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I visited Noise Lab (twitter.com/noise_lab part of Noise Festival) on Market Street for the first time last Sunday (31/01/2010), I’d been wanting to pop in for a visit since they opened and I’d not had a chance to make any of their talks so far. Last Sunday was different, I finally made it in as Jon Burgerman (www.jonburgerman.com ) was in town. To be honest the visit didn’t start very well. Firstly the heating was/is broken, and secondly we were left waiting an hour and a half for Mr Burgerman to arrive (something to do with flying in from Oslo).
Once Jon Burgerman arrived, and the talk/interview got underway the cold and (slightly) restless audience seemed much happier and engrossed in the man and his work. It was interesting to hear about his early motivations (not to have to work to much and not to starve, being the main ones), as well as hearing how he progressed from working in his bedroom to being an internationally known artist and doodler; drawing on everything from envelopes to Pepsi cans, putting on art exhibitions, annoying art agents/sellers and some of his new projects (including combining doodling and live music performance).
If you’ve not been down to Noise Labs yet I’d recommend it (although wrap up warm if it’s a cold day!), there is loads of great work to buy from lots of creative people, a nice little café and there are loads of great workshops and talks too going on.
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Throughout 2010 they will be working with a selection of top artists and designers from around the world to create artwork which we will be selling online. Every penny made from art sales will be going to Unicef's appeal fund.
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Impressive stuff. The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible.
Today is Blog Action Day (www.blogactionday.org), Blog Action Day is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance.
This years theme is climate change, so further to a blog by @thunderchunkyuk (www.thunderchunky.co.uk) which I contributed to earlier today, I’ve put together 10 tips for on how to become a greener designer (whatever field you may be in).1. Do not design products, but life cycles Do not design "green" products. Instead, you should design environmentally sound product life cycles. Think about all material inputs and energy use of a product during its whole life cycle. From cradle to grave, or even better from cradle to cradle! 2. Natural materials are not always better It is common believe that "natural" materials are more environmentally friendly than "artificial" or man made materials. Is this always true?
Of course, the production of 1 kg of wood causes less emissions than the production of 1 kg of plastic. But have you thought about the paint to preserve the wood, the energy needed to dry, the sawing losses?
In some products, you would need about ten times as much wood than plastic. Plastics can often be recycled, wood cannot. Can you really compare on a kilogram basis?
Environmentally sound materials do not exist, but environmentally friendly products and services do. Life cycle thinking helps a designer to develop these. 3. Energy consumption: often underestimated People normally underestimate the environmental impacts of energy as you cannot hold electricity or gas in your hands.
Perhaps this simple example helps you understand:
• 10 kWh electricity needs 2 kg of oil.
• Making 1 kg of plastic needs 1.5 to 2.5 kg of oil.
• A coffee machine uses 300 kWh electricity during its lifetime, equal to 60 kg of oil. For the production of the machine less than 1 kg of plastic is used.... 4. Stay on top of current trends in printing and production: They are constantly changing. 5. Spark change through collective strength
Work with local suppliers, minimise transport, recycle and use recycled materials. Buy responsibly and encourage suppliers to provide environmentally sensitive options6. Use a minimum of material
Using less materials may seem obvious, but it is more complex than you think. Often you can reduce the amount of material by critically looking at dimensions, production techniques, etc.
It can even be beneficial to use materials that have a high environmental load per kilogram, if you can save weight. This is particularly true in transport, where less weight means less fuel consumption.
If you and other designers only make a product recyclable, there will never be a demand for recycled materials in the future. If there is a demand for recycled materials the supply will follow certainly. 8. Be innovative when it comes to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Reuse can be ingenius. For example, menus or notebooks can be made from old books when bindings have been removed, most inner pages have been removed and replaced with recycled-content sketch pad paper, and new bindings are made with wire binding. Taking items with former lives and reinventing them can be unique and charming, and environmentally responsible. 9. Ask stupid questions! Very often decisions are based on common practice: "We have always done it this way and it has always worked well".
You can make huge improvements in the environmental performance of products, with consequential cost savings, by simply asking the very obvious "Why?".
10. Become a member of www.co2stats.com. Offset the power used by your website.
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