Thinking Outside the Box to Fit Inside It

The rising population continues to put a strain on our natural resources, and for the moment, (visions of colonising Mars put aside) we are confined to the finite space that our planet has to offer. There is a growing need to accommodate the increasing concentration of people in major cities, such as Melbourne. We need to change the design and architecture of spaces in order to literally downsize our lifestyles as the population grows. With movements like tiny homes and minimalism gaining traction, living with less is both a practicality and a necessity. 

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Painting a Bright Future for Artificial Intelligence in Art

Technology continues to evolve at an astounding rate and it seems that we are coming closer and closer to a society where it wouldn’t be so absurd to envisage ourselves living amongst robotic counterparts. It is easy to forget that there was ever a time where entertaining this idea was akin to a fantasy, reserved for sci-fi film and literature. While some people become excited by the prospects and potential of artificial intelligence and robotics, others scorn technology for its ‘contagion’ of traditional practice.

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Collaborating with the Cleantech Cluster

We are excited to announce Hone Product Design as a founding member of the Victorian Cleantech Cluster (VCC). The VCC is driven to establish itself as a global leader in the development of cleantech innovations and strives to be at the forefront in developing a sustainable and circular economy in Victoria. As industrial designers, we are constantly seeking to initiate positive change through our practice of product design and the VCC provides an ideal platform to do so, one that mirrors our sustainable ethos and ambitious values.

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Robotics Make a Splash in Environmental Conservation

There has been a long time trend in which human and technological development has been at the cost of Earth’s natural resources and landscape. While we can stand and point the finger at human evolution, it seems more worthwhile to channel our technological capabilities towards a positive change. Being involved in the industrial design industry in Melbourne, this is something we are always striving towards. 

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Brushing Up on Plastic Manufacturing

Plastic still has merit in product design. This sentiment is becoming increasingly debatable as plastic is faced with increased condemnation for its contribution to landfill. Yet, the recent Grand Prix winner of the DBA’s 2019 Design Effectiveness Award was a low cost plastic toothbrush, giving reason to believe that plastic might not be all bad. 

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Crayving a Solution to Plastic Waste

Food waste and single use packaging is abundant in the current market and as a result we are faced with the growing issue of landfill. This raises the key question of: ‘What alternatives do we have?’. In an effort to tackle the problem, four designers from the Royal College of Art have explored a technique using discarded crustacean shells as a key ingredient in creating a biodegradable alternative to traditional plastic packaging.

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Giving old Tents a Facelift

Earlier this year Iconic outdoor brand The North Face teamed up with british fashion designer, Christopher Ræburn, who has had a reputation for ethical fashion since his label launched in the late 2000s.

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Stay Tray bringing home the bacon

Last week, the winners for the Australasian Packaging Design Awards were announced.  In the Packaging Innovation & Design of the year award - Beverage Category the silver winner was our very own Stay Tray.

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A Circular Economy

Next year Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympic games with the games to be different to any seen before, already being described as the “robot games”. Japan’s unique culture will be brought to the forefront especially in regards to technology and waste. A recent example of this was seen during the football world cup last year where Japanese fans gained international acclaim for completely cleaning the stadium of litter after the game.

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Refills, the Way to End Lanfill

Here at Hone Product Design we spend a lot of time with our clients working on new product development. One consideration when launching a new product, is the packaging design. As with the product design itself, the packaging needs to be well considered. This includes not only the look and feel of the packaging, which has so much influence on the customer experience, but also the life of the package once it has done its job.

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Flying Over Roads Well Travelled

Late last month Boeing successfully tested their first prototype for an electric flying car. The company has committed to developing a market-ready product, after going from design to working prototype in just under a year.

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The Autonomous Future of Driving

Driverless cars are almost here; in as little as 3 years they may be available according to Tesla. With every high profile new technology hitting the market, claims of a revolution are sure to follow, as are the luddites who refuse to accept that change is inevitable. Driverless cars are no exception here, with this technology resulting in mixed responses from the public..

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A Brave New World of Transport

We are in a brave new world of transport revolution, the development of autonomous vehicles and flying cars as per Boeing’s latest release is only the beginning. A point to point transport system combining the convenience of trains and faster than a jet is also being developed called a hyperloop.

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The Halo Sun Visor

The ‘Halo’ protective sun visor has been developed by Dermal Hub who through their skin care clinic business sought a new product to protect their patients’ skin pre and post treatment.

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Repurposable Toys, the Gift of Giving... and Giving Again

The idea of a product being reusable and repurposable is all too quickly disappearing, no industry seems to be worse for this than the tech industry. Planned obsolescence is a key factor to this, designing products so they have an artificially shorter lifespan and no potential for repair, Kano is a tech company that is going in the opposite direction.

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Recycling Fun into Furniture

Ecobirdy produce a line of children’s furniture with a unique twist, that is, it’s 100% recycled. The line uses a new recycled material developed in house called “ecothylene”, which gives the furniture its unique Terrazzo look.

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Shining a Light on Bio-fabrication

In Brooklyn, there’s a studio called Trofe, where change is brewing or should we say change is growing. Danielle, the founder and namesake of Trofe has been working on a range of lights grown from fungus.

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Growing up with the times

Vertical Farming, it’s a new way of farming, growing plants on racks that are then stacked on top of each other and grown under LED lights. I’ve heard it’s going to be the next big thing for a good number of years now but where is it?

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Searching for the Sun

The new Gople lamp created in by the Bjarke Ingels Group in collaboration with Artemide is specifically designed to nourish and increase growth in houseplants. This got us at Hone Product Design here in  Melbourne thinking, could there be more benefits to changing our regular lights for grow lights that simulate sunlight? Let’s have a look at what we found.

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