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  • garbage design

    Environment, Industrial Design

    Garbage is poorly designed. In many cases the only way to deal with it is to burn it or burry it deep into the ground.

    Why didn't we consider this when we designed this garbage in the first place? It's not that it happened overnight. Actually it took a great effort to produce the materials and shape them into products. First they were designed. Many things were taken into account; shape, material, price, color, aesthetics, taste, packaging, etc. Then they were produced; trees cut, iron casted, plastic moulded. Then marketing was used to sell the products. They were transported to shops and finally sold.

    But this, of course, is not the final stage. The product-stage is only a temporary one. Sooner or later (nowadays more sooner then later...) a product becomes garbage. People are continuously seduced by new products. More advanced, more features, more comfort. Or just new. New is delicious!

    So the discarded products end up somewhere else. It's not that they disappear. You can discard them from your home, but you cannot discard them from the planet. It's a closed system. And everything you throw away will eventually come back to you like a boomerang.

    Wouldn't it be nice if the discarded products would not cause problems for the environment? That you could throw them away without feeling guilty? Or the materials could be completely re-used without much effort? Maybe garbage could even be so advanced that it is beneficiary for the environment?

    Sounds crazy?

    I don't think so...

  • 3_177_

    1/ I shouldn't try to depict a bad portrait from Iranian designers! Through a global network, but sometimes I should do!

    2/ All the time Iranian designers - although the "Iranian term" just is regarding to geometrical reason and nothing except that because in Iran we don't have any school of industrial design- trying to find an idea which they like it includes all factors of a good design and with the contemporary situation and facilities in Iran, this ideal thought is more like an utopia.

    3/ I should do something, but if you know them, tell me immediately!

    In design with a general mind we can't design detailed objects. As you know most of the times, detailed objects can play an important role in social life and when you get a general and vague approach, you can't reach a good solution in during of your design process. In Interaction Design we try to keeping in mind people all the time. It means from the first up to end of design life cycle, designers should think about people and ask questions from themselves about behaviors between people and that designed output. So we should have enough knowledge about target group from the first up to end, which during the process this knowledge will be more completely. so through interaction design we should know anything about target group in detailed points of them, but in industrial design all the time amateur designers - like Iranian's ones - without any detailed information try to find a target group! And most of the...

  • Camel_and_designs_132_

    When it comes to the complex landscape of international humanitarian aid, technology interventions and social entrepreneurship, Africa is at a juncture more promising than ever before. Many of the accounts from attendees to the recent TEDGlobal 2007 Conference in Tanzania, held by the Technology, Entertainment and Design organization are a case in point. Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of M.I.T’s Technology Review, surveyed forthcoming solutions presented at TED that could be a recipe for progress and success, making the following compelling statement in his New York Times Slipstream Column (June-17):* “In truth, Africa will need both investment in entrepreneurialism and aid, intelligently directed toward education, health and food.”* This essential equation is at the heart of the objectives behind one of the projects the social and humanitarian initiative Designmatters at Art Center College of Design [] ( has been developing for the past few months in collaboration with a small mobile health clinic in Northern Kenya, Mpala (

    In the Laikipia and Samburu districts of northwest Kenya, nomadic, poverty-stricken tribes often suffer from a lack of basic medical care, as well as access to education and family planning. A small community-based organization, Mpala Community Trust (MCT) is one of the sole health-care providers in the region. MCT’s ex...

  • Sustainable Farming by Design

    Community, Environmental Design


    Sheepdrove Organic Farm in Berkshire UK is a remarkable example of how a person’s dreams can become reality. The farm is a truly unique example of sustainabile design.

    The farm is owned by the Kindersley family (Peter Kindersley of Dorling Kindersley publishers) and started as a small plot of land with a windmill. Peter Kindersley describes, with some amusement, the book on self-sufficiency which has now sold millions of copies and which inspired the continued expansion of the farm.

    Peter also gives a very compelling talk on the reasons for supporting organic farming, which extend far beyond the common emphasis on health to the sustainable nature of farming without using industrial methods: the diversity of plant and animal life on the same land, the health of the soil, the wellbeing of the animals, the growing of more real food. The chicks spend time in their own conservatory extension prior to becoming free-range out of doors. Every detail of the working of the farm has been scrutinised and designed for the benefit of the land, the well-being of the animals and the good quality of the food.

    The latest addition to the farm is the Kindersley Centre, a beautiful and extraordinary timber framed conference centre on the top of the chalk down land.

    Congratulations to the whole Kindersley family who continue to strive to provide an international example of superb farming though big hearts, hard work and thoughtful, brilliant design.

  • Simon1_177_

    Another fab drawing!!!

    Simon is Head of Drama at Dunhurst School and teaches English at both Dunhurst and Bedales

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    Fab drawing!!

  • Berman on Design and Social Responsibility

    Education, Communication Design

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  • Live Earth

    Environment, Environmental Design


    What a positive step in the right direction: 070707 is the day to Answer The Call

    Other Related Links: Climate Group.<br> iCount.<br> Aiso.<br> EarthLab.<br> Visible Strategies.<br> National Geographic.<br> Climate Project.<br>

  • architecture .....a dying profession?!

    Education, Environmental Design

    It is worth sparing a thought sometimes whether we will really need architects in the future.The profession as it stands in today does not call for such a large number of professionals with a such a rigorous background .There is a schism between the syllabus taught at the school and the real world practice in India. There is a lack of connection between the requirements of a regular architects office and the subjects one learns in school. Real world practice in this profession in India means either facing bunch of middle aged sales people who boast themselves of being super successful architects or understand another very important aspect of the practice how to manoeuvre your way through red tapism at the municipality. Both of these are byproducts of commercialisation and probably the only way you could fight these would be by becoming another agreeable prototype. So when do we put into practice all that we learnt in school? I dont know .... or does this dilemma point to another possibility that of changing the nature of education itself so that it is more 'real' and applicable .So essentially the question is what is the future of this profession?

  • Iphone_177_

    This month, New York Magazine claims Steve Jobs has created the "Jesus phone".

    Have I seen the iPhone? No. Yet I hesitate to agree.

    Reason being that on Tuesday I couldn't walk down the street without buying one. My usual stroll to public transportation after work was blocked by the barricade outside the Fifth Ave Apple store.

    As a naive pedestrian, I follow the crowds only to discover I cannot walk to the other side of the block. I have actually, by mistake, joined the line to buy an iPhone. To be certain, a police officer instructs me that the only way I can walk is by getting in line.

    It's my newfound opinion that when products saturate the market, and the environment, a company has gone too far. Perhaps the NY Mag story is right. The iGiant may be due for a fall.

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