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  1. http://www.autotype.com/autotype.nsf/news/...p;region=europe -> Would there be an alternative for this discontinued Autoflex MARAG™ film applied to a polycarbonate sheet? (optical clear, anti-reflective and anti-glare, resistant to scratches) I'd like to use it in one side of a children's cot...
  2. Can somebody recommend me a model makers-directory for London/England/UK? The only one I know about is http://www.jobsandproperty.co.uk/london/model_makers/. Maybe also a book (Model-Making: Materials and Methods by David Neat ?), some websites, a forum, … Great work by the way!
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    Enlarge Your Capacities!

    I wonder what you guys do to enlarge your capacities as a designer. Below a list to start with, additions would be interesting. - School - Job - Forums - Magazines - Contests I think this concerns everyone of us...
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    Enlarge Your Capacities!

    I found the solution to my material-dilemma; model making, art fabrication, display making or prop making. Does somebody know any forums or London-directories for both in-house departments and agencies better than the ones I already found? Maybe some other tips that could help me with my search? http://www.brownbook.net/businesses/london...rs?filter=world http://www.designdirectory.co.uk/ (in-house model makers) http://www.ukscreen.com/dir/crew/Prop+Maker http://www.brownbook.net/businesses/london...mp;filter=world http://www.yell.com/ucs/UcsSearchAction.do...location=london (metal workers) http://www.brownbook.net/businesses/?tag=l...amp;x=0&y=0 (cabinet makers) http://www.ufindus.com/plastic_fabricators...ter_london_area (plastic manufacturers)
  5. A personal style/approach isn't necessarily classic. If we would research the origins of most art/design movements, then we'll find parallel facts for sure. (top-down) Or you could define approach/style and subdivide it until you find something original. (bottom-up) I was just hoping that someone had done this research before... Anyway; What would be the best resource to do the top-down research? Wikipedia, an other source?
  6. I always wondered how pioneering artists came to their invention. Do they extrapolate from history, do they... ? There should be more than just luck... The difficulty is; what does "more" consist of? Any tips to find this out?
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    Enlarge Your Capacities!

    During the past year I realized that the theoretical material-knowledge gathered as a product design student would not be sufficient for me. Therefore I'd like to experience the production side as well. My dilemma is; which material to go for? I did visit an interesting metal workshop where they made limited edition pieces and artworks. Other people advised cabinet-making... And then I haven't even mentioned ceramics, glass, plastic, fibers, natural materials, ... Of course it all depends on what I want to do later, but let's say I want to keep most options open. Are there places where I could experience a bit of every material? If not, what would you recommend? And then finally; where could I find these (London-based) companies? Thanks, Wouter
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    Avant-garde Art Museum/festival/fair?

    And what about English art fairs/festivals; is there an alternative to Documenta? Would that be the Liverpool Biennial?
  9. All of us know that art is a good source of inspiration. Therefore next question; what are your touch points with avant-garde art? And is there an art-equivalent to Salone Internazionale del Mobile and Design Museum in London? I'd guess Documenta in Kassel and Tate Modern, but that's just a guess... A nice blog to get things started; http://happyfamousartists.blogspot.com/ (not sure if it's avant-garde though)
  10. I'm facing the same problem now, so tips are still welcome... How did you manage in the end by the way? Thanks
  11. As my bachelor was already quite technical I didn't check it out. But my boss and a guy who is freelancing for us studied Industrial Design (Engineering) there. They said it's artistically very poor and very easy to pass once you're in. There were some positive points though, but as it was out of my interest I don't remember the details...
  12. These are my observations; Royal College of Art; - Platforms with both straight products and crossovers - Cross-border network - Great facilities Design Academy Eindhoven; - Less obvious design concepts - Dutch speaking country The weird thing is that there are no locals in the IM-course, is that because it's similar to the bachelor course, because they prefer foreigners, because the locals dislike the course for some reason, ... ? I already asked the students and visited DAE in person, this summer I'll do the same with the RCA. Any other observations?
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    nature : mother of all designs

    Does anybody know some design studios apart from the Biomimicry Guild that use biomimicry as a main approach (not just aesthetic plagiarism)?
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    Footwear Internship

    I asked it there first, but no response so far... Do you think the 5days "Footwear Design Introduction" @ London College of Fashion plus some self-study could be enough to land an internship? I do have a product design degree... There's an other course called "Design for Shoes" at Central Saint Martins, maybe this one is better regarding my background?
  15. Just a little question; where do you guys find (fashion) footwear studios listed? For regular product design I look into http://www.amazon.com/Designers-Design-Ter...n/dp/1840914009 , http://www.iconeye.com/articles/designers (ICON's listing), http://www.designmuseum.org/design (Design Museum's listing) and http://www.designdirectory.co.uk/. Are there similar sources for footwear?
  16. I search for the core function in a dictionary and analyze the words, or I look for products used in the same context, history, biology... Check this; http://www.materia.nl/533.0.html
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    Design Books Recommendations

    This last one refers to http://www.amazon.com/Making-Pricing-Decis.../dp/0412492407/ . Any other recommendations on pricing books?
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    Design Books Recommendations

    In this book the Granta Cambridge Engineering Selector software is frequently used for material and process selection. (www.grantadesign.com) Price; approximately 1000£ !! Are there any alternatives?
  19. Concept of the Belgian TV program: (in Dutch) Begin dit jaar lanceerde Eén een oproep naar creatief talent met originele ideeën. Meer dan tweeduizend Vlamingen waagden hun kans en reageerden op de oproep. Hun ideeën waren doorgaans heel creatief, vaak bijzonder innoverend, zij het soms ronduit hilarisch. In De Bedenkers worden ze op hun waarde getest. Een doorsnede van creatief Vlaanderen gooit zich in de strijd. Hun doel: 25.000 euro winnen en hun idee op de markt brengen. Jammer genoeg is dat niet voor iedereen weggelegd. In de voorronde en de eliminatieronde van De bedenkers maken we kennis met de bedenkers en hun ideeën, zoals ze die in het voorjaar van 2007 hebben voorgesteld aan de vakjury (met onder meer Axel Enthoven). In de halve finales en de finale dingen de bedenkers naar de gunst van de kijker om hun idee of product op de markt te lanceren. More info on; http://www.debedenkers.be/
  20. Are there any other places for figure drawing classes in London? Thanks
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    Design Books Recommendations

    Isn't it dated? And does it contain stuff like; sensors, wireless networks, printed circuit boards and analysis/tests for tolerance, thermal issues, vibration, radiation and electromagnetic compatibility? I also found this, any opinions?
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    Design Management

    Product Design: Practical Methods for Systematic Development of New Products by Mike Baxter http://new.idsa.org/webmodules/articles/an...?a=198&z=57 http://www2.uiah.fi/projects/metodi/ (an online book from University of Art and Design Helsinki) Design-management, -process and -methodology; it's all the same? I currently use this method (note: concept has a different meaning in this context); Analysis: - function - history, patents & current products - usability tests - inspiration e.g. dictionary or combinations with functions of products used together - segmentation + mood board Indication for each obtained specification how and when it will be verified. System-design: - morphologic map for primary development items (provide input for secondary development items) - verification of specifications Product concept: - morphologic map for secondary development items - materialization - verification of specifications
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    Online Resources List

    Ecodesign; http://www.biomimicry.net/ http://www.cfsd.org.uk/ http://www.ecodesign.at/ http://www.edwardburtynsky.com/ http://www.epa.gov/ http://www.idsa.org/whatsnew/sections/ecosection/index.htm http://www.inhabitat.com/ http://www.kingston.ac.uk/rematerialise/ http://www.pre.nl/ http://www.senternovem.nl/english/index.asp http://sustainability.designacademy.nl/ Footware; http://podiatry.curtin.edu.au/shoo.html http://www.shoeinfonet.com/ Aren't there sites similar to these covering technical aspects of softgoods? (performance ánd fashion)
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    Design Books Recommendations

    Some ecodesign books; http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/listmania...F8&lm%5Fbb= (a list) http://new.idsa.org/webmodules/articles/an...?a=211&z=57 (an other list) http://www.amazon.com/Design-Real-World-Ec...2872&sr=8-1 http://www.amazon.com/Experimental-Eco-Des...8374&sr=8-1 http://www.amazon.com/Eco-Essential-Source...8637&sr=1-1 http://www.amazon.com/Eco-Deco-Ecological-...8674&sr=1-1 http://www.amazon.com/Eco-Design-Handbook-...8704&sr=1-1 http://www.amazon.com/ecoDesign-Sourcebook...8773&sr=1-1 http://www.amazon.com/IDEO-Masters-Innovat...8892&sr=1-1 http://www.amazon.com/Total-Beauty-Sustain...9023&sr=1-1 http://www.amazon.com/Designers-Atlas-Sust...0228&sr=1-1 http://www.amazon.com/Design-Environment-R...671&sr=11-1 http://www.amazon.com/Design-Outlaws-Ecolo...4725&sr=1-1 http://www.amazon.com/ECODESIGN-Implementa...3640&sr=1-1 http://www.amazon.com/Sustainable-Solution...5720&sr=1-5 http://www.amazon.com/How-EcoDesign-enviro...1394&sr=1-1 http://www.amazon.com/Trespassers-Conny-Ba...292&sr=11-1 Plus some Droog Design books not on Amazon. If you had to pick one book out of the list, which one would that be regarding the fact that we should focus on fixing in stead of debating whether or not there's a problem? One sustainable-product-design-book giving a nice overview so we don't have to try 10 books covering the same. I think it's better to use the energy and paper to specialize afterwards. An overview, but not necessarily for dummies, as most of us already know something... Other branch; Technical softgood books (covering performance ánd fashion) seem hard to find, any advice there?
  25. While searching I found out how hard it is to find projects and credit-schedules. In my case for MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (Goldsmiths), MA Design Entrepreneurship (De Montfort University), MA Enterprise Management for the Creative Arts (London College of Communication), MEnterprise in Art and Design (Manchester Metropolitan University) and MA Creative Enterprise (University for the Creative Arts). But I don't want to make this my topic, I think it could be very helpful if we ALL post this info for the course(s) we are/were in, so I'll start; Product Development (Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen): http://www.artesis.be/productontwikkeling/ -> showcase http://www.artesis.be/productontwikkeling/...vakinhouden.htm Product Design (EINA): http://www.eina.edu/ -> right side on main page http://www.eina.edu/arxius/docs_2/crkN1KZj.pdf

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