And for the Birds

Chind?gu bird feeder.

Ok this one may not be practical, laser cut or even ‘designed’ but it is DIY and kinda cute. Perhaps if the crumbs were spirited away via the tube to a bird feeder outside it would be a little more, hygienic.

via There I fixed it

KITTY KLIMBER by Catter Wallin’

Flat Pack for the Feline……

The Kitty Klimber shelf provides a purrfect feline transition point and is an excellent limited floor space solution. The Kitty Klimber is simple to assemble, easily mounts on walls and is made from eco-friendly materials.

Companion Kitty Kozy shelves (larger platform) are available in the Catter Wallin’ Showroom. And the Kitty Korner shelf (corner retreat) is currently in the prototype/design phase and will soon appear in the Catter Wallin’s Ponoko Showroom.

Game Changers: Social Design Competition

Design21, the social design network, is holding the competition ‘Game Changers‘ that challenges designers to design a game that aims to create change by improving lives or inspiring new behaviors.

A crisis can bring about change. It forces us to rethink our lives and our relationships and lead us to adopt new outlooks or rethink the way we do things. While the world has been rocked by a deep recession, many have seen the flip-side of this crisis as one of opportunity; the chance to start over, or reset priorities, to take initiative to create some positive and meaningful change in their lives, big or small.

The goal of this competition is to come up with the idea and design for a game that can improve lives or inspire new behaviors, whether personally, professionally or communally, to create change.

The game could teach an individual or a group new life skills or propose a more sustainable way of living, working or interacting either at home or in our community. It does not have to operate on a grand scale. Small is also welcome. The objective and spirit of the game should be to inspire or create positive change.

It can be a digital or online game, or take the form of a traditional board game, or simply be an activity that is interactive (like charades, for example). It can be designed for one, two or more ‘players’. But it must be a game and that also means involving an element of fun.

Your game must be clearly explained with images and words (not words alone).

In addition to the general judging criteria of overall effectiveness, creativity, practicality and aesthetics, which apply across all Design21 competitions, the judges for this competition will be looking for the quality of the idea and how well it responds to the brief.

The first prize winner will receive USD$2,000 and the second prize winner, USD $1,000.

Applications due 11 May 2010 For more information and to apply visit the DESIGN 21 site.

The DESIGN 21 series challenges designers of all disciplines to find solutions to social and global issues. It’s guided by UNESCO’s premise that education, science, technology, culture and communication are tools to spread knowledge and information, build awareness and foster dialogue.

Love Lace? Design Competition

Rethink Lace and win $20k

The International Lace Award seeks to encourage contemporary design and challenge conventional notions of lace and its application in the areas of fashion, the built environment and digital multimedia.

Professional and amateur artists, designers and practitioners around the world are invited to enter for the chance to be exhibited at the Powerhouse Museum and win a share of $40,000 (Australian dollars) in prize money.
The Award defines lace as an openwork structure whose pattern of spaces is as important as the solid areas.

Sounds perfect for some Ponoko laser cut delicacy from the likes of Nervous and Mizu.

Bowerbird Bazaar Design Market

26-28th of March, Adelaide, South Australia

Bowerbird Bazaar provides a dynamic and upmarket environment where local and interstate designers, artists and craftspeople are proud to showcase and promote their work. There is an emphasis on attracting the public and appropriate retailers, businesses and media from SA and interstate to create ongoing relationships, wholesaling opportunities and sales.

The inaugural event late last year was a huge success with designer makers selling their wares from all over Australia. There was a wide range of products from laser cut jewellery and hand printed textiles, through to up-cycled furniture and great coffee…..

The upcoming March event is booked out if you are considering setting up a stall to show your Ponoko products but applications are still open for the October event. As well as the chance to sell your products direct to customers, Bowerbird Bazaar also holds a VIP networking night on the Friday preceding each event for designer makers to court distributors and press…

Plastiki: A boat made from recycled plastic sails from San Fran to Sydney

Sailing on the seas of waste.

Plastiki is a A 60-foot catamaran built of recycled PET and reclaimed plastic bottles with British eco-adventurist David de Rothschild at the helm.

The Plastiki will set out to promote waste, and how it may be harnessed while undertaking the task of sailing from San Francisco to Sydney. De Rothschild was originally inspired by a news story about the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” floating in the Pacific Ocean. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a giant floating debris field, composed mostly of bits and pieces of plastic, in the northwest Pacific Ocean, about a thousand miles off the coast of California and it covers a vast area of hundreds, maybe even thousands, of miles of open ocean .

De Rothschild spent the last several years developing the Plastiki along with “a handpicked crew of leading scientists, adventurers and creatives.” They are about to set sail, and you can track their voyage online..

original concept by Emily?

via Karen Day at Cool Hunting

Finders Keepers: markets for contemporary independent art and design

Now accepting applications for their Sydney 2010 event.

The Finders Keepers has a growing reputation in the art and design industry for showcasing new emerging designers and helping them gain exposure and opportunities to develop their brand presence with retailers and the media. The markets brings together new emerging and contemporary independent artists and designers of original and high creative standards across 80 stalls.
The markets will be held 7 and 8 May 2010 at Carriageworks contemporary art centre in Sydney’s inner west.

Event organisers aim to always introduce new designers and new product to cater for a wide range of our customers and supporters. Every market event is completely unique with new designers always introduced and the rotation of existing stallholders from previous events. Markets entry is free and the event will feature free live music, with a cafe and bar open all day.

Hangerpak: Coathanger/Packaging

sounds dumb but somehow very cool

The concept was fairly simple: I buy t-shirts online and they always come wrinkled and I always run out of coat-hangers. So I designed a sustainable, reusable way to send and keep your t-shirts. As you open the package you create a coat hanger. The packaging could be made from recycled material whether it is card or plastic and the only waste is the green tear-away tab.

The Hangerpak project won a FIRST prize in the D&AD Student Awards 2007 category ‘What else do you do?’.

Steve Haslip is a graphic designer originally from a small village in the South of England, UK. He has just graduated from the MFA Design course at the School of Visual Arts New York. Since completing his undergraduate studies at Central Saint Martins he has undertaken internships and been working as a freelance designer.

While you are at his site, check out his Bipolar Chair. nasty and nice…

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Australian Design Museum Show

Snapshot of Australian Design at Shapiro

Featuring the works of Marc Newson, Khai Liew, Daniel Emma, Takeshi Iue, Adam Goodrum, Andy Vagg and more, the Australian Design Museum Show at Shapiro is tidy little snapshot of contemporary Australian design.

Daniel Emma's Solids

Curated by Sarah King of Arp design store in Hobart the exhibition “should encompass as much good Australian design as possible, across all levels of production, from handmade work to pieces in production by local and European manufacturers – and cover all types of design; furniture, objects, graphics, architecture, craft and more.”

Takeshi Iue's 'Habit Chair'

All pieces are one-off, prototype or limited edition, so that most of the pieces in the show would not be seen or available anywhere else and so that they fit the museum banner. This is the kind of exhibition we are used to seeing at places like Object Gallery or the Powerhouse, with the simple exception that all the work is available for purchase (ahem, Newson prototype is AU$75,000).

Andy Vagg's 'Hanger Bowl'

Top Image Double Dutch and Harvey Chair by Khai Liew.
The Australian Design Museum Show runs from 24 February to 7 March 2010 at Shapiro, 162 Queen St. Woolhara.

The Prototype and the Demo Tape

The 4-Track Recorder and the MakerBot

Looking back to a time before mp3’s and myspace, the best way to get your music heard if you were a budding musician was to play loads of gigs, and record a demo tape which you could then sell at gigs, get played on community radio stations and maybe even score a deal with an independent or major record label. With recording a demo tape you had a few options with varying degrees of cost, quality and success.

The cheapest option was to plug a microphone into your parents stereo system and record the entire band in one take, sure this often led to terrible results that no-one outside of the band and your parents ever heard but a valuable lesson was learnt.

The next option was to pool all the money from your gigs and pay for time in a recording studio, this often leads to a very clean recording with some very wooden performances as you rush through takes, ever aware of the cost of recording time. At the end of the process you are then subject to the sound engineers interpretation as they mix the music in the way they think it should go because “you don’t know what he means by compressing the mid range and he has 30 years experience and constant tinnitus”

The other option was to buy a Tascam 4-track recorder from your local pawnbroker, borrow a couple of microphones from your sisters friend and start recording your own music. The freedom to experiment, record multiple takes, overdub, bounce down and generally have fun with the recording process would hone your songwriting skills, and give you a better idea of what works in a composition. It also gives you an advantage when it comes time to make a ‘professional recording’ as you will have learnt how to get ‘your sound’ recorded and a little more terminology to help communicate that to a sound engineer.

Taking the same idea to a DIY product design, the landscape is a little different but some of the principles are the same.