26 October 2008

Desing Museum London

The Design Museum is the world’s leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design. It is working to place design at the centre of contemporary culture. The Design Museum’s mission is to celebrate, entertain, and inform.
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23 October 2008

in Greek please | Οι νέοι δημιουργούν για τη «ζωή» !

Ένωση Γραφιστών Ελλάδος σε συνεργασία με τους διοργανωτές της έκθεσης Graphica 2009, Comex Hellas & Graphica Expo και το Visual Communication Designers' Club, καλούν όλους τους νέους σχεδιαστές οπτικής επικοινωνίας (έως 30 ετών) να συμμετάσχουν στο Ημερολόγιο Γραφικών Τεχνών 2009, δημιουργώντας έργα με θέμα την λέξη "Ζωή" μέχρι την Πέμπτη 30 Οκτωβρίου 2008." (απο το blog της ένωσης)

για περισσότερες πληροφορίες


17 October 2008

The Eyeballing Game, can you estimate to the mm?

Here is one for you...
While I was checking some other blogs I run on to this post...
It simply links you to an another web page with a sort of a flash "game" that tests your eyeballing skills on some basics tasks...like trying to make a perfect 90 degree angle between two lines or finding the conversion point between three.
Well very funny...so all you people sketching out there just try it and check your score.
It's not so easy as it sounds! But maybe not so hard....
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16 October 2008

Static! : Increasing energy awareness

The Swedish Interactive Institute has been working on a project to redesign everyday items (lamps, tiles, window shades) in order to increase awareness of how energy is being used. Some of the projects are

-energy curtain

During the day, the shade can be drawn to the extent that people choose to collect sunlight and, during the evening, the collected energy is expressed as a glowing pattern on the inside of the shade

-flower lamp

The lamp ‘blooms’ – changing its shape and thus lit expression – when energy consumption in a household has been low for some time, thus reflecting the cycles of local energy use.
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[by ir.papadaki]

15 October 2008

Innovations In Packaging...

Innovations are everywhere and especially in Design.. Have a look at these designs in packaging. Their creators are trully innovative.
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[by l.athanatou]

14 October 2008

Product Design

Product Design. Some relly clever stuff...
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13 October 2008

Greek Graphic Designers Agency - Ένωση Γραφιστών Ελλάδας

are you from greece??
are you a graphic designs school student?
are you a freelancer graphic designer??
are you a graphic designer ..anyway?
become a member to gda now and you will not be alone!

now all graphic designers from greece we have our home!

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12 October 2008

Taschen Books

bookstore. main titles:
architecture, art, design, fashion, film, lifestyle, limited editions, photography, pop culture, sex, travel.
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11 October 2008

Manufacturing Methods: Metal (liquid state) Forming 02_Investment Casting.

Hallo once again...
Todays topic is Investment Casting (also called lost wax, precision casting, solid mold).
The term for this method that you are going to hear depends from the profession that casting is used for, thats why solid mold is used in industry, investment and lost wax in art casting foundries and schools.

In a few words:
  • The part to be cast is made of wax.
  • Runners and sprue are attached and held in a flask.
  • Investment is poured into the flask surrounding the assembly leaving access to the sprue and puring basin.
  • When the investment is set, the flask is inverted, melting the wax, which drains from the mold, leaving a cavity or void.
  • The flask is righted and liquid metal is poured into the void via the pouring basin.
  • When the metal solidifies, the plaster or ceramic is broken away and the runners and vents are removed from the casts parts.
Properties of procedure:
  • Superior surface quality.
  • Thin wall or section, intricate parts.
  • Minimum or no draft angle required (exept for pattern)
  • Limited to nonferrous metals.
  • Limited in size.
typical parts:
  • Precision parts, scientific and medical instruments, tools.
  • Sculpture, jewelry, aerospace parts, airborne electronics.
The above video is more like a commercial for a company that casts parts, but I selected it because shows a detailed explanation of all the stages of the process.

past videos:
Manufacturing Methods: Metal Forming 01_Sand Molding + Sand Casting


10 October 2008

Manufacturing Methods: Metal Forming 01_Sand Molding + Sand Casting

Concerning how the things are here in Greece about retrieving knowledge that in later time could help you design a better product...I've decided to make a series of topics that will show how manufacture methods are done in practice.
Thats because ,at least here Greece, most of us maybe never had the chance to see "how it's done"....few manufacturers = few chances.

Well, the first one is about "sand molding" (first video) and "sand casting" (second video).

Properties of procedure:
  • Few limitation on size or shape.
  • Inserts can be part of the mold.
  • Molds are inexpensive.
  • Limited dimensional accurancy.
  • Poor surface quality.
  • Thin sections are impractical.
  • Machining usually required.