Tag: Design-for-debate

NNN fellows discuss design fiction in Amsterdam
Next Nature

NNN Fellows Discuss Design Fiction

Can fictional design lead to solutions towards social problems? What is the point of design fiction if the alternative is feasible? Is this a new hype of designers? Or offers fictional design a mere alternative view to social problems? These were a few the questions raised during the second edition of Toekomstplanners in Pakhuis de Zwijger. Among the participants were NNN fellows Floris Kaayk, Mike Thompson and Susana Camara Leret, who each contributed their parts on design fiction.

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Wild Systems

Painted by Drones

After graffiti drones in 2014, German aerial-photography group Cooper Copter is exploring “vandalism 2.0” with drones that throw paint bombs after Reeperbahn Festival invited the collective to develop a performance. The so-called Pollockocopter horizontally fires paint bombs at an enormous screen at a speed of 30 km/h and mimics the action-painting technique of Jackson Pollock, while simultaneously creating something new.

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Sharing thoughts
Intimate Technology

Will We Share .thought Files?

Don’t we all wish to look into someone else’s mind every once in a while? With the evolving technique called EEG, electroencephalography, we can measure brain activity and ultimately even read the brain. The newest inventions are becoming more and more portable, ready to be implemented into our everyday life.

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Tomorrow Meatballs
Food Technology

Ikea’s Lab-Grown 3D Printed Meatballs

Three years ago Mark Kanters designed the Magic Meatballs for Next Nature’s Meat the Future Project. Seems like Space 10, Ikea’s research laboratory, was inspired by this concept and came up with a re-design of their famous meatballs. Creative Director Kaave Pour and copywriter Bas van de Poel explored the future and the possibilities of the undisputed protagonist product of Ikea restaurants.

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Knotty Objects Summit @ MIT

The Knotty Object summit promises to be a paradise of anti-disciplinary delight. The event held at the renowned MIT Media Lab gathers designers, scientists, engineers and writers around the discussion of four complex and omnipresent objects and the stories they tell.

The knotty objects–brick, bitcoin, steak, and phone–are employed as lenses through which we examine the current state of our society as well as the crossovers between design and technology. Speakers include Paola Antonelli, Tony Dunne, Fiona Raby, Kevin Slavin, Neri Oxman, Isha Dahar, Revital Cohen, Daisy Ginsberg and our own Koert van Mensvoort.

Wednesday and Thursday, July 15-16, at the Boston ICA and Media Lab. Video streamed all over the planet.

light phone

The Phone That’s Just a Phone

We came to a point where it seems an innovative concept to design a mobile with identical functions to the phones we used two decades ago. This cell phone, called Light Phone, has been designed to be used as little as possible. Its selling point? It has just one purpose: making and receiving phone calls.

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