issue eight

eight

From the publisher

Far removed from the glitz and glamour of the ceremony is the story of Ventracor’s artificial heart that’s all about saving lives.

Our profile story on expat George Cant shows how passion and talent can land a dream job that combines work with play.

New developments in product finishing prove that a finish isn’t always what it seems to be. Attractive alternatives in plastics and powder coating are now changing the face of surface finishes, from the inside out.

In Retrospect Simon Jackson delves into our fascination with inventors and ponders the question of their cultural significance over designers.

Eco-design chairman of the Industrial Designers Society of America, Philip White, in a frank and confronting interview, shares his view of the global scene and the environmental impacts of product design.
 


Inside this issue

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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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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Encouraging excellence

Guests from the local and international design community attended the annual presentation of the Australian Design Awards at the Sydney Town Hall, hosted by comedienne Jean Kittson.

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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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Christian Hall

Christian Hall

For me the making process starts with my interactions with commonplace things and the spaces I move through. I can observe the emotional attachment that I feel for things and the different and sometimes surprising ways in which objects provide pleasure or security or a challenge for uses.

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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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The soft heart of a robust chair

The soft heart of a robust chair

Ask any child to draw a chair. Nine times out of ten you are likely to get a sketch that is very similar to UNO, Segis’ latest seat, designed by Carlo Bartoli and his studio.

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Ford covers new territory

Ford covers new territory

Behind the pomp and ceremony of an awards night and the launch of a new vehicle there is always an enormous amount of development work carried out by teams of designers, engineers and modellers that goes unseen.

Work, You
Snowboard design for the white stuff

Snowboard design for the white stuff

George Cant, an industrial designer from Newcastle, has a dream job – living in Canada and designing snowboards for one of Canada’s largest snowboard manufacturers, Option Snowboards.

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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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