Katie Shelly

Inventables


Aptly described by one blogger as “Home Depot from the future,” Inventables is a store unlike any other. The materials vendor sells unusual and unreal-sounding stuff, from rubber glass to translucent concrete.
Inventables, online, hardware, store, innovative, materials, vendor, innovation, DIY

Tangible Tuesdays : Beat Blender


Matti Niinimaki’s Beat Blender is a device that puts a literal spin on familiar musical terminology. The modified blender allows the user to mix, blend, and chop sounds through a playful tactile interface that uses Arduino, RFID sensors, felted fruits and Ableton Live software.  
Beat Blender, Matti niinimaki, device, music, sounds, tactile, interface, Arduino, RFID, sensors, Ableton Live, software, Interaction Design

Set In Style: Gallery Tour with Patrick Jouin


Now on view at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the Set In Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition boasts hundreds of stunning jewels, timepieces, fashion accessories, objets d’art, and drawings by Van Cleef & Arpels. The six-room installation of these brilliant jewels is itself an innovative work of design.
Set in Style, Exhibition, jewelry, Van Cleef & Arpels, Patrick Jouin, Jouin Manku, installation, design

Tangible Tuesdays: Frontline Gloves


Kevin Cannon & Ashwin Rajan’s Frontline Gloves are a pair of networked gloves that allow firefighters to use hand gestures to communicate wirelessly in low-visibility, low-oxygen situations. The design incorporates customized electronics based on the ATMega chip, a wireless Xbee module, a sonar sensor, ultra-bright LEDs and bend sensors.
frontline gloves, networked, gestures, communication, sensor, LEDs, wireless, electronics, messages, Kevin Cannon, Ashwin Rajan, firefighters, working, conditions, Interaction Design

Tangible Tuesdays: Felted Signal Processing


Brooklyn-based design duo Felted Signal Processing creates plush, alien-looking synths and sensors that make noise on contact. Sisters Lara and Sarah Grant combine their skills in art, fashion and engineering to perform their outlandish experiments in “electronic textiles.”
Felted Signal Processing, felt, Brooklyn, electronic, textiles, Lara Grant, Sarah Grant, sisters, synths, sensors, Interaction Design

The Curve of Forgotten Things


It’s been just over a year since the stunning Rodarte exhibition here at Cooper-Hewitt. Known for finding inspiration in unexpected things, the prolific Rodarte duo have just released a fashion film to accompany their Spring 2011 collection.
Rodarte, fashion design, film, spring, collection, 2011, Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy, sisters, Elle Fanning, actress, Todd Cole, Director, Deerhunter, band, score

Tangible Tuesdays: OnObject


Tangible Earth, the interactive globe now on view here at Cooper-Hewitt, engages the sense of touch to create a feeling of connection between people and their planet. Lots of designers today are exploring ways to enhance digital devices with touch. For example, MIT Media Lab’s OnObject system can turn any object into a tactile interactive interface. The user can tag any object—a cup, a marker, a book, even their clothing—with a vocabulary of sounds, sights or other media using RFID sensors.
Installations, interactive design, MIT media lab, OnObject, senses, touch, digital, devices, Enhancement, tactile, interface, tag, Object, vocabulary, sensors, educational tool

Defining Open Source Hardware


Officially announced this month, version 1.0 of the definition for Open Source Hardware is complete. Similar to Open Source Software, Open Source Hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design. 
open source, hardware, definition, version, 1.0, logo design, Makerbot, technology, computer

Tweetable Tees


Pa++ern is a project that uses Twitter to source unique t-shirt designs.
Pa++ern, Twitter, t-shirt, tees, shirt, embroidery, code, fashion design, Daito Matanabe, Motoi Ishibashi

The Shredded Series


Belgian industrial designer Jens Praet’s Shredded Series upcycles old magazines and paper into handcrafted furniture.
Jens Praet, Industrial Design, Shredded Series, upcycle, furniture, waste, paper, recycle, reuse, Industry Gallery, Fossilized

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