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Design Profile: Ric Allison and The Poetic Moment

Posted by Anders Uhl

Oct 28, 2016 12:07:49 PM


When I first met Ric Allison, he was quietly working in the metal shop (as quietly as one can work in a metal shop). I introduced myself, he briefly glanced up, politely said hello and got back to work. Nose to the grindstone. Watching Ric’s work develop I realized why he was so diligent, or rather what that diligence was able to manifest. The beauty of both the design and craft of his work can be startling. There is a bold, almost futuristic, biodynamic aspect in his pieces, but it also echos a past that revered craftsmanship and detail. His hand is always evident in his work, even if it is subtly betrayed by precision.

Topics: design

Geeking Out: How We Made the 2015 Geekadelphia Trophies

Posted by Anders Uhl

Sep 10, 2015 11:50:04 AM


"I knew the minute I held this award that it wasn't going to be just a piece of decoration for my room (although, it does look awesome with the lights and all). It would demand responsibility." - Ather Sharif, 2015 Geek of the Year

Topics: electronics, 3d, 2d, design, shopbot, corian

Weekly Staff Picks, March 18, 2012

Posted by admin

Mar 18, 2012 12:08:00 PM

Plastic-Eating-Fungi - A fungus was recently discovered in the amazon which can anaerobically break down polyurethane. -Alex

Mini CNC Drawing Platform -Hopefully we can get one of these little guys soon. Workshop, anyone? -Seth

Takanori Aiba’s Amazing Bonzai Tree Castles - This is an incredible fusion of Bonsai and model making. These are beautiful. -Gregg

100% Recyclable Air-Free Tires - Recyclable non pneumatic tire/wheel combination. -Brandon

3D Printed Alphabet ProjectFor each of the letters ‘A’ through ‘Z’, the designers selected a typeface beginning with that character, which is used in the sculptural work. Each piece encapsulates a bit of the history of the typeface: the ‘J’ adopts the form of a metro system map, because its fontface ‘johnston’ was originally designed for the london underground; the ‘C’ is composed of ‘courier’ typewriter keys, used in 1950s typewriters. For the project we used two of our in house printers to complete the project which include a dimensions Uprint and a ZCorp 450. Both machines have similar build volumes with the UPrint creating the parts in ABS and the ZCorp in their powder-based material.” -Alex

Topics: 3d-printing, sustainability, Uncategorized, nextfab-studio, product-design, design, fungi, bonzai-tree-art, nextfab, digital-fabrication, cnc, sculpture

Interesting Show at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Posted by admin

Jul 22, 2010 8:04:00 PM

I’m curious about this show up at Yerba Buena, anybody seen it yet?

TechnoCRAFT:  Hackers, Modders, Fabbers, Tweakers and Design in the Age of Individuality

"TechnoCRAFT explores how the boundary between the role of the designer and the consumer is disappearing. Curated by acclaimed designer Yves Behar, the exhibition traces the current trend in design away from fixed objects toward open “design platforms” that invite people to participate in the creative process. Selected works span the spectrum from intentionally collaborative (such as platforms where individuals can customize their products) to outsider hacks, where “finished” products are adapted or modified by the user. Special attention is paid to the intersection of technology and craft that encourages an unprecedented level of user participation with profound implications for the future of design and experience making.”

I still think you’d end up throwing Grandma’s quilt over that chair though.

Posted by Stephanie

Topics: culture, Uncategorized, design


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