Archive | January 2013

OPEN DESIGN!!! Yes Please!! Nokia and 3D Print (Teenage Engineering)

Just like Teenage Engineering made design files available to download for replacement parts for their VERY cool synthesisers last year…



… it seems that Nokia is doing the same and giving their consumers access to its  3D design files so they can create their own versions of products! The Finnish mobile phone brand released digital files allowing users to alter and 3D print their own shells for the Lumia 820 smartphone.


Berlin-based designer Ronen Kadushin, who has been making open design templates freely available for download since 2005, says Nokia’s move is timely. Kadushin told Dezeen 

“I think they did it because they are in a business situation that pushes them to try this new model – not to make money, but to focus their brand identity as up-to-date and in tune with the 3D printing and maker culture,” 

Hmmm interesting… I love the the ‘open source” business model applied to design! It’s exciting to think of the possibilities that this could bring to the designer and most importantly the consumer! 





A really interesting collaboration and outcome – Dance/Costume!

Culture and science coming together!?




“August 19, 2011 A dance/design collaboration between Harrison Atelier and choreographer Catherine Miller, PHARMACOPHORE explores Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, a novel driven by its protagonist’s search for a cure for her ennui. Emma Bovary places herself readily into the thrall of any object or idea, hoping to transcend what she terms her chronic “insufficiency.” In thinking about Madame Bovary as a narrative scaffold for PHARMACOPHORE, understanding the critical role in the novel of the character Homais, who is a pharmacist, we were struck by the structural resemblance, perhaps even the identity between Emma’s search for, and at times temporary achievement of, a cure for her malaise and the contemporary understanding of the placebo effect, whereby the desire that a drug will work temporarily triggers the release of neurotransmitters mimicking the sense of well-being.

The dramaturgy of PHARMACOPHORE recapitulates the stages of Emma’s desire for placebos, her cycle of anticipation, release, despair. The choreography and set design elements reiterate the centralizing idea of the piece: placebo (culture) and pharmacophore (science) co-exist, at times reinforcing, at times conflicting.

The piece was developed during a summer residency at the Orpheum Theater, Tannersville.

Direction & Dramaturgy: Seth Harrison, Harrison Atelier
Choreography: Catherine Miller
Visual Design: Ariane Harrison, Harrison Atelier
Performers: Reid Bartelme, Jenna Fakhoury
Catherine Miller, Lonnie Poupard, Jr.
Sound Designer and Composer: Loren Dempster
Musical Advisor & Pianist: Leon Livshin”


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