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Converge Europe 2017: Explore the Intersection of Design and Technology

solidThinking has announced that the 2017 European Converge conference will take place October 17 at the SANAA building in Essen Germany. The conference will bring together industrial designers, design engineers, architects, and others active in product creation to explore the growing creative middle ground shared by both designers and engineers.

As the digital world spins faster every day and with new manufacturing methods such as 3D printing revolutionizing the production processes, the design and manufacture of products has to radically change. Keynotes presentations and two master classes, including presentations from, with and about Zaha Hadid, Faraone, EOS, CSI, Protiq, Amazone, APWorks, Thyssen Krupp Elevators, Turi Cacciatore Design, and many more, will leave attendees with new insights toward product design and development.

"We are very happy to host the 2nd Converge conference in Essen again this year," commented Dr. Pietro Cervellera, Country Manager Altair Engineering GmbH. "Last year's event was a big success, the location was very well suited and attendees, presenters, and partners were very pleased with the outcome of the event. We have therefore decided to again give a platform to those who want to explore the innovative intersections of technology and design. With a special focus on designs inspired by nature through artificial intelligence engineering tools, Converge will provide the attendees with a competitive edge, knowledge, and technologies needed to be truly innovative."

Converge 2017 will also feature an exhibition area, presenting products and designs from customers and renown product creators.

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typotherapy Redesigns University of Toronto's English Magazine

typotherapy[1] recently redesigned the University of Toronto's 'English' magazine. The purpose of the magazine is to act as a voice, communicate opinions, and to inform students and faculty about what's happening in the Department of English.

The new design includes a refined grid system, a unique typographic format and a consistent sense of style for each issue.

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References

  1. ^typotherapy (www.dexigner.com)

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Thomas Heatherwick to Receive 2017 ACADIA Design Excellence Award

The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) has named Thomas Heatherwick as the recipient of the 2017 ACADIA Design Excellence Award.

The ACADIA Design Excellence Award is given by ACADIA's Board of Directors to exceptional architects, designers, and researchers who have made significant, innovative, and impactful contributions to the fields of architecture and computational design. Recipients are selected through a highly competitive nomination and voting process.

"Thomas Heatherwick's work epitomizes the high caliber of design innovation that ACADIA has sought to foster over the years," commented Jason Kelly Johnson, ACADIA president and founder of Future Cities Lab in San Francisco. "From furniture to bridges to buildings, his work is consistently experimental, iterative, and well-crafted. It also synthesizes digital and analog techniques in groundbreaking ways."

Thomas Heatherwick is a British designer whose prolific and varied work over two decades is characterized by its ingenuity, inventiveness and originality. Defying the conventional classification of design disciplines, Thomas founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 to bring the practices of design, architecture and urban planning together in a single workspace. Thomas leads the design of all Heatherwick Studio projects, working in collaboration with a team of 200 highly-skilled architects, designers, and makers.

Thomas' unusual approach applies artistic thinking to the needs of each project, resulting in some of the most acclaimed designs of our time. Based in London, Heatherwick studio is currently working in four continents on projects valued at over £2 billion. Following the success of the UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010, Heatherwick studio has gone on to win exciting design briefs including the Learning Hub at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, and the new Google campus in Silicon Valley. Thomas has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a Royal Academician and in 2004 became the youngest Royal Designer for Industry.

The award will be presented at this year's ACADIA conference 'Disciplines & Disruption,' November 2-4 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Heatherwick will accept the award and deliver a keynote lecture during the conference.

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The Art of Reggae Exhibition in Liverpool

Ostróda Reggae Festival will host the Art of Reggae Exhibition, featuring 40 reggae-inspired posters, designed by illustrators & artists from all over the world for the 5th International Reggae Poster Contest[1].

The exhibition will be on view from August 11 to 13 at Chamber Room of the Ostróda Amphitheatre.

References

  1. ^5th International Reggae Poster Contest (www.dexigner.com)

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Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production

Up until just over 30 years ago, when the desktop computer debuted, the whole design production process would have been done primarily by hand, and with the aide of analog machines. The design and print industries used a variety of ways to get type and image onto film, plates, and finally to the printed page.

Graphic Means[1] is a journey through this transformative Mad Men-era of pre-digital design production to the advent of the desktop computer. It explores the methods, tools, and evolving social roles that gave rise to the graphic design industry as we know it today.

"I have amassed a vast collection of design production manuals (1960s, 70s, and 80s) from thrift shops over the years," stated Briar Levit, Director/Producer. "As the stack grew, it became clear I was naturally drawn to this period of design, and the skills and processes that went along with it. This is perhaps, because I missed these production methods by about 12 years, and worked almost exclusively with a computer during my education and after.

"I had some vague knowledge about production before the Mac, but it was only based on brief references my teachers made, or the little-used-tools that remained in various studios I worked in.

"It occurred to me that if I knew so little, younger graphic designers know even less! So with this, I set out to document the tools, processes, and people, of this brief but critical and fascinating moment in the history of graphic design."

References

  1. ^Graphic Means (www.graphicmeans.com)

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