Most important design news of October 2015

1. The 14th edition of the ’Dutch design week’ took place In Eindhoven

From the 17th to the 25th Oct Eindhoven hosted the festival, which theme was the power of designer’s imagination. The projects shown, in the form of concepts, products, experiments and cross-overs, were chosen starting from the ultimate question: “What if?”. Such as a starting point, the question was posed both to visitors and participants in order to lay the basis for the innovation of the future.

veradepont_popup_“What if we could eliminate the time consuming sewing process by designing clothes able to pop up into shape once wore?” is presumably the innovation for the future that the Design Academy Eindhoven graduated fashion-designer Vera de Pont imagined. Her collection of silkscreen-printed and woven coats are made by a one piece cut out of material and, because of the concept, the idea and the beautiful output, the represent a very good highlight of the DDW 2015.

2. Tashen book ‘Logo Modernism’ launch

logodesign_modernismIt is now available the massive collection of 6.000 trademarks especially focused on the period between 1940–1980 that examine how modernism brought to corporate identity. Alongside the huge and detailed catalogue, the based in Dusseldorf award-winning author Jens Muller, decided to insert an introduction to the history of logos, essays from design luminaries as Paul Rand, designers profiles and relevant case studies.

3. The Modern Magazine 2015 conference in London

modmag_conferenceThe 25 years editorial-design experienced Jeremy Leslie is the creative director of the annual ModMAg conference taking place in London Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross. The conference, running from 3 years, celebrates creative editorial design and its interaction with new technologies developments. Many speakers such as Scott Dadich, editor-in-chief of Wired US, describe their editorial strategies, choices, changes and share opinions about the forward-looking, innovative publishing and the youngest contribute on the topic too thanks to Charlotte Roberts and Bertie Brandes’s lecture.

4. Naho’s handwriting keyboard ‘Lazy pen’

lazy_pen_NahoThe 23years old french interaction designer Naho has decided to finally reply to his grandmother’s hand-written letters in his own way. Therefore he has designed a keyboard able to modulate the writing. He researched on how to transmit more personal messages through a machine, by removing standards and giving more space to personal touch. He ended up with a desk composed by a removable recessed block and a solid desk with two trestles connected with the Processing Application of the computer. Trough the software and the anagogic way of using a keyboard the user can manipulate the vector skeleton of the letters.

5. Hendo hoverboard 2.0

Hendo_hoverboardOn the 21st Arx Pax’s second hoverboard become ready to ride. The movies inspired object uses magnets and metallic surfaces to function or rather the electric current generated by the magnets across the metallic surfaces. The company worked with a professional skateboarder to improve the board appearance. In fact, in comparison with the privies version, Hendo appear much more thinner and similar to a traditional skateboard. The improvements weren’t aesthetic only but technical too: improved power system, better traction, simplified engine controls, wireless safety switch, improved balance and stronger engine performance.

6. French museum dedicated to film sets miniatures

miniatures_museumThe ‘Musée Miniature et Cinéma’ offer two collections: the realistically-crafted miniatures and a film exhibition about the special effects techniques. The miniatures are impressive and extremely detailed; some furnitures are small copies of famous designers’ pieces such as the Eames chair, the walls and the objects show off defined patterns, the rooms follow decorative styles and the whole scene is perfected by the accuracy in the light settings. The hyperreal light position and set system make the environments as near as possible to actual life scenes.

7. Seigmaister and Walsh 3D-2D campaign for Aizone

The winter fall campaign of Aizone 2015 has been launched. The studio created 3D environments, clearly inspired by pop art, and played with them, flattened them and reduced them from 3 to 2 dimensions. Although all the items tend to appear flat, they were all built and crafted in 3 dimensions. Posters and short videos are the element of the up filling campaign.

8. Furniture for contemporary cats successful kickstarter

Meyou_furniture_allFrench design duo Aude & Guillaume have successfully accomplish they goal of producing a set of 3 furnitures for cats. Their remark was that more and more people buy design objects and give lot of attention to the home furnishing but they easily leave out the animals items. Therefore the designers imagined 3 baskets, the cube, the ball and the bed in order to satisfy both the animals and the owners. The animal can enjoy the natural materials and sharpen their nails over it, the owner can finally buy a design piece not hitting a wrong note in the room.

9. Now available in Japan ‘Nameless paint’

nameless_paintA young Japanese design duo has changed the way children get to learn about colors. The name of the color can be overlooked and they can be identified by the colors themselves– here the name of the project ’Nameless Paints’. Ima Moteki created 10 color paints identifiable by a colored circle on the packaging indicating the proportions of the primary color each tube contains. The kids could have a more intuitive idea about how colors are composed and somehow understand how the printing process goes.

10. October 3NTA rotating editor: Rome

Rome the ‘Schizopoliz, diagnosis of a mind deceased city’ is the rotating theme. Starting from this theme the rotating editor uploaded projects such as ‘Contemporary + Historical Rome’ in which the author looked for the element of union between the city, or urban design projects like ‘Green lines – a hanging bridge’.

rome_rotating_1Check the projects here:


Author: Giulia Fioravera