10 April 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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