Design-Tech Lab on show in Rishon Lezion Museum

Ezri Tarazi and Design-Tech Lab are showing at the new exhibition in Museum Rishon Lezion, on 7th of March, 2019, 20:00 opening.

Curated by Dana Arieli, the exhibition ‘Hope’ is opening this week with the new design installation made by Ezri Tarazi and Design-Tech Lab designers: Amichai Abarbanel, Ofer Berman, Alexander Geht, Yasha Grobman, Robi Gal, Ofri Lotan, Haim Parnas, Nadav & Guni Kofman,Anastasia Kolomintz, Dani Ram, Nitzan Sharon, Ezra Uzeri, Michael Weitzman.

On the installation 13 objects that became iconic in the Israeli culture and was re-designed for an age of 3D printing.

Design-Tech 2019 call for papers

Design-Tech 2019 Conference
Call for papers

International Conference on Design and Technology,  June 18-19, 2019
Technion, Haifa, Israel

The Design-Tech 2019 conference is a new and unique platform for researchers and practitioners in the field of design initiated to showcase their work. Being held for the first time at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, the conference will enable attendees to visit one of the most vibrant start-up eco-systems in the world.

Abstract Submission deadline: March 15, 2019
Submission: 300-500 words
Submit your abstract: Submission Form

The first round of reviews: March 30, 2019

Full paper submission: April 15, 2019
Notification: May 1, 2019
No. of pages:  Max 4500 words + Max 2 pages for references

Email: designtech@technion.ac.il

JONY IVE INTERVIEW: APPLE DESIGN GURU ON HOW HE CREATED THE NEW IPAD – AND THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND IT

The new products just revealed by Apple at a special event in Brooklyn this week have several things in common. But most notable is the input of Apple’s Chief of Design, Sir Jonathan Ive, universally referred to as Jony.

He is involved in new products across Apple, including radical upgrades of favorites such as the MacBook Air and the iPad Pro.

Ive has been at Apple since 1992 and his keen eye has been part of the iMac, the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. He has just been awarded the 2018 Professor Hawking Fellowship because of what the committee felt included a “remarkable role in championing elegant and innovative design”. He’ll deliver the Professor Hawking Lecture in Cambridge later this month.

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Design-Tech Guest Lecture: Yaron Ronen – Harsh environment lighting system Case-study

31.10.2018, 14:30, Design-Tech Lab, Room 100, Amado building, The Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion.

The first Design-Tech Guest Lecture in our 2018-2019 series is Yaron Ronen. He is an R&D expert for LEDs lighting and control systems with over 22 years of experience in developing, designing and manufacturing consumer products. Yaron is an expert for 3d printing and digital manufacturing. Combining over 25 years of experience in manufacturing and craft technologies together with 10 years’ experience in Additive manufacturing Yaron is looking for new innovative challenges and solutions toward the next level of material perception by humanity.

Tech companies use “persuasive design” to get us hooked. Psychologists say it’s unethical

A group of psychologists says kids are suffering from “hidden manipulation techniques” that companies like Facebook and Twitter use. 

As much as adults are now constantly inundated with technology — those constant Facebook notifications and that next episode on Netflix already cued up — children today are even more primed to become hooked on their devices. Kids have 10 times the amount of screen time they did in 2011, and spend an average of six hours and 40 minutes using technology, according to Common Sense Media. Behind the screens of the games we play and digital communities we interact with are psychologists and other behavioral science experts, who are hired to create products that we want to use more and more. Big tech now employs mental health experts to use persuasive technology, a new field of research that looks at how computers can change the way humans think and act. This technique, also known as persuasive design, is built into thousands of games and apps, and companies like Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft rely on it to encourage specific human behavior starting from a very young age.
While defenders of persuasive tech will say it can have positive effects, like training people to take medicine on time or develop weight loss habits, some health professionals believe children’s behaviors are being exploited in the name of the tech world’s profit. On Wednesday, a letter signed by 50 psychologists was sent to the American Psychological Association accusing psychologists working at tech companies of using “hidden manipulation techniques” and asks the APA to take an ethical stand on behalf of kids. Richard Freed, a child and adolescent psychologist and the author of Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age, is one of the authors of the letter, which was sent on behalf of the nonprofit Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. I spoke to Freed about how tech companies are able to manipulate human behavior and why he believes psychology is being used as “a weapon against children.” read more >>