It just so happens that Roeland Otten is a graphic and media designer by trade, but his new ABChairs might just take his career on a new path. These sharp new san serif alphabet chairs looked like they're ready for icon-dom, literally, if not figuratively. The best news is that Otten wants to produce the ABChairs for the mass market!
Wouldn't it be great if robots could lead fish and other wildlife away from the Gulf oil spill before they got a drop of oil on them? A mechanical engineering professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University has a dream that his robot fish can do that and much more.
Design has a big impact on the environment, but today, most responsible designers put the 'environment' in their plans and try to avoid leaving a footprint. This is especially true in the design of new Materials, one of the categories featured in the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum's exhibit, Why Design Now, The National Design Triennial.