Design Shanghai 2019

Visitors to this year’s Design Shanghai 2019 show were exposed to glorious sunshine alongside many famous pioneers from the Design Industry.

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Design Shanghai 2018

Design Shanghai is Asia’s leading international design event bringing together established international brands alongside up-and-coming designers from China and around the world.

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Brexit reaction – PDD features in newdesign magazine

Karsten Fischer – CEO at PDD, along with leading figures from across the industrial design industry offer their response to the result of June’s referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.

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Top tips on ‘Employment for Graduates’

This year the Product Design and Innovation Conference reached its fifth year. It provides a place for designers and manufacturers to meet and discuss innovation and the product design industry. This year there were talks from; Design Partners, TEAMS Design, Chauhan Studio, BAC Mono, McLaren Technology Centre, Lenovo, Bacardi Global Brands, Kinneir Dufort, Speedo Aqualab, Whipsaw Ltd. to name a few of the 33 companies that the speakers were representing.

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Driving innovation across geographies. PDD features in the 2015 New Design year book.

Vassilios Kanellopoulos, Business Development Director, and Vicky Hong, Business Development Manager, talk to New Design about our growing presence in Asia.

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The Plastics Industry Awards 2014

That time of year has come again for ‘The Plastics Industry Awards 2014’. Every year it recognises the best that the UK plastics industry has to offer with 17 categories ranging from ‘Processor of the Year’ to ‘Apprentice of the Year’. PDD is a previous winner of ‘Industrial Product Design of the Year’ award, but this year I was lucky enough to be invited along as a finalist.

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VOKE – Nicotine inhaler licensed by the MHRA

As a designer I have always found the most rewarding products to develop are those that improve the quality of people’s lives: whether it’s medical equipment for new therapies, easier to use pharma devices, protective equipment for industry and defence or safety products for the rugged outdoors. Improving lives for me means delivering better and safer experiences and wellbeing, preferably also in a more efficient or sustainable way. There is a clear value attached to improving the quality of lives of users, so at the same time the endeavor is more likely to be a worthwhile to the producer also. At PDD we call this objective where parties win-win ‘Meaningful Innovation’.

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‘Just around the Vend’ – Human Factors and Usability of Vending Machines

As a human factors and usability consultant I talk about usability a lot, unfortunately – but also understandably – most people do not share my enthusiasm; that is, until I apply it to something they find absolutely infuriating. This can range from tin openers to a local council website, whatever it may be it puts the problem in context. There’s one particular product that I find most people have a problem with, a product that irritates me so much that I will join in any conversation involving it. Admittedly there aren’t very many of these conversations, but they’re almost always focused on the criticism of usability; let’s see if you agree.

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Paul Smith: ‘What’s next?’ DM25 talk series

As part of its 25th anniversary, the Design Museum asked leading designers and architects to talk about the future of design and how the design world is changing. Paul Smith opened the series in February with an inspirational talk on the need to reinvent ourselves in an ever changing world.

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When food meets tech…

Food and beverage – nourishing, hydrating, stimulating and refreshing. But what happens when you throw a bit of science and technology into the mix? In our blog this week we’ll be taking a look at how the food and beverage industry has been shaped and influenced by technology from other sectors; and where science, technology and art cross over to create whole new experiences…

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For the love of knit!

Well it’s official, the summer wardrobe has been packaged away, and the long boots and thick tights have made their wintery appearance! I can think of nothing better than snuggling up on the sofa with my knitting and a massive mug of hot chocolate at the end of a cold commute home! So what better time to take a look at some of the wonderful ways the world of knit and hand craft had been translated at London Design Festival last year!

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Links from the Studio (13.12.13)

Finally, let me announce the winner of our PDD Hat competition! I have been waiting for this moment for a week. The overall favourite went to Maria, ‘Rockin’ around the Christmas tree’! The best effort went to Mark, ‘The original Christmas Hat’. Lastly, the best Christmas themed award went to Stephanie, ‘Walking in a wine-ter wonder – band’. Congratulations!

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3D Printing – Hype or Ripe?

It seems you can’t open a tech magazine these days without some mention of 3D printing. But is it all hype or has the technology really developed into something that will transform the lives of designers, manufacturers and consumers?

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Links from the Studio (06.12.13)

Yes! Tonight is PDD Christmas party. Let the game begin! We start with the PDD Christmas Hat competition! Vote now for your favourite design!

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Links from the Studio (01.11.13)

Looking back, a lot has happened this week. On Monday we went through the worst storm on record in five years. However, sunlight always comes after rains and winds so we wish you a great weekend! (Fingers crossed)

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Surgical Innovation – Pioneering doctors and devices

Surgery is a fascinating branch of medicine; rooted in science, yet still very much a craft and (whether we like it or not as a patient) frequently dependent on the skills of improvisation by the surgeon and their team. Surgery has come a long way since its early days but the pace of innovation has anything but slowed down. On the contrary, new technologies are creating new possibilities to improve safety and efficacy of procedures, and cost pressures are creating an imperative to achieve more with less.

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Keeping it local: PDD at the London Design Festival 2013

The Creative Matrix is filled with brightly-coloured sticky notes as the PDD LDF team furiously sketched ideas for what we could do with the impressive 1,200 square feet of gallery space on Redchurch street. At last year’s LDF, over three days, we ran 2-hour Human-Centred Design (HCD) taster sessions in a small gallery space on Redchurch Street. This year, we secured a gallery three times the size for seven days-and we wanted to make the most of it.

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Links from the Studio (02.08.13)

A history of the sky: this 5 minute video presents a year-long time-lapse of the sky from the roof of the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco though 360 movie panels, each of which shows a single day. It rains more often mid-year, and it’s sunny and cloudy at the end of the year. So let’s embrace the weather, whatever it may be, after all it takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow! Life is beautiful.

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Links from the Studio (26.07.13)

Making your holiday mosquito free is no longer a dream. Check out the link below sent by Stephanie, Consultant – Human Factor& Usability. This tiny, wearable piece called ‘The Kite Patch’ can be detected by those nimble little ‘bloodsuckers’ and make you affectively invisible to them. Sounds super!

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Kitchen Futures: Sustainable Kitchen

Kitchen Futures is a series of posts over the past few weeks, taking a glimpse into the future of home cooking through five trends spanning from short term to long term. Our fourth post in the series focuses on how the sustainable kitchen of the future may take shape, from sleek and sophisticated surfaces to efficiency reflected in form as well as function.

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