February 23, 2009

Hello trendhubbers…

th_wordle2302091Welcome to our Trend Hub Blog.  Click on The Tag Cloud above (created with wordle) to access the Trend Hub del.icio.us account.   Linda Lewis – Design Resource Coordinator ) – School of Art, Design and Architecture – University of Huddersfield.

October 13, 2013

WAF and Inside Festival 2013

Dezeen’s new Pinterest board features all the winning projects of this year’s World Architecture and Inside festivals, including the Auckland Art Gallery voted as the World Building of the Year and a tiled Barcelona apartment named as the World Interior of the Year.http://www.pinterest.com/dezeen/waf-and-inside-festival-2013/

October 13, 2013

▶ Retail Futures Forum 2013 : FutureLabLondon

From FutureLabLondon & LS:NGlobal
To coincide with their latest Retail Futures report, this event explored the emerging retail trends set to affect consumer thinking, product development and brand strategy over the next 3–5 years. Highlights include 10 cities to watch, the evolution of omni-channel and our top 10 retail interiors. Trends include Super-vending, Lab Talk and Twitter Commerce.

Guest speakers:
Selfridges creative director Alannah Weston on big-ideas retail and the power of culture to engage and delight the global consumer.

Google UK country sales director Peter Fitzgerald on how Google collaborations can transform your sales, marketing and your brand visibility online and offline.

Farfetch COO Andrew Robb on transforming the way we shop in more collaborative, innovative and editorial-driven spaces online.

Set designer Gary Card on imbuing bricks-and-mortar stores with a new understanding of spectacle, experience and wonder per square foot.

October 13, 2013

State of Fashion Digital Report – Forward3D

Martin McNulty, CEO of Forward3D, talks through their latest industry report on the state of the fashion online at the WWD Digital Forum in London, July 2013.

via Martin McNulty previews our State of Fashion Digital Report – YouTube.

June 24, 2013

New Designers Pt.1 – 2013 – University of Huddersfield

The University of Huddersfield is presenting three undergraduate degree courses at New Designers 2013 comprising BA/BSc(Hons) Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors; BA(Hons) Textile Crafts and BA(Hons) Surface Design. Each degree course has its specific ethos and aims, leading to a rich and dynamic textile environment nurtured within the School of Art, Design and Architecture at The University of Huddersfield.


Charlotte Nash, Braided Mirror Detail

As a designer, taking inspiration from geometric shapes, grids and repetitive, striped, ‘Aztec’ designs my work investigates the repetition and rhythm of patterning within an…


Katie Soponski, Acoustic Felt 2

‘Artificial Nature’ is a collection of bespoke and tactile acoustic surfaces for use in interior spaces. Inspired by the impossibility of natural phenomena, the collection…


Emma McMinn, Politicising Linen

My work focuses on the idea that Community cannot be outlined on a map, rather it is built, and it can be dispersed again. In…

Rose Street-Simmons, The Benefit Of Hind Sight

Heritage, Iconoclastic, Evolution, Erosion, Rebirth http://rstreetsimmons.wix.com/rstreetsimmons

Emma Hodgson, ‘The Wonder of Geology’

The Fabric shown at new designers is to be aimed at throws within the bespoke market. Mixed composition will play a key role in the…

Kristen Dickinson, Tropic Clash

Tropic Clash SS14

The inspiration for the collection comes from exuberant, exotic animals, surrounded in their lustrous environments. Insects with natural patterns are highlighted with…

Katie Fisher, Urban Clarity

Urban Clarity represents a series of surfaces that have been inspired by the concept of creating translucency within industrial materials. Light becomes tactile and Urban…

Amey Yuill, Repetitive Architextiles

Architextiles; architecture collaborates with textiles to compliment and enhance the architectural structure of a building while using existing architectural forms as an influence within the…

Janine Singleton, Fanciful Disposition

Fanciful Disposition is a bespoke collection of screen printed textiles for Womenswear. The collection promotes the traditional techniques of screen printing however, displays a future…

Rosie Preston, Pixel Craft

Pixel Craft is a collection of rugs developed from the trend “New Digital Aesthetic”. I aim to blur the boundaries between digital drawing and hand…


Charlotte Hall, Smart/ Casual Genes

This collection is created for a range of mid-to-high-end fashion fabrics for young women aged 20-25. Inspired by the idea of the unseen world around…

Deborah Scott, Emotional Sanctuary Collection

My collection is fabric laminated and ceramic printed glass for interiors.

“Emotional Sanctuary Collection” is inspired by people who eat, work, sleep and live…


Exhibiting Graduates: Eleanor Winspear, Kristen Dickinson, Emma Hodgson, Katie Soponski, Deborah Scott, Janine Singleton, Katie Fisher, Rose Street-Simmons, Laura Greenwood, Charlotte Nash, Rosemary Preston, Louisa Crompton, Amey Yuill, Laura Cadman, Charlotte Hall, Emma McMinn

via New Designers 2013 – Huddersfield, University of.

June 24, 2013

D&AD Just over week to go @DandAD_Talent New Blood festival.

D&AD – home of the talented and skilled, the imaginative and the curious, the restless and the bloody-minded. Commercially savvy, sometimes romantic, often cynical and occasionally rather weird. A source of information and ideas: of professional development, support and inspiration, interesting people to talk and nice things to look at. All creative life is here.”

It’s just over a week to go The New blood Festival is open Wednesday 3 July 2013 – Thursday 4 July 2013 

This year’s Student Yellow Pencil winners will be revealed at the Student Awards Ceremony in London on Thursday 4 July.
“Join us from 6pm at Old Spitalfields Market to view the digital exhibition of the nominated work. Then at 8pm we’ll be opening the doors of Christ Church of Spitalfields for the main event with a drinks reception, followed by the Awards presentation at 9pm, where the Student Yellow Pencil winners will take to the stage.”

Creatives the world over value the D&AD Student Awards. Entry to the Student Awards is open to anyone in full or part-time education. Whether you’re a copywriter or photographer, a digital specialist, product designer or something in-between.  Real briefs, set by real clients, judged by top creatives.

Award Levels

Best of Year
The year’s best work for each brief.

Work that rises above Best of Year standard and has the potential to win a Student Yellow Pencil.

Student Yellow Pencil
Work that is outstanding, rather than merely brilliant, wins a Student Yellow Pencil.

  • Student of the Year
  • The best of the best, the ultimate award.  The Student of the Year is selected from all the Pencil-winning entries.
  • University of Huddersfield award winners this year include:-

  • Environmental Design – Spatial Design category Effie Yeoman Paul Bateman Naomi Dominique (Stehr) Robinson

Product Design category Nick Formby & Jeremy Dodd

Good luck to all

for More Information visit  About D&AD.

June 24, 2013

Our Staff – Interior Design at Universty of Huddersfield

School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield – Time for a staff profile with links back to a course blog

Today Jon Bartlett-Rawlings Senior Lecturer with the Interior Design course

Jon Bartlett-Rawlings [Senior Lecturer]I was sixteen when I left school and started work in the office of the architect Frederick Gibberd as an office junior. At that time I had no ambition or direction in my professional life, but soon realised that it was in the design of “people spaces” that I felt the need to direct my creative abilities. After two years with the architects, I started studying Interior Design, firstly at Barking Regional College and then at Hornsey College of Art. Here, I was able to explore and develop my concepts of space, and I exhibited some furniture designs at the Design Centre in London.On leaving college I worked with various architects and designers in London for several years, before emigrating to Canada. During the six years that I spent in Toronto I worked with a variety of designers, specialising in Office Design, Exhibition Design and Display, and Retail Design. In the latter position I was fortunate to work with one of the world’s top ten design consultants, and I worked on the design of several shopping malls across the US, Canada, Singapore, Paris and the UK.On returning to England I settled in Yorkshire and worked with several architects in the region on some major commercial facilities, including the Harrogate Conference Centre and the St John’s Centre in Leeds, as well as numerous shops, pubs, restaurants, offices and exhibitions. I then worked in Newcastle with the Canadian design consultants, as designers for the Metro Centre in Gateshead. After that, I started my freelance practice which I continue to this day, working on many diversified interior, furniture, and graphic design projects.My teaching experience started on a part-time basis over twenty years ago, when I started my freelance practice. At first I worked at Dewsbury College teaching on the ND and HND courses before taking up my present fractional full-time post at the university ten years ago. During this time I have written and taught several modules, as well as assisting in student placements and running the successful franchise course in Singapore. My main aim in teaching is to encourage students in developing their observational skills and to question conventional concepts of design.Interior design, Exhibition and Retail Design, Furniture Design, Leisure Design, Landscape Design, Display Design etc. etc. Specialising in Conceptualising, Planning, Sourcing Materials and Finishes, Professional Practice, Working Drawings and Presentation Techniques.The world of Interior Design is vast, and there are career opportunities in many different areas of the profession. During my professional life I have worked, and still work, in a wide variety of sectors and on many projects varying in scale, style and value. Because of this I have been able teach across a wide variety of design areas during the twenty years that I have been working in Further and Higher Education. The areas of design which I most enjoy is Retail and Restaurant Design, and I have worked on many Shopping Centres, Shops, Showrooms and Restaurants both in the UK and the USA.Because of my industrial experience I have written and deliver the module “Professional Practice and Project Management”, which is part of the Final Year programme. This module equips students with the necessary knowledge about the commercial and legal aspects of the profession, and acts as a stepping stone between university studies and working in the industry.I am also responsible for the Second Year Module “Design and Building Technology“ which concentrates on informing students about the vast choices of materials and finishes which are available for surfaces, furniture and lighting. In tandem with this I also supervise students in the production of working drawings for their designs and schemes. To support the lecture programme, I have also developed a library of live samples for student’s use, and this is continually updated with new products and information.

via Our Staff.

February 25, 2013

what do you think has “technology killed green design’?

“Sorry green design, its over” (via Dezeen)

Read  a Dezeen special  column by editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs where he explains why designers have dumped dowdy green design in favour of glamorous robots.

Tech has killed green. Until recently the design world was on a mission to save the planet; now it seems enthralled by gadgets. Adjectives like “sustainable” and “eco” have been usurped by upstarts such as “smart” and “hacked”. The cardboard furniture glut of recent years has disintegrated; recycling has gone to landfill.Its not long since design-school grad shows were dominated by the hand-made, the low-tech and the organic; now its all embedded sensors and connected devices. Design fairs have ditched the obligatory maker or two turning discarded pop bottles into chandeliers – or knitting seaweed into cushions – for 3D printers and robots. Collaborations with Vietnamese basket weavers are out; Raspberry Pi mashups are in. In Milan this year the young Dutch contingent will no doubt have stopped serving wholesome hyper-local snacks and will instead be touting lab meat and printed biscuits.Green design felt right at the start of the economic crisis: it sought to replace over-indulgence with frugality, served with a side order of punishment for our wickedness. Penal minimalism was all the rage: spartan furniture made of ethically sourced timber that was so good for you, it hurt.Natural was good, artificial was bad. Soon wed all be growing our own organic food on our city balconies and installing complex plumbing to irrigate it with our bathwater. Wed be going off-grid, hooking up to domestic wind turbines and pondering the plausibility of upcycling under our solar-powered lamps…. the full article can be found here –  Marcus Fairs on how technology killed green design

What do you think? is Green design over?

January 29, 2013

Bioinspired fibers change color when stretched | e! Science News

   image Peter Vukusic

          images Mathias kolle

“A team of materials scientists at Harvard University and the University of Exeter, UK, have invented a new fiber that changes color when stretched. Inspired by nature, the researchers identified and replicated the unique structural elements that create the bright iridescent blue color of a tropical plants fruit. The multilayered fiber, described January 28 in the journal Advanced Materials, could lend itself to the creation of smart fabrics that visibly react to heat or pressure.”Our new fiber is based on a structure we found in nature, and through clever engineering weve taken its capabilities a step further,” says lead author Mathias Kolle, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences SEAS. “The plant, of course, cannot change color. By combining its structure with an elastic material, however, weve created an artificial version that passes through a full rainbow of colors as its stretched.”…..

…continue reading the original article at Bioinspired fibers change color when stretched | e! Science News.

January 26, 2013

The DIY BioPrinter Hack Lets You Print Biomaterials From an Old Inkjet | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

“The DIY BioPrinter Hack Lets You Print Biomaterials From an Old Inkjetby Morgana Matus, 01/25/13filed under: biomimicry, green gadgets, green technology, Interactive ObjectsShare on TumblrEmailWith large companies such as Organovo and Autodesk teaming up to fabricate living tissue, you might think that bioprinting is out of the scope of the average DIYer. But when it comes to technology, human ingenuity is an incredible thing, and just because you don’t own an expensive piece of a equipment doesn’t mean you can join the organic 3D-printing revolution. Thanks to a modification by Instructables member Patrik, an old abandoned HP5150 inkjet printer can be transformed into a DIY bioprinter.”

Read the full story at The DIY BioPrinter Hack Lets You Print Biomaterials From an Old Inkjet | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

January 20, 2013

Dutch architects to use 3D printer to print a house

Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars from Universe Architecture in Amsterdam designed a one-piece building which will be built on a 3D printer. He hopes the so-called Landscape House can be printed out latest in year 2014.
Ruijssenaars plans to print every piece in size of 6 x 9 meters using a massive 3D printer called D-Shape. Designed by Italian inventor Enrico Dini, the D-Shape is potentially capable of printing a two story building using thin layers of sand and an inorganic binder to build up its constructions. Will the result be strong enough?

Ruijssenaars says Dini has suggested to print out the form only. And this “contours” of the house will be then filled with fiber reinforced concrete to get the desired strength.

Together with a Dutch construction company, Ruijssenaars is working with Dini to realize the idea. “It will be the first 3D printed building in the world. I hope it can be opened to the public when it’s finished. “says Ruijssenaars.

The landscape house is developed for joining Europan, a European competition of ideas for young spatial designers. Europan organises this competition once every two years in fifteen countries. Taken together, on average, these countries make 50 real sites available for young designers to develop a plan.

The landscape house will be a landscape in the landscape. “It was a house in Ireland,” says Janjaap Ruijssenaars. “The location on the coast is so beautiful that we want the design to reflect the nature. Landscapes are endless and our question was whether we can design a home that has no beginning and no end.”

read the full article at Dutch architects to use 3D printer to print a house. and 3ders.org