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Wikifactory – Shaping the future together

Shaping the future

Become part of a founding community of designers, engineers and creatives from over 100 countries that are shaping the future of how things are made.

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That future where you could have an idea for a new product and make it happen is here. We power incredible teams and communities working on the leading edge of product innovation. What is amazing is that you can take part. This isn’t innovation behind closed doors. ➤ https://wikifactory.com/featured

From robotics to furniture, clay 3D printing to prosthetics, bio-tech to aeroponics – we’re a fast growing community using Wikifactory to accelerate product innovation and solve the world’s most pressing challenges. Get involved or start your own workspace. ➤ https://wikifactory.com/sign-up

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No Designer Is an Island

No Designer Is an Island: Why Collaboration With Manufacturers Is Essential

I learned a lot about the relationship between designers and manufacturers before I even entered the field. My father worked as an architect, and I was often by his side as he went to visit job sites and collaborate with contractors. Even though my father designed the houses, he respected and invited questions, criticisms, and feedback from the builders he relied on. As a result, each finished project was more successful for everyone involved.

At the top level, product design works much the same way. The relationship between the designer and the manufacturer is paramount when you are producing a consumer product. And when we talk about designing and manufacturing truly innovative products where there’s no previous knowledge to fall back upon, that relationship becomes even more important.

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When Corporate Innovation fails

As designers we love great products, however, design fails are great too!

However, companies learn from their mistakes??

VISIT 141 PRODUCT FAILURES

51 Female Inventors and Their Inventions That Changed the World

Female inventors, scientists, and engineers have discovered countless revolutionary and life-changing inventions that have caused unprecedented breakthroughs in the history of the world.

Read the article at Interesting Engineering

How to Rent Your Ideas to Fortune 500 Companies

I first met Stephen Key in 2001. Two months later, I used a few recommendations of his — shared over the customary gin tonic — to help a friend double overseas sales in less than two weeks in New Zealand and Australia.

How? Licensing. It can be a beautifully elegant model.

Stephen is somewhat famous in inventing circles for two reasons. First, he consistently earns millions of dollars licensing his ideas to companies like Disney, Nestle, and Coca-Cola. Second, he is fast. It seldom takes him more than three weeks to go from idea to a signed deal. Continue reading

Media Archaeology – The NeoLucida

Our prototype in action. Here's an unaltered photograph taken through the NeoLucida's eyepiece. The world in front of you is superimposed onto your paper. Just trace what you see!

“Media archaeology—the tightly interconnected history of visual culture and imaging technologies.”

Design is not only about the future, but about what was created before and dissappeared through the ages.

I found this great and provocative project at Kickstarter:

“The NeoLucida is a 19th-century optical drawing tool updated for the 21st century”

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