issue nineteen

nineteen

From the publisher

From Japan, Kazuo Kawasaki’s breathtaking exhibition surveys a lifetime in product design – from artificial heart design to minimalist eyewear. This is more than a concept, it’s an incredible body of design work placed meticulously in carefully chosen gallery spaces.

Our feature story on metals technology reveals new production methods and alloys that are revolutionising the way products are formed and assembled.

And Addacus, a product designed to assist numeracy in children, is teaching future generations how to add up.


Inside this issue

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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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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artificial heart: Kazuo Kawasaki ino-chi kimo-chi kata-chi

artificial heart: Kazuo Kawasaki ino-chi kimo-chi kata-chi

Japanese designer Kazuo Kawasaki’s work, spanning thirty-five years, was celebrated at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, late last year. The exhibition featured 200 works from the designer’s illustrious career, representing a lifetime of achievement.

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Getting a head’s up

Getting a head’s up

A team from the School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University is on a mission to create the first ever digital database of Chinese head and face shapes.

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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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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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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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Top nominees announced

Top nominees announced

The INDEX: AWARD jury has short listed 112 products and services that meet the INDEX: criterion of Design to Improve Life. Health and environmental sustainability are general themes. The short-listed designs are all in use and represent the seven continents of the world.

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