Musings

Ownership

We are a community of design practice but tool ownership reveals much about human nature.  

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Designing for the Office

The designers involved in the Tools for Everyday Life project have been mulling over the design of offices and the products found in them. We have been working on new products that might just make some office work more pleasureable. … Continue reading

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The Tea Break

There is a danger in reporting on aspects of a shared project (or in this case a shared break in practical activity) that the tales told are only of interest to those there at the time. So running the risk … Continue reading

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Maker Goes to Market

The semi fictional short-story by Philip Luscombe (below) deals with the difficulties the Makers of things have ‘selling’ their work or indeed talking about it to those who don’t have experience of the specific materials and processes employed. Ian was … Continue reading

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Pre and Post Sketch

  During the development of the products for the ‘A tool for everyday life’, project there have been discussions amongst the designers about all manner of design issues, ranging from frustration with the brief through to skills, processes, timescales, costs, … Continue reading

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Working with skilled partners

Working alongside people with craft skills honed by years of practice, be they machinists, upholsterers, platers or cabinet makers, requires of the designer a sensitivity to the particularities of how these trades work. For as much as the products that … Continue reading

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