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From the publisher

It was very encouraging to see designers, technologists and marketers working closely together under the same roof. This is obviously a key to the company’s ongoing success.

The reproduction of the 1968 Paul Schremmer article, Product Planning and Design, in this issue of Curve will provide stimulating discussion among product developers and designers in all fields. We were fortunate to not only speak with the designer himself, but to also publish the full content of his groundbreaking article.

While our huge splash on colour is a major feature of this issue, we are also proud of the smaller articles on exciting individuals enjoying international success such as the eyewear designers from Brisbane and the creator of the new ‘Sipahh’. Our article on the Life chair, is a work of cross-cultural collaboration, and demonstrates clearly what can be achieved by manufacturers and designers willing to address eco-design issues. We were saddened to hear of the struggle our colleagues in Prague faced following the recent devastating floods, their loss of years of documentation is something that very few of us can relate to.

The business section in the last issue proved popular and for this issue we have responded to many requests for information on intellectual property. Significant feedback from our launch issue is proving that Curve is already establishing itself as an important forum for product designers and developers in this region.

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Inside this issue

A wise ‘touch’ with water

A wise ‘touch’ with water

Around the world water remains our most precious commodity. And despite numerous campaigns encouraging people to ‘use water wisely’, immeasurable waste continues.

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Beauty before disaster

Beauty before disaster

A Czech design team, Michal Fronek and Jan Nemecek from Designerske Studio in Prague, recently won an ‘Excellent Product of the Year Award’ for their tableware and vase designs for glassware manufacturer Kavalier, in the Czech Republic.

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A big noise in sound

A big noise in sound

As a 13 year old Bruce Halcro Candy loved nothing more than to tinker away in his workshop, combining his love of music with an aim to create the ultimate amplifier.

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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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Cubicle heaven

Cubicle heaven

Imagine an office or workspace where you could watch flowers grow, take a nap in your own hammock, or use an alarm to free yourself from extended visits from clients or colleagues.

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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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The marketer vs the designer

Diversity of human nature is a wonderful thing. Without introverts, extroverts, numerically gifted, verbal communication oriented, meticulous, scatterbrained, disorganised, organised, punctual, tardy, quiet, boisterous, analytical, and unobservant characters all co-existing, there would be no colour or variety in life.

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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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Hello again Monaro

What’s in a name? In the early days of the Australian motor industry in the late 1800s there were many patriotic names favoured for local cars – Austral, Australia, Australis, Roo, Shearer and Southern Cross

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Life cycle thinking

Life cycle thinking

When Australasian office furniture manufacturer, Formway Furniture was looking for a partner to help design its latest innovation, the LIFE chair, the directors were delighted to team up with the Centre for Design at RMIT University (Australia).

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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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Milky way

Milky way

A ‘pint a day’ milk addict who wants all children and adults to drink more milk has devised a healthy, cost-effective way of adding flavour to their drink.

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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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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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