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SeeFree is a Visual Spam Blocking System™ that removes unwanted elements from your sight.
The system is designed for those who are fed up with the commercialization and visual pollution of public spaces.
The special high-tech glasses from SeeFree provides users with the ability to see the world without billboards, signs and other commercial visual spam.
A few years ago Spanish Designer Marti Guixe, produced the 'branded food' series. A concept that was featured in international magazines and exhibitions but apparently without attracting much corporate interest.
Guixe suggested that multinational companies such as Calvin Klein, IBM and Fujitsu would sponsor food so that people could eat for free and avoid the stress of having to provide food.
It still sounds like a good idea.
Posted by Sebastian on Dec 23, 2004
'Appliances of the future' was a design challenge by Electrolux to students around the world.
The students were challenged to design products for a daring, but not too distant, future of the year 2015. The concepts could be free from the constraints of tradition, but should be innovative and build on in-depth research into consumer needs within four product areas: cooking, laundry, refrigeration and dishwashing.
At the Electrolux Design Laboratory 2004 event in New York City eight of the results were exhibited, among them the winning concept 'Electrolux Rockpool' - a waterless dishwasher that combines a waterless cleaning technology with a simple user interface. Carbon dioxide is used in a closed loop operation to clean the dishes.
Danish Architecture - and Design for that matter - is not exactly known for its strange and crazy concepts but rather for its cool style and quality.
As an attempt to reinvent this slightly boring identity that hasn't been cultivated much since the 40's, The Danish Architecture Centre asked Canadian Designer Bruce Mau for some help. Connected by the idea that Denmark was a corporation, Mau came up with a list of challenges that seven Danish agencies were asked to conceptualize.
The motto was: 'Too Perfect – 7 New Denmarks and the result was exhibited at the 9th international Architecture Biennale in Venice.
Illustration: Do five million people need more than one port? Superharbour by studio PLOT integrates all Danish harbours in one, thereby creating city and housing areas worh a total of 20 billion euros.
City of Tomorrow is a site with a collection of imagery and links of how the City of Tomorrow has been perceived since 1939.
As the site illustrates, it is not always that difficult to foresee new technologies and shapes but to foresee and illustrate social change is a different matter. E.g. imaginative illustrators and trend forecasters of the 30/40's could easliy envision new high-tech appliances and wireless technologies - but failed to envision the women as an individual - outside the kitchen and with a life of her own.
"Vores øl" (Danish for "Our Beer") is an open source initiative from a group of students at the IT university in Copenhagen.
The product is a conceptual reaction against copyright laws and the recipe is available for anyone to copy and use.
So, why open the source-code of beer and not something that people are more likely to use? Who knows, but the inspiration seems to come from the classic Richard Stallman quote:
"Free software" is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of "free" as in "free speech", not as in "free beer".
Posted by Sebastian on Dec 01, 2004
Not so long ago, Japan experienced its first collective internet-orchestrated suicides giving the local authorities reason to worry about online communication fora. Now, a love-story developed on an internet forum has found its way to print and become a best seller.
The story evolves around "Trainman" who seeks advice online on how to pursue the girl of his dreams. Trainman is an archetypical "otaku", Japanese for a geeky youth obsessed with aspects of pop culture such as comics, computer games or electronic widgets. He has no experience with women so, he goes to the forum to get advice from fellow geeks, who sometimes gives bad suggestions because they are inexperienced themselves.
It is unclear whether Trainman really exists - and if he does, whether he collects any royalties.
Posted by Sebastian on Nov 30, 2004
This project by Indian designer Aparna Rao was inspired by her uncle's peculiar habit of asking people to do things for him that he can very well do himself, such as dialing the number on a landline telephone (while he only listens). This two meter long phone was made to express the unique way that her uncle uses a regular telephone; it requires two people to operate- one to dial and another to speak.
The "Sony Ericcson Ring" by Tao Ma from Beijing won the The Sony-Ericsson Concept Phone Design Competition in China.
Slashphones.com offers a full view of all the concept phones from the Chinese students.
Commissioned by The European Union, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas/OMA has designed a new European flag.
The barcode-like logo places all the colours of the national flags of EU nations in strips alongside each other, thereby adressing the nations' individuality and collectiveness in one image.
The flag is a part of an exhibition and symposium held in Brussel under the title 'Image of Europe', The exhibition is about the representation and perception of Europe and was organized by Koolhaas and developed under the joint sponsorship of the Dutch Presidency and the European Commission
Despite being more beautiful, meaningfull and dynamic than the current blue flag with yellow 12 stars (that remain unchanged regardless of EU enlargements because it's a symbol of 'perfection', no less), Koolhaas' conceptual flag has provoked an outcry of critisism.