In China, the knowledge of food as medicine has been passed down through the generations. It is a common sense that we could use it to treat ourselves in our daily diet, especially when we combine food with spices. "For example, when the weather is getting cold, my mom always makes ginger soup for me to prevent a cold," offers Ailun Sai, designer of "The Spice of Life" project. "When I had the problem of hair loss, she made me a black bean and sesame porridge for a month and it got better." These experiences made a big impression on Sai, and she wondered about the secrets behind those foods, using her studies at Products of Design to delve deeper.
"Cavities" is a series of prototypes in response to a design brief around creating a book on the theme of “containers.” (The title of the series is a play on words between a kind of container and a kind of oral hygiene consequence!) In the book, different fruits and vegetables are featured in portrait—each revealing a sweet center or sweet surrounding.
Equal Parts is a website and community of artists and activists committed to actuating social change through public art activism. The project stems from goals to build a community for female graffiti artists and to increase awareness of the additional challenges female graffiti artists face. Designers Andrea Cameron, Gahee Kang, Cody Pfleging, Karen Vellensky, and Jenna Witzleben created the website through an intersectional feminist lens. Thus, the website features artwork, information, and ways to take action in your own community, within the feminist movement as well as many other progressive social causes. Equal Parts embraces the interdependent nature and need for solidarity in all social justice efforts.
We are delighted to announce our Visiting Lecture Series lineup for the Spring 2016 season Read more about Natasha Jen, Giorgia Lupi, Bobby Martin, and Cameron "The Closer" Tonkinwise!
As urban populations grow, camping, hiking, and backpacking are losing popularity. The number of visitors at national parks—once great vacation attractions—has stagnated. Among the American youth, the number is in steady decline. Jonathan Lung, ZiYun Qi, and Chelsea Stewart created the speculative brand “Flint” to support the burgeoning “Rewilding” movement, which seeks to build an appreciation for wilderness and reinvigorate the pursuit of outdoor adventure. The designers saw fire-starting—a basic but indispensable skill—as both a strategic and symbolic place to begin. Their debut product, FLINT, is an innovative fire piston that intends to ignite a relationship with the outdoors.
Gratitude is the key to happiness. Though this may be age-old wisdom, it has lately been in the news everywhere from Brainpickings to The New York Times. But incorporating a gratitude practice part of your daily routine is easier said than done. A firm believer in cultivating gratitude, designer Gahee Kang has created a smart lamp to support this habit. “Good Night Lamp” will only turn off once you’ve completed an entry in your gratitude journal, thereby encouraging you to end your day by reflecting and writing a note of appreciation before going to sleep.
Outfit Forecaster, designed by first-year student Cody Fleging, is a display that indicates to the user what articles of clothing are appropriate for that day's weather. It pulls weather data from the internet and outputs that data in the form of LEDs that backlight graphics of clothing.
Inaugural Class of 2014 alum Kathryn McElroy, design lead on IBM’s Watson team, sat down with Mary Tressler of the O'Reilly Radar podcast last week to talk about design, process, and her experience in the Products of Design program. (Kathryn will also be speaking at O’Reilly’s inaugural Design Conference in January, and is busy at work on an upcoming book.) In the episode, Kathryn and Mary talk about "prototyping for digital and physical," design and diversity, and what it’s like to work at IBM.
Recent Class of 2015 alum Berk Ilhan was just featured on Turkish CNN! Check it out above (and hoping the YouTube translation comes online soon!).
Although crying is a healthy, natural, and ancient way of expressing and processing both positive and negative emotions, modern society often regards tears as a sign of weakness and vulnerability, particularly in women. Clamor, a speculative new beauty brand conceived by designers Panisa Khunprasert and Louise-Anne van ’t Riet, seeks to restore dignity to tears with a line of ‘after-cry’ products that empowers women to embrace the catharsis of crying without shame or fear.