Design Innovation “The Story of Eames Furniture”, Modernism and Functionalism

February 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Story of Eames Furniture: Marilyn Neuhart with John Neuhart – Interview from Gestalten on Vimeo.

In this video interview, Marilyn and John Neuhart tell the story of working with designers Charles and Ray Eames in the 1950s.

Scott Summit, 3-D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution

September 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Scott Summit, a co-founder of Bespoke, “wanted to create a leg that had a level of humanity”, using advanced 3-D printing to create prosthetic limbs.

“Synthetic Life” Design, Craig Venter (TED)

June 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Craig Venter and team create the first fully functioning, reproducing cell controlled by synthetic DNA. (18 min)

Volkswagen Bik.e for Ecological Mobility

April 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Volkswagen’s has produced a brilliant two-wheeler for ecological and sustainable mobility for the future. VW has a team designing unconventional solutions like the eBike, which can be folded and stored in the spare tire compartment. It means taking additional mobility with you, beyond the car itself. This is a new category of sustainable products supplementing cars, by being good for the environment, and a joy to use.

Redesigning Design, Erik Spiekerman

February 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Having applied Design Thinking throughout my career, and having spent time with clients in Europe and the US clarifying Design’s function in critical problem solving and as a methodology to expand business ecosystems, I found familiarity in Erik’s presentation offering some examples of Design Thinking applied to Apple’s iPod product line, and an innovative redesign of a bank’s savings account infrastructure.

“Creativity is the key resource to affect change. Design could be the guiding force behind the world’s innovative economy.” (In German, English slides, 16.5 min)

Festo Bionic AquaJellies

February 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Learning from Nature shows the way to energy-efficient movement processes, through bionics. Recent technology is used in experimental prototypes, such as integrated mechatronic concepts with options for remote maintenance and diagnostics, piezoelectric valves and electric drives. Inspiration for the complex drive forms comes from natural phenomena in air and water, and from humanity itself.

Designer Philippe Starck on the roots of “Why design?”

January 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This is a TED talk by designer Philippe Starck from a few years ago. He touches on perspectives necessary to expand our view of what we do in life and why it’s relevant, delivering playful evolutionary context to our role as a species.