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  • Design characteristics for the Future

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

    Is it possible for us to perceive the future? Is it possible for us to understand the design characteristics of the future?

    Of course we can!

    We can do that if we change the way in which we perceive the present and future. To do this, we will need to transform ourselves from being mere observers to being initiators who fully use our creative potential to anticipate future needs and to develop solutions.

    We may already know that the answer lies within ourselves, specifically, within our way of thinking about and evaluating the world. But theoretically, bridging the gap between theory and practice is difficult since our thinking is affected by traditionalism, dependency and waiting to adopt the results of others' experiments, rather than developing our own.

    The real situation in professional design is quite different, for example in the fields of visual communication, multimedia, architecture, interior and industrial design. Similarly, all academic and professional institutions are responsible for their own production. Any designer will be unable to produce adequate work if he/she is not essentially a creative being. A designer's productivity is also related to the environment in which they are working which must support the creative process at all stages of the product's design and manufacture. It is so important that the designer works within an environment that supports their vision, allowing them to anticipate and design for future needs on projects which are al...

  • New Views 2 Conference

    Education, Communication Design



    I have just been at the New Views conference in London for the past couple of days, what a great experience I really feel like it was a moment where a meaningful shift in thinking has occurred. I know it has for me.

    The first thing to mention is that this was not a traditional educational conference, where participants write a paper and then present that paper to the audience. New Views completely turned this format on it's head with participants submitting a position statement relevant to what they were interested in and then work-shopping through the collective ideas of the group via dynamic conversation.

    I must admit being a little worried about how this format would work going into the conference, but it was great and it really feels like I came away with so much more that I would have from a traditional style conference. The format also allowed for meaningful relationships to be formed between the participants. While relationships between conference participants usually occur at traditional conferences I think these can be on a superficial level. I feel the relationships formed at New Views will be much more meaningful as they were formed via conversations and interactions that were facilitated by the nature of the workshop interactions.

    On a personal level while I didn't specifically workshop my proposal the conversations over the two days have focussed my ideas and I am confident will lead to a real outcome in the coming weeks.

    I think New Views proves that n...

  • The kind of fear which I shall tackle in this article is an every day feeling or phenomenon. Fear is a totally human reaction and feeling disregarding man’s age, looks, nerves, muscles or how bold he/she is. From the psychological point of view, fear is defined as one of the basic senses or emotions that man feels. However, it may accompany anger, pleasure, grieve, or sadness. Generally speaking, fear is associated with those emotions emanating from real tangible or intangible dangers. But, it stands in the opposite side with concern or yearning, which are normally resulting from a surprise, threat, danger of whatsoever.

    Fear may appear when a man is exposed to an embarrassing or humiliating situation, or when watching others undergoing such fear themselves, or when receiving some horrific news. Frequency or long exposure to fear may lead a man to a state of lack of balance, especially when a man resists his fatigue, emotional setbacks, agitation, the organic changes he is undergoing resulting from the nervous apparatus, like increased rate of adrenaline, abnormal cardiac beats, which are all accompanied by excessive sweating, dry mouth and other symptoms. But, this is not the case at all. The case is, how can the graphic designer face this fear ? How can her control such fear in a positive way? How can he succeed to make use of his fears in a creative way?

    This phenomenon is widely known among graphic designers regardless of their professionalism, but it hits it utmost l...

  • A designer for the future

    Communication, Communication Design

    We can not deny that there is a considerable number of innovators working in the field of graphic design, some of them are academic whereas others are far away from this specialty. The market is crowded with those who knew this field of knowledge as a result of dealing with computers and the availability of design programs that are not subject to copy rights. This enables many to practice this art without the minimum knowledge of the rules of this specialty which is considered one of the disadvantages of the unlicensed technology.

    The academics who worked in this field, some of them do not hold the academic specialty, they, naturally, lack full qualification to play this role at the competency required, so, it is not enough to able to use design programs and its techniques if you are not qualified to know when and how to manage the ideas and how it could realize the desired target.

    It is necessary to find a designer who know how to deal with the changes of time and its techniques besides providing him with training in what is to come in future as we see fast developments in human knowledge and the developed curricula and programs that are subject to constant development to be able to keep pace with the concept of information and knowledge technology.

    The expansion of graphic design base in visual communication media determines an important characteristic for a graphic designer who should be able to acquire courage, innovation and the ability to judge and assess, combined...

  • An eye on Graphic Design

    Communication, Communication Design

    We find it mandatory to say that graphic design, this late specialty, quick in its development, related to all walks and activities of life, this only comprehensive technical specialty due to its relation with a piece of information and technology, we know it by its many names besides graphic design, for it is a design of a piece of information and design of communication means. All of these names refer to the extent of its development as an independent science, the task of which in to find solution to problems in the field of promotion, presentation or communication. Therefore, it is the language of time, a language that is not stationery or static, but developing and keeping pace with the changes of time thus, we find that graphic design is in need for a qualified and developing cadre able to deal with modern life requirements in a language that has a brief, simple and direct message, we acknowledge also the relationship of graphic design with writing, printing and publishing since its origin and it is an innovative work that couples word with shape using art and technology as a means of communication which begins with a message innovated by a designer that develops to become a means of visual communication beyond words and excels them with control of color, letter, picture and ideas through the designer's imagination and production of media through which he can convey the desired message to the crowd.

    Hence, its importance emerged to play an important role in modern life...

  • Home Alone? Your MUTT needs a Dog Bone Phone !

    Well-being, Industrial Design


    The Ritz Cartlon Magazine ( INSPIRE) has recently enquired about writing an article on the Home Alone Bone. Development is underway to produce a working prototype of the design and conduct tests with real users. Watch this space to see how it develops in the coming months. Interest in the design first started in March 2008 when Gizmodo featured it and it quickly attracted comments from a diverse range of readers. This concept was originally an ergonomics study for a Computer Modelling Excercise but with some WACKY thought and inspiration has developed into what we now call the Home Alone Bone.

  • Shanghai 100% Design, China.

    Communication, Industrial Design


    Nick and Jiayu have recently moved into Shanghai to develop design contacts.

    Jiayu has travelled over to Shanghai to complete work with Pega as the Trend Analyst on their mobile phone and laptop range of products. Translation and sourcing activity with Idee Objects has enabled good contacts to be developed and has proved beneficial in gaining fast recognition in the ever increasing Anglo based companies operating in South East Asian manufacturing and design sectors.

    Recent exposure was gained in the Shanghai 100% Design Show . IDee Objects aims to develop its core service in offering good links and contacts in and around Shanghai.

  • Scrap Fiber Farming

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design


    There is no better evidence of home grown patriotism, perhaps, than the attempt to resuscitate our endangered agricultural landscape and use of open space via subversive visual cues. Artists Catherine Bouzide and Danny Mansmith recently completed their collaborative Wrapped Pfeiffer Centennial Corn Bin installation piece as part of The Fields Project in Oregon, Illinois. I find this project to be rather timely and patriotic as we examine the role of corn, biofuel and erratic weather patterns in the future of our natural resources supply.

    The artists used recycled scrap fabrics and donated textiles from native Chicago thrift-stores as swaddling bandages for the corn storage bins. It's a poignant celebration of independence as we examine ways to make GOOD with what we already have and re-invest in the power of the communal effort and barn raising.

  • Can Coca Cola Save Children's Lives?

    Aid, Communication Design


    David Wilcox reported this week about an inspiring initiative founded by Simon Berry:

    Twenty years ago Simon Berry was a development worker in North Zambia, conscious that while he could buy a bottle of Coke anywhere, children were dying through inadequate distribution of simple medical treatments. In many cases they simply needed rehydration salts. Wouldn't it be possible to reach an agreement by which Coca Cola used a small part of its superior distribution capacity to get the medicine to children?

    Simon explains: "The idea came to me - but I had no mechanism for sharing it with people. At least, I did have mechanisms, but they were one to one mechanisms, and the thing never got any traction. But now, with the whole Web 2.0 thing, one person can have an idea, and gather other people around that idea, very, very easily."

    Simon has done just that. Starting with a blog post, and then a Facebook group, Simon has been interviewed on BBC radio, and attracted the support of New Seekers' Eve Graham. The New Seekers original song 'I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing' was adopted by Coke. Coca Cola were at first unresponsive, however have now said they would be happy to talk to Simon.

    David Wilcox interviewed Simon Berry this week at 2gether08, a two-day festival exploring how social media and digital technologies can tackle social problems. Simon continues to document the projects developments on his blog and urges us to join the Facebook Group and come up with other ...

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