Weirdest Design Yet for Project Ara
Russian design firm Lapka thinks everyone behind Project Ara may be missing the point; stating everything about Project Ara is five years ahead of the curve...well, except their design. Sleek and subtle? Not at all. This thing has vents. Instead, Lapka’s founder Vadik Marmeladov says his firm was inspired by the brash fashions of high-end sneakers—a collection of various fabrics and foams that assemble into a design forward accessory. They think the design should be a visual and cultural milestone.
The Museum of the Future Is Here
Very soon, every visitor to the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian’s recently reopened design museum, will receive a giant pen. This pen is not really a pen. On the table, it looks like a gray plastic crayon the size of a turkey baster. In the hand, it feels pleasing, chunky, hefty like a toddler’s rubber ball. And at the museum, it does something magical.
Based on an eco friendly concept, the residential project has a reduced environmental footprint, seeking harmony between man and nature. The concept offers an alternative to the more and more crowded and pollutant cities by proposing to create communities located in nature without disturbing the natural balance or clear the forest.
The First FDA Approved Robotic Exoskeleton
The ReWalk Personal System is the world’s first robotic exoskeleton approved by the US FDA and it has the potential to change millions of people’s lives by allowing them to walk completely on their own, even if they’re paralyzed from the waist down.
Communicating Through the Language of Design
Yves Behar is Swiss but speaks fluent English. Yun-je Kang, Senior Vice President of the Visual Display Design Group for Samsung, understands English well but is far from a native speaker. It sounds limiting, but the pair seem to have hit it off. “We don’t share a language in the traditional sense, but we meet all the time and we go see environments, stores, we take walks together,” explains Behar. “We communicate by drawing, essentially the design language—drawing and interactions with each other’s teams.”
Expectations & Empathy
The Future of Product Design
"...A 'product' today is rarely just physical, but consumers' expectations for meaningful product experiences are greater than ever. The challenge for designers is to bring empathy and sensitivity to their work, regardless of the tools and technologies at their disposal."—Sohrab Vossoughi