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Terracotta speakers

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This is one of those ideas that just got stuck in my mind, something that i just had to try.

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Turning a pair of normal terracotta planters into speakers. I liked how simple the idea seemed at first and as well the challenge of mounting all the parts inside something that completely lacks mounting fixtures.

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The whole construction is tightened with the one bolt at the back, the blue rope self-adjusts to keep the tension in all sections.

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The Future of News

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A while ago I worked on a project for News UK, the project which was managed by the Central St. Martins Innovation Centre employed eight graduates from MA-Communication Design and MA-Industrial Design.  Below is a sample of some of the concepts that we presented to News UK and that where later exhibited at their Innovation Café (which is featured in Wired )

All concepts have been produced by Kate Brangan, Josef Clinch, António Felizardo and Emma Kalkhoven from MACD, Masami Lavault, Pierre Papet, Yuhan Wan and myself from MAID. The tutor on the project was Dr. Matt Malpass

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Boris e-Readers

What is it?
Shared access e-readers on public transport, in partnership with Transport for London.

Why?
Everyday, thousands of free newspapers are printed and thrown away, cluttering public transport carriages and causing hazard on the tracks.

How does it work?
E-reader credit can be topped-up on Oyster card, allowing to borrow e-readers during commuting. Free news might be the basic content accessible on the e-readers. Times subscribers would have access to their Times e-newspaper, with personal preferences uploaded on their Oyster.

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Brand Gesture (Part I)

What is it?
A unique, recognisable tablet gesture.

Why ?
The prestige of holding up a Times newspaper disappeared with the emergence of digital formats. Yet, some tablet or mobile gestures have recently become so familiar that we can identify what the user is doing (playing Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja).

How does it work?
A simple tilting gesture is repeated each time the reader turns a page (back and forth) and opens the menu. The frequency of the action allows surrounding onlookers to recognise the brand.

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Brand Gesture (Part II)

What is it?
An augmented tablet cover, which serves as a controller for the Times or Sun app.

Why?
The tangibility and associated gestures of reading a physical newspaper has been lost during the transfer to digital formats. There is an opportunity to merge these gestures with those of gaming to create new, subtle branded interactions.

How does it work?
The reader rolls the cover in one hand to launch the app, squeezes the ‘roll’ once to skip to the next page, twice to go back to the previous one. Slightly sliding the cover reveals or hides additional content.

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Receipt News

What is it?
Receiving a short news article on the go, printed on the backside of paper receipts.

Why?
The consumption of news is deeply associated with routine rituals. Printing news on often unused paper surfaces embeds the diffusion of information even deeper into readers’ habits.

How does it work?
When buying coffee, a personalised news article will appear on the back of the receipt, taking into account the content preferences stored on the reader’s credit or debit card. With contactless payments being the new standard, this becomes a very simple and quick experience.

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Edible News

What is it?
Daily updated edible news in pill form.

Why?
The concept of edible news is rooted in the habit of taking vitamin supplements – the consumption of news is part of our daily routine and contributes to our intellectual health and well-being.

How does it work?
Recent research on microscopic biological processors from the Imperial College London shows that bacteria can be programmed to act like microprocessors, transmitting information and performing actions. When placed on a news charger, the pills containing the harmless programmable bacteria are loaded with current news. The content can be tailored to the interests of the news eater.

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AIAIAI T-65

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While taking a short break from working on “Interfaces” I wanted to just do some traditional straightforward product design. So I set out to design a pair of headphones. Not wanting to spend to much time on this I set the time limit to one weekend (after subtracting all the stuff “you have to do” it turns out a weekend is about 7 hours) and decided to design for Danish audio brand AIAIAI. All modelling is done in Solidworks, rendering in Photoview 360.

Note: Me and this this concept has nothing to do with AIAIAI and their views/opinions/products, this is just a concept imagined during my free time. You should however check out their awsome headphones at http://www.aiaiai.dk. I own a pair of TMA-1 and it is probably one of my favourite products. Ever.

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Interfaces is my latest project, it is by no means finished nor is it at this stage a design-project with commercial intent. It’s more a research exploration in using NFC as an interface.  I will soon post a more in depth post around my research, reasoning and conclusions. But for now, here is a lot of colourful pictures and a video!

The interfaces paper is now available to download, click image below to read or download.
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QI charger

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Recently got a QI-charger for my phone I went for a super cheap £10 one, after a couple of days I couldn’t stand the ugliness of that huge white piece of plastic though.. So I decided to try something else out, after doing some experiments with different materials I came across a nice piece of cork. 30 minutes later and a prototype was born.

As of now it’s just a prototype, it’s quite bulky and finishing and detail is horrible. But this is definitely something I will look into further and make a proper version of. The look and feel of the cork is so much nicer than a piece of glossy plastic…

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