Category Archives: Design

A 3D-Printed Press Brings Printmaking to the People

Last year, Martin Schneider rolled out the Open Press Project, which provided printing plans for the world’s first fully functional 3D-printed printmaking press, and was downloaded by more than 12,000 people. As a follow-up to that successful open-source endeavor, Schneider is … Continue reading

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Biomimicry is more than just good design.

In this Our Changing Climate environmental video essay, I look at biomimicry. Specifically how biomimicry can not only lead to nature-inspired design for architecture and materials, but also for better relationships, activism, and communities. I draw upon adrienne maree brown’s … Continue reading

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How one typeface took over movie posters

For the past 25 years, one typeface has dominated Hollywood typography: Trajan. It’s everywhere, from Shakespearean epic classics like Titus to gory modern flicks like The Human Centipede. It was even the official typeface of the Academy Awards for a … Continue reading

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The world is poorly designed. But copying nature helps.

Japan’s Shinkansen doesn’t look like your typical train. With its long and pointed nose, it can reach top speeds up to 150–200 miles per hour. It didn’t always look like this. Earlier models were rounder and louder, often suffering from … Continue reading

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JFS Biomimicry Interview Series: No.6 “Shinkansen Technology Learned from an Owl?” – The story of Eiji Nakatsu

  JFS Newsletter No.31 (March 2005) Technologies Learned from Living Things: Concepts and Examples – Front Line Reports The train that runs between Tokyo and Hakata is, like the TGV in France, one of the fastest trains in the world. … Continue reading

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Architecture Firm NUDES Uses Corrugated Cardboard to Form the Furnishings and Walls of a Mumbai Cafe

In the new Mumbai-based cafe Cardboard Bombay, corrugated cardboard composes each chair, table, and light fixture, in addition to the sinuous walls which sweep across the space. The restaurant was designed with the biodegradable material by Nuru Karim, founder of Mumbai-based … Continue reading

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A Cascading Metal Rainbow Fills a Bookstore in Suzhou, China with Layers of Transparent Hues

As a part of a larger project inside of a unique bookstore in Suzhou, China, architectural designers WUtopia Lab framed a reading room with a colorful structure referred to as the “Xanadu of Rainbows.” Made of one-centimenter thick aluminum sheets that … Continue reading

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What’s New Is Old Again: A Classic Norwegian Chair Produced with 100% Recycled Materials

The newest chair by Nordic Comfort Products (NCP) is a unique and sustainable twist on an old classic. Their R-48 model has furnished schools and offices since the 1960s, but has previously required virgin plastic and a metal base. Their recent addition, the S-1500, … Continue reading

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Print Your City Initiative Turns Plastic Waste into 3D Printed Street Furniture – Design Milk

The New Raw is a Rotterdam-based research and design studio who’ve launched the Print Your City initiative with the Zero Waste Lab in Thessaloniki, Greece. The lab is outfitted with a 3D printing robotic arm and recycling facilities that were implemented by … Continue reading

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A New Book Filled With Interactive Paper Pop-up Gadgets by Kelli Anderson

Kelli Anderson, a self-described artist/designer and tinkerer has just released her long-awaited book, This Book is a Planetarium. Anderson, who is based in Brooklyn, works in a variety of digital and analog media but is best known for her use of paper … Continue reading

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