Last month we reported on the opening weekend of the new Hatch Live tournament—a sort of Cut+Paste-like competition with the end goal of having a unique, manufacturable design. Well, after a month’s worth of tournament weekends, this past weekend saw the championship round between talented designers Wil Rodriguez-Joglar and Nelson Ayala as they battled out a unique and original lamp design in front of a live audience. With $4000 cash money, a ‘Designer in Residence’ exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and a personal portfolio review and brunch with former Editor-in-Chief of Surface Magazine Dan Rubenstein, the champion will most certainly have something to rightfully brag about for the next few months. We had a chance to catch up with the lucky champ to hear more about their experience after competing through the entire tournament, as well as advice for the next round of competitors in the next tournament.
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the (RED) charity auction curated by Jony Ive and Marc Newson—particularly in regards to their one-of-a-kind desk and Leica camera designs. Well, it all goes down tomorrow (Saturday 11/23) at Sotheby’s in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. In preparation for the auction, Sotheby’s held a limited-engagement exhibition to show off the 43 objects that represent some of the best achievements in design over the last century ranging from furniture design to surfboards and record players to spacesuits. Jony, Marc, and (RED) co-founder Bono were even in attendance on Friday to answer questions, stand by their favorite items, and most importantly, get people hyped up about a great cause. SolidSmack stopped by to see what the fuss was all about and grabbed some pics of the items before they head off into the hands of buyers. Here’s some of our favorites in the 43-piece auction lot.
Few industrial designers have branded themselves with flamboyant tastes and pink outfits, yet Karim Rashid has created a solid name for himself as a multi-disciplinary designer who has worked with everybody from Alessi to Coca Cola and Dupont to Dirt Devil. With his creative direction guiding everything from product design to branding and even fine art, perhaps it comes with little surprise that his latest project doesn’t come in the form of visual design at all, but rather in the form of an Electro-Pop album where he shares his philosophies on design and the world at large.
For those who have been using Adobe’s Creative Cloud since its recent release, it has been a sort of blessing on multiple levels. With a simple Creative Cloud account, a user can active or deactivate the entire Adobe software suite on up to two computers—and if you want to use Adobe After Effects for a specific image presentation project but don’t want that extra space hogging up your hard drive 24/7, using it is as simple as downloading it from within the Creative Cloud app, using it for your project, and then removing it once you’re done. For those who don’t need access to the entire Creative Cloud Suite, Adobe is offering a special discount through December 2, 2013 for those looking to upgrade their Photoshop experience and move into the Cloud with less strain on their wallets.
With 70% more customer presentations than the previous year, you would be hard-pressed to not find something interesting at Dassault Systèmes’ 2013 North America Customer Forum—a sort of showcase of how users and companies are using Dassault Systèmes’ software for various applications. From the impressive keynote speakers who dove into the future of STEM education to the various company presentations highlighting how they use Dassault Systèmes’ 3D Experience ‘Compass’ to streamline their workflows, the event summed up just how far Dassault Systèmes’ reach is in multiple industries and sectors. For those who couldn’t make it out this year, here’s some of the highlights.
For centuries the chair has been the quintessential design challenge for creative minds the world over. How can I possibly do something new with this old form?—is a question that many designers have asked themselves over the ages, while trying to infuse their sitting-devices with style that is markedly their own. Fortunately for twenty-first century creators, there are many more materials and machining processes available than there once were, and a much broader palette of customer tastes to appease with them. These are certainly angles that designer and architect Alexander Gendell has intelligently channeled in the development of his new company Folditure, and in the profoundly innovative folding furniture that it produces.
We’re always talking about the future of design, the future of technology, the future of MAKING. In a world where we can interact with empty space, a world where we can 3D print our own shower curtain rings and bionic ears, a world where we’ll be sending people to space for vacation, how do we find the next ‘big thing’? Maker Galaxy is a show that explores the crossroads of Design, Technology, and the Future of Making. In this episode, we’ll be talking with Ali Kashani and Jon Hallam of Energy Aware about their new product that aims to make ordinary homes Smart. Their Neurio platform enables users to monitor their home’s power use in real-time as well as automate processes through a home’s breaker panel. Currently, Neurio is available on Kickstarter with 14 days left of funding—and they’ve already met their goal so go get yours.
At this point in the history of technology, most of us have become pretty familiar with electronic paper or “e-paper”—it is the wild invention that is responsible for the high-contrast black-and-white screens in our eBook readers. It produces the non-backlit, sharp and focused images that enable us to endure marathon digital reading with visuals that are easy on the eyes.
Perhaps you’re one of those fine folks who enjoys a leisurely ride around your village in a tweed suit and impeccably-kept vintage bicycle (the real kind, not the re-issues). For most riders, having that much cool-factor is borderline uncomfortable, and I’m sure the tweed suit doesn’t help make the riding comfortable either. For the rest of us, the Concept 1865 Velocipede brings the best of both worlds into one seamless machine: the form factor of the original 19th century two-wheeled vehicle with today’s modern bicycle materials. Tweed suit optional.
Live design competitions have been one of the best ways for new (and existing) designers to showcase their chops and get great exposure without having to pull out their portfolios. Additionally, watching a mouse arrow dive through command menus and toolbars can be one of the best ways of re-imagining a software program or getting inside the creative mind of a fellow designer. Hatch Live is the latest live design competition from new collaborative design platform Hatch Hub that sits two competitors in front of a projected screen while they battle out designing a product in a fast-paced 5 round, 80 minute period. We stopped by the very first competition last week in NYC to check out this unique take on competitive speed-modeling and talked with the competitors about modeling under pressure in front of a live audience.