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3D Printed Pasta Competition
Well-known Italian food company Barilla has been busy developing its own pasta 3D printer, and it even held a contest with a goal of creating fun new shapes of pasta using 3D printing technologies.
Pantone reveals its Color of the Year. “This is the kind of color attached, historically, to originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking. People are looking for that ‘magic bullet,’ and this shade is ... intriguing, fascinating and magical.”
Fast Company reports CES, the biggest tech convention in the world, is taking heat for the lack of female speakers in recent years.
Makeblock Founder Speaks
Makeblock, an IDEA Gold winner, attended the first Fortune Brainstorm TECH International. Jasen Wang, Founder & CEO, was invited to give a speech at the conference.
China Tops Patent, Trademark and Design Filings
Trademark applications jumped by 16.4% to about seven million, and worldwide industrial design applications grew by 10.4% to almost one million—both driven by growth in China.
UX/UI in the Digital Age
We’ve been seeing companies using technology for decades, getting further away from customers and the human experience through automated systems and processes.
Mixed reality combines VR, AR and AI to blend the digital world with the physical. ID and other industries are currently adopting MR to revolutionize their business processes.
Audi Reveals New A7
In the auto industry, the world’s smartest companies have placed a premium on design excellence as a path to consumer interest and long-term brand enhancement.
Worldwide spending on AR and VR is forecast to reach $17.8 billion in 2018, "There is currently a huge appetite from companies that see tremendous potential in the technology—from product design to retail sales to employee training,"
A Faster Charge?
Samsung, an IDSA Ambassador, has synthesized a "graphene ball" that can be used to make lithium-ion batteries charge five times faster.
Apple’s Design Genius
Jony Ive's work has become the seeds of a tech revolution that is rapidly changing our lives.
From Useful to Irresistible
Apple is the most valuable company in the world, and design is in their DNA. Still, many businesses struggle to embed design in their strategy.
Design for Wellness
An IDEA 2017 winner takes another step into the workplace wellness space.
Ready, Set, Go!
One of the world's most famous puzzles was designed in the 1970s. Now, the Rubik's Cube is getting back into the game. See how.
Enclosed suites with sliding doors and Mercedes-Benz style interiors reportedly inspired by NASA technology are among the new “game changing” designs launched by Emirates Airlines.
7 Tips for Up & Coming Designers
A concept designer at Adidas answers the question, "What tips would you give to designers just starting out who'd like to follow in your footsteps?"
Even Great Designers Have Duds
Car Design Archives unearthed images in the Raymond Loewy, FIDSA, archives of a "wonderfully half-assed redesign" of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle.
Thanks to a leak from Samsung itself, the Galaxy X has been effectively confirmed.
Classic Cars Exhibit
Lovers of classic cars will have the opportunity to get close-up views of some of the most revered automobiles ever built at the Academy of Art University exhibit.
The Secret to Tesla's Designs
If Franz von Holzhausen had remained on his track, he would have been a car-design aristocrat. Instead, he took a huge leap of faith and joined a buzzy Silicon Valley startup.
ID Student Dreams Up Taptop
An ID student spent some time creating what he calls the Taptop, an off-the-wall vision of what a Mac Mini in the future could look like.
Dangers of Gender Bias in Healthcare Design
Medical equipment is designed mostly for men by men, yet women make up over 75% of the healthcare industry’s workforce. It’s time to build more equitable products.
70 Years of Ferrari Design
Car design is about compromise. But what happens when the process is distilled down to the pursuit of a single objective: being faster than anything else?
Virtual Design Museum
Sweden announced the opening of the country’s first virtual design museum, which will focus on architecture, design and fashion.
Could This Bra Detect Cancer?
After nearly losing his mother to breast cancer, a young man invented a bra that can serve as an early warning tracker for symptoms of breast cancer.
Amtrak's New Interior Design
Amtrak riders can expect to see more comfortable rides in the coming months as the passenger rail service continues interior overhauls.
Keeping an Old Brand On-Trend
A fifth-generation member of the family behind Moscot doubles down on new designs.
Shadier Bus Stops
Waiting at a bus stop in Arizona during the summer? Next year, the City of Phoenix will begin installing hundreds of bus stops designed to cast more shade thanks to ASU students.
Dropbox Partners with Autodesk
Dropbox announced a couple of products that make it easier for Autodesk users to access and share large design files.
Designing the Exterior of Luxury Cars
A Q&A with the chief exterior designer at Lincoln Motor Co.
Female designers talk about sexism on the job. "Now is the time for men and women to work together to ensure this type of behavior becomes so unacceptable in workplaces that it is no longer heard nor seen.”
Leap of Faith
Paul Kolada, IDSA, and Priority Designs are making headlines for redesigning a vacant car dealership into their ID firm's new headquarters. Get up to speed.
"Serving as an IDEA juror is a prestigious honor, so it's no wonder that big companies like Metaphase, HS Design, Google, Nike ... want their employees to be a part of IDEA," reports Qmed and MD+DI.
Feats of Clay
Mick Bartholomew, S/IDSA, is among 15 students from the United States, Mexico and Europe who are learning an ancient home building technique involving clay, sand, straw—and horse manure. Take a look.
Two industrial designers want you to strike a pose, and take home the 3D printed scan of yourself! See how it works.
"There hasn’t been a product this innovative since the 2014 release of the Oscar Mayer Bacon Alarm Clock—and that includes the iPhone X, Nintendo Switch, the artificial pancreas and Nike’s self-tying sneakers," touts Fortune magazine. For real?
Biomimicry Design, Explained
Japan’s Shinkansen trains are fast—so fast they coined the term “bullet train.” A moment of inspiration from engineer and birdwatcher Eiji Nakatsu inspired the design.
A young Taiwanese trio comes together to keep traditional crafts alive. Designers, who belong to the Makuta’ay tribe in Hualien county, launched an accessories brand.
Gold from Code
IDSA's Personal Recognition Award 2017 winner Charles Mauro writes "Why SNAP Spectacles Failed: How Poor Usability and Feature/Function Allocation Errors Compromised A Potentially Breakthrough Product."
Honda Design Director Talks Concepts
"We think the era of battery-electric vehicles is about to start," Honda's executive creative director of automobile design, Makoto Iwaki, says, "and a new chapter compared to the internal-combustion engine deserves a new look."
The "Father of Streamlining"
Raymond Loewy, FIDSA, once said in a CBS interview, "Good design is a design that does not get obsolete, number one, that stays classic, like a Greek statue. That's good design."
ID Students Design Eyewear
Grand Rapids Ophthalmology (GRO) is collaborating with Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) on a project-based, semester-long program to design a line of eyewear products, including a 3D prototype.
The Supreme Court Rejected Samsung's Appeal
The US Supreme Court refused to step back into the years-long feud over patents between the world’s top smartphone makers, declining to hear Samsung’s appeal.
Design Can Help Solve Global Problems
Design and technology are playing a crucial role in solving global issues and their importance is finally catching the attention of world leaders.
How Tech Will Change the Design World
DLN founder talks about the changing landscape in design and how to navigate the uncharted territories.
Designing the New Audi A7
Designing the 2019 A7 took four years, a lot of hard work and tech. Going back and forth between CAD and clay is part of a new design process at Audi.
How Not to Suck at Your Craft
David Korins, the set designer for "Hamilton," made a name for himself by imagining the unimaginable on stage. He says the secret to success is a finely tuned “audience barometer.”
What Design Can Do for the Climate
35 designs were selected from 384 submissions, which focused on the topics of water, energy, food, housing and health for What Design Can Do's Climate Action Challenge.
Tom Brady Helped Design an Aston Martin
Aston Martin unveiled a new signature edition Vanquish S Volante that was partially designed by NFL Patriots QB Tom Brady. Brady apparently spent the five months helping with the design.
IDSA Fellow Lou Lenzi posts his latest Association Report column for IDSA in Appliance Design. Learn more about Connectivity’s Influence on Product Controls and Aesthetics.