Monday, 30 March 2009

Agree or Disagree, Can we predict?

I'm currently reading a great book The Black Swan The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Its making me re-think the way I perceive things, life, and how I see my future aswell as my position as a designer for the future!

I was reading last night and came across a few lines which really made me stop reading or rather pause my reading and think about what I was reading and where I placed myself whithin what had been stated.
I would like to share with you a few lines and see what you make of it: "It is often said that "is wise he who can see things coming."Perhaps the wise one is the one who knows that he cannot see things far away."p163

As a designer you always tend to create for what exists but also what will exist in the future. And always tend to brainstorm on what will be in 20, 50, 60 years so we can adapt our designs. So are we just fooling ourselves or are we eternal dreamers?
And if we are eternal dreamers how do we place our dreams in Nassim Nicholas Taleb's statement?
Please note we consider here the dream to be a projection of a personal desire for the future, furthermore a possible projection of an ideal future, state.

Did you know?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIDLIwlzkgY

What do you think about this video?

It makes me wonder, it terrifies me, but is the data really true?

Monday, 16 March 2009

The Courtship Ritual of Spiders


In the context of Biomimicry I am drawing inspiration from Spiders more precisely their courtship Ritual.
To sum it up, the male spider needs to signify to the female spider that he is a mate and not a meal! The female is bigger in size to the male and has a predatory instincts, yes she has lived to eat and has no feelings!
Poor male has to perform a dance, to show off to her that he is the best male she will ever find, he not only performs a very cute dance but also sings a song which translates through vibrations of his abdomen. I have heard the sound and it builds up gradually to a crescendo point, very impressive.
While he is doing all that the female watches and will decide whether he will be her mate or her meal!
If she accepts him as a mate she will signify to the male through a set of vibrations, which will then encourage the male to hop on the female.

Its fascinating such small creatures have such an elaborate yet simple way of communicating.

Now I need to get cracking on my smart sustainable woven fabric creation. If some have taken three years to develop a smart woven fabric how am I going to do that in three weeks?

Saturday, 14 March 2009

E-Static Shadows

How I wish I will be able to do something of that quality:


http://www.zaneberzina.com/e-staticshadows.htm

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Nokia Morph Mobile phone


This phone has really amazing qualities which are quite inspiring: -self-cleaning, flexible design, hads nanosensors to sense and th eenvironement around you.
Please read more about those amazing qualities on http://www.nokia.com/A4852062

Squidee will light differently according to where you stand

Squidee will light differently according to where you stand
©clementinedebos 2009

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Creative Pattern Re-Cipe

Creative Pattern Re-Cipe
Tarpaulin Embellished ©clementinedebos 2009

Creative Pattern Re-Cipe

Creative Pattern Re-Cipe
Tarpaulin Embellished ©clementinedebos 2009