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Creative State Summit

A new annual summit supporting creativity in all its forms in the state of Victoria, launches on 29-30 June. The State of Victoria, sees creativity as the source of radical new ideas in Australia.

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How to Research Trends

Trend researcher and academic Els Dragt shares her trend research expertise in her new book, How to Research Trends, move beyond trendwatching to kickstart innovation.

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Joris Laarman Lab

Founded in 2004, by Joris Laarman and his filmmaker partner Anita Star, Joris Laarman Lab uses 3D printing and digital manufacturing to the extreme. Joris Laarman Lab’s team of engineers, programmers and craftspeople experiment with manufacturing processes that are innovative and on the edge of possibility.

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iF Social Impact Prize

iF's new Social Impact Prize is free to enter. Companies, design studios, NGOs, foundations, public institutions and other organisations from all over the world are invited to take part free of charge. Social impact projects will be published free of charge in the iF World Design Guide. Entrants win a share in 50,000 Euro prize money.

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World Design Medal launched by WDO

The World Design Organisation (WDO) has launched the World Design Medal. The award recognises and celebrates industrial designers who've made a significant contribution to the design profession.

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Sorting big data to design products

By using big data and data mining technologies a team of researchers at Nottingham Trent University in the UK have created a computer algorithm to detect product features that will work and fail.

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Fear and Love at New Design Museum

Eleven new installations by leading designers including OMA, Hussein Chalayan, Kenya Hara and Neri Oxman will be unveiled at the new Design Museum in Kensington opening exhibition.

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Ravi Sawhney's Psycho-Aesthetics

With Psycho-Aesthetics’ integration into the 2016 core curriculum of US colleges and a leading industrial design school, more product designers now embrace Psycho-Aesthetics or P/A as a template for success to create products that turn customers into evangelists.

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Design Open Call from Taipei

The Taiwan Design Center is calling for international design collaborators to partner with Taipei-based design groups to create innovative solutions to Taipei City’s urban problems.

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Design stories from Helsinki

Helsinki is a city in design transition. Designstoriesfromhelsinki.fi is a new web publication that presents stories about eight design initiatives in Helsinki.

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Grappa by Claesson Koivisto Rune

Swedish architecture and design firm, Claesson Koivisto Rune, has designed Grappa – a modular chandelier in Murano glass – for manufacturer Wonderglass.

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Nasa’s Z-2 spacesuit

Two years after showcasing the first of Z-Series spacesuit designs, Nasa has unveiled the second prototype in the series.

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Valentin Spiess

There is no global event that Swiss engineering wizard Valentin Spiess of iart has missed.

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Renault KWID

Renault unveils its first concept car outside Europe specifically designed to appeal to young customers in the Indian market.

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FreshRealm Vessel

RKS industrial design firm and tech start-up FreshRealm have collaborated to produce an innovative and efficient fresh-food delivery system.

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Art and the Internet

A new book from Black Dog Publishing, 'Art and the Internet' explores the way art has been redefined by the internet.

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IDEA 2014

The cut-off for entries for IDEA 2014 is 14 February and IDSA is seeking exceptional industrial designs, products and concepts.

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Neri Oxman’s 3D vision

“Neri Oxman is one of the 20 talents that will change the world of design and architecture,” says Paola Antonelli, the design curator of the Moma in New York, and at 37 Oxman has certainly gone far

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Chris Bangle

BMW chief of design, 1992–2009 - On the biggest barriers to new ideas in mobility design

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Ken Cato AO

Co-founder of design firm Cato Partners On building a strong international profile for his 
business

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Peter Schreyer

Chief design director for Kia Motors Corporation - On the unique abilities of designers

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Dick Powell

Co-founder of design firm Seymourpowell - On the most important directions for design

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Richard Seymour

Co-founder of design firm Seymourpowell On having the courage to talk to clients in a direct way

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Korea Power

Korea is taking over the world of design, as showcased in this book – Korea Power: Design & Identity.

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Think Outside

‘Think Outside’ is a upcoming talk series at the State Library of Queensland, which will challenge designers to think outside of the box.

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NewDealDesign

San Francisco-based studio, NewDealDesign, wins Cooper-Hewitt prize for product design.

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Dyslexic objects

UK design graduate Henry Franks wins an award for a range of dyslexic objects inspired by his own dyslexic condition.

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Tom Matano

Tom Matano

Mazda’s iconic pastille-shaped MX-5 changed the face of sports car motoring when it launched in 1986. Designed by Matano, it’s now the world’s best-selling convertible sports car.

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Ken Cato AO

Ken Cato AO

As an eminent designer and successful businessman, Cato has built an 
award-winning global design company over 43 years, with offices in 12 countries.

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Boosting the Knoll brand

Boosting the Knoll brand

Although a strong brand – well known all over the world and very much considered one of the iconic names in furniture design – in Europe, the market share of Knoll truly does not match its reputation.

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Vivienne Westwood meets Branson

Vivienne Westwood meets Branson

With its bold red colouring, Virgin Atlantic is an airline brand that has built a reputation for being distinctive, fun-loving and innovative.

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Passion for table culture

Passion for table culture

Tableware and decoration for kitchen and households is a highly competitive and fast-moving industry, in which design is a crucial economic instrument.

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Volvo V60 Pavilion

Volvo V60 Pavilion

Synthesis Design + Architecture has created a rapidly deployable, free-standing portable solar charging station for the Volvo V60 hybrid electric diesel car.

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Child ViSion glasses

Child ViSion glasses

Child ViSion glasses has won the inaugural Visitor Vote for the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year 2013.

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Tyvek paper shoes

Tyvek paper shoes

Using Tyvek, an extremely lightweight, robust and waterproof material, The Unbelievable Testing Laboratory (UT.LAB) has launched an ultra-lightweight pair of shoes.

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Challenge your assumptions

McKinsey&Company released this article last month in the McKinsey Quarterly by three of their principal consultants Sauri Gudlavalleti, Shivanshu Gupta and Ananth Narayanan based in India.

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Pop-up furniture

Pop-up furniture

Belgian designer, Carl de Smet, has developed high-tech foam furniture that can expand into shape, like popcorn.

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Design for the human experience

Design for the human experience

‘THIS IS NOT A BOOK’ is the headline on the website 
for Niels Diffrient’s recently self-published autobiography 
titled Confessions of a Generalist.

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ICON sculpture

ICON sculpture

British industrial designer Sebastian Conran has turned the nose from the iconic Concorde prototype into a sculpture – ICON.

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Voon Wong

Voon Wong

Like many expats living in London, Voon Wong has found that the city is a springboard for new ideas and ways of working.

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The new revolution

The new revolution

“This is an interesting time to work in the furniture design industry, be it as a designer, as a producer or a journalist,” writes Hanna Nova Beatrice, Sweden’s most reputable design journalist, in her book Behind the Scenes: Stories from the Design Industry, published by Arvinius Förlag and released in February this year.

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GIGS.2.GO

GIGS.2.GO

GIGS.2.GO is a concept for a credit-card-sized pack of four USB flash drives that tear off so you can share them.

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agIdeas Design Week

agIdeas Design Week

agIdeas International Design Week runs from 29 April to 3 May, hosted in Melbourne, and features talks from industry leaders.

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The Clarity Bike

The Clarity Bike

The latest concept from German design studio designaffairs is an exceptionally robust yet fully transparent bicycle frame made from Trivex.

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Plagiarius Awards 2013

Plagiarius Awards 2013

The 37th annual negative award ‘Plagiarius’ was recently held in Frankfurt, Germany, increasing public awareness of design fakes and imitators.

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The craft of Giulio Iacchetti

The craft of Giulio Iacchetti

It’s unusual that a book about eco-nomics should become a bestseller, yet it happened to Futuro Artigiano by Stefano Micelli, professor at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venezia.

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Daan Roosegaarde

Daan Roosegaarde

Daan Roosegaarde is an artist, but unlike traditional artists who use charcoal and paints, he uses microchips and LEDs.

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Emotional engagement

Emotional engagement

The supermarket is the battleground for FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) brands. It’s not unusual for there to be over 40 000 products in a modern supermarket, and as many as 100 000 in the larger stores in the US.

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Changes for fashion design?

Do strong intellectual property (IP) laws stymie innovation? This argument has been made by many, and indeed has given rise to the creative commons and various open source technologies, not just software.

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Urban beehive design

Urban beehive design

The ‘Urban Beehive’, by New Zealand design graduate Rowan Dunford, is a beehive design that’s specifically aimed at urbanites.

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BLAZE bike light

BLAZE bike light

BLAZE bike light projects a flashing laser image of a bicycle in green onto the road to alert cars and buses, making cyclists more visible

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10 Trends for 2013

JWT, global marketing communications group, has released its annual key trends forecast - indicating the top 10 trends for 2013.

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Making power drills

Making power drills

For thousands of years the drill was an instrument people used to create holes in materials such as timber and stone.

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Inkarnation tattoo

Inkarnation tattoo

A limited-edition book of selected premium photography from top-notch international photographers focusing on the tattoo lifestyle.

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The importance of failure

Despite our best efforts, things do not always go to plan. Optimism and enthusiasm often drive us to enter arrangements based on goodwill and trust.

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Design classics: still state-of-the-art

Design classics are better known and more popular than ever. What many of these icons have in common is the fact that they were real technological innovations in their time.

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The right to light

The right to light

Most of us take electricity for granted. Just a flick of a switch and the power is immediate.

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The voice of design

The voice of design

Curve managing editor, Belinda Stening, spoke to Christian Guellerin, president of Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design & Media, which represents 189 creative institutions from 46 countries.

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Setting a new course

Setting a new course

Curve spoke to three of Australia’s leading universities about their current directions in industrial design education 
and postgraduate research activities.

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Concrete clothing

Concrete clothing

Ivanka, the Hungarian -based designers of concrete products, have released a range of ready-to-wear clothing and accessories - that resemble concrete.

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Celebrating genius design

Celebrating genius design

The final judging of the 18th BraunPrize was held at the BraunPrize Forum in Kronberg at Braun headquarters in Germany late last month.

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Neo Volt folding e-bike

Neo Volt folding e-bike

The Neo Volt is a folding e-bike, engineered for inner city cycling designed by Spanish industrial design consultancy, Item Industrial Design.

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Bill Moggridge

Bill Moggridge

Bill Moggridge the renowned design leader, has died, after a battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

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Design game-changers

Design game-changers

What do you think will be the ‘game-changers’ in industrial design and product development in the next two to five years? Twenty design experts tell you what they think.

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Exclusive insight into BraunPrize 2012 judging

Exclusive insight into BraunPrize 2012 judging

The first jury session for the BraunPrize 2012 – ‘Genius design for a better everyday’ – is now complete. In its 18th year, the BraunPrize attracted a record number of entries for the highly regarded international design competition. A notable 2399 entrants from 73 countries submitted original design concepts for consideration.

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Ideas in context

What do a trash can, the Sydney Opera House and the act of delivering a cake to a complete stranger have in common? Each represents an idea that has challenged mainstream thinking.

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Cataloguing life

Cataloguing life

When browsing through interiors magazines, one is certain to find iconic pieces. It could be the Eames Lounger, the Jean Prouvé Standard chair or the über-pop George Nelson desk or sofa – all very safe bets in terms of styling.

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Fabric of sustainable society

Fabric of sustainable society

Nature and the landscape are key issues for Gabel, a fabrics brand that produces its textiles in five plants located in three different regions throughout Italy.

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Natural sophistication

Natural sophistication

As the first organic coffee producer in the world, and classed in the top eight coffees around the globe, Peruvian coffee is recognised as some of the best in the world.

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Sean Carney

Sean Carney

Bringing more than 25 years of experience as an international creative leader in design and management, Sean Carney is the new Chief Design Officer for Philips and Chief Design Officer for Philips Consumer Lifestyle.

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Inherit the Earth

Inherit the Earth

The very particular demands of space exploration have long sought the pointy end of innovation in materials and technologies.

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Pixar’s Jay Shuster

Pixar’s Jay Shuster

From Star Wars to WALL·E, Jay Shuster, art director of Pixar Animation Studios, has a unique knack for fusing mechanics with science fiction.

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Mo-bility for Munich

Mo-bility for Munich

An eco solution to urban mobility, combining multiple transport systems in one centralised system is set to make life much easier for commuters in Munich.

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Werner Aisslinger

Werner Aisslinger

Many industrial designers keep their finger on the pulse of emerging technologies and materials, as it gives them inspiration for new products.

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Sci-fi junky

Sci-fi junky

Sci-fi structures. Jet-propelled cars. Robots. Most designers spent their teenage years doodling one if not all three of these classic design subjects. As did Jay Shuster, art director at Pixar Animation Studios. Only he has also made it his career.

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Taking stock

How far can the protection of an iconic design extend? In a decision that has been criticised as yet another example of intellectual property (IP) laws gone mad, Getty Images has been successfully sued by the heirs of Le Corbusier for infringement of copyright.

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Stockholm’s svelte week of design

Stockholm’s svelte week of design

It’s a known fact that Northern Europe is a very well organised place. Sweden is no exception. The feeling that one has when arriving in Stockholm – which every February features an International Furniture Fair and Design Week – is always of astonishment: nothing is out of place. Not in a nerdy, overly controlled way, but, rather, in a very human, playful and liberating sense.

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2012 BraunPrize open for entries

2012 BraunPrize open for entries

The 2012 BraunPrize is the 18th awards program since the launch of the prestigious BraunPrize in 1968 and is set to be the most competitive yet. The new theme, Genius design for a better everyday, embraces the increased relevance of a well-designed product to help improve all aspects of our everyday life.

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Stick to your guns

Stick to your guns

American inventor Thomas Edison famously said genius is one per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration. Fellow inventor, Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh, seems to be the very embodiment of that saying. This Irish designer proves that passion for a product idea and the determination and persistence to make it work does indeed pay off.

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2012 BraunPrize open for entries

The prestigious BraunPrize is open for entries until 31 March. The 2012 BraunPrize will be the 18th awards program since 1968 and is set to be the most competitive yet.

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Building blocks of success

Building blocks of success

If you think that Lego is just for children, think again. Last September, designer Sebastian Bergne decorated London streets with a transparent Lego greenhouse.

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What’s in a name?

The strength of iconic modernist furniture design means that its allure today is as strong as ever – as evidenced by the plethora of replica designer furniture available. Yet, in the war between authentic design and reproduction, which reigns supreme?

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The green mile

The green mile

Design firm Lunar Europe in collaboration with Munich-based environmental organisation Green City and the University of Wuppertal Industrial Design have created ‘mo’, a flexible, user-centred system for city mobility combining bike rental systems, local public transport and car sharing.

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Message in a bottle

Message in a bottle

Swedish mineral water Ramlösa is a product with a 300-year history and is a brand that most Swedes are familiar with. The product range consists of an estimated 10 flavoured variants on the retail market, as well as a premium unflavoured version for high-end venues and exclusive restaurants and establishments.

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Solar solution

Solar solution

It’s a growing global concern that the planet is running out of fresh water. Yet the cost of desalination makes alternative options inaccessible for many parts of the world.

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Lifesaver

Lifesaver

For the past 12 years Kristine Pearson, founder and CEO of Lifeline Energy, has been working tirelessly to bring self-powered radio to some of the most impoverished communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Redefining excellence

Redefining excellence

The three Best in Show winners for the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEAs) program were announced in September by founding organisation – the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). Participation in the IDEAs this year grew to a record 2000 entries.

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Embracing the path of change

Innovation is a buzzword that has been around for some time. Many organisations, small and large, claim to thrive on innovation, but often it’s just lip service. They pursue this ‘holy grail’ with varying degrees of success, not really understanding what it entails to be innovative and how to go about it.

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Lighting the way

Lighting the way

Small, relatively inexpensive, and well positioned in terms of branding within niche, high-spending segments, Italian design companies have always been perceived as attractive game for larger hunters.

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Fold-up boat

Fold-up boat

Recent graduates from the Royal College of the Arts (RCA) in London, Max Frommeld and Arno Mathies, have created a flat-pack leisure boat. The vessel is made from a single sheet of plastic and, like a piece of folded paper, it folds together from a continuous sheet.

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Clive Roux on the IDEAs

Clive Roux, the CEO of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), spoke to Curve editor Belinda Stening to explain how the IDEA program is evolving.

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Mind control

Mind control

What if the Prius were a bicycle? This is the simple question Toyota and its advertising agency Saatchi Los Angeles asked themselves.

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Glass houses

Glass houses

Based in Lille in France, Fred&Fred have used their collective research and creative thinking, combined with their passion for light, to create a state-of-the-art glass building product.

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Computing life

Computing life

It’s an understatement to say that technology is moving at a rapid pace. It was only in August that the World Wide Web celebrated its 20th anniversary.

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Silent Revolutions

Silent Revolutions

The Museum of Architecture and Design, Slovenia has announced it will be exhibiting at the London Design Festival for the first time this September. Here is a sneak preview.

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Design DNA

Design DNA

The Grohe design team has won this year’s ‘red dot: design team of the year 2011’ award. Headed by Paul Flowers, the global senior vice president of design and a multi-award-winning designer, the design team join a select group of design teams to win the red dot ‘Radius’ award.

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Creative protection

It’s obvious that industry needs ideas and ideas need industry – without ideas, there would be nothing to commercialise.

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Invention versus design

Designing and inventing are integrally related processes. Both look to resolve a solution to a problem, or to encourage behavioural change through delivery of a different way of doing things. In practice, industrial designs often represent the culmination of both inventive and design efforts.

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The new French connection

The new French connection

“He is now considered an overall creator, a reference point to get a glimpse of what’s going on. He is no longer a designer,” said lawyer Philippe Ouakrat to French newspaper Libération in 2003 about his client Philippe Starck.

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Reviving a classic brew

Reviving a classic brew

Curve spoke to Ronald Lewerissa, creative director at FLEX/the INNOVATIONLAB in the Netherlands, about a recent packaging design project for Grolsch and the important steps involved in the successful facelift of this iconic brand.

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Turning objects into tales

Turning objects into tales

“I do not do art but industrial photography. We go into the object, interpret it and provide it with a new soul.” This was Aldo Ballo’s imperative when, in the 1950s and 60s, the Milanese photographer and his wife (Ballo+Ballo) became the preferred choice of architects, designers and companies.

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Mediators of design

Mediators of design

A design museum does not celebrate objects, rather, the innovative thinking that they stemmed from. A thinking that is not necessarily turned into a brilliant commercial idea, or a functional one, but one that certainly leaves its mark and, by welcoming risks and facing up to them, brings the profession as a whole one step forward.

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Watching the environment

Watching the environment

Curve recently spoke to Gernout Erens, entrepreneur and development director for Wattcher BV, about his company, Innovaders, the Wattcher energy-consumption sensor and system they have developed with Dutch energy supplier Eneco, and the soon-to-be-released Drupple, 
a device that helps consumers to save water and energy.

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EESC Design Eleven Award

EESC Design Eleven Award

As part of the EESC Design Eleven Award program European designers and design students were invited to design products that provide 'ageless design'.

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Challenging fun

Challenging fun

Reality is complex – and for this reason, fascinating. It is this simple, yet rather meaningful, assumption that is the basis of Luca Nichetto’s passion for design.

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I spy with my little eye

I spy with my little eye

Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, James Watt, Sir Alexander Graham Bell and Albert Einstein all had one thing in common – they all shared the experience of not being satisfied with the progress of knowledge in their specific fields at their respective times.

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Contracting for business

Many people give little thought to the terms of a contract until they really need to rely on them. The scenarios below illustrate why agreeing on terms upfront can help to avoid grief later.

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Egyptian design identity

Egyptian design identity

It’s Tuesday night in downtown Cairo. I’m sitting on the back seat of what is affectionately labelled the hotel’s limousine – a dusty beige 2006 Kia Rio, its interior seating still adorned with the factory’s plastic wrapping and the external paintwork mottled by the many prangs, bumps and blows encountered on a typical Cairene driver’s road journey.

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Leaders in design

Leaders in design

Four of the world’s top international design leaders from Europe, North America and the United Kingdom share their views on design leadership and the important role design plays in business, for this feature story.

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Cleaner cane

Cleaner cane

The cultivation of natural rattan is a multi-million-dollar industry. Rattan is timeless in the world of design. And it’s making a comeback.

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On your bike

On your bike

Cycling is enjoying a resurgence in the UK. With petrol prices continuing to rise and traffic congestion in city centres on the increase, many commuters are taking to two wheels.

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Agents of change

Agents of change

Passionate about architecture and enthusiastic about technology, Macedonia-born Tatjana Dzambazova is the Senior Product Manager, Creative Consumers in a new group at Autodesk called Autodesk Consumer Group, the mission of which is to ‘unlock creativity in everyone’.

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Walk this way

Walk this way

It can be a tough world out there for student product designers once they leave university. So it’s always heartening to come across a recent graduate who is (quite literally) paving a successful future for himself.

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Awarded for innovation

Awarded for innovation

The Design of the Decade 2010 competition celebrates the importance of industrial design's contribution to society and business success.

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Designing the future

Designing the future

Irish-born Paul Hughes is a director at the creative strategic agency Lava, based in the Netherlands. He advises and consults to governments and businesses worldwide, assisting them to develop strategies and to stimulate cultures of design – Hughes calls these cultures Design Ecologies.

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Disruptive by design

Disruptive by design

Luke Williams was in his home town of Melbourne recently and took time out to talk to Curve editor Belinda Stening about his book Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business, by FT Press.

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Copyright in the kitchen

A signature dish articulates the skill, experience and creativity of the chef – it represents the brand of the chef and his or her restaurant and forms a key brand asset for a restaurant

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Successful summer

Successful summer

Summer holidays are no longer what they used to be. Especially for design aficionados. An ever-increasing number of schools, academies, universities and institutes across Europe are now offering courses during the summer months.

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Adventure in alternative energy

Adventure in alternative energy

It took almost five months for the catamaran with the PET-bottle hulls to make its way from San Francisco to Sydney – that’s almost two months slower than planned.

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Design team of the year

Design team of the year

The Hilti design team has won the red dot: design team of the year award for 2010. Hilti has been supplying the global construction industry with technologically cutting-edge products, systems and services since 1941. Starting as a small family company, it is now a global player with some 20 000 employees.

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Designership and authorship

Authorship as identity - We all understand what it is to be an author. We identify a series of books through characters. Think: Harry Potter. The author’s individual style also identifies the author as the common source of texts. Think: Dr Seuss.

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The total package

The total package

Most people don’t realise that when they buy packaged goods there is a huge amount of work behind it, from designers to packaging producers.

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All aboard the design train

All aboard the design train

Turkey did it. A couple of years ago, it started showing off its best talents in collective exhibitions all over the place, then hosting international design events in its capital, Istanbul.

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Tell us how you do it

Tell us how you do it

How often have you heard the sentence “I could make it myself” referred to a contemporary art piece or, increasingly, an experimental piece of furniture?

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Postmodernism and the future of software

I have often wondered if there is a word that means a longing for a time before one was born. I would use this word to describe my long-held infatuation with the modern era of the last century.

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Centred on design

Centred on design

The new products coming out of Taiwan are a far cry from the infamous Made in Taiwan brands of the eighties. Spread across 4000 sleek square metres of shiny high-rise within one of Taipei’s hi-tech software parks lies the Taiwan Design Centre.

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Measuring design value

Professor Dr Peter Zec, president of red dot, and Burkhard Jacob, head of the red dot institute for advanced design studies, have released a book, titled Design Value – A strategy for business success.

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Monopoly anomaly

Virtually all creative works in the design world are equal at the outset, in that they automatically enjoy copyright protection as an artistic work (typically in the form of drawings or sketches).

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Lighting the way

Lighting the way

Philips recently announced the appointment of Rogier van der Heide in the newly created position of chief design officer for Philips Lighting. A role that has already been established within the Philips Consumer Lifestyle and Healthcare Sectors, creating the position in Lighting is seen as a further step in elevating the role of design in the company.

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Design yin and patent yang

In the early 20th century, product design was often relegated to the practice of styling products. In the 21st century, however, creativity in its various forms has become the main driver of economic growth, heralded by ballooning consumer demand for well designed products.

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Converting culture

Converting culture

The Icograda World Design Congress 2009 Beijing was an historic event for Icograda – in Icograda’s fifty year history this was the first time a Congress was held in China. It was also held within the first Beijing Design Week.

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Design for 2050

Design for 2050

Shaping a design agenda for the year 2050 is a tall order. Some of the world’s leading lights in design, architecture and creative thinking rose to the challenge at the Icsid Congress, held in Singapore late last year, to propose what life may be like in 2050 and how design will play an integral role in this life: by supporting the planet and the way humans, plants and animals will live.

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Think big

Think big

The recent Small Thoughts Big Ideas exhibition, held in Singapore, showcased the work of fifteen accomplished industrial designers, all from strict corporate backgrounds, who were given the freedom to “design anything they want”.

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Reinventing the wheel

Reinventing the wheel

Design solutions for the world’s transportation and mobility needs in 2050 was a theme that ran through many of the design studio concepts at the Icsid Congress in Singapore – and the Smart Cities group from the MIT Media Laboratory hosted a design studio with a clear focus on the reinvention of the automobile.

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A golden future

A golden future

India is poised to become the fifth largest consumer in the world by 2025 (from the twelfth today). This expansion is set to see an enormous retail boom, bringing with it a shift in product design on a global scale to accommodate this complex and diverse burgeoning market. One such change is an infusion of colour to match the uniquely vibrant essence of India.

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Building with bottles

Building with bottles

A new building material is poised to take the architectural world by storm. POLLI-brick, a recycled polymer brick made from old PET drinking bottles, has been developed by a company based in Taiwan, Miniwiz. Light, transparent, strong, thermal, versatile, affordable and 100 per cent recycled, it threatens to revolutionise construction sites.

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Colouring judgment on colour

When Mattel recalled millions of toys in 2007 because there was lead in them, it left them red-faced. It also questioned the safety standards in place in some manufacturing plants and made us wonder just how many other toys went unchecked by toy companies with less stringent safety standards.

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A new direction

A new direction

Braun recently opened its doors to media and friends in an event marking new directions for the brand, announcing a new chief of design and the celebration of the 17th BraunPrize student awards.

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The poetic turn of everyday objects

A couple of years ago, I decided to temper my work as a corporate designer with teaching design theory at a nearby university. Before embarking on this adventure, I asked my friend Hans, a former colleague who left professional practice for a year to teach at a German university, what was the most important thing to know about academic life. His answer: name-dropping.

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Designs to improve human life

Designs to improve human life

The nominations have been announced for the INDEX:Award 2009, Denmark’s biennial summit of Design to Improve Life. The most celebrated design prize on the planet, the five categories include Body, Home, Work, Playful Learning, and Community, with a focus on improved life, often relating to sustainability and climate issues. The winner of each prize is awarded 100 000 Euro.

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Head First

Head First

Roberto Ziliani loves talking about his lighting company, Slamp. But forget about the typical president and business owner’s approach to the press – about the careful consideration about each word that is pronounced, about the continuous effort to pass on the proper message and about the reiteration of core business values.

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Russell Kennedy and the voice of design

Russell Kennedy and the voice of design

Russell Kennedy, discusses his new role as the president of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda), and the organisations’ progression from simply an international network of designers, towards an advocacy role made up of representatives from many smaller groups and government bodies – collectively speaking as a voice of design.

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In the line of fire

In the line of fire

The Austrian design consultancy formquadrat has used breakthrough technology in its design of two products for Rosenbauer, a leading manufacturer of firefighting vehicles and equipment, to help firefighters do their job effectively and safely.

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A passion and drive for export

A passion and drive for export

With distributors and offices in forty countries around the world, Ronstan International Pty Ltd, is an Australian success story in the volatile business of exporting.

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Building bricks of business sense

Building bricks of business sense

When Lego company chairman, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen was looking to develop a new strategy process for his company he had not expected to turn to his own products for inspiration. But sometimes business solutions can be found in unexpected places.

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Shaping new frontiers

Any creative endeavour potentially involves multiple areas of intellectual property (IP). In the first of three articles, members of the legal team at 1 Place Patent Attorneys & Solicitors consider the interface of design and trade marks.

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Closer collaboration

Closer collaboration

User friendly, user experience, people friendly technology, multi-touch functionality… these are all desirable design traits driving business solutions that encourage greater interaction between people and technology.

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From the scrap heap

From the scrap heap

Since Nike leapt into the world of recycling with its Reuse-A-Shoe program in the early 90s the footwear leader has committed talent and resources to constantly improve its design standards in line with environmentally preferred materials.

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Users come first

Users come first

User-centred design is simply about considering the end-user first 
in the design process, rather than the technology or the product.

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Bio active

Bio active

At the Biennial of Industrial Design (BIO) held late last year, the focus was on awarding design projects that proposed creative and innovative solutions to the problems of life today; that were oriented toward sustainable development and social responsibility; and that addressed the special needs of various groups of users.

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Opportunities for design in times of crisis

Professor Carlos Hinrichsen is president of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), director of the School of Design at the Instituto Profesional DuocUC de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, design director of Design Innovation in the Latin American Region and lead chair of the International Design Alliance (IDA).

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Design is teamwork

Good design is always the result of a trusting collaboration between 
manufacturer and designer. The better the understanding between client 
and designer, the better the result tends to be.

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Rescue mission

Rescue mission

The French design team known as 5.5 designers is on a crusade to save discontinued and obsolete products from the scrap heap.

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Like clockwork

Oliver Kratzer is the national vice-president of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and managing director of Ideal Industrial, a Sydney-based design consultancy.

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Pernilla Johansson

Pernilla Johansson

Pernilla Johansson has achieved extraordinary success as a designer for companies such as Electrolux, Philips and NPK. Belinda Stening asked her about her background and career highlights.

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The electronic hearth

The electronic hearth

Television (TV) is a hybrid word coined to describe the transmission of images by electronic broadcasting.

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Dolphin rescue

Dolphin rescue

Fumunda Marine has developed a new acoustic deterrent device – or pinger – that emits a signal to alert porpoises and dolphins to the presence of commercial fishing gear.

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Back to basics: packaging

Back to basics: packaging

In recent years it has been tempting to think of product packaging as something of a blight – a filler of landfill and broadcaster of brand messages. But packaging is turning a corner. A massive shift in consumer attitudes is leading to greener solutions and a ‘back to basics’ trend, where glass, paper and cardboard are key players.

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Growth material

Growth material

We’re all familiar with timber and its use in furniture and construction, but wood and other plant-based materials are being specified by designers for use in some surprising contexts.

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Recycled ecologies

Recycled ecologies

Like cultural bowerbirds, artists gather inspiration from their environment – be it physical, social or political. Ever present in contemporary art are concerns surrounding sustainability and the environment.

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A matter of respect

A matter of respect

Controversial desiger Julia Lohmann finds inspiration in anatomy, chemistry and forms from the natural world. Laura Traldi caught up with her in London.

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The bentwood turns 150

The bentwood turns 150

When Michael Thonet first introduced his bentwood chair, originally known as the ‘14’ and now known as the ‘214’, in Vienna in 1859, he probably didn’t realise that he had created the first mass-produced chair in the world.

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Finding a firm footing

Finding a firm footing

Throughout history, people all over the globe have been forced to move because of wars, natural disasters and changes to climate and water supply, a shift usually entailing significant cultural upheaval.

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Designer games

Designer games

The International Convention of Infants’ Rights approved by the UN states it very clearly: playing is a fundamental right of all children. This statement – at first glance – seems to have more to do with educational experts than with designers or architects.

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Learning the ropes

Globally, the roles played by industrial designers are shifting as they adapt to the enormous changes afoot in the manufacturing environment – changes that are happening fast. The challenge for educators is to stay ahead of the trends and produce graduates who are prepared for what they find in the workplace once they get there.

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Carlos Hinrichsen

Carlos Hinrichsen

Professor Carlos Hinrichsen is president of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid; 2007-2009); director of the School of Design, Instituto Profesional DuocUC de la Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile; and design director of Design Innovation in the 
Latin American region.

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Get smart: active materials

Get smart: active materials

Active materials, often referred to as smart materials, are a collection of materials that can change their properties in response to some form of stimulus.

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The shipping container

The shipping container

The modular shipping container is one of the 20th century’s most revolutionary products. The design development and integration of a standardised shipping container into the global transport system continues to transform the world’s economy.

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Is carbon the new black?

It is astounding how new knowledge and increased environmental research can transform into prime content for building brand loyalty and selling products and services, albeit in a more environmentally responsible manner.

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Designs on crime

The University of Technology, Sydney has established a Designing Out Crime Research Centre – inspired by similar research centres in Europe and the UK. There is a growing body of exploratory research that shows design can aid interventions against crime.

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Life-saving design

Life-saving design

Of the world’s total population, 5.8 billion people, or ninety per cent, have restricted access to many products and services we take for granted, and nearly half do not have reliable supplies of food or clean water, or access to shelter.

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Aggregates and assemblages: Nathan Gray

Aggregates and assemblages: Nathan Gray

Artist Nathan Gray works across drawing, collage, silk-screening and assemblage, and possesses a particular affinity for colour. His paper compositions are cut and combined with found objects and small-scale sculptures to create ‘aggregations’.

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East melds with west

East melds with west

People who are passionate about objects – designers above all, but also artists, artisans and general enthusiasts of material culture – know that the value of an artifact goes well beyond its function or appearance.

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Richard Seymour

Richard Seymour

Richard Seymour, product designer and co-founder of London-based 
SeymourPowell, was in Melbourne for the AGIdeas Conference in April. Seymour’s upfront and direct style of communicating makes him popular amongst designers and those who have heard him speak.

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The incredible lightness of being

The incredible lightness of being

Lightweight materials, as the name suggests, simply refers to materials that are light in weight. However, whilst there are many materials that may be deemed light (tissue paper, for instance), the category of lightweight materials we will look at here refers to those that are of high strength for their weight (often referred to as the strength-to-weight ratio), or have another important property relative to their weight (such as toughness).

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Team effort

Team effort

Min Wang is design director of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the dean of the School of Design at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing.

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Cooperative Research Centres rethink

The Australian Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, is reviewing the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program as part of a broader review of the national innovation system conducted by an expert panel chaired by Dr Terry Cutler.

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Design and the city

Design and the city

“In Torino, healthy optimism is in the air,” says Alessandro Bertin, the communications director of Torino World Design Capital. The World Design Capital Project is an initiative of the International Design Alliance (IDA) – a collaboration of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) and the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda).

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Rewarding ideas

Rewarding ideas

The ‘red dot award: design concept’ focuses on design concepts, ideas and visions that are new, creative and exciting. It celebrates ideas themselves – the start of the journey for all products.

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Advocating holistic design

Advocating holistic design

Hartmut Esslinger, founder of frog design, is a phenomenon in the product design world. Curve editor Belinda Stening met Esslinger in San Francisco and talked to him about his rebellious beginnings and his thoughts on the future.

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Following nature’s lead

Biomimetic materials – synthetic materials that mimic nature – might be future focused, but they are not new. Leonardo da Vinci drew inspiration for his inventions from nature and by pulling apart and examining in detail the mechanics of organisms (say, the wings of a bird) he was able to mimic nature and apply this knowledge to his inventions.

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Simplicity, clarity and ties 
to tradition

Simplicity, clarity and ties 
to tradition

This year the red dot communication design awards focused on packaging design, which had the highest number of entries of any category. To lift the status of this category, red dot worked for the first time with the European Brand Design Association. Four thought-provoking designs were awarded ‘best of best’ red dot awards in this category.

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Meeting of minds

Meeting of minds

Africa and Scandinavia. Geographically, politically and historically two worlds apart – yet united by a similar approach to crafts and design.

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Making cradle to grave a reality

Making cradle to grave a reality

A New Zealand designer is looking at ‘cradle to grave’ design, literally and practically. Greg Holdsworth has developed the Return to Sender eco-coffin, mindful of environmental concerns and “a more natural approach to death”.

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Seal of approval

Seal of approval

Pentawards – the first worldwide competition dedicated exclusively to packaging design – announced its list of winners late last year.

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The democratic design 
of Yves Béhar

The democratic design 
of Yves Béhar

Yves Béhar and his San Francisco design studio fuseproject are well known for the design of the XO laptop for the not-for-profit One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program, formed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by architect and computer scientist Nicholas Negroponte.

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Clement Meadmore

Clement Meadmore

The Australian industrial designer Clement Meadmore (1929-2005), whose design career was overshadowed by his international reputation as a sculptor, began studying engineering at Melbourne Technical College (later Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) at the age of seventeen.

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Swinging high

Swinging high

When artist Suzann Victor was briefed to design a kinetic installation for the Singapore National Museum, she responded with Interrogating Time, a set of moving lights and chandeliers featuring some unique automation technology.

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Back to the future

Back to the future

Retro. It was a golden word in the auto industry for a while. And, of course, car designers are keen on linking the past with the present. But recently the failure in the marketplace of some retro designs has automotive executives scratching their heads and thinking maybe ‘retro’ isn’t a fail-safe way to go.

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Connecting up at the congress

Connecting up at the congress

Held in late October last year, Connecting’07 was an incredibly frenetic and fruitful gathering of industrial designers from around the globe. The overall aim of the organisers, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) to connect people, ideas and to inspire, was achieved well beyond expectations.

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Indian style

Indian style

Manoj Kothari is cofounder and director of Onio Design. Onio, based in Pune, India, is an established innovation and design consultancy with a diverse range of clients – from local Indian start-ups to multinationals.

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A natural high

A natural high

Korban/Flaubert is a Sydney-based design and production workshop founded in 1993 by metal specialist Janos Korban and architect Stefanie Flaubert.

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Designed in Taiwan

Designed in Taiwan

While ‘Made in Taiwan’ labels are everywhere in the global market, Taiwanese design is less visible. The maturing design talent showcased at Taiwan’s first ever Designers’ Week, however, gave a taste of things to come that are inventive, uniquely Taiwanese and worthy of a place in the international limelight.

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Taking colour and trim for a spin

Taking colour and trim for a spin

Curve editor Belinda Stening spoke to Alexandra Korndörfer, BMW’s International head of colour and trim design for the M and Individual vehicles, when she was in Melbourne recently.

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Simplicity itself

Simplicity itself

Set in a large minimalist white space at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo site, the latest Philips Simplicity Event was unveiled in March to hundreds of designers and guests from the Asia region.

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Waving ahead

Waving ahead

It is no secret that good design sells. Yet the number of companies that truly allow designers to take the lead within strategic product development – or at least have a strong say in it – are still only a handful. The German bathroom fittings company Grohe is certainly one of them.

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The machine-made Beaufort House

The machine-made Beaufort House

The dream of the ‘machine-made’ house was part of the early 20th-century modernist vision of standard-ised housing with factory-produced interchangeable components, modular plans and elevations produced at a price accessible to every citizen.

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Advocacy through collaboration

Environmental issues are now firmly on the agenda – politically, socially and economically. No longer the preserve of alternative lifestylers or those committed to worm farms and hemp shirts, environmental imperatives have reached an unprecedented high in terms of interest, media coverage and political opportunism. Some practical things are taking place on the ground as well.

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Going global with awards

This year the Australian Design Awards (ADA) will undergo a transformation. In response to the fact that design is now a global activity, it will cover all professionally designed products sold on the Australian market, regardless of where they were designed.

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Hot metals

Hot metals

High-sheen, light-weight metals such as aluminium, magnesium and titanium are making a splash, with new technologies and applications being developed.

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New design landscapes

New design landscapes

Universally known as the land of the design maestros, Italy has never been an easy place for new talents to grow and glow. After a year-long census of Italian designers, Milan’s Triennale has staged an impressive exhibition, featuring 124 young talents, selected by a jury chaired by Andrea Branzi.

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More than the sum of its parts

More than the sum of its parts

Curve editor Belinda Stening spoke to Ian Thompson, lead designer at the Centre for Design Research at Northumbria University in the UK, about the design and development of an educational product called Addacus.

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An understanding designer

An understanding designer

Dr Kees Dorst is a Dutch designer, philosopher, design consultant and teacher. He is currently Professor of Design at the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney.

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Fast-tracking trams of the future

Fast-tracking trams of the future

In October last year the winning concept design for a Melbourne tram of the future was announced. Alstom Transport, United Group Limited and Yarra Trams sponsored the student competition. Design and engineering undergraduates from Victoria were invited to design a futuristic tram for the year 2020.

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Creating design excellence

Creating design excellence

Lars Erikson, director of design, Electrolux Asia Pacific, believes design excellence can only be achieved if designers work together to raise the profile of the profession by establishing a strong community with a powerful voice.

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Plastic fantastic

Plastic fantastic

They flex, stretch and fill; they can be soft or hard, transparent or opaque, coloured or neutral. With so many intriguing aspects, plastics are undeniably a material of choice for almost every product we design and manufacture today.

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A plastic tale

A plastic tale

The first object that welcomes visitors who enter the beautiful Kartell Museum, located near Milan, Italy, is a small ski-holder made of flexible rubber. Its name is Brevetto Pirelli and it was the first product manufactured by Kartell, the company founded by Giulio Castelli in 1949.

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Making light work of classics

Making light work of classics

Curve editor Belinda Stening spoke to Penelope Forlano, an award-winning designer based in Perth, who creates lightweight-composite furniture and interior products for small spaces.

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Are you receiving me?

Are you receiving me?

Amalgamated Wireless Australasia (AWA) was one of the first Australian firms to use industrial designers or, as they described themselves in the early decades of the 20th century, ‘stylists’.

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Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson, a Sydney-based furniture designer, tells Curve’s Belinda Stening about his recent success with a candelabra, his take on the creative process and his long-term relationship with furniture manufacturer Woodmark International.

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Testing our metal: a history of aluminium in Australia

Testing our metal: a history of aluminium in Australia

The lightweight metal aluminium, or aluminum, as it’s known in Canada and the US, was very difficult to discover in its elemental form. Over 200 years ago chemists intuitively knew of its presence within the alumina isolated in common clay, but they struggled to recover the element itself.

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From half a teaspoon to megalitres

From half a teaspoon to megalitres

Is the water-conservation message getting through with noteworthy results, or have urban Australians become hardened and indifferent to government campaigns pushing water-smart lifestyles? Can many of the water restrictions in Melbourne and Sydney generally be described as feeble and tepid, at best?

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Drumroll please

Drumroll please

The Premier’s Design Award, considered Victoria’s highest honour for outstanding design, was announced in early October.

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Sizing up the competition

Belinda Stening, Curve editor, spoke to three awards-program directors - Brandon Gien, Chelsea Sutula and Ralph Weigmann about their design award programs.

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Designing for the good life

Designing for the good life

Say the words ‘Korean design’ to any group of designers and you are sure to spark an opinionated debate regarding the continued progression of Asian design and its evolving position within the global design hierarchy.

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Releasing the Safety Catch

Releasing the Safety Catch

Designer Berto Pandolfo is curating an exhibition at the University of Technology Sydney on the theme of security, with work by established Australian designers korban/flaubert, Bernabei Freeman, Robert Foster, Ruth McDermott, Stefan Lie, Adam Goodrum and Schamburg Alvisse.

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Industry leaders tap into new markets

As Victorian manufacturing continues to play a key role in competitive global markets and national economic growth, fourteen significant manufacturers have been inducted in the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame 2006.

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Trends before fashion

Experts agree that colour today is a major factor in the success or 
otherwise of a product and its design.

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Lights and brights

Lights and brights

Three members of the colour and trim team at General Motors Holden in Melbourne spoke to Curve’s Belinda Stening about local and international trends in automotive colour.

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One step ahead

Colourways Australia is a national colour forecasting group providing information on consumers’ continually changing preferences for colour.

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Designing colour with form

Designing colour with form

When it comes to colour, we think we know it all. Colour is the typical sort of topic about which everyone has something to say simply because it is available for all to experience. We can all see it, we all get emotions from it, we have all used it in one way or another in our professional or personal life.

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Ferrari focus of the future

Ferrari focus of the future

Student designers from thirteen countries have created an exciting exhibition of Ferrari vehicles of the future, now on display at Germany’s Red Dot Museum.

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Design in everyday things

Design in everyday things

An assay of the female presence in the early decades of 20th-century Australian design could easily begin by listening to a radio program aired by the Australian Broadcasting Commission in the autumn of 1941.

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Sharing digital memories

Sharing digital memories

With research indicating that many consumers do nothing more with digital photographs than store them on a CD, memory card or computer, the Philips digital photo display brings them into your living room.

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Eliminating toxic electronics

Eliminating toxic electronics

The European Union, EU, has introduced a new directive centred on the elimination and reduction of toxic and/or hazardous substances in new electrical and electronic equipment, EEE.

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State of the art sustainability

State of the art sustainability

Practical innovation by an Australian company is showing how foresight backed by investment and robust research and development can deliver exemplary environmental outcomes on a global scale.

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Adapting to harsh conditions

While ‘Built for Australian Conditions’ was one of GMH’s earlier marketing slogans, ‘Australian conditions’ designed and built some of our earliest manufactured goods.

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Ecological footprint redefined

Ecological footprint redefined

It’s always surprising and satisfying to discover companies who recognise the value of pursuing the design and development of environmentally improved products.

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Creating a process for profit

Creating a process for profit

As an increasing number of small to medium manufacturing companies around the world begin to recognise design as an investment in their future, Curve turned to Sweden to uncover the Scandinavian approach.

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Seek out the experts when solo

You’re feeling confident... you’ve done a few private jobs and your work has appeared in glossy mags. You’re ambitious, hard working, and you figure you’ll earn more working for yourself.

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Putting talent to the test

Putting talent to the test

For many of us coming second is inconceivable, whether its in business or sport. And that was the attitude Australian design consultancy, Design Resource, took into an international competition to win over a long-established client.

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Easy access makes winning feature

Easy access makes winning feature

Providing for our aging community has set new challenges for industrial designers. In a widespread reversal of conventional demographics, society is aging and life expectancy has gone up considerably.

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Rewarding research

Rewarding research

The iF material awards, a spin off from the popular iF awards program, has been included in the annual Hannover Fair in Germany for the first time.

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Ignacio Germade

Ignacio Germade

Ignacio Germade, head of Motorola’s UK and Singapore design centres, is responsible for Motorola’s industrial and interface design for the Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Asian regions.

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Promoting modernism in Australia

Promoting modernism in Australia

The Modern Home Exhibition, held at the Royal Melbourne Exhibition Buildings in 1949, was an important milestone in the history of Australian design because of its promotion of modernism.

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Slow and steady

The notion of overt and superficial consumption has often been associated as a defining paradigm of fashion. Fashion is embedded in a perceived culture of frivolity and superficiality.

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World wide masters

World wide masters

David Webster, head of IDEO San Francisco, believes IDEO’s outstanding global success reflects a philosophy of listening and collaboration.

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Simplicity wins

Simplicity wins

In March this year fifty prestigious iF product design awards were presented to winners from a select group of 542 finalists.

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Partnerships that sustain

A huge gap exists between the North and the South of the world in terms of use of natural resources: twenty percent of the world’s population is using eighty percent of its natural resources while eighty percent of the world’s population is poverty-stricken.

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Progress and profit in eco-design

Progress and profit in eco-design

In search of some answers, Curve Editor Belinda Stening talks to John Gertsakis, an adviser to industry and advocate for a greener approach to product development, design and manufacture.

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A pragmatic Italian

A pragmatic Italian

Berto Pandolfo migrated from Italy to Australia with his parents in the 1950s, growing up with a strong Italian heritage. As a child he spent much of his time making things in his grandfather’s workshop.

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Flushing out the fakes

Flushing out the fakes

Plagiarism has always been an issue in manufacturing. Offenders side step research and development, and produce cheap copies of original products that have taken months, sometimes years to develop.

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Rethinking research

Rethinking research

Theorist and historian Clive Dilnot was a keynote speaker at the recent Design Research Society’s FutureGround conference held at Monash University.

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A precious commodity

A precious commodity

Copper is as old as the world. Natural copper was already known to men in 9000 BC, and widely used in a variety of ways. The first copper objects were decorative – because the material was obviously attractive and easy to shape.

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It’s murder on the dance floor 
for the newcomers

An inventory of factors to facilitate the introduction of new materials and assist designers, developers and manufacturers is part of a study undertaken by Ilse van Kesteren and recently presented at the Futureground Conference at Monash University.

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Simcoe heads to the US

Simcoe heads to the US

Since commencing his career with Holden as a designer in 1983, Michael Simcoe has been involved in every major vehicle design program Holden has undertaken.

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Folding food bins

Folding food bins

A plastic foldable bin initially designed for the horticulture industry is set to replace standard cardboard and bag packaging in a number of storage applications and export markets.

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Freiberg furniture

Freiberg furniture

Passion and persistence define Bob Beaver, a leading designer originally from the UK who spent some years learning from world experts before heading to Australia where he continues to impress with his unique style and work ethic.

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A palace to showcase industry

A palace to showcase industry

With the Royal Melbourne Exhibition Buildings listed on the World Heritage Register on the basis that it and the Eiffel Tower are the last substantial reminders of the great nineteen-century Expositions Universelles, it is timely to reflect upon the history of this palace of stucco and glass and its long practice of displaying design objects.

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Water tight design for a rainy day

Water tight design for a rainy day

Rainwater harvesting at a domestic scale is becoming easier and more cost effective in urban settings as water conservation becomes a major national imperative.

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Cooking up ideas

Cooking up ideas

An essential part of our everyday experience is the making and consuming of food. Yet, even in the home in which nobody does more than heat up a take-away, the paraphernalia of the kitchen remains part of the domestic landscape.

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Building business offshore 
(starts at home)

Building business offshore 
(starts at home)

How do you successfully expand an industrial design business while keeping its culture intact? As more Australian consultancies look to establishing satellite offices interstate and offshore, Curve turned to the team at Blue Sky Creative for some insight.

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Organic design for new values

Organic design for new values

Design visionary Ross Lovegrove recently visited Australia as guest of Euroluce, and presented a lecture at the Sensoria Conference, organised by the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT.

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Décor

Décor

Décor products are marketed to fourteen countries including the US, Japan and the UK. The Décor range now numbers more than 400 products including kitchenware, insulated carry bags, and even some pet products.

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Shaping a taste for Scandinavian design

Shaping a taste for Scandinavian design

The current vogue for Scandinavian design recalls a time when an alternative first emerged to challenge the British and American hegemony of local design. Dr Simon Jackson looks back at the early influence.

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Study reveals new trends

The importance of invention rates highly among Australian consumers, along with quality and authenticity in the products they buy. According to a study of consumers, 77 per cent of Australians say consumer goods should be of a better quality and 95% say they will pay more for quality.

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When the finishing touch comes first

When the finishing touch comes first

Finishes and coatings are an integral part of a designer’s creative brief 
and, as Curve reveals, it is important to keep up with new developments 
in a range of technologies. Belinda Stening spoke with manufacturers, 
and suppliers for this special feature.

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Beauty from the outside

Beauty from the outside

Liston and Platon, a Sydney based studio that integrates two and three dimensional design, has recently launched the corporate image and product packaging for Madame Korner’s new skin care range.

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The inventor in the backyard shed

The inventor in the backyard shed

With the terms ‘design’ and ‘designer’ currently enjoying wide public recognition and appeal, it is easy to forget that up until recently Australians have been more comfortable with the notion of ‘invention’ than ‘design’.

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Winning hearts worldwide

Winning hearts worldwide

A life-saving heart pumping device called VentrAssistTM has received the prestigious Engineers Australia Award for engineering design excellence. Known as the ‘artificial heart’, the device is currently on trial at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.

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Armchair travel for kids

Armchair travel for kids

Imagine bored city-based children going for a horse ride in the countryside without leaving their living room. It is possible with Virsual, an interactive game designed to mimic the ‘true life’ motion of a rocking horse.

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Judges seek courage in design

Judges seek courage in design

While there were a number of outstanding entries in the Australian Design Awards 2004, an emerging trend has been to prefer the conservative to the daring, with lots of grey and stainless steel dominating.

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More than child’s play

More than child’s play

The market for kids’ products – digital games, toys, video productions, literature etc – is in continuous growth, with new propositions investigated daily.

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Women with power

A new Volvo concept car, the first developed entirely by women, was launched at the recent Geneva Motor Show.

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A vehicle for change

A vehicle for change

A common response to the notion of ‘green cars’ is the impossibility of the concept, indeed an oxymoron. How could the car ever reach the ‘eco’ status of the bicycle or even a water efficient front-loading washing machine?

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Soumitri Varadarajan

While some Australian designers might relate to the passion and frenzy that encapsulates the early career of Soumitri Varadarajan, few would appreciate the juggling act required to run a business, set up a new school of design and instigate major national commercial projects applauded by the United Nations.

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Simon Lloyd

Simon Lloyd

Designer Simon Lloyd has enjoyed success in several design areas. 
His felt and ceramic objects are featured in galleries and museums from Australia to Japan and Denmark.

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Long road for the all-Aussie car

Long road for the all-Aussie car

In 1997 a set of stamps depicting four cars ‘significant for Australians’ was released. The set included the 1934 Ford Coupe Utility, 1948 Holden 48-215, 1958 Austin Lancer and the 1962 Chrysler Valiant R, all of which were at least thirty years old and stemmed directly from overseas models.

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Time equals quality

Designers are from a culture that has an identifiable attitude to time that differs from other business professionals. This attitude to time stems directly from the needs of the creative process that they specialise in.

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Identity of a lampshade

Identity of a lampshade

Ronnie Lacham is a designer, now studying for a Masters Degree in Furniture Design in Tasmania. On graduating from his honours year in 2002 he exhibited his work at RMIT in Melbourne.

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Race for Melbourne’s baton design

Race for Melbourne’s baton design

Melbourne’s 2006 Commonwealth Games will provide an opportunity for local designers to display their talents to an international audience. And one of the most sought after projects is the design of the Queen’s Relay Baton.

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Richard Hoare

Richard Hoare

Richard Hoare is one of Australia’s leading industrial designers with an impressive track record that includes putting Sunbeam design on the map and now taking the Breville design centre toward a global vision.

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Innovation in sports technology

Innovation in sports technology

After WWII, the memory of conflict and Australian sporting achievements in athletics, tennis and swimming (culminating in success at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games) were dominant in people’s minds and helped shape the Australian national identity as one based on sporting prowess.

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Research work needs more funding

Australia has the expertise and technical know-how to become a world leader in niche areas of materials engineering, according to Maruta Rodan, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Materials Engineering Association or IMEA.

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Materials matter

Since the dawn of his design career George M. Beylerian had one great passion: innovative materials. He loved the excitement of the discovery, the sensorial pleasure of the manipulation, the rational benefits of the classification. And he loved sharing his findings with his fellow designers.

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The greening of materials

The greening of materials

The global debate on ecologically sustainable development is moving beyond forums and conferences, and gradually trickling down to a very practical level occupied by industry and hands-on innovators.

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Breaking new ground

Planes, trains and automobiles will soon be able to shed weight thanks to a light metal alloy developed by Australian researchers.

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Golden Oldie turns fifty

Golden Oldie turns fifty

The famous FJ Holden, born in 1953 and long ago elevated to cult status, celebrated its golden anniversary this year.

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Flying high with new technology

Flying high with new technology

For more than ten years one of Australia’s leading Cooperative Research Centres has claimed a spot among the top five international research organisations exploring the development of alternative ‘liquid moulding’ processes for the production of advanced composite aerospace components.

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The future of design

If you had to put a dream team together to run the country who would be in it? Not the individuals, but the skill sets.

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Creating your corporate soul

A step-by-step process required verbalising your entity’s vision, composition and culture leading you towards clarity in terms of creating the visual and tangible image of your brand. Your company name, logo, corporate colours, tagline or slogan should finally reflect all these ideologies.

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Product and the brand

Product and the brand

Specialising in the development of brand and product positioning strategies, Mike Cooper, Director of Design United in Sydney talks about the brand, the product and product graphics.

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James Dyson

James Dyson

It took over 5,000 prototypes and close to fifteen years of controversy, ridicule and rejection, with the occasional success, but the very first Dyson vacuum cleaner was finally released in the UK in 1993.

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A tradition in recognising excellence

A tradition in recognising excellence

Australia has enjoyed a long history of supporting and promoting design. Simon Jackson looks at two important awards in the history of industrial design – the Sebel Design Award and the National Award for Inventors.

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Guidelines for now 
and the future

What constitutes good design? The age-old argument continues to provide fodder for Phd’s, academic debates, professional discourses all the way through to dinner table conversations.

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Defining your soul

As a decision maker within your business, whether you are a one-man design team or a design collective, you may hold views about how you see your impact on your market, and how you would like to be perceived by your target audience.

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A radical approach is ‘no picnic’

A radical approach is ‘no picnic’

What started out as a bit of an experiment among a group of design graduates from the same university class in Stockholm, has grown into a success story based on hard work and heavy doses of humour.

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Researching future customers

For many technology companies it can be difficult to determine why some communication tools become part of our daily lives while others are just passing fads.

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Design promotion in Vietnam

Today design contributes to the competitiveness of products from every business. Design is becoming a component of the marketing strategy of enterprises in Vietnam.

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Why time is not a level playing field

Time. Put your pens down. Make sure you’ve written your name on the cover sheet. Hand your work to the front. If you hate time pressures then design is certainly the wrong field to be in.

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Geometry – from sea to studio

Summer for Australians means long days on the beach supported by a paraphernalia of designed objects: Speedos, towels, wetsuits, surfboards, rubber thongs, buckets and spades. But when we leave the beach relaxed at the end of the day, we carry new treasures.

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Emotional ergonomics

Emotional ergonomics

Richard Seymour is one of Europe’s leading product designers. Since forming Seymour Powell, with his partner Dick Powell, in 1984 the UK based consultancy has risen to a commanding position on the international stage, with clients as diverse as Ford, Nokia and BMW.

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‘The Wonderboard of 1000 Uses’

‘The Wonderboard of 1000 Uses’

'The Wonderboard of 1000 Uses’ – thus was Masonite described in its advertisements in magazines read by thousands of Australians around the time of World War II.

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Designing ‘peoplescapes’

Designing ‘peoplescapes’

Information on social and cultural change is a bit like software, mysterious in the way it works and in what it deals with, yet everyone thinks they know all about it. It's indispensable, yet soon out of date - and useful, as long as you understand how to use it properly.

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Engineering long-lasting public products

Engineering long-lasting public products

Designers of products to be used in public places, for example, are required to design to a unique set of parameters in order to offset major damage by vandalism or extreme weather conditions.

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Intellectual property

Designers and manufacturers often consider the options available to protect their products from those who copy their work. However it is also important to remember their responsibilities in ensuring that their product is not an infringement of a third party’s design.

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It’s a matter of invention...

It’s a matter of invention...

Applying new design and new materials to a traditional product category is an interesting (and affordable) opportunity for companies to create innovation within the boundaries of what is already known.

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Paul Schremmer

Paul Schremmer

With more than 50 years experience in industrial design, Paul Schremmer is recognised as a pioneer who paved the way for many young Australian designers.

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New

New

Package designers are often privately critical of the short time allotted to the design of packaging of new products.

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Enhancing creative with global insight

Enhancing creative with global insight

Blue Marlin credits its success in the highly competitive field of product packaging to its unique mix of global insight with local creative talent where clients get the best of both worlds.

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Reading the fine print

Reading the fine print

Originally developed to print watch faces, in the last century, pad printing has been constantly refined and upgraded to include new and improved applications.

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Design for the world

During the recent volcanic eruption near Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, we were again reminded of the importance of proper tools for living.

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mark richardson

mark richardson

Inspiring young designer Mark Richardson is one of the bright new faces behind Ford Australia’s future styling directions, setting the pace with the company’s new flagship the R7.

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US insight gains momentum back home

US insight gains momentum back home

With ten years experience in product design at GE Fitch design consultancy in Boston, Craig Andrews has returned to Australia to establish Design Momentum in Sydney. The company will specialise in medical product design.

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At home with tubular steel furniture

At home with tubular steel furniture

From 1925 when a photograph of Marcel Breuer’s first tubular steel chair was published, this new kind of furniture simultaneously signified modernist style and the experience of modernity.

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Striking the balance

We are in the midst of a period of extraordinary social change. The last time such an upheaval took place, we dropped our ploughs, marched out of the fields and headed for the factories.

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Design or decline

Successful manufacturing companies, irrespective of geography or circumstance, are led by people who can identify and exploit commercial opportunities using design as a key strategy.

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