‘Good’ hardware design can be defined as making sure products are created with great respect towards the customers needs through form and function. However, with the ever-growing shift from hardware to software (specifically mobile apps and websites), are companies now designing in order to disrespect the customers needs?
How many things do you own?
Is one of the first questions an experimentalist would ask you. For most of us in the Global North, the number is immense. Abundance, however, does not seem to bring us satisfaction. Impelled by constant advertisement and the unspoken pressure of capitalist society we consume perpetually, striving to keep up with trends, fashion and new tech.
Feeding a growing population sustainably is an urgent policy and design
issue, for which new technology can only be part of the solution
From carrying passengers to supplying energy, companies are collaborating to design innovative business opportunities. But do the collaborations benefit all partners?
In today’s virtual world, traditional British crafting methods are in steep decline (Henley, 2014). Skills such as cricket ball making, gold beating (Cohen, 2017), wheelwrights and sieve manufacturing have all but
disappeared (Sawyer, 2017). The reasons for the slow death of the British
artisanal industry are numerous. The question is: what can be done to
reverse this trend?
Full of ideas on how to innovate and solve world problems: designers and organizations come up with the most promising ideas to change the world and lives of people. But, how do we know if value is created or if opportunities are wasted? Continue reading “Measuring Social Impact: Truly Creating Value or Fooling Yourself?”
UK creative industries were worth £84.1 billion to the UK economy in 2016 (gov.uk, 2016) with job growth in the sector at 2.6%, higher than the rate for the economy overall (at 1.6%), making it the fastest growing industry (Gov.uk, 2015). Within the sub-categories of this sector, design jobs (fashion, graphic and product design) were the area with the biggest growth, increasing by 22% from 2011 to 2013 (gov.uk, 2015). Therefore, this begs the question as to why there is a stigma against taking creative design degrees at university when the UK economy needs designers.
What Is Artificial Intelligence? Is it the suggestive ability of your smart home device, the personal assistance of Apple’s Siri, or the revolutionary self-driving vehicles by Tesla? The answer is all of the above. Continue reading “How Will Artificial Intelligence Impact Our Future?”
Within the last decade, there has been a drastic shift in the world of production, pushing towards a democratisation of knowledge and tools for production and design for manufacture. (Wolf, 2012) This has come about through several innovations, such as Arduino and cloud computing, as well as movements, such as the Rep-rap movement, maker/hackerspaces, and online tutorial repositories.