46 years later: has the industrial design profession changed?

Published 31 January 2013

Posted by Tanya Weaver

Article tagged with: design, industrial design, career, industrial designer

I came across a brilliant video this afternoon posted by Click Industrial Design via their twitter account; it’s from the 60’s and is well worth watching if you’re a product or industrial designer.

It’s posted on the youtube channel of Good Design Australia, an international design promotion organisation, and was produced in 1967 to promote the new profession of industrial design to students.

So, almost five decades later, how relevant is this video? Very it seems.

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Dyson get us talking, but about what?

Published 30 January 2013

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, industrial design, dyson, marketing, australia

You might have spotted this video already; a whirr of robotic machinery and lasers producing what is purported to be the latest Dyson product. But what’s it going to be?

Dyson has a reputation as a British success story: a direct descendent of the heroes of British industry, building faultless machines of unerring quality. Yet to be frank, they make things that suck and things that blow, and nobody, NOBODY, is allowed to mention the ill-fated washing machine.

So far guesses we’ve spotted include an electric bicycle, a blender and a toaster, but after a little hunting around we’ve found that the three new products, to be launched in Sydney Australia on 19 February, will be commercial products utilising a new ‘digital motor’.

The Australian press invite for Dyson’s latest launch [via current.com.au]

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The year ahead: #13 Al Dean

Published 29 January 2013

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, design, cloud, 2013, al

We asked 13 movers, shakers and thinkers from different industry sectors what they reckon the big trends, developments and challenges will be in their sector in the coming year. This is what they had to say:

Al Dean - Editor-in-Chief, DEVELOP3D

Al Dean

I’m starting to think that 2013 is the year when everything will change with regards to mobile and web-based design. The cloud offers so much potential in terms of flexible working, greater collaboration and a set of tools that support the design and development process.

At present, many of the tool developers are looking at the cloud as a new way to deliver their products to users. The days of the heavy, local only client are numbered — there’s no real reason why ‘CAD in the cloud’ can’t work. What has to shift is the structure beneath it. It’s no good just putting your existing apps on a server somewhere and giving people access.

No-one really just wants their dad’s CAD tool that runs in a restrictive set of browsers.

What 2013 will see is the introduction of a new set of tools with a collaborative structure that offers something over and above what’s in the market today. Adoption can only grow from users realising the benefits of the cloud, but only when a set of tools is delivered that gives them that something extra.

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The year ahead: #12 Alice Taylor

Published 28 January 2013

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, rapid prototyping, 3d printing, alice taylor, makielabs

We asked 13 movers, shakers and thinkers from different industry sectors what they reckon the big trends, developments and challenges will be in their sector in the coming year. This is what they had to say:

Alice Taylor -  CEO, MakieLab

Alice Taylor

2013 is going to be a year where we see a bunch more consumer-facing 3D printed things hitting the market, some of them ‘internet of things’ capable too. That’s pretty exciting.

And it’s the year of FDM nipping at the heels of SLS: now that a well-calibrated sub £2k printer can print at 80 microns, SLS needs to start to be really quite scared.

I want to see plastic colours hitting the market for SLS, but I’m not confident we’ll see much in this area, and this is SLS’s Achilles heel, I’m sad about 3D Systems going after FormLabs, so I’m hoping there’ll be some patent suit failings in 2013 too and that the likes of Form - innovative, agile, beautiful design sense - aren’t crushed by the system.

www.makielab.com

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The year ahead: #11 Tom Kurke

Published 25 January 2013

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: hardware, geomagic, scanning, tom kurke

We asked 13 movers, shakers and thinkers from different industry sectors what they reckon the big trends, developments and challenges will be in their sector in the coming year. This is what they had to say:

Tom Kurke - President and Chief Operating Officer, Geomagic

Tom Kurke

In 2013 we will move through the tipping point of the create/modify/make ecosystem.

Low cost 3D content acquisition, combined with simple, powerful tools will create the 3D content pipeline required for more mainstream 3D printing adoption. 

Sensors, like the Microsoft Kinect, the LeapMotion device, and our own Sensable haptic devices, will unlock new interaction paradigms with reality, once digitised.

Despite the innovation, intellectual property concerns will abound, as we are at the dawn of the next ‘Napster’ era, this one for 3D content.

www.geomagic.com

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The year ahead: #10 Martyn Day

Published 24 January 2013

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: kickstarter, martyn day, mayans

We asked 13 movers, shakers and thinkers from different industry sectors what they reckon the big trends, developments and challenges will be in their sector in the coming year. This is what they had to say:

Martyn Day - Consulting Editor, DEVELOP3D

Martyn Day

If you are reading this, I guess the Mayans were wrong after all! Making predictions is a tricky art, so let’s see… in the US, the ‘Makers’ are certainly making their presence felt, sustaining a whole culture where product design, manufacture and funding are becoming available to individuals with good ideas.

Kickstarter, one of the key drivers for this mini-revolution, is coming to the UK. This online crowd funding platform has helped many people with ideas make products, start firms and employ people. I sincerely hope that there is the same entrepreneurial spirit in the UK as the US and that we get a similar impetus to make and produce some new ‘Dysons’.

The other power house driving this is the rise of ‘Techshops’ or hackspaces, where all the latest tools and training are on hand to produce prototypes and refine ideas. The government needs to start funding these workshops. At $500,000 a shot, they’re great investments for the future of UK designs.

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Live blog from SolidWorks World 2013

Published 23 January 2013

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: solidworks, dassault systemes, dassault systèmes, solidworks world, conference, exhibition

Good morning from SolidWorks World - one of those massive user-centric events that you’ve always found the idea of highly exciting/slightly bemusing.

As your man on the ground I’ll be trying to shake this hangover and bring you all the latest news with regular updates from what’s going on here in this massive Disney Orlando hotel and conference centre (with limited wifi) - other stuff will just appear via our Twitter account @develop3d and my slightly less professional musings at @swearstoomuch.


Wednesday

We’re back for day three. I say we, there’s noticeably fewer people here this morning.

This might be as a result of it being the last day, or the consequences of last night’s fun trip out: A free bar + unlimited rides in a theme park. What could possibly have gone wrong?

8.30 - The thumping French electro intro is back and deafening the press pen, accompanied by some video footage of yesterday’s keynotes and the less wasted people at the theme park last night.

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