looking at the digitising of the communication of ideas and the fabrication of things.


SEEDMAGAZINE.COM § Paola Antonelli: Tissue-Engineered Art.

Paola Antonelli introduces the aesthetics and ethics of tissue-engineered art.

SEEDMAGAZINE.COM § The Science of Stuff.

see Material ConneXion consultancy slide show

Scent as Design § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM.

On March 26, Parsons the New School for Design and MoMA, in collaboration with IFF, Seed, and Coty, will present Headspace: On Scent as Design. A one-day symposium on the conception, impact, and potential applications of scent, the event will gather leading thinkers, designers, scientists, artists, established perfumers as well as “accidental perfumers”—architects, designers, and chefs—to acknowledge scent as a new territory for design. Seed sat down with organizers Paola Antonelli, Véronique Ferval, Jamer Hunt, Jane Nisselson, and Laetitia Wolff to discuss why we tend to overlook the importance of scent, our increasingly antiseptic, smell-free lives, and how our lives could change when we begin to tap into the rich olfactory dimension of design.

already happened, it’s included since design should engage all the senses and scent is an important element of a design.

Divided Minds, Specious Souls § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM.

‘There is a common idea: because the mind seems unified, it really is. Many go only a bit further and call that unified mind a “soul.” This step, from self to soul, is an ancient assumption which now forms a bedrock in many religions: a basis for life after death, for religious morality, and a little god within us, a support for a bigger God outside us.

For the believers in the soul, let’s call them soulists, the soul assumption appears to be only the smallest of steps from the existence of a unified mind. Yet the soul is a claim for which there isn’t any evidence. Today, there isn’t even evidence for that place soulists step off from, the unified mind. Neurology and neuroscience, working unseen over the past century, have eroded these ideas, the soul and the unified mind, down to nothing. Experiences certainly do feel unified, but to accept these feelings as reality is a mistake.  Often, the way things feel has nothing to do with how they are.’

this connects to concepts of embodied knowledge and how this changes when the person encounters illness .

Christian Nohr on improving patient safety with design on Vimeo on Vimeo

‘Improving patient safety by user-driven design of decision support’ Christian Nohr, Aalborg University

Monday, April 26, IIT Institute of Design

Christian Nøhr presents the participatory design games approach for Patient Safety through Intelligent Procedures (PSIP), a 5-country European Union project including Denmark. In this technology R & D project, the Danish team created video-ethnography documentation of interactions between doctors, nurses and patients regarding medication prescriptions and medication taking. Video clips were then used as material in design process in participatory workshops for rapid prototyping to support ‘collective intelligence’ for design of support for the complexity of medical work practices.

More about ‘Patient Safety through Intelligent Procedures’ (PSIP): PSIP URL is:

DEVELOP3D – T-Splines for Rhino.

useful and simple explanation of T-splines