StreamMeUp

The SXSW Interactive installation that allows users to explore alien worlds through Kinect

While a good majority of panels and projects at this year’s SXSW Interactive centered around the NSA and government surveillance, interactive installation StreamMeUp offered a lighthearted alternative to the discussion on where advancements in technology can lead us as a society. Created in collaboration between Microsoft Studio and an impressive team lead by artist and acting Technical Director James George—with art direction and design by …

The Language of Tape Design

A look at the age-old technique of using full scale clay models and tape in the automotive design process

When you think about automobile design, clay probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. From sketches on paper to refined 3D renderings made in CAD, the design remains almost solely in theory until the team moves to a clay model. Modelers and designers work hand-in-hand to provide precision adjustments to the design, using tape as a shared language. We spent some time in …

Blown

Samuel Wilkinson uses traditional glass-blowing techniques and 3D CAD software for his new lamp

The newest creation from Samuel Wilkinson is Blown, a lamp for the Copenhagen-based design company &tradition. Aiming to explore the reflective and refractive properties of glass, Wilkinson drew his inspiration for Blown from older pieces. “I’ve looked at antique ceramics, old glass pieces, lenses from very old lamps, lighthouses—even a mirrored bottle—just to see the way the light reacts,” Wilkinson explains. The lamp’s unique diamond …