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Big Things Come In Small Packages
In the 30 years since the electronic revolution, nothing in the product design world has grown faster than our desire for smaller and smaller products. This is all well and good, but the market demands that the smaller the device, the more feature packed it becomes. Inevitably, a designer's job becomes one of fitting, cramming, and folding functionality into tighter spaces. So, with that in mind, why not contort your next contraption with some of these great folding examples.
Tech As a Bridge, Not a Wall
Listening to the media these days, you'd think consumers were a bunch of 1st graders who got "Needs Improvement" on their report cards. It might read "Doesn't play well with others". The hit Broadway musical Rent explored this idea of "Connection in an isolating age". Of course we see this side of technology's reach, and as we discussed before, it's a prime target for designers to look at. But what about the opportunities for technologies connecting us in ways never before possible? Surely that's worth a look.
Putting Darwin To Work
If you consider the incredible amount of differentiation and specification that life on this planet has accomplished in a relatively short billion years or so, you can see how natural selection is seen by many as an incredible process, and by many others as an impossible explanation. We are SO not getting into that quagmire; Instead, whatever you believe, the principals underlying natural selection are being applied to the design of electronics and complex engineered objects with great success. And we think it's time designers got in on the action.
The Other 1.5 Million Tenants
There are quite a few animals and things kicking around, as you might have noticed. And some designers are beginning to see them as viable user groups. Oh, sure, the pay's not great, but most of these guys can't build things for themselves, and they can make for very challenging problems. Take a look at our Wild Kingdom of Design.
We Can Rebuild Him...
A few months ago, we talked about body extensions, as well as some historical precedents for prosthesis. We thought we would add in a few more interesting developments that are changing the concept of artificial limbs and the permanence of disability. And giving designers some fantastic opportunities to develop the next bionic man concepts.
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Dominic Muren and IDFuel Team