...a warm cup of coffee, good music on the background... Now let's have a relaxed, informal conversation about design.
• Sook: the social networking recipe generator with electronic tongue, by
Adam Brodowski, Savannah College of Art and Design, USA.
• Coox: the rollaway cooking table, by Antoine Lebrun, L'Ecole de Design
Nantes Atlantique, France.
• E-bag: the kinetic energy-powered cooler bag, by Apore Püspöki, Moholy-
Nagy University of Arts and Design, Budapest, Hungary.
• Stratosphere: the sanitizing clothes rack/valet, by Atilla Sáfráni, Moholy-
Nagy University of Arts and Design, Budapest, Hungary.
• iBasket: the Wi-Fi-connected clothes hamper and washing machine, by
Guopeng Liang, Tongji University, China.
• Vesta: the foldaway cooktop with RFID scanner, by Matthias Pinkert, HTW
Dresden (FH) University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
• Drawer Kitchen: the desk-drawer hotplate and fridge, by Nojae Park, Chiba
• Flatshare: the modular fridge solution for shared living spaces, by Stefan
Buchberger, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria.
• Scan Toaster: the USB toaster that prints news, weather and snapshots
onto slices of toast, by Sung Bae Chang, Sejong University, South Korea
The Philosopher Goethe believed that colours were 'Deeds of Light' and classified colour into three categories, of 'powerful', 'gentle' and radient. Fast forward to the Digital Age and we are dealing with pixels to mix colours, not paint. Wikipedia explains that Colour is 'the visual perceptual property corresponding in humans to the categories called red, yellow, blue and others. Colour derives from the spectrum of light (distribution of light energy versus wavelength) interacting in the eye with the spectral sensitivities of the light receptors.' The online colour system called the hexadecimal system works in a similar way, with a series of six digits or letters denoting the proportion of Red, Blue and Green in each shade. Starting with 00000 for black (for the absence of colour) and finishing with FFFFF for white (all colours on full). Red is FF0000 (with red on full, but no green or blue), and following this logic you can see that Green would be 00FF00 and Blue 0000FF. (via)Anyway, there are some interesting tools... and some are just for fun: COLORS TOOLBOX: 20+ Tools For Working With Colors. The colour palette generator is a good idea if you hate the default choice of colours on your powerpoints. I already wrote about the asciifier... in colour! But the weirdest widget must be the comics cartoon maker... I couldn't resist to try as you can see.
The design forum is intended to engage participants in discussion and design activity aimed at creating new generation learning environments in higher education. An important aspect of the forum is its aim to promote inter-disciplinary approaches to the design and development of improved learning environments. The 2008 Design Forum will focus on the challenge of creating more effective on-campus learning environments beyond the regular classroom. In particular, it will address the design and development of:
- a ‘learning commons’
- external settings to enliven the campus and create a more engaging environment for staff and students
- the challenge and opportunities presented by campus heritage buildings.
Like the previous design forum, this event is designed to engage participants in small, inter-disciplinary teams in real-life design activity based on actual campus settings drawn from the HKU context. However, the intention is to build the participant’s knowledge and skills in ways that can be applied in their own professional role at their respective institution.
All new Leonard Cheshire Disability's Creature Discomforts characters are now online at www.CreatureDiscomforts.org, ahead of a six week campaign to change attitudes to disability. Here's the press release:
Disabled people have the same desires and aspirations as non-disabled people, in work, education and relationships. The new animations will challenge people's low expectations about what disabled people can do.
The new characters are based on the unscripted voices of young disabled people talking about the issues that affect their lives. The first animation available on the website challenges public perceptions of disabled people, relationships and sex.
Leonard Cheshire Disability's new report on perceptions of disability and relationships, Up Close and Personal, challenges long-held assumptions that disabled people don't - or can't - have a relationship. Key findings include:
The Aardman team has created another four characters for the charity's campaign including a blind chameleon, an owl and a shrimp in wheelchairs, and a hearing impaired Cheshire cat.
From next Wednesday and throughout the summer the characters will appear in adverts on ITV, online and at bus stops in the UK. The adverts will be gradually revealed online over the next two weeks. So, to see them first, keep checking back at www.CreatureDiscomforts.org.
Mathematica Player is an innovative new take on viewer applications. Rather than just a reader, like Acrobat Reader, or a thin runtime, like Flash Player, Mathematica Player has the full Mathematica engine embedded right there --ready to make documents come alive or to power applets. (Of course, don't forget it can read notebooks too!) Because Player-interactive documents are so easy to make using Mathematica 6 technology, thousands of these are already freely available at The Wolfram Demonstrations Project--with more supplied each day by researchers, educators, students, and professionals. Yet there's one aspect that's just like other players: it's free. Download it now.