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Open Ideo Challenge – Inclusive Design


How might we reduce stigma and increase opportunities for people with disabilities?

During our Ideas Phase, we’re calling the global community to action. Toparticipate, all you need to do is create an account, log in,  and fill out basic information about your idea.

Apply by April 23, 2017 at 11:59PM PDT!


Adorno – International Design Platform



Launched last year  during the event Casa Jockey 2016, Adorno is now officially open!

Great project by brazilian curators-designers  Waldick Jatobá and Bruno Simões. Find them at São Paulo Curators.

Discover the best new creations from design communities around the world through our curated collections and exhibitions.”

Meet Adorno!

Call for Applications: Post-Doc / Visiting Researcher at Dartmouth

Call for Applications:
Dartmouth College, Post-Doctorate or Visiting Researcher,
focusing on sustainable design.
Build your career to build a better world.
Recent PhDs, star Masters, and professionals wishing to build your expertise and delve into research in sustainable design engineering are invited to apply to for a post-doctorate (or visiting researcher position, for those without PhDs) in Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering.
Two funded positions are available, paying a moderate stipend.  The research projects will be:
– Improving sustainable product design methods by researching what designers and engineers value in them, and how they can act as innovation tools.  Including integrating life-cycle assessment into product design process.  (Strong design / needfinding skills, or LCA skills, wanted)
– Inventing new materials and/or technologies for sustainable 3D printing of compostable biomaterials that enable low-energy printing processes.  Special emphasis on achieving low cost and high mechanical strength while maintaining compostability.  (Hands-on experience 3D printing alternative materials wanted; ideally also material science or chemistry background.)
To apply, submit a résumé and letter of interest to Jeremy.Faludi@dartmouth.edu, the professor who will hire and advise the researcher.  Describe your particular interest and/or expertise in your letter.  Non-traditional students encouraged.
Deadline for applications is April 5.
Start date is September (negotiable).
Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering offers unique advantages for research:  Its systems-oriented department and resources for entrepreneurs encourage not just technical expertise, but industry leadership.  There are no discipline divisions, making exposure to different skills and ideas inevitable.  Its small size (~300 students) provides you greater access to faculty and individualized attention.  Its ivy-league resources, faculty, and networks help maximize the realization of your potential.

3D printing prosthesis and the brazilian market

3D Printing

Great article about brazilian developments in the field of #3D Prosthetics hands in Brazil. Like other Bric countries, high technology prosthesis are not affordable by a large number of population and are not designed to their “reality”. Therefore, there is a great need of low cost prosthetics and a huge market demanding this sort of solutions.

Read the article at “Women in 3D Printing” – Specialist Maria Elizete Kunkel”

“Thank you for reading and for sharing! You can contact Maria by email at mao3d.unifesp@gmail.com and follow Mao3D’s actions on their Facebook page.

We invite you to join Women in 3D Printing on LinkedIn and Facebook for further discussion.”

Glasgow Design Industry Talks Trends for 2017

The Glasgow design industry talk to The Lighthouse about their areas of work and what they think will be prominent in 2017

We spoke to four people within different areas of design, including academia, product and service-led.

User experience is at the heart of every element of design, whether it’s using online to make a buying decision, or to engage people with social issues and change behaviour.

The Glasgow design industry is still thriving and we wanted to speak to people from different areas of design to hear what their thoughts on trends in 2017.

Not surprisingly, Brexit was mentioned, collaboration is seen as an opportunity and new technology has been identified as a challenge and an opportunity, particulalry in getting designers and business generally to see the art of the possible.

Reality and authenticity are two of the biggest considerations for design. Business, brands and organisations have to build a two-way conversation with their markets, and they have to build trust. It’s one of the biggest crossovers with public relations. With the rise in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) users have the real chance to get an experience. Design will therefore need to hone in on specific audiences, rather than generalise, so different audiences get what they need from it.

Big data is mentioned in a response below. The term Big data has been bandied about for a few years now, with few knowing how to benefit from it, either commercially or socially. Data is like gold dust. We need to use data to gain understanding. Once we understand, we can design and create accordingly, with an informed approach.  If we understand behaviours from a real-time perspective, can take advantage of the opportunity it creates.

Design has to adapt to emerging technology and the Glasgow design industry are well placed to talk about that…

1. What do you predict the biggest trend in the design in 2017?

In product design, we are seeing two definite trends.

The first is the continued rise of the ‘smart product’ which is basically a double development of a new product with App connectivity. The world of Apps has been the playground for millions of developers, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate an offer from the overwhelming competition. Designing new products that are specifically designed to complement an App gives control, loyalty and big data. Imagine a chair that warns you about sitting too long via text and you get the picture.

The second is ‘outsourced innovation’ where large companies engage with design and engineering teams with workshop facilities to crack tough problems that either the companies are ‘too close’ to (and need fresh eyes) or simply don’t have the resource. This has become increasingly popular because large companies can lack the agility required to be truly innovative.

  • Damien Smith, Partner, ISO

The new “i” word – immersion. It may be digital, virtual, multisensory, physical or environmental but 2017 will be the i-year!


In-house development of design capabilities, using design to work closely with users of public services to re-design them will be the biggest trend in 2017.  We’re seeing this across all sectors from financial institutions to manufacturing, working with designers and developers to really think how products and services are used.

Originally out-sourced to big agencies, now, organisations like ours at Snook are focusing on building design capabilities in-house with organisations so they can confidently design their own services in the future.

This has been a growing space for the past decade; my own time at the start of my career was spent inside a Scottish public body working as an internal service design team.

I think that ‘design innovation’ as a way of thinking may enable design to be positioned as a behaviour rather than a department; as an approach to addressing strategic problems rather than a discipline associated with the visual aesthetic.

2. What do you think the biggest challenge for design will be in 2017?

  • William Mitchell

Again from the point of view of product design and engineering, we are seeing some shortages in local manufacturing and prototyping capability, because of the overall decline in demand over the last few decades. This capacity shortage is due to the increased material, labour and shipping costs which have made foreign manufacturing and prototyping increasingly expensive and due to the long  lead times can sometimes delay the early stages of a design project.

  • Damien Smith

Design will need to articulate principles of community, open engagement and inclusion against a political backdrop of division, isolation and protectitionism. Humour will be a useful tool.

  • Sarah Drummond

Understanding the material that is the internet, data and code. I don’t think it’s the biggest challenge but it is ever-present. As designers, working in the 21st century it is essential we understand the material we work with. More and more products and services need to consider the end-to-end user journey of how they are used, and at the root of much of this is some form of technology. This doesn’t mean learn how to code, it means, understand the properties of what it can do.

  • Don McIntyre

With the previous question in mind, the challenge will be in two areas; for businesses and organisations to be open and receptive to the transformative capability of design and for designers to realise their worth and relevance in areas outside of those traditionally considered as career destination points.

3. What do you think the biggest opportunity for design will be in 2017?

  • William Mitchell

I think there will be increased demand for design in the boardroom. We have CEO’s, CFO’s now CDO’s (Chief Design Officer). This is what all the most innovative companies are doing and it’s easy to see why. Design is ALL about justifying decisions, so that type of thinking needs to feature at the highest rungs of the ladder. The knock-on effect for the design industry as a whole can only be good.

  • Damien Smith

Working internationally – post-Brexit British design is now 25% cheaper to overseas buyers!

  • Sarah Drummond

Design is needed everywhere, the opportunities are endless. For now, and pertinent today, democracy and equality.

The way government’s work and the interface between citizen and state is an absolute opportunity for re-thinking the constitution of how this works for people, at the coal face. The way we pay our taxes, to how we understand what it’s spent on, to how we report pot-holes to how we stand up for basic human rights.  I see these, from my perspective as design challenges

Our opportunity is in challenging and re-designing the system around us where we can find breakages, gaps and spaces in which to do so.

If I was leaving art school today, I’d jump straight into working for an NGO, pubic body, the NHS or Government.  There is exciting stuff happening over there and it’s got design written all over it.

  • Don McIntyre

In Scotland, I think design could be a particularly effective mechanism for change in local government and healthcare. The Government’s Digital Health and Social Care initiative has GSA’s design driven ‘Experience Labs’ at the heart of its innovation engine, which has proved effective in bringing together and providing a fertile creative space for ‘extreme collaborators’ to rapidly innovative and prototype solutions.

In summary, there is much to learn and there are many opportunities. Our four interviewees have excited us with their points on technology and innovation, but one of the biggest points which William made, is that there will be increasingly more demand for design to be in the boardroom.

The contributions from these designers highlight the fantastic challenges and opportunities, as well as challenges in their sector.  The new Economic Strategy which Glasgow recently launched has identified the Creative Industries as a key sector, perhaps creating the focus required to build a platform from which to help design thrive.

The capacity shortage in making/manufacture creates opportunities for business generally, however the biggest prizes for Glasgow design is for design thinking to be embedded within business and the public sector.

Being in the boardroom will let design inform and develop businesses and organisations and maximise the impact of design commercially, socially and environmentally.

Blog post edited by Laura Sutherland, Aura PR at http://www.thelighthouse.co.uk/blog/entry/glasgow-design-industry-talks-trends-for-2017

Inclusive Design for better experiences

From article below – Use the image as inspiration for innovations.

Curiosly, it´s hard to find articles talking about Inclusive Design from the perspective of Industrial Design. Therefore it´s a joy to find articles like this one:

Inclusive design provides delightful experiences