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  • 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 ...

  • Service Design

    Well-being, Communication Design

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    Again something for sustainabilty I forgot to mention:

    Of course the world would be much more »sustainable«, if we would not need to produce so many products. A way to achieve this would be the design of services that attract the user.

    For example, if public transportation would offer more comfort and joy, more people would do without their cars. Well - difficult area though. But let's take the drilling machine: the average person probably only uses it ten times a year - for maybe 8 minutes in total.

    A well-designed service could offer home worker tools on every corner - probably at the next pizza snack or the supermarket. »Using instead of owning« would be the motto for this.

    The picture shows Prof. Birgit Mager who is an expert on the field of Service Design on a conference in Pittsburgh. It was taken by Flickr user simonk. Seems she's also making a joke about the German »Bad Design« (bath design) in this moment. Good shot!

  • MIPS - Measuring Sustainability

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    As we were talking recently about sustainability: the Wupptertal Institute developed a system how to calculate whether a product, material or service is sustainable or not. The MIPS (material input per unit of service) puts all energy, raw materials, waste and so on in a calculation in relation to the period of usage.

    Very interesting - there's a rather short explanation at Wikipedia. But the Wuppertal Institute also offers a PDF with a list of some materials for download. Because of the transportation factor the values are all geographically related.

    At the Köln International School of Design, where I studied, Prof. Horntrich used to give the example of the yogurt cup: the plastic cup is made in Poland, the lid is from Italy, the yogurt from France and the strawberries (if it's not some substitue made of tree rinds) are from Portugal. Everythings is then assembled in Germany. So it's thousands of kilometers the yogurt travels across Europe till it's finally in the shelf of the supermarket. Maybe the countries are not correct - but I think it's a good example for what has all to be considered to rate a product as being sustainable or not.

    The factors of humanity not even included! Because then it really gets complicated as there are different parties and interests that have to be considered. Difficult subject!

    (Picture taken by Flickr user Christian Watzke)

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  • See My Blog on Blogspot

    Arts & Culture

    I have an existing blog at: http://designlikeyougiveadamn.blogspot.com

  • War and Peace Tools

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    Currently working on an installation of wartools and peace tools for an installation. Check them out at www.jvrf.wordpress.com!

  • 我爱工设

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design

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    最喜欢的专业就是现在我所学习的工业设计。希望以后可以成为中国小有名气的工业设计师~为国争光哦~加油! 我的白度BLOG: http://hi.baidu.com/%CC%D2%CA%B8%B5%C4%B0%AE 欢迎大家的留言!

  • Photography of Argentina

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    A short report of our trip to Argentina

    For more info : http://share.subvitamine.com/Argentina

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