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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby pbacot » Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:57 pm

I don't think you have to keep it out, I am just pondering the difference like you. I should answer later, as I have to get going now, so I'll think about it. Thanks for the reply! Peter
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby stefanq » Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:10 pm

'possible greenland' - 'inhabiting' by quarsoq tegnestue, clement & carlsen architects and tegnestuen vandkunsten
The project develops new visions for greenland's future, addressing the challenges and opportunities it faces as ice melts, vast mineral resources become accessible and new industries and urban cultures emerge.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Sun Sep 16, 2012 3:12 am

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Thanks so much for this post.
What a refreshing concept. It is truly arctic with many Inuit influences.
Technically I would love to know more about the structure, and the ability of the polycarbonate to hold up under high UV, and snow loads.
Another thing that piqued my interest was the seaweed insulation. Will have to do a little digginf.
Thanks again.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby baz » Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:36 am

Somebody said: "An artisan uses his hands, a craftsman (designer) uses his hands and his head, an artist uses his hands, his head and his heart.
That is pretty close for me.
I've been involved in the 'Art/Craft Debate' for years, ie: is it art or craft?
For me the difference often comes down to the makers intention.
I think that the very best design cannot help but be art as well.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby Mike Lucey » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:06 pm

It looks like BMW are getting serious about producing an electric car and the BMW i3 Concept could be what we will eventually see in the showrooms.

While the upper glass doors look cool, I don't understand why they have them! Ito looks that its the small innovative car design firms that are still leading the way in eCar design but BMW have the cash to get things done ..... if they want to!







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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby Mike Lucey » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:32 pm

stefanq wrote:'possible greenland' - 'inhabiting' by quarsoq tegnestue, clement & carlsen architects and tegnestuen vandkunsten
The project develops new visions for greenland's future, addressing the challenges and opportunities it faces as ice melts, vast mineral resources become accessible and new industries and urban cultures emerge.
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http://vimeo.com/user12262580/newarcticbuildingpractice


Had a look at the video, very informative indeed. I really like the flexible 'Paqibiq' concept and think such an idea could be utilized for other climate zones.

I've always been interested in the idea of a flexible house. My own house was designed for two adults and two kids but now its just occupied by two adults. It would be great if there where ways of modifying it cheaply to be more suited to its current usage.

Attached is a cross-section shot I grabbed from the video.

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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby Mike Lucey » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:51 am



Nice idea / design ...... however I think the product name might prove to be unfortunate ..... Wash It or Wa Shit :shock:
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby Mike Lucey » Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:02 am

Guys,

I always enjoy a visit and root around at the Solar Decathlon. There are always some great house designs to be seen in detail :thumb:

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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:30 pm

I think this would have put a few plugins to the test :o if modeled>
Leaf House http://www.undercurrent-architects.com/projects/leaf-house-sydney-australia/
Some amazing photos herehttp://www.undercurrent-architects.com/leaf-house-by-marc-gerritsen/

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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:50 pm

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Another Undercurrents Design
This really is a fascinating project constructed in a railway bridge arch.http://www.undercurrent-architects.com/projects/archway-studios-london-uk/

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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby Roger » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:12 pm

Mike Lucey wrote:It looks like BMW are getting serious about producing an electric car and the BMW i3 Concept could be what we will eventually see in the showrooms.

While the upper glass doors look cool, I don't understand why they have them!


To show off your legs obviously! Or perhaps to see curbs when parking.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby olishea » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:29 pm

Roger wrote:
Mike Lucey wrote:It looks like BMW are getting serious about producing an electric car and the BMW i3 Concept could be what we will eventually see in the showrooms.

While the upper glass doors look cool, I don't understand why they have them!


To show off your legs obviously! Or perhaps to see curbs when parking.


They already have auto-tilting mirrors so you don't curb it ;)

The later representations of the BMW i3/i8 have more typical looking doors. I think it's just a way of showing its construction/space available. Look at the "glass" boot, they've just done that to show much boot space you have if the fuel tank isn't there, I don't believe they are suggesting the doors will be glass.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby Roger » Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:07 pm

I was just thinking of 18 wheel truck that have glass on the bottom side of the passenger door so drivers can see cars passing in the mirror's blind spot. Didn't know about the BMW mirrors. Industrial design at work. You are probably right.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby Bryan K » Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:01 pm

This thread both inspires and saddens me.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby solo » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:35 pm

Designed on purpose or just natural design?


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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby Roger » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:05 am

Bryan K wrote:This thread both inspires and saddens me.

Wow! :-) I know what you mean :-( bummer.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby Mike Lucey » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:09 pm

Roger and Oli, I think Beemers are cool. I've always had a preference from them over Mercs. I think the styles cues for Mercs over the past few years is a downer. They are starting to look 'girlie' :lol:

Think I've found my ideal electric vehicle, it meets my price range and required practicality level. When I first saw the Zümaround, I thought, Mmmmm don't know about that ..... its a bloody scooter and scooters are for kids ...... but then again. I'm just a big kid! ..... so maybe ...'

The more I read about the Zümaround and researched what you are actually able to do with scooters, the more it made sense. For example, I could 'scoot' on the footpath (sidewalk) and go places even bikes aren't allowed let alone cars. It looks sturdy / robust enough to scoot on the road with its 20" wheels, no problems with potholes!

Best of all is the price $1250. This is excellent compared to other opinions. The build quality looks good, not 'girlie' .... essential! Also its made in Canada!

To make the Zümaround ideal for my urban travels I would need a handlebar Pannier of a decent size and possibly some kind of a carrier / shelf over the rear wheel AND a very light-weight windshield with part over hood to protect me from the Irish mist that we have over here.

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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby pbacot » Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:48 pm

Great Mike.

That's sort of like what my wife has (A guy in the next towm makes them "Diggler"http://www.digglerstore.com/scooters_electric_home.html). But she uses a different power source!



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and if anyone is interested ;), she could use some sponsers for a good cause...

http://www.crowdrise.com/CotatiChargers

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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby bmike » Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:30 pm

mike - you need a brompton, the front bag, and a rain cape.
http://www.brompton.co.uk

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awesome little bikes. i rented one instead of a car out in portland for a trade show.
train, bus, cafe, store, shopping. it all worked.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:28 pm

Time to inaugurate the new site.
I just became aware of this company Huf Haus premanufactured housing.
A rather inspiring portfolio in this field, which in Canada is quite often associated with a trailer
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby stefanq » Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:16 pm

dale wrote:I just became aware of this company Huf Haus premanufactured housing.

C'mon Mr. Dale.... my favourite prefab company. From what I read, they had some potential clients in my country, (Romania) but they refuse to build here. It's something regarding the weather. I watched many times that episode from "grand designs" show, where they build the house in four days, somewhere in UK. Before they return to Germany, they clean the car and the tools. German people are awesome!! :thumb:
I'll check the new site, thanks for the link.
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:15 pm

stefanq wrote:
dale wrote:I just became aware of this company Huf Haus premanufactured housing.

C'mon Mr. Dale.... my favourite prefab company. From what I read, they had some potential clients in my country, (Romania) but they refuse to build here. It's something regarding the weather. I watched many times that episode from "grand designs" show, where they build the house in four days, somewhere in UK. Before they return to Germany, they clean the car and the tools. German people are awesome!! :thumb:
I'll check the new site, thanks for the link.

Yes I was quite surprised that I hadn't heard of them, so if your holding out on any other
secrets let us know :D
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby Mike Lucey » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:10 pm

pbacot wrote:Great Mike.

That's sort of like what my wife has (A guy in the next towm makes them "Diggler"http://www.digglerstore.com/scooters_electric_home.html). But she uses a different power source!

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Peter, My little Westie would not be much at towing me around :)

bmike wrote:mike - you need a brompton, the front bag, and a rain cape.
http://www.brompton.co.uk


Mike, I'll stick to the Zumaround as being a scooter it allows for riding on footpaths and such. What I get has to be electric to fit my plans also.
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Re: OpenDyslexic Font

Postby Mike Lucey » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:26 pm

I imagine font design could fall into the category of fine design! If so, I think Open Dyslexic deserves a mention.

Abelardo Gonzalez has created an open-source font designed to help people with dyslexia read more easily. I have tried it out and think it actually works well. I was diagnosed with mild dyslexia when a kid so have an interest is such things.

The clever part to the font design is that Abelardo gives each letter gravity thus making them stay in place and not reverse or upturn in the dyslexic readers mind!

The font is a free download and available here. If anyone finds it useful, be sure to make a little donation to Alelardo for his work.

A comprehensive article may be read here.


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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby thomthom » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:30 pm

That is very interesting!
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby Mike Lucey » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:39 pm

Its also worth spreading the word to teachers I feel!
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:52 pm

Mike
This may well be one of the most important posts in this thread because it has the potential, through design, of changing lives.
An incredible find, and I will be passing it on, and hoping others will follow suit.
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Re: OpenDyslexic Font

Postby thomthom » Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:00 pm

Mike Lucey wrote:A comprehensive article may be read here.


I'd hoped it included more research information. How they tested and the metrics they found...
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby dale » Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:27 pm

Digging a little deeper, there are apparently a few fonts that have been in the works for dyslexia.http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=new-font-helps-dyslexics-read
And there seems to be a lot of research papers on Google Scholarhttp://scholar.google.ca/scholar?hl=en&q=fonts+for+dyslexia&btnG=&as_sdt=1%2C5&as_sdtp=
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Re: A Thread for Fine Design

Postby driven » Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:39 pm

this is 'best of british' design. IMHO

I have one space frame and a number of the 1960's 'F' frame models
lovely bikes, man and company.
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