Design-Tech Guest Lecture: Dan Ram – Looking

12.12.2018, 14:30, Design-Tech Lab, Room 100, Amado building, The Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion.

Dan Ram, Automotive & Product Designer, in 2013 establish Designfields, An independent design house, mastering in cross platform design thinking, UX design, Product design, Automotive design. providing a creative process developing innovative products and design for international brands and startups like: General Motors, Pininfarina, Green Road, Sight Diagnostics ,Jugano and more. Dan was living and working for 4 years in Tokyo designing cars for Infiniti and Nissan advance Design and 4 years in London working with Philippe Starck on various products collection, among the others, working for Samsung Design Europe on future smartphones concepts and IDEO Tel Aviv and London. in 2008 joined better place as head of Design and UX, Dan is Royal College of Art graduate MA Vehicle Design, s,nsored by Fiat and Bezalel Art & Design Academy Jerusalem graduate B.Des Industrial Design.

Art, Authorship and AI

Christie’s, one of the most famous auction houses in the world recently sold an AI generated painting for $432,500 – 45 times higher than its estimate. This event has lead to so many interesting questions about the meaning and economics of art, authorship and the relationship between technology and art. For one, the artist collective who sold the painting borrowed an open source algorithm and didn’t credit its original author – and he is not happy! Additionally, the algorithm creator also claims that the set of work the painting was based off of was actually a selection he curated for the system. In some ways this controversy is similar to that of Sherrie Levine’s After Walker Evans and really reminiscent of many of the conversations surrounding photography being accepted into the world of fine art. To read more >>


Design-Tech Guest Lecture: Amos Boaz – High performance design

14.11.2018, 14:30, Design-Tech Lab, Room 100, Amado building, The Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion.

Amos Boaz is a specialist in industrial design and styling of high performance vehicles, with more then 18 years of experience designing vehicles all over the world.
These days Amos is being busy doing projects dealing with the future of transportation – new vehicle platforms, autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles. Amos also lectures in the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem.


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.

Forget Dehydration, Give Jelly Drops a Try

Design is at its very best when used for good. Lewis Hornby did just that when he created Jelly Drops. After noticing his dementia-afflicted grandmother was having trouble staying hydrated, a common problem amongst those with dementia, Hornby designed the bite-sized, edible pods of water that look like colorful candy. People with dementia often have trouble drinking, either because they don’t recognize they are thirsty or because they don’t have the dexterity to do it. By disguising water as a delicious snack, Jelly Drops encourage those with dementia to stay hydrated. In order to come up with his brilliant solution Hornby spent time “experiencing” what it was like to live with dementia through time spent in a care home and the use of VR tools. While this brilliant innovation was designed as a school project, Hornby has already received multiple awards and offers to run trials at old-age facilities. To read more>>

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 >>

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 >>

Design-Tech on Jam-Tech

On the 9th of July, a  Jam-Tech conference lead by Prof. Ezri Tarazi from Design-Tech Lab at the Technion was conducted for 55 high school teachers. The Jam-Tech is a new initiative by the Israeli Ministry of Education, lead by Einat Kritzman, is a new educational experiment that explores the benefit of combining high school students from 3 different disciplines such as Design, Electrical Engineering, Robotics and Computer Science together for a mutual project. This year the teachers from the various disciplines were conducting an experiment among themselves lead by Prof. Tarazi, producing a final project, and presenting it in the final conference. During the academic year, the teacher had 19 online meeting with Prof. Tarazi, with the help of a research assistant, Nofar Ken. At the conference was hosted at Ort Tivon technology high school, and included a visit to their new Maker Space.

Visit at the Maker Space at Ort Tivon and meeting the school manager

Design-Tech demo day 10/08/2018

Design at the 4th Industrial Revolution course lead by Yoav Shterman suggests mass customization using new parametric tools for designers using new tools with Grasshopper and Rhino. Yoav Shterman came to the Design-Tech program at the Technion from MIT Media Lab and NIKE R&D, and will interduce during the demo day 7 presentations Design-Tech Projects of Master Students at the Technion Industrial Design graduate program.


When you write about augmented reality headsets, you’re supposed to start by describing something impossible — like a pastel dinosaur stomping its feet in a quiet office space in Florida. This dinosaur is made of fist-sized blocks that look like candy, and the office belongs to Magic Leap, a mysterious startup that’s been working in near-total secrecy for seven years. I should clarify that the dinosaur also isn’t real. It exists only in the lenses of the Magic Leap One, a pair of goggles that Magic Leap hopes will replace phones, computers, and every other high-tech screen in our lives. The whimsical anecdote setup is supposed to emphasize how well the Magic Leap One tricked my mind into believing this impossible thing existed, which is what I’d hoped would happen last month when Magic Leap invited me to its headquarters. But it just didn’t happen.
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