Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Drinks

DCOSA are having Christmas Drinks this coming Sunday afternoon at Salsa at Henley Square. Please come along if you can and have a drink and a social / professional catch up before 2009 ends and we stumble into 2010. Hopefully see you there!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Objectified hits TV (in the US)

PBS in the states is about to air Objectified for the first time. To mark the occasion they have put together a little flash game for you to find out what object best defines who you are.
Click here to find out what you are.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Call for Entries, I.D. 2010 Annual Design Review

I.D. Magazine is calling for entries for their 2010 Annual Design Review. 

"Since 1954, the Annual Design Review has recognized the best in product, furniture, graphic, and environment design, from the iconic to the obscure. Throughout the years, this annual showcase has chronicled the evolution of design, and highlighted its impact on our material and visual culture. Each year, the featured work is chosen by a jury of leading practitioners, who, along with I.D.'s editorial team, focus the abundance of submissions into a clear survey of the state of design. The resulting overview is published in the July/August issue of I.D. magazine — the Annual Design Review issue." See the full story and competition details here. 

This is not a free entry competition and, "All entries must be postmarked or submitted online no later than December 1, 2009. Entries postmarked or submitted online after December 1 require a late fee of $25 per entry ($15 for students). Entries postmarked after December 15, 2009 will not be accepted." 

Special thanks to Dan Scott for sending the link to this. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Some Bike Designs

The Business Week website posted a collection of varying bicycle designs. The above photo is one of 20 or so that look at some different approaches to the humble bicycle. The rest of the bikes can be found here: http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/08/0824_worlds_coolest_bikes/index.htm

Patents Gone Wild

Some ideas are best kept a secret, not always to protect their integrity but sometimes to protect the integrity of the inventor. 

I happened to stumble across the "Totally Absurd" website (http://totallyabsurd.com/archive.htm) that has an archive of ridiculous Patents that have actually been lodged and paid for by inventors (hopefully not industrial designers) in the US.

This picture above is one of many - entitled "Doggie Umbrella". Have a laugh going through some of them - it might just make you realise that that crazy idea of yours isn't that crazy after all. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A peek at the upcoming design documentary "Objectified", by Gary Hustwit, the director of "Helvetica". The trailer features the voices of Jonathan Ive, Andrew Blauvelt, Marc Newson, and Karim Rashid. The song is "I Like Van Halen Because My Sister Says They Are Cool" by El Ten Eleven.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sign Up to Linked In

Linked In is the professional Facebook and potentially another avenue you could go to find new opportunities, networks and employment opportunities in our industry. Once you have signed up and joined Linked In you can search for and join various groups. Exhibition Studios suggested this group found here. You add colleagues and professional contacts to build up your network. 

Theo Jansen: The art of creating creatures

Artist Theo Jansen demonstrates the amazingly lifelike kinetic sculptures he builds from plastic tubes and lemonade bottles. His creatures are designed to move -- and even survive -- on their own.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Bowerbird Bazaar in an exciting new event which will market Australian designer/maker art and wares to Adelaide audiences in October 2009. Bowerbird Bazaar promises to combine independently designed and made products, great food, wine and coffee, information, installations, interactive activities and live music. Bowerbird Bazaar will be held at the Queen’s Theatre in the city of Adelaide, to be run twice yearly, the first will be held 9–11 October 2009. If you would like to be part of this event please visit www.bowerbirdbazaar.com.au and apply online. APPLICATIONS close 18th September, 2009.

Friday, August 14, 2009

you should..... davidreport.com

Travel Exhibition

Design an object based on your interpretation of the word Travel! Expressions of interest now extended to Aug 21.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A lifestyle, not a profession...

Learn more about the drive behind those who inspire. Make this site a regular visit. Very insightful... endless searchable topics ... have a browse. www.ted.com
Eames Demetrios shows rarely seen films and archival footage in a lively, loving tribute to the creative process of his grandparents.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Earthships and Michael Reynolds

For those of you who missed out on Michael speaking in Adelaide
recently, please visit his website and follow up on what he has
achieved and continues to achieve.

Thank you to everyone who made it to Sparrow last Monday night, was great to see some new faces and catch up with old friends. Your input is invaluable. Next catch up will be Sept 28... stay tuned for info on the night's guest speakers, product launch and competition updates.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Someone is thinking outside the square.
I like the tableware. Could do with those cup plugs...

For some of our friends who also work in the designer-maker field...
Applied Ideas provides designer-makers, manufacturers and retailers with an easy to use service that links suitable parties, providing training, and e-commerce business development services.

Monday, July 27, 2009

DIA Awards

Fellow Industrial Designers, it is time to review your last 2 years of work and consider entering a project into this years DIA design award - Object category. It has been a few years since we have seen a good number of ID projects entered so now has never been a better time to promote your self and your work. (Please note that you do not have to be a member to enter)


Friday, July 24, 2009


A movie you should keep an eye out for is Objectified. According to the website;

"Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability."

I haven't seen this movie as yet but would very much like the opportunity to do so. It was created by Gary Huswit who also created the doco film Helvetica. If you have any further information on this film, please let DCOSA know.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Industrial Design ...and Wine

Hi Everyone,
The second ID catch up is being held next Monday July 27. Please put it in your diaries and pass on the details to any Industrial Designers that are not on this list. We will be meeting at
Sparrow, O’Connell St North Adelaide from 6:00 and dishing out some valuable info on 2009/2010 design competitions and exhibitions.
Cheers, look forward to seeing you all.


Have a look around, very informative...

Monday, July 20, 2009

Nice Website for Daily Visit

Industrial Design Served - Here is a nice little page to see some work from around the world and show off your own designs. Each design appears to have its own sub-page but apart from that it seems nice a simple and too the point. Enjoy. 

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Design Collaborative of SA (DCOSA) has been established to bring together Industrial Designers in SA.

Crucial in developing realistic solutions that enhance everyday life, we create things that power, assist, preserve, monitor, save, intrigue, excite and sustain. We want DCOSA to be a place where Industrial Designers can stay in touch, develop ideas and better understand their ever changing industry.

The unique contribution of Industrial Design as a process and a career on our daily lives is often misunderstood and its value diminished because of a lack of education, exposure and hence awareness in the general community. Unfortunately, good Industrial design solutions more often than not blend into a person's life and environment, quietly enhancing the experience rather than making a big statement or gesture.

DCOSA will source what is required to promote the skills and talent of its friends through seminars, public art, a casual coffee... or whatever you suggest! As we enhance the Australian perception of this multi faceted and multi talented crew, DCOSA also hopes to become a network of resources and support for our enthusiastic ID community.