Category Archives: design research

Design and Spirituality

Design and Spirituality : A Philosophy of Material Cultures book cover

Design and Spirituality examines the philosophical context of our current situation and its implications for design. It explores how modernity and our constricted notions of progress have contributed to today’s crisis of values, and argues for a re-establishment and re-affirmation of self-transcending priorities, together with an ethos of moderation and sufficiency.

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Christian Germanaz french industrial designer — Encyclopedia of Design

Christian Germanaz (1940-) is an industrial French and designer of furniture; active in Paris. He studied in Paris, both at the Ecole Boulle and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs. In 1966, he designed a selection of office furniture and his famous Airborne Half and Half chairs. In 1970, he formed his own design […]

Christian Germanaz french industrial designer — Encyclopedia of Design

Biomimicry or Biomimetics? — MCAD Sustainable Design Blog

[This post is modified from Bio-Inspired Buzzwords: Biomimicry and Biomimetics] I don’t think a week goes by without someone asking me about biomimicry. I’m happy to comply, as the principles and practices of biomimicry is so core to sustainable design (and so fun to talk about!). One question that arises often is: “What’s the difference […]

Biomimicry or Biomimetics? — MCAD Sustainable Design Blog

EUIPO becomes a Depositing Office for the Digital Access Service for Industrial Design

I’ve tried really hard to come up with a title for this piece that does justice to its subject, but I’m not sure I’ve nailed it… maybe I need to admit that there’s just no way to make design portfolio administration and priority-claiming processes sound sexy. But I promise this is some truly excellent news […]

Administering global industrial design portfolios just got a little bit easier: The EUIPO becomes a Depositing Office for the Digital Access Service for Industrial Designs from 11 July 2020. — IPcopy

Performance, ethnography and design as research methods — Communication & Graphic Design Research

“What, all three of them?” I hear you ask. Well, yes, kind of. Because they can be (often inherently) connected. I touched on performance as a design research methodology, when I talked about defamiliarisation and design as research methods. Indeed, via performance ethnography, it is hard to avoid the connection. But performative methods have long […]

Performance, ethnography and design as research methods — Communication & Graphic Design Research