Favorite Kickstarter Tech Campaigns

Kickstarter.com has truly revolutionized the way original projects and inventions are created and maintained, and it has become a motivational tool for many under-the-radar creatives to launch their passion projects. On My Life Scoop this week, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Kickstarter tech projects that have been funded or are currently looking for funding. Click here to read the full post! — Stephanie

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Book Review: Making It: Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design, by Chris Lefteri

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In this digital age, an encyclopedia seems downright archaic. Especially in the context of modern manufacturing techniques like EBM (“Electron Beam Machining”), where a beam of electrons bores holes denominated in tens of microns through thin materials—in a vacuum no less, because the electrons could be thrown off by air molecules (!). Into this neo-futurist world, Chris Lefteri has provided the second edition of Making It: Manufacturing Technologies for Product Design to catalogue all of the manufacturing tools modern designers have at their disposal. While it may be possible to find more detailed or technical information on the processes he describes, Making It stands as a robust resource for a product designer looking into a new manufacturing technique, an eye-popping compendium for a scientifically minded student, or, perhaps most valuably, as a vehicle for increasing designer awareness of new innovation in manufacturing.

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Designers live in a mildly cloistered world where they can concentrate on form factors with a vague awareness of parting lines and minimum thicknesses, but really leave it to the engineers to complete their visions. Making It reads like a layman’s engineering primer, not a product design book. Each manufacturing technology gets its own 2–4 page spread with a glossy product shot, accompanying text, our favorite buzzword “process shots,” and a highlighted info box of the characteristics of the technology.

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Exhibition: ECAL: Chez Le Corbusier at Villa Le Lac

One of the world’s most prestigious schools of art has defined a new teaching paradigm by making architecture and industrial design more interdisciplinary, more interconnected. ECAL chez Le Corbusier (ECAL at Le Corbusier’s place) is a magnificent tribute to the great architect on the 125th anniversary of his birth. It is also, and above all, an encounter between a master and some pupils: between Le Corbusier and the students of ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne). To imagine, then to produce objects for the Villa “Le Lac” was the project conceived by Elric Petit, head of the bachelor’s degree programme in industrial design at ECAL, and Chris Kabel, professor at ECAL. The project soon outgrew the framework of a classic teaching activity: the potential offered by the site, the inventiveness awakened by this assignment and the quality of the executions naturally led to the idea of an on-site exhibition.

ECAL: Chez Le Corbusier, Villa Le Lac, Switzerland, July 2 – August 29

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The Commune by Geneva University of Art and Design students


Students at the Geneva University of Art and Design have formed a travelling commune inside a collection of shipping containers and have been staging performances around Switzerland. (more…)

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Tube by Zilvinas Kempinas

Tube by Zilvinas Kempinas

Lithuanian-born, New York-based artist Zilvinas Kempinas had a love and fascination with the VHS tape and took that love to a whole new level. And let me tell you, it’s mind-blowing. Kempinas created Tube, an 80-foot-long enclosed walkway that was created using the magnetic tape from old VHS tapes. Lines and lines of the black tape were stretched out creating a tube that is completely mesmerizing to look at – imagine walking through it! Now you know what to do with all of your old VHS tapes, right?

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The installation was part of the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 where Kempinas represented Lithuania.

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Tube by Zilvinas Kempinas

Tube by Zilvinas Kempinas

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Kempina’s first Tube installation at Atelier Calder in 2008.

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It looks like a train going by at lightening speed, or a time warp!

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