Fabrication Africa creates beautiful objects with a social conscience and a technological heritage. Inspired by Readymade’s collaboration with MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology ) Professor, Neil Gershenfeld. Gershenfeld explains in his book, FAB , that instead of sending megatons of products around the world from factory to consumer, we could be sending electronic data around the world in seconds and making the products we need in our basements using personal fabricators. See Gershenfelds 2007 TED talk here.
The NEST range is Fabrication Africa’s way of bringing this vision to life. Working with the FABlab in Soshanguve, South Africa, Fabrication Africa created the NEST as the start of a range of distinctive new products which embrace social conscience. Economically empowering people like William Maseng is one of the objectives of Fabrication Africa. Read the story here at Design Altruism.
Design Thinking is being used to improve business, health care and social enterprise, but can it improve peoples personal lives? Warren Berger thinks so, and with the help of several designers and Bruce Mau in particular he wrote Glimmer exploring ten groundbreaking principles of design in action—addressing business, social, and personal challenges, and improving the way we think, work, and live. Berger says the book's title expresses that moment when a new solution to an old problem comes into view. "The designer's job is to solve problems every day and create alternative solutions," Berger says. "What can the rest of us learn from that?" Via Fast Company. If you are into manifestos, here is Glimmers and Bruce Maus’. Core77 has a good review of the book here.
- Keep it simple.
- Don’t reinvent the wheel (part 1).
- Don’t reinvent the wheel (part 2): Rotate the tires instead.
- Do as you’re told.
- Once you come up with something, never let it go.
- Make other people do the work.
Good news for young designers from Dexinger, “Red Dot is giving away up to 50 free registrations for the "red dot award: product design 2010" to up-and-coming designers. Designers can submit industrially manufactured products that were brought to market after 1 January 2008 and went into series production prior to 1 July 2010. On 11 December 2009, participants will have a chance to apply for the free product registrations for a period of 24 hours.” Good luck!