Materiality & Plastic

Plastics in the future of design
The key points for plastics in the future of design:

– 3D printing means that almost any item can be now printed using plastics and be fully functional without hours or assembly. This is particularly relevant to the future designs of prosthetic, as body scanning and 3d printing can be combined to make extraordinarily accurate limbs tailored to individuals.

– Bioplastics are changing how we feel about the ‘evils’ of using plastic due to its environmentally friendly biodegradable nature.

– Lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastics are being developed to be ultra strong and lightweight for use in future spacecraft, the applications for this in regular life are vast and can be applied in various other industries.

– Self healing plastics, well they do sound like something out of science fiction but they hold massive potential for use in remote locations such as on spacecraft or in drilling operations, there could even be applications for regenerating shield for military use.

– Plastic electronics could mean a future of smartphone design where the phone is actually supposed to bend!

Youtube links about plastics in the future of design:


Collaboration & Fabric

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1. Collaboration is innate human behaviour.
2. Be open to change.
3. Find others that share your values.
4. Count potential relationships, not just numbers of participants.
5. Collaborate to disrupt established economies.

YouTube Link on Collaboration Creative collaboration
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Collaboration – Affect/Possibility: Ken Blanchard
The unstoppable rise of a collaborative economy:


Technology & Wood

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Wood foam

Liquid wood furniture…/22220/

Wood Nanobattery

-Internet of Things / Quantified Self / Big Data

Metal & Craft

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The sound of metal

The key points of craft through metal are:
1.Each work make by craft, rather than machine, have their own life.
2.The material you see and feel maybe not the true material. Future design need a wider variety of materials as well as craft skills.
3.Design make design easier and easier.
4.When connected with technology, it make design grow faster.
5.In terms of design it is important to recognize that a user who is an expert in their field is not necessarily an expert in your software. Users should be intuitive and easy to learn no matter who the user is.

YouTube links
Simple BFO Metal Detector – Improved Circuit Design
Metal Embossed Butterfly Technique (Technique Hop)
Ultimate Design Challenge- Metal Foil Tape

Making the Stark’s Emblem from Game of Thrones

BBC Mastercrafts – Blacksmithing

Technology &Collaboration through metals

As for this case, metal is collaborated with solar screen that wraps the building, creating its signature form while reducing solar heat gain and providing maximum views for occupants

 Materials through metals:

Metal be used with other materials works well in architecture.

Unused aluminum can be recycled and reuse.

 Play through metals

Gallium is fun to play with, and we are sure it can be used in other different ways which can be very useful.


“A person who works with his hands is a laborer.

A person who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman.

A person who works with his hands, his brain and his heart is an artist”

—Louis Nizer

In today’s increasingly digi-centric, disposable world, there’s a danger we’re forgetting something important about both the heritage, and the future, of the global manufacturing industry – the value of craftsmanship [1]. The craftsman brings the entirety of his skill to every aspect of a project, regardless of its publicity. A medieval artisan sculpting a gargoyle to be placed in the greatest heights of a cathedral and tucked behind a pillar brought the same care and attention to detail as his colleague creating the most visible components. Nobody would know if corners were cut but approaching work with dignity requires nothing less than the highest level of attention brought to every aspect of a project. Does this mean locking into a mindset of perfection-driven procrastination? No. It means taking seriously the old adage, “You are who you are when nobody is watching.”[2]

“The issue I struggle with most days in my shop is, “When is it good enough?” Whether I’m assessing the quality of an individual part or a complete model my answer is this: It’s good enough when, based on my current ability, any further attempt to improve it will probably cause it to be damaged. That having been said, my constant goal is to improve my abilities tomorrow over what they are today. For me, building models cars is a very personal expression. When I cease to improve my skills and thus, my models, I’ll go do something else.”[3]

—Michael Dunlap

Maggie’s  feeling after teamwork:

We are initially very independent craftsman, technician, company staff, designer, specialist in one subjects or a lot. Through our collaboration and frequent contact with each other, it had helped us to develop a strong bond within our team. By going through all kinds of hardship, we had made a lot of effort and self-improvement as a team which made me feels that whereby the meaning of collaboration comes from.


[1] Paul Tate (2013) ‘Manufacturing’s Future: The Role of Craftsmanship’ Manufacturing Leadership [Online][Accessed on: 29 October 2014]

[2] Anon (2014) ‘The Modern Craftsman’s Guide: Work with Dignity’ [Online][Accessed on: 29 October 2014]

[3] Joseph H Martin (2014) ‘The Online Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum’ Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship

[Online][Accessed on 29 October 2014]

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Paper & Play


The sound of paper

1. Research into the theme of ‘Play’ mainly resulted in theories on child education, how children learn through play and by interacting with one another.
2. Considering ‘play’ in the context of design, the word play was interpreted as experimentation and discovery through practice.
3. Design is constantly evolving through creative thinking, collaboration, making and through reflection.
4.  Generally looking at invention, creativity and the emotions play can invoke.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning… Never lose a holy curiosity” Albert Einstein

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web” Pablo Picasso

“The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world” Malcolm Gladwell

YouTube Links

How many art directors does it take to change a light bulb
Mandy Smith is a paper artists and talks about happiness in returning to experimenting with making things in paper and how experimenting (playing with paper has led her to a new and enriching career)

Post-it note office
This YouTube link is a playful collaborative experiment using post-it notes.
Post-it notes were invented by accident and experimentation. Spencer Silver an employee of 3M invented the low tack adhesive by accident whilst attempting to develop a strong adhesive.
Hiskey, Daven. Today I Found Out ‘Post-it Notes Were Invested by Accident’

Post-it note animation
A playful experimentation with animation through playing with post-it notes.

10 things you can do with a piece of paper
This short YouTube video shows the potential of how paper can be crafted into three-dimensional forms.

Shigeru Bank: Emergency shelters made from paper
Shigeru Bank is an architect who has been experimenting with designing sustainable, eco-logical buildings made from cardboard tubes and paper.

The Science of LEGO Serious Play, Executive Discovery,
‘Lego Serious Play, is an ongoing collaboration of /scientists, researchers, business consultants, and practicing managers, dedicated to improving business performance’. This publication presents research that emphasizes the value of play in unleashing creativity, the theories touched on in this paper are easily applied to the value of experimentation and play in creativity and design. ‘When we “think through our fingers” we release creative energies, modes of thought, and ways of seeing things that may have otherwise never be tapped.’

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Glass & Senses

The key points senses through glass are:
1.Design through the senses could have a positive impact on wellbeing which might be helpful to decrease costs in medicine.
2.Sensory design is a vital influence for creating unique,worldly and innovative experiences.
3. Stimulating the senses and engaging emotion through creative design can inspire people to develop sensory awareness.
4. Powerful design through the senses that can enhance a’wow’’ feeling into ‘’wowoooo…..’’ling which can make connections and recall memories.
5. Using the five senses in design can create a pleasant and comfortable environment/ experience for users which might significantly influence future markets.

YouTube Links

-To Lure Customers, Appeal To All 5 Of Their Senses

-Come to your sense


-Art Projects for the 5 Senses

-Design for all 5 senses

-Sense & Sensibility

-Sight through glass

-Smell through glass–JNRFiKg

-Taste through glasses

-Touch through glass

-Hearing through glass

-Tech through glass

-Craft through glass–JNRFiKg

-Play through glass

-Collaboration through glass

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Materiality & Ceramics

The sound of ceramics

The key points of materiality through ceramics are:
– bringing ancient materials into the modern age through updates in technology.
– the increasing popularity of 3D printing means in some way it can be brought into use in almost all fields and using a vast array of materials, plastics, glass, ceramics etc.
– almost in counter action to the updates in technology there is still a demand for traditional techniques to be mastered and then used to produce items with themes and underlying messages that appeal to current trends.
– the continuing potential for use of ceramic materials in the medical field, with advancing technology allowing for more intricate and sophisticated production of implants and prosthetics that work much more effectively within the body that other materials.
– continued cultural obsession with collecting and owning means that ceramic items continues to have a place and value within future markets

YouTube Links
Google talk about the future uses of ceramics

3D printing in ceramics

 Using an ancient material to produce modern components

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