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  • The real cost of biofuel

    Environment, Industrial Design

    Another sign that the United States isn't truly ready to eliminate its dependency on fossil fuels.

    <blockquote><em>Bob Teixeira decided it was time to take a stand against U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

    So last fall the Charlotte musician and guitar instructor spent $1,200 to convert his 1981 diesel Mercedes to run on vegetable oil. He bought soybean oil in 5-gallon jugs at Costco, spending about 30 percent more than diesel would cost.

    His reward, from a state that heavily promotes alternative fuels: a $1,000 fine last month for not paying motor fuel taxes. He has been told to expect another $1,000 fine from the federal government.

    To legally use veggie oil, state officials told him, he would have to first post a $2,500 bond.</em></blockquote>

    Read: <a href="http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/599471.html">Driver ticketed for using biofuel</a>

  • DesignCures

    Environment, Communication Design

    Thanks for viewing my portfolio and reading my profile. Here I will give you a brief info about myself and how design has helped me to become a better person. When I read about what is design, how it started, how it is related with human civilization, its culture context. How integral it is in our daily lives. Some may find these questions very intriguing. Design matters profoundly to us all in innumerable ways and represents an area of huge underutilized potential in life. It sends a message to explore some reasons why this is so and to suggest some possibilities of change.

    It is therefore worth asking: if these things are a necessary part of our existence, why are they often done so badly? Answer is simple : Cost factors are sometimes advanced in justification. But the margin between doing something well and bad can be exceedingly small and cost factor can infact be reduced by appropriate design inputs.

    Design is an essence, can also be defined as the human capacity to shape and make our environment in ways without precedent in nature, to serve our needs and give meaning to our lives. Design creates subdivision of art historical narratives emphasizing a neat chronological succession of movements and styles, with new manifestations replacing what went before. Appropriately as a process in which new development are added over time to what already exists. Rapid developments in computers and IT are not only creating existing new possibilities in interactive design, but are...

  • Kid-Powered Gadgets

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    Pulled from a recent post from Engadget.

    Sony has launched an "eco-friendly" line of prototype products that are powered by human energy. The products are made for energy-abundant kids who are used to rolling, spinning and cranking toys. Electrical energy is gathered from the friction of rolling or it can be charged with a Juicebox, a solar-powered charger. Since human energy can only power so much, the camera, for instance does not have a display. And supposely, the casing is made from recycled plastic.

    The design is a great first step that shows large gadget manufacturers like Sony addressing issues such as energy-consumption and e-waste. Not to mention getting rid of all the power cords!

  • zlgdesign

    Arts & Culture

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    My work reference and philosophy is broadly deliberated here: designmatters

    The official website has explorations of many projects we engage the environmental issues where the Client lends ear, but we do tread on many different levels of interpretation of the green agenda. Our BOH Project is one such attempt and exploration.

    www.zlgdesign.com

  • How can we redesign a community?

    Poverty, Environmental Design

    What is a BETTER DESIGN for the greater good in redesigning a community? This is a question for everyone.

       In my recent visit to my hometown  in   Aurora  Province,  Philippines,
    

    I have noticed that there has'nt been a change since I last visited in year 2004. Going there and passing thru the Sierra Madre Mountains where the province is bounded, still took 4hours of neck injuring travel traversing to the almost- all-dirt and partial concrete road we have to pass before we can reach the first town which is Maria Aurora, Aurora. In 2004 just few months after i last visited, the Province of Aurora was hardest hit by typhoon Winnie, which devastated and the more bruised the province. The World had seen on news and tv how one(1) town and its people, my birth town of Dingalan almost perished to the sea because they were swept by big floods coming from the mountains with tons of tons of big logs. Thousands of lives, properties as well as animals were all swept to the sea. Now after several years of that fateful and painful date, the province is trying to rise into new beginnings, life has to go on, alhough the wound had healed the scar are still visible. Now going around towns, I can still see traces of the devastations; broken roads and bridges, coconut/fruit trees still not bearing good fruits, etc. And though some roads and some bridges have been repaired and replaced, still plenty had not been touched. The children have to walk several miles and ...

  • LIVINGBOX - temporary mobile living space - photos

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

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