The Design Museum prepares to reopen with new promo film

Published 21 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, london, design museum

Sit back, relax, and enjoy shouting out the names of all the designers featured in this teaser film for the new Design Museum in London, opening in November 2016.

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New X-Rite AxF file to become a ‘Pantone chart’ for all material visualisation data

Published 21 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, rendering, automotive, nvidia, keyshot, x-rite, pantone

Colour science experts X-Rite and its more well known subsidiary Pantone have announced the release of the Appearance Exchange Format (AxF), a new file for the full communication of material visual appearance.

A vendor-neutral format, AxF claims to provide a standard way to store and share all relevant appearance data - colour, texture, gloss, refraction, translucency, special effects (sparkles) and reflection properties -  across PLM, CAD, and state-of-the art rendering applications within in a single, editable file in order to improve the virtualisation process.

The file supports all materials, from special-effects paints, leather, plastics, fabrics, wood, and brushed metals.

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Other reading // UX Design: The Definitive Beginner’s Guide

Published 21 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: book, ux

With advice from 15 varied designers from multiple industries like Laura Klein, Kate Rutter, Andy Budd, and Cindy Alvarez, this lightening fast blitz through the world of good user experience design for displays and more also drops in some career advice.

Available from UXPIN.

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Weekender: Sheffield Design Week

Published 21 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: exhibition, weekender, sheffield design week

Sheffield Design Week returns this weekend to showcase the city’s design and manufacturing heritage as well as its future

Sheffield Design Week uncovers the rich design heritage and future in one of the UK’s most creative northern cities.

Taking place annually, this week long festival plays host to an array of local, regional, national and international design, architectural and creative names with an exciting programme, including exhibitions, workshops, talks, design conferences, installations, product launches, open studios and walking trails.

The week’s worth of activity will join together venues across Sheffield and beyond in the 2016 celebration, with this weekend’s highlights coming from talks at My Fathers Heart (featuring Anwar Studio and Dwiss), seeking out the various mini pavilions across the city, before wrapping up the experience with a visit to the Made in Sheffield exhibition at the Millennium Gallery, showcasing the internationally-renowned making and manufacture that takes place in the city.

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Nintendo Switch opens designers thoughts to customised controls

Published 21 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, maker, nintendo, hacker

The Nintendo Switch controls system opens the market for customised designs to suit individual games

With Nintendo unveiling its new games console, the Nintendo Switch, its modular ‘Joy-Con’ controllers that can be removed from the traditional handheld controller and connected to a portable mini-display is definitely the biggest USP.

Nintendo are one of the most innovative and risk-taking of all the major console manufacturers, but already the general consensus is that it is on to a winner, with ideas flowing in fast for how the Joy Con system could be adapted to provide unique control set-ups for individual games.

Twitter user Ryan Salamanda’s idea for swapping out the right unit for a Pokémon Snap shutter-release button, a physical fishing reel or gun trigger gun attachment are great ideas - and although these are the musings of one excited gamer, given the entire Japanese maker community being embraced by manufacturers (like Olympus’ open platform camera design project), it wouldn’t surprise us to see this taken further.

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Ultimaker 3 joins list of desktop 3D printers targeting pro users

Published 20 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, rapid prototyping, fdm, ultimaker

The Ultimaker 3 range - heading to a workbench near you?

The next generation of Ultimaker’s 3D printing product line, the Ultimaker 3 has positioned the desktop machine ready to target the professional market.

With the bottom having well and truly fallen out of the consumer market, the Dutch company, like the rest of the desktop FDM 3D printer manufacturers, is hoping that designers and engineers will fall for its charms - having honed its abilities for swift and unfussy printing, and added dual extrusion and soluble support material.

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Virtalis moves into headsets for desktop VR immersion

Published 20 October 2016

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: hardware, visualisation, vr, virtalis

Visionary Render v1.3 now allows Virtalis’ VR technology to work on head mounted displays

This autumn sees personal desktop VR for designers receive a major boost with the release of Virtalis Visionary Render version 1.3, which will allow its software for large model CAD assemblies to run on VR headsets.

Known for its huge VR cave and VR cube technologies, the same software can now be used to create VR experiences using data heavy CAD data at a desktop level, with updated data importers looking to speed up the workflow, with the ability to drag and drop CAD files.

Built around a plug-and-play interface, the GUI is specifically for the new generation of consumer-priced head mounted displays, including Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. In addition, other desktop devices, such as the zSpace and stereo displays are also supported.

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