Board for Surf AND Snow…

The Signal snowboards guys have done it again and created something awesome that started out as a ‘stupid idea’. This month they have built a snowboard/surfboard. Thats right, they surfed it in the real ocean on real waves, and then caught a flight to the mountains and carved down the mountain.

Simple results from a detailed idea…

It’s an old cliché but often the best ideas are the simplest. Sometimes, one can spend an inordinate amount of time on a project to find that a very simple idea is the most appropriate. Similarly, an idea that appears to be very simple, will have had a lot of time spent on it working out all the details that allow it to be so simple.

The Mastro Table and Bench above is one such example. The folds in the tabletop give it strength as well as a way of attaching the legs.

Source: De Castelli via Core77

Latest instalment of ‘Everything Is A Remix’ on the design of the iPhone…

…presents a very interesting case study on where a lot of the features that make the iphone come. Definitely worth a look whether you’re a fanboy or not. 

The video is 7 mins long, but only the first 5 are actually the case study. The rest of the 4 part ‘Everything Is A Remix’ series is also incredibly interesting and explains how almost nothing is original and draws on pre-existing ideas.

Source: Vimeo via Core77

Design accord adoption approved!
Today we got the good news that Fresh Design Works has been reviewed and accepted and approved as an adopter of the designers accord.
The designs accord started out in 2007 as a global 5 year initiative to “advance the conversation around the ethics, practices, and responsibilities of the creative community.”
We are very proud and honoured to be involved in such a global initiative in sustainability.
More info on the designers accord here

Design accord adoption approved!

Today we got the good news that Fresh Design Works has been reviewed and accepted and approved as an adopter of the designers accord.

The designs accord started out in 2007 as a global 5 year initiative to “advance the conversation around the ethics, practices, and responsibilities of the creative community.

We are very proud and honoured to be involved in such a global initiative in sustainability.

More info on the designers accord here

BBC on 2012 Olympic Pool Architect Zaha Hadid…
Last night the BBC imagine series featured architect Zaha Hadid, who is possibly the most renowned architect in history and has designed some of the most iconic and groundbreaking buildings across the globe, including, amongst other things, the London 2012 Olympic Swimming Pool (above).
This is well worth a watch for any designer, architect or not, as the life and work of Hadid is truly inspiring, even if her work isn’t to your taste.
At 75 minutes long, it is in-depth and detailed, without being hard going.
Still available to watch here on BBC iPlayer in the UK until 6th August 2013 (although I’m sure if you look hard enough it could be found elsewhere)

BBC on 2012 Olympic Pool Architect Zaha Hadid…

Last night the BBC imagine series featured architect Zaha Hadid, who is possibly the most renowned architect in history and has designed some of the most iconic and groundbreaking buildings across the globe, including, amongst other things, the London 2012 Olympic Swimming Pool (above).

This is well worth a watch for any designer, architect or not, as the life and work of Hadid is truly inspiring, even if her work isn’t to your taste.

At 75 minutes long, it is in-depth and detailed, without being hard going.

Still available to watch here on BBC iPlayer in the UK until 6th August 2013 (although I’m sure if you look hard enough it could be found elsewhere)

Turning the CNC router on its head…
With traditional CNC routers you take the material to the CNC router, which means you are limited by the size of the CNC router’s bed. However, the Handibot turns that on it’s head by taking the router to the material.
Essentially, the Handibot is a mini CNC router without a bed, that moves itself around the material with the use of jigs. What that means is that you can route an unlimited size sheet of material up to 4 inches (100mm) think.
See the Handibot Kickstarter campaign page for more info. Pledging starts at $2000 to buy yourself a Handibot with basic accessories, but more pledge levels are available.
Via Core77

Turning the CNC router on its head…

With traditional CNC routers you take the material to the CNC router, which means you are limited by the size of the CNC router’s bed. However, the Handibot turns that on it’s head by taking the router to the material.

Essentially, the Handibot is a mini CNC router without a bed, that moves itself around the material with the use of jigs. What that means is that you can route an unlimited size sheet of material up to 4 inches (100mm) think.

See the Handibot Kickstarter campaign page for more info. Pledging starts at $2000 to buy yourself a Handibot with basic accessories, but more pledge levels are available.

Via Core77

Good design does not age. This video on an update to Dieter Rams 620 chair designed in 1962, proves the statement. Though the materials, manufacturing and construction have been improved. The semantics, aesthetics, ergonomics remain unchanged.

I am a big fan of Rams’ work, and the products of Vitsoe. A hero and a dream client, both of which I would love to work with.

via: core77

Fresh off the 3 Dimensional press!…


On Friday, after what seemed like an infinite wait, my 3D Printer finally arrived. One steep learning curve, a couple of days, a few set-up problems later, and several school boy errors later, I finally have completed my first 3D print.

The main image, of my company logo (that Katy Cory worked on a few years ago) took about 45 mins and is printed with a filament (line) thickness of 0.3mm. It will go as fine as 0.1mm though.

The second image shows all the failed attempts as well, and the third image shows it mid-print.

Give me a couple of weeks and Fresh Design Works will be ready to take orders for 3D printing services.

Cradle-to-cradle product life-cycle.
Ripping apart (very carefully) an office chair to get at its succulent, juicy, tasty innards for a project. It went back together ok too and survived to provide only slightly less comfort than before.
All in all, it came apart well (quickly and easily) and had not been glued much in the assembly, so if it parts were available, it could be repaired quite easily. Failing that the individual parts could be separated easily for recycling. 

Cradle-to-cradle product life-cycle.

Ripping apart (very carefully) an office chair to get at its succulent, juicy, tasty innards for a project. It went back together ok too and survived to provide only slightly less comfort than before.

All in all, it came apart well (quickly and easily) and had not been glued much in the assembly, so if it parts were available, it could be repaired quite easily. Failing that the individual parts could be separated easily for recycling. 

Glass Snowboard? Sure why not

On the third Thursday of every month, Signal Snowboards upload a video of something a little different. This month they thought it was a good idea to make a snowboard out of glass with the help of a specialist glass engineer.

The process itself is fascinating, but the really incredible aspect of this project is how just how well the board shreds! 

Its really awesome to see design projects like this that are done just for fun, knowing that they will almost certainly fail, because you never know what you will discover along the way.

I imagine the shattered snowboard will look super cool on the Signal HQ wall too.

In a previous post they embedded an iPad into a snowboard to mark Steve Job’s death.

Via: Wired