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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Making Recycled Plastics a Part of the Ongoing Supply Chain

Over the last few years here at Hone Product Design in Melbourne, we’ve seen the consumer desire for recycled and bio products grow exponentially. Reebok and Adidas, two of the largest shoe retailers in the world have now released bio and recycled lines. The change in attitude by multinationals towards the environment and the future that they will play is evidence of a changing consumer culture which values minimising our environmental impact.

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Breathe in the Air

In the society we live in here in Melbourne and around the world, contribution to smog is inevitable. We cannot escape it as it is caused by everything from transporting the goods we need to sustain ourselves to construction to put roofs over our heads. Although contribution to smog is inevitable, we can still make choices that will have a positive impact.

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The Bin Bag Dilemma

At the start of a July Australia’s two dominating supermarkets began to phase out single use plastic bags, Coles then backtracked on this pledge showing just how popular single use plastics still are with the Australian public. The debate on the future of single use plastics being pushed further into the spotlight by Coles could be at least some silver lining from their regression.


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Revolutionising Markets Through Additive Manufacturing of End-Use Products

However, it is now proving that it is here to stay but not in the way that most thought. 3D printers will not be in majority of homes anytime soon as many were excited that they would, but rather, a greater number of products both for mainstream and industrial consumers are now being produced through 3D printing. Additive Manufacturing and Product Design for Additive Manufacture have a had a rapid development towards producing 3D printed products for end-use. Thanks to established technologies such as Selective Laser Sintering and the rapidly improving ones like Multi Jet Fusion, the barrier to market of high production setup costs is being lowered significantly. Both established business and startups can have products manufactured in small batches and even on demand in a quality that is either ready, or requires minimal finishing to be ready for market.


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Product, Packaging, & Plastics Innovation for a Circular Economy

Plastics are produced almost entirely from fossil fuels and only 14% of plastic packaging materials are recycled. At least 8 million tonnes of plastic waste finds its way into the ocean each year. It is currently estimated that 150 million tonnes of plastic are in the ocean today and if drastic changes are not adopted in industrial and packaging design this will exceed 300 million tonnes by 2050. This amount will actually be greater than fish in the ocean by weight.

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Packaging & Processing Innovation & Design Awards (PIDA) 2018

The Packaging & Processing Innovation and Design Awards (PIDA) 2018 is here, it will be taking place on 2nd May in Queensland. The event is organised by the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP), the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), and the Packaging Council of New Zealand. The awards recognise innovative packaging design and materials processing in Australia and New Zealand.

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The Value of Design to Your Business

The Design Institute of Australia (DIA) defines industrial designers as “[Those who] develop and prepare products for manufacture... They explore solutions to meet marketing, manufacturing and financial requirements and arrive at the optimum design of a product. They consider both functional and aesthetic aspects and pay particular attention to ergonomics, those factors that relate to ease of use and human behaviour.” Industrial design, therefore, goes beyond just making products aesthetically appealing. In fact, it’s core purpose is to develop an effectively functioning product of a high quality build that is also user friendly and efficient to produce. These fundamental principles of good product design are inherently good for business. A well-functioning, high-quality, user-friendly, and appealing product improves your competitive advantage while efficient use of materials and manufacturing processes reduces production and distribution costs.

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Minimising Waste - A Countertop Dishwasher

An average modern household in Australia consists of only 2 - 3 people, yet conventional dishwashers hold up to 13 place settings. This results in use of an unnecessary amount of water and electricity as a typical dishwasher consumes about 13 litres of water per cycle. The alternative, hand-washing, uses even more water, up to about 30 litres. Good industrial design considers the efficiency of a product, it aims to minimise the amount of resources required to operate it and the amount of components and materials it is made of. An example of the outcome of such a well-considered industrial design approach is Tetra by Heatworks. 

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Removing the Cord - The Future of Electricity

For effective climate change prevention, the world needs to address the fact that currently, electricity is actually not a ‘clean’ source of power. Yes, driving a Tesla contributes to carbon emissions! so does every electrical appliance in your home. The Australian Energy Regulator puts the total output contribution of Fossil Fuel sources to the Australian Electricity Grid at 85.1%, and the International Energy Agency recorded Coal power plant contributions to global C02 emissions at 46%. Hydro, wind, and solar power are currently the most popular solutions being pursued to reduce the reliance on carbon generated power. However, industrial designers across the world are applying their creative expertise in developing off-the-grid solutions out of interesting zero-emissions technologies as alternatives. Such solutions include the Bioluminescent and organically powered lamps by Teresa van Dongen, a photosynthesis-powered lamp by Ermi van Oers, and foot-powered tiles by Pavegen.

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Disrupting Markets Through Innovative Design

Disruption is inevitable for all markets, will your business, therefore, be the force of disruption or a victim of it? The iPod, Tesla, & Nest are some of the well-known products and companies to disrupt their industries. They achieved this not by marginal improvement on existing products but rather exponential leaps over the status quo through great product design and development. Great design involves understanding who you are designing for above all else, that, however, does not mean seeking solutions from consumers. Understanding users means seeking out their most pressing and persistent problems and needs within a product category. That is how Apple achieved the iPod, they rebelled against the market status quo and therefore technology limitations. Instead, they focused on users’ pain points of limited storage and poor user experience with the existing portable music players at the time. As a result, they reimagined the ideal music ecosystem and developed technology to design a product that redefined a category.

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World First Life Saving By A Drone

The list of drones designed for commercial applications, other than professional photography has thus far been relatively short. It seems that most drones on the market presently are designed and promoted for leisure. We have seen cases of them being used for meaningful purposes such as surveillance; including patrolling of forests to identify fires early, and National Parks to tackle poaching. However, few have been shown providing such direct benefit as saving lives in immediate danger.

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Melbourne's Vibrant and Growing Design Scene

Melbourne's vibrant and growing design scene is making an impact towards better standards of living and greater economic prosperity in Australia and beyond. The 15th of March marks the start of Melbourne Design Week 2018. A 10-day programme with over 160 events around Melbourne that will celebrate local and international design excellence. The eagerly anticipated event aims to increase opportunities and capabilities for the creative industry through showcasing the best in design including; packaging, communication, industrial design, and architecture.

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Ironman & Batman Eat Your Heart Out

“All wrapped up here sir! Will there be anything else?” Said J.A.R.V.I.S. after the exhilarating action-packed battle scene on an oil rig in Iron Man 3. Since the premiere of the Iron Man movie series, J.A.R.V.I.S. (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System) has played a major role in Tony Stark’s awesome super-hero capabilities and has made the films’ scenes more futuristic. That future, where you could command your home, communications, and life like a wealthy super-hero is now one step closer thanks to the Duo Ai.

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Technology Designed As Elegantly As Nature

Nature has continued to be ignored long after the alarm has been raised on the level of all forms of pollution; air, soil, and water. Natural reserves of resources also continue to be depleted at the expense of global ecosystems. Emulating nature itself in the design of products; a practice referred to as biomimicry, may just be the most successful approach towards improving our current environmental situation while delivering better performing solutions.

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MADA Now 2017 Graduate Exhibition

MADA Now is an annual exhibition that showcases the work of MADA’s final year students that is open to the public. It is based in MADA’s learning spaces and galleries with a variety of projects from over 300 students that have studied in either the art, design, or architecture disciplines. The work showcased includes; paintings, sculptures, sound pieces, architectural models, industrial design prototypes, communication design artwork, illustrations, and animations.

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