Last Monday I worked at Autodesk in San Francisco with an impressive team of graphic designers, industrial designers and architects to judge the 2010 Spark Design Awards. a crazy number of entries and a diverse range of products winning the coveted Spark Design Award (which Rainwater HOG won in 2008) from a bladeless fan to a towable bike racking system and two very sweet sex toys. Shown at top is a shoe bag by fuseproject working with Puma that uses 65% less cardboard than regular shoe boxing and offers a terrific way to organize a shoe closet (if you buy enough Puma shoes!). Curiously I purchased Puma shoes only two days ago and I didnt score this bag....not happy Jan!
Check out this crowd pleaser - another Spark Design winner by fuseproject enigmatically named Form 2. Its a sex toy for JimmyJane and the judges unanimously voted its deceptively simple way of waterproofing, driving and charging a winner.
Another terrific winner was the Braille Stapler by Dongwon Jan, a portable streamlined device for writing braille.
Of course the Dyson bladeless fan pulls crowds wherever it appears and Spark was no different: just try to resist putting your arm through the ring that multiplies air 15 times and sends it scurrying in your general direction! I am interested in what influence this design may have on vehicle propulsion - is propellerless air direction more or less energy efficient than conventional blades? At any rate I am all for a dustless fan.
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Sally Dominguez writes, skis, designs and teaches, is curious about most things and loves Dr Seuss.