WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO MAKE AN EXPERIMENT ?

“What Does It Mean To Make An Experiment?” is a research project between KADK’s School of Design and CITA set to investigate the position, role and significance of the experiment within design led research.

Daniel Charny presented the opening keynote asking: are experiments really a part of design practice as much as designers claim ? or does the reoccurring lack of hypothesis, method and rigour mean it’s a misguided use of the concept ?  Where does experimental design take place and who is actually experimenting with design?  These questions were intended to set the scene for the symposium at KADK, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, organised by Lecturer in Textile Design Mary Ann Hansen and CITA Associate Professor Martin Tamke.

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MAKE + SHOW + READ

With new programmes come new websites and so the CONNECT/ZA’s MAKER LIBRARY NETWORK, designed and delivered by Koby Barhad and Jim Rhodes, has arrived! Now including the recently joined Maker Library in the MACHINES ROOM @LIMEWHARF, in East London and soon also Maker Library at MOAD Johannesburg. New events across the network can be seen on the June events pogramme and additional downloads in the resources section including the original Open Design Manifesto & Italic Shelves by Ronen Kadushin. An exciting new section is the start of our Mentor’s Pool which includes inspiring makers such as Bethany Koby and Daniel Hirschmann, the founders of Technology Will Save Us and the artist and co-founder of Troika Conny Freyer.

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MEANWHILE…AT THE LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 2013

LDF is gearing up for the 2013 festival and this year among the many events it looks like there are more critical debates than ever before. Is this a classic sign of recession prone low cost events or a step up towards a proactive culture of enterprising engagement? With platforms as varied as the international Global Design Forum heavyweights to the experimental off-ground TREEHUB it definitely seems more of the latter.

Daniel Charny will be taking part in a number of these across town. First up is the mysterious secret speaker TREE/HUB sessions on technology in Peckham, a new discussion format focusing on the topic; other speakers include Stuart Bannocks, James Bridle, Gregory Epps, Sam Hill, Matt Ward and Dominic Wilcox. The following week on 18th September at the V&A Daniel will join Nico Macdonald‘s discussion on Productive Partnerships along with Andy Huntington from BERG.

Later this month, on the 29th of September, the Design Council will host a Bee Lab Breakfast conversation on Open Design, where the panel will be responding to the question ‘Just because it is open, does that mean it’s good ?’ Daniel will speak alongside Robert Phillips and Tom Hulme to name a few. On the 8th of October (is that still the LDF?) Daniel will participate in the public debate around The Future is Here at the Design Museum.

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ONE YEAR OLD FIXPERTS POP UP IN LONDON DESIGN WEEK 2013

Fixperts will have pride of place at this year’s London Design Festival invited by Disegno and Brompton Design District to participate in its inaugural 3-day design market on Exhibition Road September 19-21. Come visit and join the Fixperts who will be there to explain, ask and listen to ideas on how this unexpected project can grow.

The LDF team has also enterprisingly invited Fixperts co-founders James Carrigan and Daniel Charny to present the creative social initiative to an expert panel and the international audience of the Global Design Forum, in a new format titled:’Five by Five: Ideas to shake the world’. Having launched the Fixperts pilot during the LDF last year it will be a very exciting way to wrap up an incredible first year !

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IS IT ART, SCIENCE, CRAFT OR TECHNOLOGY

British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) held its annual conference under the broad theme of “Design Invention, Art and Science Collide” at the RIBA in London. Chaired by Aidan Walker, Professor Sue TimneyDeyan Sudjic and Daniel Charny discussed issues around the question  “How is technology redefining craft ?”. Other speakers along the day included Ab Rogers, Professor Penny Sparke and Thomas Heatherwick.

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ARTS FOUNDATION PRODUCT DESIGN AWARD 2012

The Judging panel for the Arts Foundation Product Design Fellowship Award 2012 this year included Daniel Charny, Michelle Ogundehin: Editor of Elle-Deco and Deyan Sudjic: Director of the Design Museum, London. The nominees selection exposed the dichotomy at the heart of product design which emerging design professionals face. Cultural production or main stream relevance. Few manage to capture both but those that do, do so through challenging preconceptions. The shortlist this year gives voice to the diversity of the field, though one strand seemed under represented, in that the nominations concentrated more on designers that drive their own practice and fewer of those harder to identify industrial design talents that are imbedded in design teams.

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DESIGN THINKING AT SMIT 2011 MEDICAL INNOVATION CONFERENCE

The 23rd International Conference of the Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (SMIT), chaired by the innovative surgeon Amir Szold invited a keynote on Design Thinking and how to work with designers. The talk by Daniel Charny reviewed the development of the profession of industrial design as a strategic practice suggesting to the inventors, engineers and medical innovation leaders to integrate design and designers from the very early stages of their projects. The talk also presented recent ground breaking work from the Helen Hamlyn Design Centre.

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POWER OF MAKING PUBLICATION

Published by the V&A Museum to coincide with the exhibition Power of Making, opening September 6 2011, this series of essays edited and introduced by Daniel Charny includes new pieces by anthropologist Danny Miller, cultural historian and educationalist  Christopher Frayling, Applied arts historian Martina Margetts, curator and artist  Ele Carpenter, science fiction author  Bruce Sterling and a recently conducted interview with Director of the Center for Bits and Atoms Neil Gershenfeld. The images selected from the exhibits are accompanied by short poetic captions commissioned from author Patricia Rodriguez. Designed by Oscar & Ewan. For full details check here.

Images from CRblog.

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RCA PLATFORM10 GRADUATES 2011 NEW WORK PART 2

Four more projects by Design Products students from the group working with Roberto Feo and Daniel Charny include: QR U? a project about exploring and controlling online identity by Thorunn Arnadottir ; Fast assembly studio furniture bracket system by Thomas Hatfield; From Here For Here local materials for local product, pencil making mini factory for the Royal College of Art students by Ariane Prin and Lightweight trestles and heavyweight coat-hangers by Benjamin Whistle (Images on their way).

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RCA PLATFORM10 GRADUATES 2011 NEW WORK PART 1

Design Products students of Roberto Feo and Daniel Charny presented diverse and progressive work in their recent degree show. The 2011 show was very well received, but what will the next steps be for these promising people and their intriguing projects?

This years work included: two light construction furniture systems and folding boat (in collaboration with Arno Mathias) by Max Frommeld; an interactive communication project for people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions to play, explore and express feelings by Lingjing Yin; a set of whimsical Stacking Vessels made with traditional and experimental techniques and a project in Processed Paper, by Pia Wusterman; a sustainable Make Your Own shoes kit and open source Make Your Own chair by James Tooze. More projects in next post.

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