Drawing Dreams


The development of four students from the industrial design track at the Technion allows Shani, a six-year-old girl born with cerebral palsy, to draw and eat on her own for the first time in her life.

Dana Gur-Gelbard, Hadas Weizman, Marina Gabinsky, and Mor Heinrich – have met on the Master of Science in Industrial Design (M.I.D) program at the Technion. The track is led by Prof. Ezri Tarazi from the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning. The development – Drawing Dreams – is the result of a collaboration between Orit, Shani’s mother, and the four students.

Drawing Dreams, developed with the collaboration with Shani’s mother, won the TOM Development Competition, which promotes technological developments that improve the lives of people with disabilities. The original development was presented by the students at the Expo 2020 exhibition, which took place in Dubai on November 17.

Full article (Hebrew) on the Technion site

In the photo: Shani with the Drawing Dreams development

From right to left : Marina Gabinsky, Mor Heinrich, Orit Zigman, Shani Zigman, Dana Gur-gelbard, Hadas Weizman.


What can you do when coral reefs are dying because of global warming, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, pollution, and overfishing? If you’re professor Ezri Tarazi, you use new technology to create artificial reefs, which can hopefully attract fish and repopulate reefs in formerly barren areas. The twist? As chair of both the Design-Tech Lab and the industrial design program of The Technion in Haifa, Israel, he’s using 3D printing to make terra cotta tiles instead of using other materials at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences (IUI) on the shores of the Gulf of Eilat.

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MDT 2021

Maritime Design & Technology
MDT 2021 Technion Conference
Call for presentations

Design-Tech Lab at the Technion has initiated an effort to form an interdisciplinary forum
on Design and Technology for the marine territory. As a highly multi-disciplinary research area,
we believe that such a forum can vastly improve the inter-departmental collaborations
between Technion researchers on MDT related topics. As a first step, a Technion-internal
conference event in which Technion researchers will have an opportunity to present their
MDT related research and challenges will be held during next semester on Wednesday,
May 19, 2021
. Additional details will be sent further.
This is a call for submission for short (15 minutes) talks to be held during this MDT day.
If interested, please send to Email title “MDT day submission”: MDT@technion.ac.il

The following:

1. The title of your talk.
2. The Abstract of your talk, including all researchers involved.
3. The name of the speaker and affiliation (including Email and webpage if any)

Deadline for submission: 21.3.2021
Looking forward to your discussion ideas

Visiting Assoc. Prof. Haim Parnas – Chair

Prof. Ezri Tarazi, Assoc. Prof. Nitai Drimer, Assoc. Prof. Michelle Portman


Conference videos:


Jony Ive Says Goodbye to Apple

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

and that Apple will be one of their clients.

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Skincare for the 21st Century

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 Introduces a New Learning Tool for the Visually Impaired

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 >>

Is 3D Printing the Future of Healthcare?

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 >>

100 Years of Bauhaus

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


Damsels of Design

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 >>

Six of GM’s “Damsels of Design,” photographed circa 1955. From left: Suzanne Vanderbilt, Ruth Glennie, Marjorie Ford Pohlman, Harley Earl (VP of design), Jeanette Linder, Sandra Logyear, Peggy Sauer.

Try Printing Your Notes with this Font!

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 >>