Love what Carine has done with the latest teaser for CR, it takes me back to the piece I wrote for Portable TV. It’s easy to make terrible, over indulgent fashion films. This on the other hand is snappy, engaging and features just the right amount of celebrity name dropping to make it absolutely fabulous. Great sound edit too.
I went to see Sir David in Melbourne over the weekend… he was spectacular.
Some things that I have been working on…
Barangaroo is one of the most significant urban renewal projects in Australia to date and ties together over $6 billion of investment from private enterprise, state and local governments.
I worked as a freelance writer and researcher with Right Angle Studio to produce and present one of the lead pieces of research for the project team entitled ‘The Barangaroo Macro Trend Report’. Working collaboratively with The Future Laboratory we identified and explored three future-facing consumer macro trends that will affect the way Barangaroo is valued and experienced by its key audience groups. Each trend was framed and animated by local and international case studies to reinforce the opportunities for Barangaroo, invigorating and inspiring the project team and setting their sights on delivering a truly great precinct.
It was an interesting project to work on as it focused largely on social and community issues that I had not previously studied in great depth. I am looking forward to seeing which of the ideas and concepts that we discussed will come to fruition on site.
Emotional responses to medication
Singapore based Industrial Design student, Chan Min Yun has created a concept to change the way that people respond to medication with her Blooms project. The origami inspired design utilisises tiny parcels of thin water resistant paper which unfold when added to a glass of water into beautiful designs.
The idea is similar to the beautiful lotus flower teas that evolve from inconspicuous buds to elaborate flowers as they diffuse and according to Chan, the desired calming effect is the same. She explained:
“The experience of watching the blooming medicine serves as a form of emotional relief in addition to physical relief from the medication by slowing down our pace, creating a moment to take a breather”.
The concept of changing the relationship between the patient and their medication through design reminds me of Mathieu Lehanneur’s Therapeutic Objects work from 2001, where he examined the psychological affects of medication and how design could change the balance of power, from reliance to symbiosis.
His Third Lung Project (below) was designed specifically for asthmatic children. Between doses the puffer swells up in a balloon like way, which if the medication is not taken in time will pop. The ultimate goal is to empower the child to feel that they have a responsibility to care for the medication, rather than the other way around.
It will be interesting to see where this design movement goes from here. With the overwhelming trend towards m-health, will a similar sensibility be embedded into the UI design for health apps, or is the tangible nature of these projects what makes them so interesting and special.
DIY project for our new apartment… now I just need to find the little plastic things that you iron together.
I’m working on a project on Survivalist Architecture as a sign of our times… a reactionary measure to the threats that we face globally and locally. I had the opportunity to speak to KWK Promes, the team behind this spectacular house in Poland.
At night the house closes up to be an impenetrable concrete box, but during the day it opens to be a modern masterpiece complete with drawbridge to connect to the adjoining above ground pool.
My latest piece for Portable.tv on the resurgence of fashion GIFs…
We are well and truly in the midst of a GIF revival. As 2012 marks the 25th birthday of the iconic — and potentially seizure inducing — format, Portable examines how the medium has evolved and why fashion in particular is embracing the resurgence. Read it all here.
Sometime soon, Pinterest will expand the number of things users can pin, including videos from Hulu, Vimeo, and Netflix. “Driving traffic out is really fundamental for us,” he said. “The mission of Pinterest is not to keep people on the site forever. It’s to get people out and to find those objects.”