Tuesday, March 4, 2014

COLORS 88: Protest

A Survival Guide

COLORS 88: Protest tells stories of how protests start, spread, triumph, are repressed and sometimes become revolutions. From South Korea's anti-uprising volunteer corps to female drivers in Saudi Arabia; from Mexico's labor rights superheroes to fully-armed guns rights demonstrators in the United States; from the pigs left to roam the main square of Nairobi, Kenya, to Palestinians dressing like blue aliens from Hollywood film Avatar, we've interviewed, photographed, and illustrated popular uprising across the world. Plus, Occupy, Tahir, FEMEN sextremists and a series of illustrated DIY protest techniques and strategies: how to use a mattress as a shield, chain yourself to a tree, and hold your breath until it’s all over.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

IdN v20n6: Edible Graphics

Designing for Food

Even though everyone has to eat to survive, persuading us to buy certain food items or dine in certain restaurants can be a tricky proposition, so fierce is the competition in both cases. Put an identical product in both plain and designed packaging and it is a pretty sure bet which will outsell the other. The issue features projects related to food – designed to make you drool by 14 food-conscious creatives. Grab them while they’re still hot off the drawing board!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

IdN Extra 09: Red Thread

Navigating the labyrinth of contemporary communication design

Red Thread looks inside the Communication Design program at Swinburne University of Technology, one of the premiere programs of its kind internationally. The book focuses on the ground breaking Industry Placement program and the Honours curriculum, two components that make the course one of the most emulated for its excellence in design teaching and practice. Featuring interviews with a group of outstanding young Australian designers who have experienced the program, the book discusses the value of industry exposure in supporting the needs of industry and advancing its stakes. Essays by current staff address the program’s key emphases and its role in supporting designers transition to industry.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Design for Asia Award (DFAA) 2013 10 Grand Awards and 3 Special Awards

DFA Grand Award 2013
Project Title: Lucky Shophouse
Winning Company: CHANG Architects (Singapore)

It keeps within all the rules of renovation but it also breaks the rules. With the creation of a back entrance and a courtyard in the middle, it redefines the anatomy of traditional shophouse with a simple floor plan. Nobody has ever done it.  Kelley Cheng, DFAA 2013 Judge

Synopsis: The Singapore renowned architectural project, designed by CHANG Architects, focused on re-build the 1920s shophouse that was previously home to the Lucky Bookstore, a typical of Singapore’s traditional urban vernacular. The architects wanted to reveal and celebrate the property’s authentic original heritage in its full glory, integrating with today’s modern lifestyle to create a comfortable yet contemporary home. The revitalization of the original building is to create different ambient permutations, ranging from degrees of daylight to level of natural ventilation.  The shophouse would have been responsive to its environment and grants the Good Green Award and International Architectural Award from the Chicago Athenaeum for its’ famous of the climate-responsive features and respect for Asian heritage and values.

DFA Grand Award 2013
Project Title: Hyundai Card Design Library
Winning Company: Hyundai Card (Korea)

The concept of combining traditional Korean and contemporary structures is not new, but it is rare to find one that is so nicely executed.”  Kelley Cheng, DFAA 2013 Judge

Synopsis: The Hyundai Card Design Library is one of the World’s greatest design library, Designed by ONE O ONE, the venue adopts half-library and half-exhibition space with the glue of a generously sized café to encourage people to linger over literary works.  The library, with over 11,000 book titles, is accessible to Hyundai Card holders only, aiming at creating exclusivity for visitors relaxing and focusing on study. Embedded high technology in the library, the full collection of titles is accessible from an App that’s been developed for the library’s own iPads throughout the library, enabling a peaceful reading environment of natural light influx. Located in Gahoe-dong, Korean’s most signature historic district of Seoul, the library is praised for the well adaptation into surrounding environment through the striking symbol of modern-meeting-traditional in architectural sense.

DFA Grand Award 2013 & DFA Special Award for Technology
Project Title: TOYOTA Automated Guided Container Transport System

A high-tech system that saves on manpower and gives us another chance to revive Japan’s maritime industry-this is very important because of the country’s ageing society.”
Tetsuyuki Hirano, DFAA 2013 Judge

Synopsis: Designed by TOYOTA, the innovative kit consists of a series of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and a sophisticated computer program that controls close coordination with quay and yard cranes, crossing gates and other equipment involved in the transport process.  The AGVs system is introduced to conduct remotely automatic transportation that greatly enhances work efficiency, handling capacity and reducing the danger of staff injury from heavy loading.  The success of the TOYOTA AGVs relies heavily on the development of technological processes to enable high transport efficiency and has earned the accolade of being the first automated terminal in Asia. This design has greatly released the pressure of labor shortage in the ageing society.  The AGV system received a 2012 Good design Gold award from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan.

DFA Grand Award 2013
Project Title: METAPHYS suiu
Winning Company: hers design inc (Japan) 


DFA Grand Award 2013

Project Title: Ong Shunmugam
Winning Company: Ong Shunmugam Pte LtdSingapore


“This project shows a good marriage of the traditional and the contemporary-of design and not too much design. Designing around traditional elements can be walking a thin line.”

Dennis Chan, DFAA 2013 Judge

Synopsis:  What distinguishes Ong Shunmugam from its rivals in the fashion apparel world is to bridge both the ready-to-wear and custom-design spheres.  Ong Shunmugam, founded by Priscilla Shunmugam, has embraced its “layers of aesthetic, textile and sartorial history” and this informs the label’s new interpretation of fashions, re-evaluating the meanings in a modern context, and encouraging a conversation about origin and identity.  The brand is notable for an aesthetics style that is identifiable, influential and consistent.  In 2012, Priscilla won Singapore Design of the Year at the 2012 ELLE Awards.  At the Audi Fashion Festival in 2013, her designs were recently exhibited at the National Museum of Singapore and also selected by the Fashion Future Now platform to take part in the Spring/Summer 2013 show at Paris Fashion Week.  


DFA Grand Award 2013 & DFA Special Award for Culture 2013
Project Title: West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre 2013
Winning Company: CL3 Architects Ltd (Hong Kong)


“Traditional crafts bring back forgotten experiences and bring people closer together”
Cheng-neng Kuan, DFAA 2013 Judge

Synopsis: The West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre is a temporary structure built to hold Cantonese Opera for 2013 Lunar New Year celebrations in Hong Kong.  The theatre welcomed over 100,000 visitors within 3 weeks, and it has revitalized interest in the traditional cultural art form and draws the attention of a wider younger audience who may have lost touch with their ancestral traditions.  The American-trained architect, William Lim, utilized highly skillful craftsmanship “bamboo scaffold” to establish the West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre.  Considering bamboo recycled wood flooring and tin roofing is sustainable material that can be recycled for the protection of the environment. This theatre facility delivered a unique cultural experience, benchmarked in the 1960s and 70s, communicating a strong Hong Kong identity.

DFA Grand Award 2013
Project Title: Nike Flyknit Racer
Winning Company: Nike Inc. ( USA)


“The innovative knitting technology allows for different shapes and sizes. It not only satisfies the fashion-conscious, but really cuts down on materials waste.”
Eric Chan/DFAA 2013 Judge

Synopsis: Launched across Asia in August 2012, the Nike Flyknit Racer has been described as a paradigm shift in performance footwear design that creates huge impact to the whole shoe manufacturing industry worldwide. Its innovation lie both with the method of production and the way the shoe is worn. The shoe ‘upper’ is created from precision engineered yarns that produce the effect of wrapping around the foot in a singular all-in-one piece structure. Nike developed a yarn that has structure and durability. Comfort aside, the textile is light-weight, form-fitting and virtually seamless for enhancing running performance.  The revolutionary of Nike’s production process provokes the good use of reducing material waste, minimizing labor force and increasing profit margins for maximum return. Nike Flyknit Racer’s upper and tongue weigh just 34 grams, bringing the whole shoe weight down to a mere 160g for a size 9. In relative terms, it is 19 per cent lighter than the Nike Zoom Streak 3, the shoe worn by top marathon runners at the 2011 World Championships.

DFA Grand Award 2013
Project Title: Shibuya Hikarie
Winning Company: Nikken Sekkei Ltd (Japan)

“It creates a new orientation system for people in a busy junction. Getting lost is no longer stressful.”  Silke Claus, DFAA 2013 Judge

Synopsis: This multi-use commercial centre connects directly to one of Tokyo’s frenetically busiest transit hubs: Shibuya Station. Shibuya is a shopping mecca, and in spearheading the redevelopment of the station and interchange, the facility has been ambitious in reinforcing the district’s iconic role as a centre of new trends and flourishing culture, attracting 2 million visitors since 2012.  Shibuya Hikarie area is criss-crossed with transportation networks, from the subway line connected to elevated pedestrian ways and avenues.  Its towering 34-storey form, comprising offices, Tokyu Theatre Orb, two event halls, creative spaces, restaurants, cafes, retail units and other commercial spaces. The “urban core” concept has created a focal point for a diverse network of vertical and horizontal movements and has enabled the district to function more efficiently as a whole.

DFA Grand Award 2013
Project Title: Design Republic Design Commune
Winning Company: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office (China)


“Revitalizing historic relics in the contet of modern urbanization… a world-class, global design happening in Shanghai.”  Richard Kelly, DFAA 2013 Judge

Synopsis: The Design Republic Design Commune is rebuilt based on the 1910s British Police Headquarters in colonial era that lies in Jiangning Road, Shanghai, under the support from city government. Given its symbolically-loaded historic relic, Neri & Hu carefully kept the appearance of the building and added new design such as making way for a transparent glassy structure to bring in sunlight that creates space communication. Internally, the office style floor plan was transformed into open commercial spaces. This transformed building is a good model of sustainability of a successful adaptation and re-use of existing buildings to enable local government and the mass recognize the importance of the city’s heritage and its preservation.

DFA Grand Award 2013
Project TitleOSORO

“OSORO reinvents what ceramics are and what containers do. This is particularly relevant in Asian homes-almost everything happens around the dining table.”
Richard Kelly / DFAA 2013 Judge

Synopsis: Having been in a successful business of manufacturing fine-quality of bone china for over 60 years, NARUMI Corporation has rejuvenated its’ brand, OSORO, for innovative design that is more consumer-focused and meeting the increase demand of new generation.  With modular in design and diverse in line-up, one set of vessels performing so many functions, including storing, cooking and eating all from the same dish, reducing extra washing up and encouraging the convenient storage of leftovers.  In addition to technology-driven process, the material withstands temperature up to 220°C for microwave cooking, yet also withstands freezing.  This sustainable “open tableware system” is literally a movable feast of containers with selection of 7 silicone colours, supporting the user from kitchen to dining table, to refrigeration.  OSORO has granted numerous prestige awards globally, including Good Design Award 2012, Germany’s iF Product Design Gold Award 2013, Best of the Best Product Design 2013 from The Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, etc.

DFA Special Award for Sustainability 2013
Project Title: Waku No. 7
Winning Company: Department of Industrial Design, Xidian University (China)