experience Consultancy) provide the consultancy perspective. It’s great to see some favourites returning to add their valued contribution to the elevated dialogue that always takes place at our PD+I events: Richard Seymour, James Woudhuysen and Dee Cooper. See the current speaker line-up.
6 December 2012 - We’re telling the world how great our PD+I 2014 conference is going to be. If you haven’t put it in the diary, make a note that next year’s event is on 22-23 May at London’s Guoman Tower hotel, a short walk over the river from the Design Museum. Read the press release we have sent out to print and online design media. Find out more about PD+I 2014 at our conference pages.
19 November 2013 - Glass producer Schott has introduced Smart Touch for the home appliance market, where touch controls are replacing traditional buttons and dials. Smart Touch enables the design of finger grooves and sliders in the glass surface to intuitively guide use of coffee machines, refrigerators, medical devices and other devices.
Schott says its new manufacturing technology can create punctiform control elements as well as rings or sliders. It can also produce matte or polished finger grooves with different depths and diameters. Capacitive switches, as well as active and passive infrared wave technologies or acoustic wave technologies are all possible.