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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tasmeem Doha 2013 - Hybrid Making: Conference...


The Tasmeem Doha 2013 - Hybrid Making Conference website has finally a presence on the ether... This is the site where all the info and updates regarding the event, which this time has quite an ambitious format, can be found... You can find out more by clicking here... 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Extranational Collaborations - Between VCUQ & the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam...


A few images from our trip last month to the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, where we collaborated with their Dirty Art Department on an Extranational Workshop...

For a succinct rendition and conclusion of the collaboration, please see the recent, here linked, article in the Design Observer by Constantin Boym, the Director of the MFA.DESIGN. program here at VCUQ... 

Above and Below: Initial debate/ conceptual development phase, where the participants discussed and developed ideas regarding what the notion of 'extranational' actually entailed...





Above and Below: Initial prototypes and physical musings exploring how the notion could be materialized. 







Above and Below: A few images of the completed projects.







Above and Below: A one day collaboration was conducted at Krux Amsterdam, where the process of making and eating fish was combined, customized and streamlined according to the particulars of a variety of different ingredients and cooking methods...




Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Makerbot Subversions - Designed Paraphernalia...


A few pieces made with our Material Library's Makerbot that in some of the design attempt to subvert (or take advantage of) the fact that this fabrication process doesn't use/ build any supports (see the designs towards the bottom of the post, where the builds have been selectively encouraged to 'unwind')... 
The other designs use the interrupted technique that, in the case of Makerbot builds, reveals a more honeycomb-like (hexagonal) support structure rather than the square grid made by the FDM process... 

The designs aim to take advantage of the particulars (idiosyncrasies) of this fabrication process and it would not make sense, or be realistic, to make them by any other means. Here the additive fabrication process and the conception of the design are inherently entwined...

Digital Wabi-Sabi indeed...

A big Thank You to Richard Lombard for all the help with the realization of the pieces... 


Top, Above & Below: A few renditions of a small condiment dispenser using the interrupted fabrication technique.



Above and Below: A red and white version of the 'Arrow' condiment dispenser. Here the wide end of the cavity can be used when larger quantities of the condiment are needed, and the narrower, more pointed tip when less, or more controlled, amounts are preferred. 




 Above & Below: A two way condiment dispenser, where either end (one inner surface being more oblique and textured than the other) of the dispenser can be used...



Above & Below: A two tier condiment dispenser where the condiment-storage-cavities are angled in such a way that either can be poured without the other one leaking (see an earlier design using the same technique by clicking here)... 



 Above & Below: A few bowls where the inner cavities were angled in such a way to just slightly go beyond (or, in the case of the green bowl, subtly 'trickle over') the oblique build tolerances of the Makerbot in our Materials Lab. 






Above & Below: A mini vase



 Above & Below: A 'prickly' bracelet also exploring the Makerbot tolerances in a more textured and dense way...



The Makerbot in our Materials Library

Saturday, April 7, 2012

MFA.DESIGN. - Random Studio Pictures...


A few, somewhat off-the-cuff, images of graduate student work-in-progress from and around the MFA.DESIGN. studio at VCUQ... 









Monday, April 2, 2012

Fuglies Part II - The Video...


A short video addition to the earlier submitted Fuglies (Fun + Ugly) Design post, showing the process of making one of the tray pieces...