10 April 2008

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Ian Fleming and the art of book design

Those who blinked and missed the Royal Mail’s set of stamps featuring James Bond covers back in January should rush to a new exhibition opening next week. Bond Bound: Ian Fleming and the Art of Cover Design is just one part of the author’s centenary celebrations taking place this year, but for designers, it promises […]

Barber by Arup Ghosh, India. Winner of the Amateur Portraiture category and the Sony World Photography Awards Amateur Photographer of the Year title

Sony Photography Awards profiled

With numerous high-profile awards, photography hardly lacks for prizes. However, Ed Barber wonders whose purpose they serve, and thinks the market may be as important as the art form itselfEveryone’s a winner. Or are they? Awards, prizes and competitions are good for business, but who else apart from the winners benefit? The sponsors – of […]

Hand-drawn monochrome scenes from the animated film Persepolis. Colour was only used at the start and close of the film

The animated art of Persepolis

Despite its stark monochrome look and potentially sombre storyline of growing up in revolutionary Iran, the animated film Persepolis has all the makings of a classic. Narrowly missing an Oscar adds to its credentials, says Nargess Shahmanesh-Banks‘I like Toy Story,’ says Marjane Satrapi. ‘But computer-generated animation only works if you have a huge budget. Besides, […]

Prototyping – Introduction

Dictionaries seem to agree that a prototype is the earliest defining instance of a thing or class of things. So, for example, the Ford Model T is probably the prototypical mass-produced car and Hancock’s Half Hour the prototype for all British TV sitcoms. But the meaning is a little different in the world of manufacturing, […]

Nokia’s Morph concepts are digital visualisations created to test its ongoing research into nanotechnology

Product design: an overview

Humans are tactile, visual creatures. Given the choice, we’d rather touch and hold physical objects to find out how they work than look at representations of them on a flat screen. And in the world of product design, a real, tangible manifestation of what’s on the drawing board can be an essential tool to convince […]

Solid 3D CAD render of Isklar’s water bottle, which was used to help sell the concept to the clients. Designed by Blue Marlin

Magic touch

A tactile, exact model is the perfect tool for packaging designers looking to sell structural innovations to clients. Trish Lorenz investigatesAsking a client to revamp the structural elements of packaging has always been a more difficult sell for design groups than updating on-pack graphics. There are logistical issues to consider – changes to structural designs […]

MAD’s vision of Beijing in 2050

Beijing in bloom

CHINA HAS BEEN CULTIVATING ITS OWN CROP OF DESIGN TALENT WHICH IS NO LONGER LOOKING TO THE WEST FOR INSPIRATION BUT TO THE COUNTRY’S OWN CULTURAL ROOTS. ZIJIA WONG REPORTS ON THE CURIOUS MIX OF DESIGN STYLES IN BEIJINGEmperors once lorded over it and now designers are doing the same. With hip hotels and homes […]

Clay modelling work underway in Aston Martin’s design studio

Rapide response

Aston Martin’s new design studio should speed up the development of prototypes, but natural light and traditional craft skills are still crucial to this company’s sculptural approach to designing cars, says John StonesOnce upon a time Aston Martin was known for a certain aristocratic brutishness, a characteristic that cemented an enduring identification with James Bond. […]

Allermuir’s Soul chair, designed by Pearson Lloyd –
finished product

Another dimension

For independent designers collaborating with manufacturers, the design process can vary dramatically. Liz Farrelly talks to three leading
designers about their approach to model-making

A bespoke football boot, made by performance footwear company Prior 2 Lever, using rapid prototyping technology and based on the athlete’s biometric data

Perfect fit

Designers are finding novel uses for modelling technologies, including a service that makes made-to-measure boots for professional footballers, says Scott BillingsWhile people may not come from moulds and templates, the products we use normally do. Take footwear: breaking in a new pair of shoes can be painful, requiring your feet to physically re-form the shoes […]

Madam Delia’s Suburban Roost by CJ Lim/Studio 8 Architects, which crosses into sculptural practice

Matters of the art

Architects’ models are increasingly finding a market among private collectors keen to acquire their very own piece of Zaha Hadid, Amanda Levete or Will Alsop. Fiona Sibley browses the marketFor architects, models are part of everyday practice, used to communicate the size, shape and vision of a building before it becomes a part of fabricated […]

Assa Ashuach’s AI stool for MGX

Rapid manufacturing: an overview

However fantastic rapid prototyping technology may be, it is what designers do with it that counts. This is a challenge that forward-thinking designers such as Ron Arad have been rising to for years, but its rich potential as a manufacturing medium is now being realised more widely, as a new generation of tech-savvy designers begins […]

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