31 March 2014 - It must be increasingly difficult for the Design Museum to allot nominations to categories in its Designs of the Year (DOTY) awards. It created a Digital category to recognise great work in new media, but this new context for design is proving to be leaky. Some nominations could be included in either the Digital, Graphic or Product categories.
As with anything new, designers are exploring the possibilities of digital design and when old boundaries are met they are being crossed. The Lego Calendar is a playful project which has a clear physical presence – a wall planner made of Lego where colour coded bricks represent time spent on projects. Take a photo of the planner (pictured above) with a smartphone and all of the events and timings are synchronised to an online calendar. Read our feature article.
27 March 2014 - PD+I 2014 speaker Gadi Amit of NewDealDesign features in BloombergBusinessweek’s Design Issue 2014. There’s a video on the magazine’s site where Amit makes some general comments about industrial design, but more interesting are his views on wearable tech in the brief article. He mentions some of the challenges of designing the Fitbit wrist device, and expresses concern that Google Glass wearers may not communicate naturally with their eyes.
At our May conference, Amit will take part in a session on “UX: Bridging the physical-digital interface”, along with Jason Mesut at Plan and Jim Blyth at The Alloy. Amit wowed the crowd at PD+I 2012, showing the innovative and highly desirable Lytro camera which NewDeal designed.
13 March 2014 - PolyOne, gold sponsor at PD+I 2014, worked with designers at Gobie H2O to develop a thermoplastics elastomer (TPE) material for the coloured parts of Gobie’s new water bottle (pictured above). The GLS Versaflex TPE material and OnColor colourants used on the bottle’s patented FlexFlo squeeze grip, non-slip base and finger-loop are recyclable, dishwasher-safe, and FDA-compliant.
PolyOne, and its group companies GLS and ColorMatrix, last year launched InVisiO, a series of creative resources and technical support services focused on maximising the use and performance of colour in polymer materials. “Working across the entire design process, InVisiO provides market, technological and operational insight to inspire creative innovation,” says PolyOne.
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.