Last year a data-driven participatory production entitled My Sky is Falling looked at exploring the experiences of a child making her way through a foster care system under the disguise of a futuristic sic fi story. Harmony Institute, a research centre that studies the impact of entertainment on society were given with the complex task of collecting the data from these performances and shaping the future creative from this data. We spoke to research analyst Sarah Henry on how the project originated, the unique ways Harmony Institute were collecting data and how the performance effected the participatory audience involved.Read More
Christmas stresses me out. I buy gifts that I think people would enjoy but clearly miss the mark when I see the disappointed faces post gift unwrapping. I’m sure I’m not the only person who suffers from this gift buying disability. Perhaps this is where ‘a Little Something’ might help.
‘a Little Something’ is a gift package where you are given the opportunity to craft your own gift with the materials included in the pack. These materials include recycled waste products along with other craft products to elicit an individualised once off gift. The pack cleverly doubles as a postage box so you can easily pop it in the mail to send once you’re done. We spoke to Philémonne Jaasma, the Dutch designer of ‘a Little Something’ about her design rationale, process and outcome of the project.Read More
A few years ago my home town of Melbourne introduced a bike share system similar to systems which have been introduced all around the world. There was plenty of genuine excitement for the system at the time however a few years on, the service is struggling to adopt riders.
This is where the bike hemet Morpher could come into play. Designed by Englishman Jeff Woolf, the Morpher helmet provides the same protection as a standard helmet but is completely foldable for easy storage.Read More
The culinary experience of going out to a restaurant can be difficult for people who suffer from tremors like the ones caused from Parkinson’s Disease. The experience can leave a person embarrassed and cause social isolation.
Liftware is a device designed to overcome the difficulties of dining out for sufferers of tremors. The device is an electronically stabilised handle with a spoon attachment on its end, which is cleverly designed to to cancel up to 70% of tremors once held.Read More
Lower back pain. It seems to be the professional injury of choice. Slouching at our desks for far too long making our spines go unnaturally curvy.
A small device called Lumo Lift may be just the thing (and a little thing) that may change that. Designed to be placed unobtrusively on the collar or shoulder, the Lumo Lift recognises when your upper back begins to slouch and gives you a gentle vibration to remind you to stand or sit up straight.Read More
Lava lamps, dial in radios or swinging ball rooms might not be the first thing you would think should be in a hospital, but these nostalgic items may be the key to trigger long term memory in dementia patients.
It’s all the brain child of designer and inventor Richard Ernest, who has created pop up rooms designed to look like they come from a bygone era called ‘RemPods’. The pods can be quickly installed in care homes and hospitals to alleviate the stress of people who suffer from dementia. It is hoped that through the familiarity of these rooms, dementia sufferers may be able to talk about the memories which still remain.Read More
The oldest underground system in the world will also be the first of its kind to use excess heat to warm peoples homes and dramatically cut energy bills.Read More
You might not have to wait sitting in pharmacy queues for your prescriptions to be ready anymore. Pillpack is a new online medical service which delivers your medicine to your door through a combination of design and technology.Read More
A group of Indian designers have come up with an ingenious use for the mountains of paper bags which can stockpile after a trip or ten from the shops.
Parin Sanghvi, Shruti Gupta and Mohit Singhvi have found a way to create a foldable clothes hanger out of the paper bags which might be carrying your brand new outfit for summer.Read More
The possibilities of what can be achieved with wearable technology Google Glass are beginning to surface, with the ability for its heads up display showing contextual information whilst travelling, for filmmaking or to read the New York Times. One interesting example that has surfaced in the past week is a potential patient monitoring solution developed by Phillips Healthcare and Accenture. The design concept allows surgeons to get real time data before and during surgery on their Google Glass heads up display.Read More