Tasmanian Designers apply for a week in the South of France.

2010 Vitra Design Museum Fellowship

I am not sure exactly how many Ponoko users there currently are in Tasmania, Australia but if you move their before June 4 it could be worth your while..

Tasmanian designers are invited to apply for the 2010 Vitra Design Museum Fellowship. The fellowship recipient will attend a week long design workshop held by an international artist, designer or architect at the Domaine de Boisbuchet, an idyllic country estate in rural south-west France.

The workshop will be part of the annual international summer seminar program held at Boisbuchet by CIRECA in co-operation with Vitra Design Museum and the Centre Georges Pompidou. The fellowship recipient will also be given a personal tour of the Vitra Design Museum and collection in Basel with curator Mathias Schwartz-Clauss. The week-long seminars focus on insights into the design process and the challenges of creativity, lateral thinking and practical skills. Applicants must read the conditions of participation and background information on the program at the Domaine de Boisbuchet site.

Landscape Engraved Series by Nando Costa

A forest, a mountain, the ocean.

These wood engraved artworks are part of a 10-piece limited edition series by Nando Costa. The original artwork for each image is created digitally and later engraved with a laser on an untreated block of maple.

“97141” Tillamook Forest pictured above was inspired by an area of Tillamook Forest, Oregon where Nando picks chanterelle mushrooms in the fall. The shapes at the top of the image represent the often cloudy weather of the region. The long shape at the bottom is the path through the trees seen here as heptagon shaped towers.

“22620” Barra da Tijuca refers to the zip code of Nando’s neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Depicting in an iconic way the beaches and mountains near his home, while also graphically representing some personal aspirations and goals.
The detailing is simply beautiful in each of the pieces which are available from Nando’s Etsy store.

Nando Costa is a Brazilian Graphic Artist focused in illustration and animation living in Portland, currently a partner at Bent Image Lab with previous clients including Absolut, Adobe, Apple, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, FOX, Hummer, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lexus, Microsoft, MTV, Napster, Nike, Timex, Warner, Zune (in alphabetical order).

Found via Vectorealism MAKE THINGS NOT SLIDES

Narrow Bedside Table by Formatwork

Flatpack Furniture in the Ponoko Showroom

The Narrow Bedside Table by Formatwork is made from laser cut hardboard. There are two of every part. Besides the sides, each part is used uniquely. The slots at the rear of the table top and upper shelf originated as slots to fit the tabs of the vertical panel at the rear of the upper shelf. These T-shaped and L-shaped slots that run to the back of the table allow for organization of power cords such as an alarm clock and phone charger.
The Ponoko process would be really well suited for making other smaller furniture items such as stools, children’s furniture and hacks to existing furniture. If your first prototype is produced in cardboard instead of hardboard or poplar, the cost of any corrections needed is greatly reduced.

The Narrow Bedside table is one of the most inexpensive pieces of furniture currently in the Ponoko showroom which indicates an efficiency of design by Formatwork. This design is also a great example of the scale of furniture suitable to be produced using Ponoko suh as items like stools, childrens furniture and product hacks. Initial prototypes can also be made in cardboard to reduce the cost of the first iterations before making the final product in hardboard, MDF or veneerboard.

Circuit Bent: Modified Toy Festival

Bent Festival in Dumbo, April 22-24, 2010

The Bent Festival is an annual art and music festival celebrating DIY electronics, hardware hacking, and circuit bending. Each year they invite artists from across the country and around the globe to perform music with their home-made or circuit bent instruments, teach workshops to adults and children alike, create beautiful art installations and to generally come together, face to face, and showcase the state of the art in DIY electronics and circuit bending culture.


Competition Fine Print

The large print giveth, but the small print taketh away.

Reading about the LG Design the Future competition via the Solidsmack Blog I was at first excited by the prospect of the generous first place prize of $20,000 Cash Award + 1 Wacom Intuos4 medium tablet (ARV of $349) + Autodesk industrial design software (ARV of $500) until reading further down the Solidsmack blog where Josh quotes the fine print:

All Designs will become the exclusive property of Sponsor, and none will be acknowledged or returned. You hereby waive any moral rights or any equivalent rights regarding the form or extent of any alteration to the Design or the making of any derivative works based on the Design, including, without limitation, photographs, drawings or other visual reproductions or the Design, in any medium, for any purpose. You acknowledge that LG owns all Designs whether patentable or unpatentable, and all works of authorship, whether copyrightable or uncopyrightable, made, developed, conceived, acquired, devised, discovered or created by you for this Contest. BY ENTERING A DESIGN IN THIS CONTEST YOU HEREBY IRREVOCABLE ASSIGN, CONVEY AND TRANSFER TO SPONSOR ANY AND ALL RIGHT, TITLE AND INTEREST IN THE DESIGN INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS EXISTING THEREIN.

So theoretically even if you do not win the competition you cannot legally use or modify the design ever again?

But then again LG is not renowned for ethical actions. From a recent recent article in the The Age Newspaper:

AN ELECTRONICS manufacturer with a history of making false environmental claims has been caught doctoring fridges to make them appear more energy efficient.

LG Electronics has agreed to compensate potentially thousands of consumers after two of its fridges – models L197NFS and P197WFS – were found to contain an illegal device that activates an energy-saving mode when it detects room conditions similar to those in a test laboratory.

The so-called circumvention device was discovered last month by consumer advocacy group Choice.

The device detects test conditions and activates the mode, creating the impression of lower running costs and energy usage. The devices have been banned in Australia since 2007.


However I am sure of the 28 competitions for April listed in a recent Ponoko blog post are more fair.

T shirt available at Zazzle

Punk Manufacturing

I Miss My Pencil

My contribution to my university library is to order as many cool books as possible to ensure that future generations of design students may get there eyes opened a little wider than the prerequisite CAD manuals, materials and processes textbooks, oh and of course Charles and Ray Eames (BTW they are not brothers).

Anyway, one that I ordered late last year almost because of the title alone was I Miss My Pencil: A Design Exploration By Martin Bone and Kara Johnson of IDEO, published by IDEO.

Petit Collage

Petit Collage is a line of modern wall decor and accessories with a vintage twist for children and grownups alike. Founder Lorena Siminovich, created the company in 2006 out of her love for illustration and design. Beginning with various styles of collages on wood, Petit Collage has now grown to include mobiles, posters, and licensed products.

Their Forest Friends Mobile is laser-cut from sustainably harvested bamboo plywood, an earth-friendly renewable resource. Due to the nature of the material, pieces will vary slightly in color and grain. Includes: 4 laser-cut pieces, hanging rod, and clear thread.

Their block puzzles are also cute and cheap…

Available in selected store and online..

Lift Hold & Roll

Get your design shown at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC with Future Perfect

The Future Perfect will be curating an ICFF show called Lift Hold Roll. The concept is based around three mechanical products that are essential to the process. These three objects are a pulley, a clamp, and a caster. The idea is to utilize any one of these objects in a finished project. You can use as many of the one object that you have chosen. The Future Perfect will provide you with one object of your choosing.

Criteria for submission:
-Short description describing your product and how you will use the pulley, clamp or caster provided
-A rough sketch of your idea
-concepts are due by 3/31/10
-final product are due to the store 5/1/10

The Future Perfect was born from the desire to showcase the newest and best in decorative arts and design. At once it is a store, shop, gallery and mecca, mixing talent from New York and the world. Founder Dave Alhadeff recognized that too much design seen in magazines or boutique windows relied on cleverness but, in the end, had no lasting or intrinsic beauty. In Brooklyn, things were different. Its designers were on to something fundamental and exquisite. In September of 2003, the store opened, celebrating local products and furniture with a party. Alhadeff’s Dad flirted with Williamsburg girls and made hot dogs while his Mom worked the register and made the sales. Soon after, The Future Perfect was alive and stocking up on designs and names from all over.

Design for Sustainability: Manufacture and material selection seminar

Tuesday 23 March 2010 from 8:30am to 12:30pm at East Melbourne Library and Community Centre, 122 George Street, East Melbourne

Over the next three months Design Victoria will present a Design for Sustainability seminar series. The three workshops will present design strategies to assist in the reduction of environmental stressors during each phase of the design cycle with first session focuing on manufacture and material selection.

The Manufacture and Material Selection workshop will present strategies aimed at reducing the ecological impact on the manufacturing and material selection phase of a product’s development. This workshop will benefit designers interested in integrating sustainable strategies and processes and benefiting from being part of the solution for a sustainable society.

It will introduce accessible open source tools to support the material selection process such as Material Intensity Per Unit of Service (MIPS) and Ecological Rucksacks (how much “stuff” it takes to make a product). Following these examples will be a hands-on project that looks to apply these skills.

Copyright Clinic in Canberra

For information about sponsorships, partnerships and donations to the arts.

The Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) is holding a free half day mentoring clinic in Canberra that will provide practical advice and tips on copyright to be held 2 June 2010 from 9:30am to 12:00pm.

Topics include:

– Overview of legislation for visual artists on moral rights and duration.
– Tips on protecting your copyright if working in Australia or overseas.
– Artists’ rights and responsibilities in relation to creative commons.
– Tips for dealing with possible infringements
– Protecting your artwork on the web (flickr, myspace and youtube)

The workshop will be presented by Ian McDonald, a senior legal officer with the Australian Copyright Council.
Download the registration form here.

What does AbaF do?

We make connections. We work with businesses large and small, arts organisations of all types, individual artists, trusts and foundations. We provide advice, professional development, volunteering and networking opportunities. Many of our services are free. Find out more about the AbaF approach.

Although mainly set up for visual artists, they have much online information and advice may apply to Ponoko users in Australia and around the world.