Inspiration | alexandros stasinopoulos | strategic+product design | ...................
  3d printing : towards an open design approach

startups, internet-of-things, automation, wearable gadgets/technologies are only few of the hype terms that flood the tech-blogosphere for the past couple of years. however, no other technology or tech-phenomenon has raised more expectations about the future and the way that it will affect our lives than 3D printing technology. numerous articles and posts are published every day on this subject. some present 3D printing with great excitement some others appear more skeptical whether  this technology will revolutionize industries and our lifestyles  in the near future.
3D printing technology today is definitely cheaper and more “accessible-to-all” compared to the already 30-year old technology that industries, engineers and designers have been using extensively at a much higher cost. the first applications of this cheaper 3D technology are exciting, inspiring and open to any creative person (not just artists and designers). just have a look at these imaginative applications in healthcare, fashion, products, food and even architecture and marketing.
the aim of this post is not  to predict the future of 3d printing and give yet another opinion; as mentioned before, there are numerous articles on this topic reflecting all possible standpoints. however, since i have participated in various new-product-development projects as a designer / project manager and since i have used 3D printing in my professional career i wish to discuss how 3D printing appears to be evolving and how, in my humble opinion, should transform to something more than a technology for custom-mass-produced objects.

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  a retrospective on the role of design in technology/electronics companies

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recently i have been looking information for a project (in progress) related to electronics, on the use of design as a strategic tool by companies active on this field. the research is not focusing only on modern companies, but instead is trying to trace examples from older enterprises that excelled on the way they managed design. despite the fact that some of these companies do not exist any more or their brands lost their glory, yet, they will always be some of the pioneers that combined vision – technology – design.

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  林明弘 / michael lin : artist (taiwan)

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michael lin : contemporary taiwanese artist.

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  apple | porsche : product strategies and design practices

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at first, these two companies, a computer company and a car company, may have few, if any, similarities other than the fact that they both are highly recognizable brands and that both have numerous fans and numerous “haters”.

nevertheless by examining a little bit their history and the way they structured their product strategies someone can find striking similarities.

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  agostino bonalumi / bmw gina – concept car

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following my earlier post about the similarities between the work of tamara de lempicka, frank gehry and the form of bmw (again) mille miglia, I come back with another juxtaposition of another concept car by bmw, the “gina” one, with the work of agostino bonalumi (b. 1935, italian artist – http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agostino_Bonalumi)

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  stelios ramfos on disenchantment + design

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stelios ramfos is a contemporary prominent greek philosopher. recently i happened to find online a very interetsing discussion he had on the greek tv about the current national and international social and cultural context. here i will just present some very basic points i extracted from this talk. if interested, here you can find the video (in greek).

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  nino caruso

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nino caruso (www.ninocaruso.it) is one of the most renowned contemporary ceramists in italy. caruso’s work includes a vast array of projects ranging from hand-shaped artworks to modular systems, even walls.

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  businessweek – world’s best design schools

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businessweek recently announced a list (no ranking though) of the 30 world’s best design schools that run programs supporting an interdisciplinary approach to design. i was really pleased to find out that all 3 academic institutions I have been during my postgraduate studies (for longer or shorter periods of time) are included into this list.

it was also an opportunity to retrospect and briefly reflect on my experiences and memories within the different social and academic cultures I lived.

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  darwin / business / design : the concepts of “natural selection” and “struggle for life” applied in business & design

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“it is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. “ charles darwin

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  anthony bourdain “no reservations-spain” / design thinking in … cooking

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watching anthony bourdain’s show “no reservations” on youtube, I found 2 astonishing chefs. here is the story of ferran adria (chef at el bulli); a chef who’s referring to his cooking as deconstructivist* and his stated goal is to “provide unexpected contrasts of flavour, temperature and texture. nothing is what it seems as the idea is to provoke, surprise and delight the diner.

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  tamara de lempicka / frank gehry / bmw mille miglia

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i was going through images I save as sources of inspiration and I noticed some very interesting similarities amongst the paints of tamara de lempicka (artist, 1898-1980) frank gehry’s (architect, 1928- ) guggenheim museum in bilbao (1997) and bmw’s mille miglia concept car (2006).

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  freddie carabott

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freddie carabott is a greek pioneer “graphic designer” whose work, especially in the 60’s and 70’s, characterized the poor, almost non-existent, greek design scene of those times. his work is a synthesis of painting, paper constructions and photography and it is really fascinating the way he blends all these techniques to create simple yet extremely emotional images.

  dimitris papaioannou

dimitris papaioannou (1964) is a greek avant-garde stage director, choreographer and visual artist. his performances are an exquisite composition of his diverse and multidisciplinary background and as such the viewer can spot details deriving from various art (painting and dance) movements. although minimalistic the images he creates on the scene are particularly expressive.

  carlo scarpa

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carlo scarpa (1906 – 1978) was an influential italian architect. he was a virtuoso of light and a master of details. because of his attention to detail he was in constant touch with his artisans, and his drawings were revised almost daily to reflect a preindustrial attention to old methods of construction (similarly to the way renaissance artists/architects were working and more recently, antonio gaudi).

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