Most important design news of November 2015
1. Ableton ‘Push2’ new music controller
The appearance of the old and the new Ableton controller is quite similar, but the user experience has drastically changed and improved. In fact, the machine has been fully re-engineered by the ‘teenage engineers’ studio. The surface of the object offers low profile buttons and a simple an clean interface that encourages people to play. The display is no touch screen yet a performing one.
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2. London based studio has launched ‘BatBand’, the first bone conductor
‘BatBand’ is the first innovative system using bone conduction to create sound. The sound waves are, though, transmitted through the bones of the skull. Therefore, the hears can keep free. This is the result of more than one year of research and design tests to create an object able to allow people (walking or cycling) to stay connected with the outside world yet using their ‘private’ inner ear. The Kickstarter campaign succeeded and the product will be available form March 2016.
3. HAIZE, new bicycle navigator to make the journey safe
London startup Onomo created a “magic” compass for bicycles. Moving throughout the city can be dangerous when people need to pay attention to the phone, the navigator’s instructions and the cars around them. Haize is a device using color-changing lights to point the destination. The light distance from the centre represents the distance from the arrival. The tool can be connected with phone apps and charged through USB.
4. ‘Ticket books’ is the pocket books collection able to be used as subway tickets
‘L&PM Editores’ has launched a 10 piece pocket book collection called ‘Ticket Book’. The books are classics of international literature and the cover design takes inspiration from the classic subways maps. The aim of the collection is to encourage people to read while in the public transportation. Therefore the last page of each book has been filled with a magnetic card to be placed in front of the turnstile’s scanner before the subway.
5. Swiss team DRZACH & SUCHY uses 3D-print for shadow art
Haiku is art/design piece created by a series of apparently invisible 3D-printed grates able to reflect the light of the sun into the water. The light make the 3D-printed words visibile. The words are inspired by the 17th century Japanese poem by Matsu Basho. The swiss collective transformed the poem into a piece of design thanks to the new technology.
6. NRW Dusseldorf Forum new brand identity
Kessels Kramer has designed the new identity of the Dusseldorf NRW forum. The designer avoided being corporate, institutional and static. He developed – for the german cultural center– a consistently changing identity in which the typefaces are interchanging. The consistency of the identity is given by the grid and the monochrome palette.
Explore the identity: http://www.nrw-forum.de
7. Goula/Figuera colored geometric lights
Goula/Figuera is a Barcellona based studio. They drew and designed lots of geometric hanging lights and decided to produce only eight of them, using powder-coated folded and welded steel rods. The lights are created by patterned circular and oval sections arranged around a central hanging rod and brightly colored decorations can be added. The lamps can be customized.
8. Protopiper, tape gun created by HPI lab
Prototipe is a computerized tape gun created by the Human Computer Interaction Lab. By using the gun, it is possible to generate tape tubes to be assembled and used to build up simple mechanisms or even small furniture pieces. Tape is the main building material; it is very resistant and performing. So the roll of tape is at fist shaped into a tube, then sealed together and finally cut off with a wing connector.
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9. Juust design created a portable room
A portable room in box is the last project of the austrian design studio Juust. The box itself is made out of oak wood with a aluminium outer shell and its content is a table, few chairs, a single bed and a shelf system. ‘Travelbox’ provides the users with the essential pieces of furnitures for a journey.
10. No rotating editor for this month, the news is that you can be the next!
Author: Giulia Fioravera