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Kate Andrews

London, United Kingdom

Designer (Graphic Design)

Member since June 13, 2007


  • Just Beg: Marker Pen Bag

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    With continuous questions surrounding alternatives for the plastic bag, Industrial Designer Naulila Luis offers us an interesting eco-friendly collection of accessories using recycled materials.

    Her Just Beg bag is a unique design, made from recycled felt-tip markers and elastic thread. Just Beg is a design focused to the reutilisation of a material undervalued by daily life, in a manufactured production that makes each bag a unique piece.

  • Nomad

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    With sustainable materials and recycling on the mind here is another green-focused design project.

    Made from recycled, double-wall cardboard, Nomad is a modular architectural system, (designed by Jaime Salm and Roger Allen: MIO), that can be assembled into free-standing, sculptural screens, temporary partitions, rooms or even displays without hardware, tools or damage to existing structures.

    MIO is a design company dedicated to creating sustainable and innovative design experiences.

  • I used to be a juice carton…

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    Ever thought you could write with a plastic cup? Or even draw a line with a juice carton? Well the time is now here: Welcome to Remarkable, where UK waste is recycled and made into fun, exciting & innovative products.

    Remarkable was set up by Edward Douglas Miller in 1996 who started to look at what could be made from UK recycled materials. Edward began by experimenting with plastic cups with the aim of trying to turn one plastic cup into a pencil. Why? Quite simply, because it had never been done before and it would prove to the world that one everyday, throwaway item that would usually go straight to landfill could instead, turn into a new product which was fun, functional and had a long second life.

    Today Remarkable create recycled items that are well-designed, withhold great quality and are a joy to own. As well as their environmental credentials - all Remarkable products are made using only UK recycled materials. By highlighting what an item was in its previous life, the products illustrate what can be made with UK waste and certainly generates a positive interest in recycling and environmental issues. Using the fascination of what an item once was is a new and fun way of communicating the recycled message.

    The principles of Remarkable (Pencils) Ltd's Environmental Activities include:

    • To develop technology and provide products that will be sensitive to the earth's finite resources and environment through the use of recycled and sustainable materials.
    • To promote ...
  • We Feel Fine

    Well-being, Communication Design

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    What a magnificent project and communication study! Take a good look at We Feel Fine; an exploration of human emotion on a global scale.

    Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world's newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases "I feel" and "I am feeling". When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the "feeling" expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.

    At its core, We Feel Fine is an artwork authored by everyone. It will grow and change as we grow and change, reflecting what's on our blogs, what's in our hearts, what's in our minds. We hope it makes the world seem a little smaller, and we hope it helps people see beauty in the everyday ups and downs of life. - Jonathan Harris & Sepandar Kamvar, May 2006.

  • It moves! It transforms?!

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    With a Buckminster Fuller style I have just spotted the magnificent work from New York-based Chuck Hoberman. On the way to his current exhibit at the Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery, the inventor made a quick stop in Tokyo for an impressive presentation at Pecha Kucha.

    Read the PingMag interview with Hoberman here.

  • Artecnica: Enchantingly Recycled Design

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    From the Artecnica "Design with Conscience" collection: "tranSglass" by Emma Woffenden and Tord Boontje, handmade in Guatemala from recycled wine and beer bottles. A perfect balance, making beautiful eco-friendly designs.

    Artecnica blends art and technology to elevate the purpose and value of everyday objects by using design to enchant, inspire and transform.

  • Pond Scum Biofuel to Power Airplanes

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    New Zealand's biggest airline, appropriately known as Air New Zealand, in conjunction with Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation and Boeing, is testing the waters for a new fuel made from the algae found in pond scums, which could have the capacity to reduce the entire carbon footprint of the airline industry to zero!

    See the full article from Inhabitat.

  • Leaf Canopy Chandelier

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    Something a little different that my father passed to me this morning; Aline Johnson's Leaf Canopy Chandelier is a contemporary product, inspired by a need for green reflection away from urban chaos. An interesting design focused on bringing natural environments inside.

    See Aline Johnson Website.

  • Icoon Communication

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Here is a book I have owned for almost a year, after a friend bought it back from Berlin. Icoon is a Global Picture Dictionary that you can fit in your back pocket and take all over the world to talk via point and communicate action. Removing all language barriers, this is an essential item for all travellers and a great collectable for graphic designers.

  • Reflective Environments

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    Here is an innovative example of environmental analysis and art scultpture. "Aleph" is a public display that uses the spaces, people & objects it faces as a "palette" to display messages from hidden viewpoints. "Aleph" consists of a matrix of car side mirrors controlled by a network of micro-controllers to position each mirror relatively to each other, revealing animated pixel-like graphics that literally reflects the environment. Cameras are used to analyze the environment reflected through the mirrors, which is used to position the mirrors & thereby controlling what the visitors will see.

    See the Aleph project details here from Aether Architecture

    Via Information Aesthetics

“The best way to predict the future is to design it.” - Buckminster Fuller

Contact Kate Andrews
Kate Andrews

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design