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Milan Design Week 2017: Everyone is a Winner at HEAD Genève’s Salone Ludico

As of last year, mobile gaming revenue surpassed that of console and PC. Angry Birds or Pokémon Go may be great ways to kill time, but digital games need not be solitary pursuits confined to screens—on the contrary, distraction can aspire to reveal something more profound. Case in point, a series of interactive games developed by the Master students in the Media Design department of HEAD Genève, unveiled in Milan last week.

Easily a highlight of the Fuorisalone, Salone Ludico was tucked away on a side street of the Brera District, away from the bustling retail arteries where design-week revelers spill into the streets when the wine starts flowing. From April 4–9, the students transformed Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea into a futuristic gaming den, a “salone ludico,” the latter term meaning “play.” The space may have resembled a white-walled gallery space at first glance, but the projects on view were less objets d’art than properly interactive artworks—proposals to show both for how gaming can be more than mere distraction, and  how design can mean more than just tables and chairs.

From a card game based on particle physics to a supine VR experience of the afterlife, all 12 of the projects—upwards of 18 months in the making—are thoughtfully conceived and rigorously executed. Standouts included Benoît Renaudin‘s speculative wunderkamer from 3017 (featuring Swiss-designed items enhanced by audio commentary), and Margaux Charvolin and Jessica Friedling‘s app-powered alchemical cocktail-making contraption.

“Murmures” by Benoît Renaudin
“Penultimo” by Margaux Charvolin and Jessica Friedling.
Detail view of Penultimo

But the best part was that the projects weren’t merely on view—to be admired and photographed for social media—but that they worked more or less flawlessly: Visitors could actually navigate “Bloodbank,” a side-scrolling video game, with a lit match; experience a “concert” at home via “KBPS”; and, of course, actually taste the cocktail that they just whipped up.

Doesn’t that sound better than star ratings or experience points?

“Ximoan” by Patrick Donaldson, Yoann Douillet, Raphaël Henocq and Laurent Monnet
“Oniri Islands” by Marion Bareil and Tourmaline Studio
“DarkLight” by Sarah Bourquin, Jessica Friedling, Valérie Pierrehumbert and Eun-Sun Lee
“Democrapcy” by Yoann Douillet, Mélissa Pisler, Israel Viadest, Marion Bareil and Léa Schönfelder
“Gravity” by Sébastien Beureux, Jessica Friedling, Charles-Henri Hayoz and Vincent de Vevey, adapted from PadPad by Jérémie Lasnier

More information about the exhibition and all of the projects is available at SaloneLudico.ch.


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A practical winner | Long-range Renault Zoe EV First Drive

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Forget the battery? Sure.

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A practical winner | Long-range Renault Zoe EV First Drive

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The 2016 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Winner Brings Environmentalists, Government and Logging Companies Together for Rainforest Conservation

The 2016 Buckminster Fuller Challenge has officially come to a close after months of the top full-system design projects competing for $ 100,000 to support the development of their strategies. Finalists proposed thoughtful projects ranging from solutions to over populated cemeteries to better designs for harvesting water—it’s a wonder the panelists could come to a final decision.

The Rainforest Solutions Project ended up taking the win thanks to their thorough infrastructure plan to save the Great Bear Rainforests in British Columbia. Designed as a collaboration between the three organizations, Greenspace, Sierra Club BC and Stand (formerly Forest Ethics), The Rainforest Solutions Project aims to bring the government, environmentalists and logging companies together to conserve one of the largest rainforests on the planet. That’s no easy task, considering those three parties don’t always have the same needs.

However, by implementing ecosystem-based management—the project’s legal and policy framework for the collaboration—The Rainforest Solutions Project supports the conversation around conservation through an open dialogue that tries to meet both human and ecological needs as best as possible.

“The Rainforest Solutions Project’s cutting-edge work to collaboratively co-design Ecosystem Based Management in the Great Bear Rainforest has resulted in a 15-million acre case study for the paradigm shift required to concurrently respect indigenous rights and conserve the Earth’s lungs, for species, culture and climate, now and for future generations.”

We look forward to hearing more success stories from The Rainforest Solutions Project and next year’s BFI Challenge winner. 

Make sure to check out past BFI Challenge winners that are solving some of the world’s most pressing problems here, here and here.


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The Winner of Our 1-Hour Design Challenge….

Advice on how to successfully run a freelance operation is everywhere as the working population shifts more and more toward a self-employed workforce, but how many people are actually thinking about objects or systems that can help these independent workers?

For our latest 1-Hour Design Challenge, we asked this very question: if you could design a piece or furniture or object that would help freelancers work more efficiently and happily, what would you make?  We were happy to see that many of you were excited to explore this question, and after looking over many of your sketches we’ve determined a winner!

Here is the list of winners and runner ups in our 1-Hour Design Challenge: Furniture for Freelancers Edition: 

GRAND PRIZE

The Wind Up Power Cord by Graham Wilson

Wilson’s design for an adjustable computer charger really struck a “cord” with all of our judges…equipped with wind-up functionality as well as an interface indicating the charge status of your computer, this design is simple yet highly useful. Our judges at Grovemade complimented the project saying it was a “simple concept with a lot of usefulness” while judge Carly Ayres summed it all up in one simple sentiment: “Preach.” 

RUNNER UPS

Work Cocoon by knoll321

Runner ups in the 1-Hour Design Challenge all turned out to be rather future gazing, one being the Work Cocoon by knoll321. Judge Brad Augustine of Humanscale dubbed it as one of his favorites—”[The project] addresses a major issue of privacy…though concerns over breathability and claustrophobia need to be addressed.”  

Air Stool by Aaron Yong

Our other runner-up imagined a progressive new system for getting work done, simply utilizing a VR workstation and a nifty levitating swivel stool. Grovemade designers applauded Yong for his forward-thinking ideas: “Very conceptual but the designer goes into detail about the tech and the integration it will have into our future…Overall the product is well considered and detailed for just a concept. The concept might not be the most attainable at the moment but shows the type of thoughtfulness that helps move technology and design forward.”

Thanks again everyone for your submissions! Congratulations to the grand prize winner, who will be taking home an amazing desk set from Grovemade, designed by our 1-HDC judges, while runner ups will be taking home $ 25 gift certificates to Hand Eye Supply! 

Also: stay tuned in the future for more 1-Hour Design Challenges by joining our Facebook group or following our 1-HDC discussion board page!


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The Winner of Our 1-Hour Design Challenge….

Advice on how to successfully run a freelance operation is everywhere as the working population shifts more and more toward a self-employed workforce, but how many people are actually thinking about objects or systems that can help these independent workers?

For our latest 1-Hour Design Challenge, we asked this very question: if you could design a piece or furniture or object that would help freelancers work more efficiently and happily, what would you make?  We were happy to see that many of you were excited to explore this question, and after looking over many of your sketches we’ve determined a winner!

Here is the list of winners and runner ups in our 1-Hour Design Challenge: Furniture for Freelancers Edition: 

GRAND PRIZE

The Wind Up Power Cord by Graham Wilson

Wilson’s design for an adjustable computer charger really struck a “cord” with all of our judges…equipped with wind-up functionality as well as an interface indicating the charge status of your computer, this design is simple yet highly useful. Our judges at Grovemade complimented the project saying it was a “simple concept with a lot of usefulness” while judge Carly Ayres summed it all up in one simple sentiment: “Preach.” 

RUNNER UPS

Work Cocoon by knoll321

Runner ups in the 1-Hour Design Challenge all turned out to be rather future gazing, one being the Work Cocoon by knoll321. Judge Brad Augustine of Humanscale dubbed it as one of his favorites—”[The project] addresses a major issue of privacy…though concerns over breathability and claustrophobia need to be addressed.”  

Air Stool by Aaron Yong

Our other runner-up imagined a progressive new system for getting work done, simply utilizing a VR workstation and a nifty levitating swivel stool. Grovemade designers applauded Yong for his forward-thinking ideas: “Very conceptual but the designer goes into detail about the tech and the integration it will have into our future…Overall the product is well considered and detailed for just a concept. The concept might not be the most attainable at the moment but shows the type of thoughtfulness that helps move technology and design forward.”

Thanks again everyone for your submissions! Congratulations to the grand prize winner, who will be taking home an amazing desk set from Grovemade, designed by our 1-HDC judges, while runner ups will be taking home $ 25 gift certificates to Hand Eye Supply! 

Also: stay tuned in the future for more 1-Hour Design Challenges by joining our Facebook group or following our 1-HDC discussion board page!


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The Winner of Our 1-Hour Design Challenge Is….

Our tendency to buy groceries and waste them along with shrinking kitchen spaces and a large influx of niche products on the market all make for an anthill of issues revolving around food. This storm of factors makes the realm of food and kitchens perfect fodder for design improvement and therefore a great 1-Hour Design Challenge topic! 

We asked the Core77 audience in our latest design challenge, how could you design a multipurpose tool for the kitchen that adds true value to your life? Well we’re happy to report that you all had tons of answers and great ones at that, and we’ve determined a grand prize winner! 

Here’s our list of winners and honorable mentions in the 1-Hour Versatile Kitchen Tool Design Challenge:

GRAND PRIZE

The 3-in-1 Mixing Bowl Cutting Board Oven Tray by Nina Zheng 

Nina Zheng’s ingenious mix of functions and form factors make it a true winner. After being continuously irritated by all the dishes you have to wash after preparing a home-cooked meal, Zheng had to “address [her] laziness” by making this clever cutting board-mixing bowl-oven tray combo. Judges Kyleigh Wawak and Eleanor Sandford of gravitytank saw this as a clear favorite due to it’s thoughtful intent: 

“They understood the process and where there was opportunity to improve it. Transformational aspect is something we’re seeing a lot of recently. [We would] encourage the designer to explore different materials and prototype functionality to understand how it would actually work.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Food Savior by Cindy Mijares

Mijare’s design challenge entry stood out due to it’s innovative thoughtfulness regarding how to tackle a very relevant topic today in the world: food waste. Her “Food Savior” solution utilizes a novel sticker technology that detects when food is about to rot while storing the information on your phone. “By detecting ethylene, stickers sense the ethylene and change color”, says Mijares. “This sends a warning to your cellphone letting you know [your food] is about to rot.” Judge Joey Zeledon saw this as a very fresh idea: 

“Food waste is an extremely relevant issue. The Food Savior is addressing the right problem to solve in the kitchen…[Plus] it’s more about the food and less about the gadget. The gadget is just an enabler of the larger experience. Well done.”

Thanks again everyone for your submissions! Congratulations to the grand prize winner, who will be taking home the amazing OXO On Illuminating Digital Immersion Blender, designed by Design Challenge judge Joey Zeledon’s team at Smart Design!

Also: stay tuned in the future for more 1-Hour Design Challenges by joining our Facebook group or following our 1-HDC discussion board page!


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A winner crowned, then dethroned in Mexico City ePrix

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Saturday saw one driver win the hotly contested fifth round of the 2015-16 FIA Formula E Championship in Mexico City… but another walk away with the points.

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Winner of Honda’s Global Design Project is a Car/Motorcycle Mash-Up

Each year Honda holds an internal design competition, pitting their various design studios against each other to create blue-sky concepts. The winner of this year’s Honda Global Design Project is Project 2&4, created by two Honda teams that were apparently allowed to collaborate: Their Asaka-based motorcycle design studio and their Wako-based automobile design studio.

The 2&4 is certainly different. The aim of the concept, according to Honda, was “to create an intense driving experience by combining the most thrilling elements of riding a motorcycle with the most engaging characteristics of driving a car.”

While the vehicle has four wheels and the stability of a car, the sound of the 1-liter V4 would unmistakably be that of a motorcycle (specifically, the RC213V engine used by their motorcycle racing teams). To heighten the sensation, “the driver’s seat [is] uniquely suspended just above the road. The ‘floating seat’ design places the driver as close to the action as possible, evoking the freedom of a bike and completing the immersion provided by [the vehicle’s] extreme performance, [with a] 14,000 rpm red line and unique engineering.”

The hybrid design has had a (perhaps calculated) doubling effect on Honda publicity: The 2&4 has been picked up by seemingly every motorcycle and car blog on Earth.

The vehicle will be on display, Honda has announced, later this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.


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