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  • DESIGN & BIOPLASTICA

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

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    CREDI CHE SIA POSSIBILE PROGETTARE SISTEMI DI ARREDO PER UFFICIO CON BIOPLASTICA? QUALE FUTURO? SOLO UTOPIA?

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    0/ Let's do more and more for and about people. Nothing like people can do everything for people through humanism mind and power. So...

    1/ Time ruins everything, then we don't have enough time for making a good world by better design.

    2/ Take my hand and cruise me from this lost highway...

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    The last book shopping that I had in Tehran book fair one month ago, was successful and useful for me than past years Tehran book fair purchasing. One of those purchases was "The Laws of Simplicity" by John Maeda which depicts an important challenge between SIMPLICITY and COMPLEXITY. From first to now, I've had problems with technology and it's passion in our life that have made by technologist which have accrued every sense, place, time & thing. But Maeda is a technologist but with a really different mind and vision that tries make technology useful for everyday life of all of people through his self-make laws. He works in MIT for several years and has had various successful projects in the design and business world. When I was reading his book, I got that we can use his rules in DESIGN21 vision. Using technology for some people who don't know anything about new technologies through "Laws of Simplicity" is one of my ideal thought. By using it we can design products, system and services more cheap in cost and easy to use for eve...

  • What you think about my idea?

    Communication, Audio/Visual Design

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    http://youtube.com/watch?v=34EzOPUkpc4

    This will be introduce a next step to comunicate with 3D in a simple Quicktime window.

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    0/ Hi everybody! Let’s start from you, me and our, Let’s start from HUMAN!

    1/ as I'm a blogger for 5 years but writing in Persian language not English, I had many experiences, but until yet I don't have any professional weblog in English for specific reason like design and specifically Humanism Design.

    2/ Here it can be a good place for me to share my visions, ideas, challenges and problems about relation between design and social themes and of course getting your feedback for more developments. As you know these years everything has been exchanged to "Network" as "Castells" says. So for having a good life, all of us need friends' feedbacks and here is the same.

    3/ now days, I'm getting ready for the "16th International Conference on Safe Communities: SAFETY2007" which will hold in Tehran, Iran from 11th June up to 13th June. I have a paper for poster session there with this title: "Design as a Tool for Reducing the Violence" As I like to know your opinion about it, for the first post that should be good and professional I've attach the abstract:

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    Design as a Tool for Reducing the Violence

    Mahmoud Keshavarz

    Abstract: Contemporary world gives comfortably to people as gives them violence, poverty, invasion, fright and crime. Phenomenon’s like them as like as any social phenomenon have influence...

  • Are good products red?

    Poverty, Communication Design

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    Before I start getting angry again about a marketing campaign that wants to save the world, I'm letting Mark Higginson do this job. His comment on Bono's red product campaign is really excellent and hits the nail on its head.

    Picture: cc Marco Siebertz

  • London 2012

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    The London 2012 (Olympics) brand was launched this week. Basically, there's been nationwide outrage. The general opinion is, it's terrible. There's plenty of justification flying around for what the shapes represent but most of them lack substance.

    What do you think?

  • Globalization causes crowded trains in Berlin

    Community, Environmental Design

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    According to the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel public transport trains, run by BVG, get more and more crowded because BVG even on the most used lines does only employ 6 instead of the usual 8 waggons.

    The reason: China's enormous demand for steal swept the world market empty.That causes that manufacturers of steal wheels and axis have to extend delivery dates.

    Usually we are used to pictures of scarcity in third or second world countries. But first appearances like this show that we are at the beginning of a footrace for the raw materials that are left on Earth. It's also up to designers to switch to a more responsible material culture. The ingenious designer, artist and scientist Richard Buckminster Fuller understood the problem and acted accordingly already centuries ago. I think he's a good example of what the designer can do to be integrative part of this world.

    Picture taken in March 2005 by myself.

  • Mottainai ("What a waste!")

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    "Mottainai" means "what a waste" in Japanese and was introduced by Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, in an United Nations conference. A very cute children's book called "Mottainai Grandma" is now available from Kodansha Publishing.

    My grandmother, who grew up poor in China, has her own version of "mottainai". As a kid, she would save the baking tins used for pies as plates and have us drink out of empty glass jars. We couldn't throw anything out nor could we leave any bit of food on our plates.

  • Real Recycling

    Poverty, Industrial Design

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    Personally I find those design projects interesting that use used materials to produce usable products. Or - in other words: projects that give trash an added value.

    This pictures shows a board or shelf that uses stacking boxes that are used in industry and that have standardized measures. I found the picture on the website of Christiane Hoegner, a designer living in Brussels. I am sure there are many many more such projects - a lot for sure also on design schools worldwide.

    Using products for as long as possible is often the most sustainable way of usage. So extending their life by inventing a second use makes a lot of sense. I am sure that - sad enough - the best designers in those things are the people living in poor countries that depend on using things that they found in rubbish.

    So what we do can already be considered as decadent. But projects like Fernando and Humberto Campana's »Favela Chair« that was inspired »by the ad-hoc shelters which are built out mud, sand, scraps of wood, bricks and stones in the hills and on the fringes of urban expansion around Rio de Janeiro« (or in other words: inspired by the life of the very poor people on our planet) really are unacceptable.

    This chair, made »from the same wood used to build the favelas«, that is on sale for $ 2,985, really represents the image of the designer that probably many have and that unfortunately gains more and more truth: the stupid stylist that is creating one and another sofa or chair and who does ...

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