Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative

From cutting boards to clothing bamboo has been sprouting up all over the place. Bamboo is not only a sustainable material, but it is also cost effective, making it an excellent raw material for designers and architects. Visionary and entrepreneur, Bernice Dapaah, started the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative with multiple goals in mind, in addition to creating sustainable and affordable transportation options for the people of Ghana, the bikes promote well being and local industry. Additionally, for every bamboo plant that is cut down, the initiative plants ten more! Making a bamboo bike that worked was a challenge, but after multiple prototypes the team finally found a winning design. Because the bikes are hand made they can be customized in an endless number of ways. The team is even working designing solar powered bamboo bikes!   Read more >>

All Hail the Mighty Carrot!

Move over spider silk, there is a new organic compound making waves in the building world. Prof. Mohamed Saafi of Lancaster University in the UK has collaborated with Scottish sustainable materials firm CelluComp to develop cellulose-based platelets from root vegetable waste, that when mixed with concrete make is significantly stronger and more resistant to corrosion. The composite material allows for 40kg less cement per cubic meter, which could significantly reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions associated with cement manufacturing. In addition, the scientists are looking to create nano platelet-based sheets that can be used to reinforce structures made from traditional concrete, thus increasing their lifespan. To read more >>

Making Good Products Great

Good design has the power to make even the most mundane product great. From shower caps to water bottles these companies have harnessed the power of design to transform every day objects into million dollar ideas:

S’well is the water bottle of the future. It keeps water cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, but what makes it such a success is the sleek bottle design that comes wrapped in incredible limited edition prints. Founder Sarah Kauss’ goal was to help rid the world of plastic water bottles. Her noble vision coupled with her incredible design sensibility helped her launch the fastest growing woman-owned company in the US. S’well is more than just a bottle, it is a “hydration accessory” and it is on a mission to save the planet!

Boie USA is another company that has successfully coupled cool design and an earth-saving ethos. Discarded toothbrushes increase waste by 50 million pounds each year. Additionally, buying new brushes gets expensive, but the alternative isn’t much better. Boie USA had the brilliant idea to create toothbrushes where one only has to dispose of the head. Not only that but they have subscription plans so remembering to change your toothbrush is as easy as forgetting!

SHHHOWERCAP reinvented the shower cap “because it needed reinventing!”  In addition to transforming the dowdy shower cap into a fashion statement, Shhhowercap founder, Jacquelyn De Jesu took a human-centered approach to solving many of the items functionality issues as well. You know your design is successful when The MOMA Design Store starts to sell it!

Buzz wearable by New Deal Design aims to stop sexual assault

There is a known correlation between sexual assault and heavy drinking. It is estimated that at least 50% of sexual assault and rape incidents involve alcohol consumption (by either the perpetrator or victim). This phenomenon is especially prevalent among college students. New Deal Design, the studio behind Fitbit has teamed up with gynaecologist Jennifer Lang in order to bring a design-driven solution to the problem. Buzz is a wearable product that monitors the wearer’s blood alcohol level and shares their capacity to consent with their date or friends. To attract users (especially male) and make Buzz into a positive tool, features for flirting and friend engagement were added. The wearable has a sleek, colourful, unisex design; constructed from a soft mesh, often used in medical devices. Read more>>

Reigniting creativity in business

Creativity is hard! Traditional brainstorming sessions more often than not fail to spark the innovative solutions they are thought to bring about. Yet creativity is critical in today’s business landscape and the lifespan of a good idea just seems to get shorter and shorter. So what is one to do in order inject a dose of creative thinking into their lives? Accept doubt! In this talk BCG consultant Alan Ivy explains how to use doubt to question assumptions and embrace uncertainty. He explains that rather than chase after new ideas reframe existing ones, citing Bic’s transformation as a pen company to a disposable plastic consumer goods company as one example. Listen here>>

Final Project Demo Day 2/8/2018

Design-Tech Demo-Day
2nd of August
he latest batch of the Master program for Industrial Design, present for a special invited set of people:
2nd of August, from 09:00 to 17:30 at the 100 design studio room, Amadu building, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning.

Guest: Prof. Barry Katz, Stanford

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Design Identity exercise 22/7/2018

A studio is an artist or worker’s workroom. This can be for the purpose of acting, architecture, painting, pottery (ceramics), sculpture, origami, woodworking, scrapbooking, photography, graphic design, filmmaking, animation, industrial design, radio or television production broadcasting or the making of music. The term is also used for the workroom of dancers, often specified to dance studio.

Design-Tech Master Class 22/6/2018

In some repair industries, such as locomotives and aircraft, the repair operations have specialized workshops called back shops or railway workshops. Most repairs are carried out in small workshops, except where an industrial service is needed.
Lead by Haim Parnas

Design-Tech Workshop 19-20/1/2018

Beginning with the Industrial Revolution era, a workshop may be a room, rooms or building which provides both the area and tools (or machinery) that may be required for the manufacture or repair of manufactured goods. Workshops were the only places of production until the advent of industrialization and the development of larger factories. In the 20th and 21st century, many Western homes contain a workshop in the garage, basement, or an external shed. Home workshops typically contain a workbench, hand tools, power tools and other hardware. Along with their practical applications for repair goods or do small manufacturing runs, workshops are used to tinker and make prototypes.