One of the biggest design news stories this year is about Jony Ive’s departure from Apple. Ive has been at Apple since 1992 and has led the industrial design team since 1996. His first assignment in this capacity was redesigning the iMac, his colourful design helped pave the way for Apple’s re-emergence as a tech powerhouse and a design leader. In 2013 Ive took charge of design as a whole at Apple, this included hardware along with UI/X.
Ive recently announced he will be leaving Apple to start his own design firm called LoveFrom with fellow designer Marc Newsom
These days it often seems like 3D printing is the answer to everything. While this incredible technology has been used to create everything from houses to body parts, researchers at Panasonic are creating innovative skincare solutions using an “old fashioned” ink-jet printer.
Most people have some kind of skin concern and covering it up takes time and a skill-level many people do not have. Additionally, people may need to apply heavy layers of makeup to cover discoloration and may have trouble finding readily available makeup shades that match their skin tone.
Panasonic developed a technology that uses a mirror sensor to detect skin color as well as the shape and area of the skin discoloration. Makeup is formulated based on the results and using cosmetic ink, is printed on a thin medical film which can be applied to the skin just with water.
Material chemistry, image processing and ink jet printing technology had to be brought together to develop this product which has the potential to revolutionize skincare. To learn more >>
Lego has long been thought of as a tool for teaching creativity, engineering and spatial skills, but now Lego is looking to add literacy to the list. Lego has started making bricks featuring Braille. Braille is a language of raised dots and lines used by blind and vision impaired individuals to read. Because of the many technological advances we have today many blind people have turned to audio driven tools instead and Braille literacy is falling. This is problematic, as Braille users tend to have better educational outcomes compared to those who rely solely on auditory tools. This seemingly obvious combination may provide Braille the comeback opportunity it needs. In addition to Braille the bricks include printed letters allowing sighted teachers, friends and family members to learn and play along side the visually impaired. To read more >>
The uses for 3D printing are endless, and CastPrint in Latvia has just added an innovative new healthcare product to that list. CastPrint, makes personalized 3D printed casts that not only look beautiful but also are slim enough to wear with one’s regular clothing. While this sounds trivial, it was actually the initial inspiration for the product. Janis Olins used to work as an auditor, upon breaking his elbow he found himself unable to go to work, not because he couldn’t perform his pro fessional duties but because he couldn’t fit a suit over his cast and wouldn’t look professional. This inspired him to ask his now business partner, and 3D printing enthusiast, Sigvards Krongorns about the printing a cast. From there CastPrint was born.
The cast isn’t only about fashion though; it doesn’t immobilize more of a person’s broken limb than is medically necessary making it a more comfortable choice. Additionally, casts can be taken on and off, meaning therapy can start sooner which cuts down on recovery time and costs.
Casts are currently available for wrist, palm, ankle and finger fractures at a number of clinics in Latvia. To find out more >>
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the iconic school of art and architecture. Bauhaus style is characterized by, radically simplified forms; rationality and functionality; and the idea that individual artistic spirit was not at odds with mass production. Founded in Germany by Walter Gropius the school of architecture was closed in 1933 when the Nazis took power. Many of its students, including all the Jewish ones, left Germany and went on to design buildings in major urban centers around the world. Due to the large influx of new immigrants Tel Aviv saw in the wake of WWII thousands of buildings needed to be constructed. Dozens of architects were involved in the enterprise, six of whom were former Bauhaus students: Shlomo Bernstein, Munio Gitai-Weinraub, Shmuel Mestechkin, Chanan Frenkel, and Arieh Sharon. Their influence can still be seen in Tel Aviv today. Known as the white city, because of the large number of Bauhaus style buildings built in the 30s and 40s, Tel Aviv is a UNESCO world heritage site and is home to around 2,000 protected buildings many of which have been preserved and remain beautiful examples of this iconic style. To read more>>
Ehrlich House, 79 Herzl Street by Ze’ev Haller, 1933
Rubinsky House, 65 Shenkin Street by Abraham Markusfeld, 1935
In 2014 General Motors made history by appointing Mary Barra as their CEO, making her the first woman to hold the position for an automobile manufacturer.
Yet, GM has made history before for their progressive hiring practices. In 1943 GM hired designer Helene Rother as part of their styling team, to create upholstery, lighting and hardware for car interiors, which earned her the title of “first female automotive designer.” Then, in the 1950s GM took note that more and more women were stepping into the driver’s seat and that they had a great deal of purchasing power when it came to the family vehicle, not to mention buying more cars of their own. In order to attract female buyers the company put together a team of young female designers known as the “Damsels of Designs” who were responsible for designing car interiors and car displays. While GM often promoted their work more as decorating than actual design, the women essentially did the same work as the men on the team and some of the innovations they came up with, like glove compartments and light-up mirrors, remain staples of the car industry to this day. Yet, despite the ground-breaking initiative the women were still limited in the roles they could take on and the program was shorted lived due to turn-over in management. Luckily, many of the women had very successful careers both in and out of the automotive industry. Read more >>
Typographers have long been aware that the shapes their letterforms take have some influence on how people read and process text. On a most basic level, serifs are believed to aid in the reading of long texts as they guide the eye across a line of text, preventing the reader’s eye from jumping up and down the page. A more specific example would be the fonts designed to make it easier for people with dyslexia to consume texts. Now, a team out of Australia have come up with a new font called Sans Forgetica designed specifically to help people remember what they have read by drawing on “desirable difficulty” to aid in the learning process. The font is purposefully hard to decipher, and so requires more focus on the part of the reader. To learn more >>
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 >>
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.