Critical Toys

Mar 26

Mar 25


minusbaby:

“Tahiti Lamp" [1981] by Ettore Sottsass

minusbaby:

Tahiti Lamp" [1981] by Ettore Sottsass


Mar 23

lutsanguisargilla:

This is what actual magic is…

Seeing our microcosm as something outside of our common perspective.

Looking deeper and seeing the worlds within.


laicepssieinna:

Ryan Bayley vs @annameares in a match sprint. #fixiefamous by fyxo http://ift.tt/1g9ETpiVive le Vélo

laicepssieinna:

Ryan Bayley vs @annameares in a match sprint. #fixiefamous by fyxo http://ift.tt/1g9ETpi
Vive le Vélo

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Mar 22

littlelimpstiff14u2:

'New Type Ceramics' by Shigeki Hayashi

Japanese artist Shigeki Hayashi creates life like figures made from ceramics, that are inspired by science fiction and manga.

. Using traditional Japanese ceramic art, the artist takes it to the next level. The traditional method is being applied to modern works of art. “Hayashi Shigeki, from Tajimi City, draws inspiration for his ceramic figures from images from science fiction, animated film and Japanese comic books known as manga, all of which have attracted him since he was a child. He comes from a region of Japan famous for the production of porcelain domestic ware

http://www1.ocn.ne.jp/~sheceram/indextop.html

http://geocities.yahoo.co.jp/gl/sheceramic ( Blog )

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are those transparent tubes?

are those transparent tubes?

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paperbits:


My Pixy arrived today!

paperbits:

My Pixy arrived today!


brucesterling:

https://www.fabhub.io/directory
What is FabHub?
FabHub is a global directory of digital fabricators: makers, workshops, factories and manufacturers who offer a manufacturing service or services using digital fabrication technology.
You can use FabHub to find a maker / find a digital fabricator who can make / manufacture / fabricate products that are designed for digital fabrication, be it CNC cutting, CNC routing, 3D printing, 3D scanning, laser cutting — any technology where you supply a digital design (normally as vector artwork or cutting sheets) that numerically controls a digital manufacturing machine.
Traditionally, these digital manufacturing services have been used for rapid prototyping by companies looking to design and iterate products: one-off model making or short-run prototypes with a quick turnaround. However, with the rise of technologies like Stereolithography (SLA), 3D Printing, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and CNC Machining, their integration with the Internet and digital communication technologies, more and more designers, makers and product companies are using digital fabrication techniques to produce specialised, bespoke, customised and personalised products.
In many cases, makers and digital fabricators can help refine designs, make sure they’re structurally sound and makable and / or finish and arrange delivery. This often includes engineering and CAD work to fix and analyse 3D models, file conversion and / or post production and finishing work (like sanding, polishing and applying a finish or coating to the raw product coming off the machine).
Current services offered include: 2D Colour Print Media, 3D Film/Video Production, 3D Printing, 3D Print Post-Processing, 3D Scanning, Architectural Model Making, Assembly, CAD Modelling & File Conversion, Casting, CNC Lathing, CNC Machining, CNC Milling, CNC Routing, Concept / Block Model Making, Concept Design, Construction Services, ddd (d), Design, Design Analysis, Experiental 3D Production, Fabrication, Finishing, Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), Guidance, Joinery & Cladding, Laser Cutting, Laser Engraving, Laser Processes, Laser Welding, Materials, Media & Print, Metal Casting / Die Casting, Metal Coating / Plating, Metalworks, MultiJet Modeling (ZCorp) (MJM), Polishing, Polyjet Matrix (Objet), Powder Coating (Powder Coating), Printing, Product Scale Model Making, Rapid Injection Tooling (RIT), Reaction Injection Moulding (RIM), Scale Model Making, Scanning, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Sheet & Film Printing, Sheet Metal Fabrication, Spray Painting, Stereolithography (SLA), Technical Services, Tube Bending (Tube Bending), Turnkey Build Projects, Vacuum Casting / Vacuum Forming, Vinyl Printing & Application, Waterjet Cutting.
Current locations include: Alicante, Allegheny County, Antrim, Antwerp Province, Atizapán de Zaragoza Municipality, Auckland, Aveyron, Azor, Bāra Banki, Barcelona, Batatais, Birmingham, Biscay, Blackburn with Darwen, Boroondara, Braye, Brisbane, Bristol, (Bruxelles-Capitale), Buckinghamshire, Butler County, Cambridgeshire, Canterbury, Cape Town, Capitale-Nationale, Carapicuíba, Catania, Catoosa County, Central Administrative Okrug, Charleston County, Clackmannanshire, Colombo, Colón, Cook County, Cook County, Copenhagen municipality, Cornwall, Cuauhtémoc Borough, Daerah Johor Baharu, Darwin, Denver County, Departamento de Rosario, Devon, Diadema, Dublin City, Duval County, Eaton County, Fayette County, Finistère, Florianópolis, Forsyth County, Fort Bend County, Frederiksberg Kommune, Fremantle, Frunzensky District, Garfield, Gateshead, Gemeente Amsterdam, Gemeente Baarle-Nassau, Gemeente Diemen, Gemeente Groningen, Gemeente Leeuwarden, Gemeente Rotterdam, Gemeente Skarsterlân, Gemeente Tilburg, Gemeente Woensdrecht, Gemeente Wormerland, Gipuzkoa, Gironde, Glasgow City, Grand Traverse County, Grays Harbor County, Greater London, Hamburg, Freie und Hansestadt, Haute-Savoie, Hauts-de-Seine, Hertfordshire, Hobart, Horowhenua District, Hubbard County, Hyderābād, Islamabad, Kam Tin San Tsuen, Kotamadya Jakarta Selatan, Kotamadya Surabaya, Leeds, Lehigh County, Leon, Liège Province, Limburg Province, Loiret, Los Angeles County, Madrid, Merkez, Mexicali, Milton, Montérégie, Monterrey, Montréal, Moreland, Nassau County, Neblo, Nelson City, New York County, Norfolk, Northampton County, Okres Louny, Okres Ústí nad Orlicí, Orange County, Oslo, Oxfordshire, Palermo Soho, Paris, Parramatta, Partido de José C. Paz, Philadelphia County, Phillip, Ponte de Lima, Portsmouth, Province of Batangas, Provincia de Santiago, Provincia di Potenza, Pulaski County, Ramsey County, Rhône, Rockingham County, Salt Lake County, San Francisco County, San Luis Obispo County, San Mateo County, Secondi Takoradi, Seville, Sheffield, Shibuya-ku, Slough, Solano County, Somerset, Somme, Southampton, St. John’s, St. Louis, Stoke-on-Trent, Suffolk, Suffolk County, Taipei, Tarragona, Tlalpan Borough, Toronto county, Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Tsuen Wan, Ubaque, Union County, Valencia, Vancouver, Vienne, Walloon Brabant Province, Warwickshire, Westmoreland County, Wigan, Worcestershire, Xochimilco Borough, Yel’nikovskiy Rayon.
Current materials worked with include: ABS, Acetal, Acrylic / Perspex, Acrylic textile, Aluminium, Aluminium Composite / Coated, Aramid textile, Ash, Aspen, Birch, Birch-faced Plywood, Brass, Cardboard, Cedar, Cherry, Constructional Timber, Corian, Cork, Corrugated Plastic / Coroplast / Correx / Twinwall Plastic, Cotton, Decorative Wood Veneers, Denim, Dibond / Alu-panel, Elm, Engineering Plastics & Sheets (Thermoplast), Epoxy Resin (semi-transparent), Felt, Ferrous Metals, Fir, Foam Polymers, Glass, Hardwoods, Hazel, Laminated Plywood, Leather, LVL Laminated Veneer Lumber, Mahogany, Maple, Marble, MDF Medium Density Fibreboard, Mild Steel, Non-Ferrous Metals & Composites, Nylon, Nylon textile, Oak, OSB Oriented Strand Board, Other construction materials, Other Organic Materials, Paper, Particleboard / Chipboard / MFC, PET Extruded Sheets, PETG, Pine, Plaster, Plywood, Polycarbonate, Polyester textile, Polypropylene, Polystyrene, POM Polyoxymethylene / Delrin / Celcon / Hostaform, PTFE Sheets and solids, PVC, Rubber, Slate, Softwoods, Spandex / Polyurethane textile, Spruce, Stainless Steel, Stone & Ceramic, Suede, Teak, Textiles, Thermoset Plastics, Walnut, Wax, White Resin (3D Printing), Wisaboard Laminated Plywood, Wood / Timber, ZOTE Foam / Polyethylene Foam.
Current file formats supported include: ACIS SAB (.sab), ACIS SAT (.sat), Adobe Illustrator AI (.ai), AutoCAD DWG (.dwg), AutoCAD DXF (.dxf), AutoDesk 3D Studio 3DS (.3ds), AutoDesk Inventor .iam (.iam), AutoDesk Inventor .ipt (.ipt), CATIA (.catia), CATIA V4 (.model), CATIA V5 .CATpart (.catpart), CATIA V5 .CATproduct (.catproduct), CorelDraw CDR (.cdr), Creo / Pro Engineer ASM (.asm), Creo / Pro Engineer PRT (.prt), Designer MGX (.mgx), EPS Encapsulated PostScript (.eps), GFX (.gfx), IGES IGS (.igs), NX Unigraphics PRT (.prt), OpenRP (.rp), ParaSolid X_B (.x_b), ParaSolid X_T (.x_t), PDF (.pdf), PROE (.proe), Rhino 3D 3dm (.3dm), SketchUp SKP (.skp), SolidEdge ASM (.asm), SolidEdge PAR (.par), SolidWorks 3D Assembly Model (.sldasm), SolidWorks 3D Part Model (.sldprt), SpaceClaim (.scdoc), STEP STP (.stp), STL (.stl), VDA (.vda), Vision VX (.vx), Wavefront OBJ (.obj).

brucesterling:

https://www.fabhub.io/directory

What is FabHub?

FabHub is a global directory of digital fabricators: makers, workshops, factories and manufacturers who offer a manufacturing service or services using digital fabrication technology.

You can use FabHub to find a maker / find a digital fabricator who can make / manufacture / fabricate products that are designed for digital fabrication, be it CNC cutting, CNC routing, 3D printing, 3D scanning, laser cutting — any technology where you supply a digital design (normally as vector artwork or cutting sheets) that numerically controls a digital manufacturing machine.

Traditionally, these digital manufacturing services have been used for rapid prototyping by companies looking to design and iterate products: one-off model making or short-run prototypes with a quick turnaround. However, with the rise of technologies like Stereolithography (SLA), 3D Printing, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and CNC Machining, their integration with the Internet and digital communication technologies, more and more designers, makers and product companies are using digital fabrication techniques to produce specialised, bespoke, customised and personalised products.

In many cases, makers and digital fabricators can help refine designs, make sure they’re structurally sound and makable and / or finish and arrange delivery. This often includes engineering and CAD work to fix and analyse 3D models, file conversion and / or post production and finishing work (like sanding, polishing and applying a finish or coating to the raw product coming off the machine).

Current services offered include: 2D Colour Print Media, 3D Film/Video Production, 3D Printing, 3D Print Post-Processing, 3D Scanning, Architectural Model Making, Assembly, CAD Modelling & File Conversion, Casting, CNC Lathing, CNC Machining, CNC Milling, CNC Routing, Concept / Block Model Making, Concept Design, Construction Services, ddd (d), Design, Design Analysis, Experiental 3D Production, Fabrication, Finishing, Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), Guidance, Joinery & Cladding, Laser Cutting, Laser Engraving, Laser Processes, Laser Welding, Materials, Media & Print, Metal Casting / Die Casting, Metal Coating / Plating, Metalworks, MultiJet Modeling (ZCorp) (MJM), Polishing, Polyjet Matrix (Objet), Powder Coating (Powder Coating), Printing, Product Scale Model Making, Rapid Injection Tooling (RIT), Reaction Injection Moulding (RIM), Scale Model Making, Scanning, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Sheet & Film Printing, Sheet Metal Fabrication, Spray Painting, Stereolithography (SLA), Technical Services, Tube Bending (Tube Bending), Turnkey Build Projects, Vacuum Casting / Vacuum Forming, Vinyl Printing & Application, Waterjet Cutting.

Current locations include: Alicante, Allegheny County, Antrim, Antwerp Province, Atizapán de Zaragoza Municipality, Auckland, Aveyron, Azor, Bāra Banki, Barcelona, Batatais, Birmingham, Biscay, Blackburn with Darwen, Boroondara, Braye, Brisbane, Bristol, (Bruxelles-Capitale), Buckinghamshire, Butler County, Cambridgeshire, Canterbury, Cape Town, Capitale-Nationale, Carapicuíba, Catania, Catoosa County, Central Administrative Okrug, Charleston County, Clackmannanshire, Colombo, Colón, Cook County, Cook County, Copenhagen municipality, Cornwall, Cuauhtémoc Borough, Daerah Johor Baharu, Darwin, Denver County, Departamento de Rosario, Devon, Diadema, Dublin City, Duval County, Eaton County, Fayette County, Finistère, Florianópolis, Forsyth County, Fort Bend County, Frederiksberg Kommune, Fremantle, Frunzensky District, Garfield, Gateshead, Gemeente Amsterdam, Gemeente Baarle-Nassau, Gemeente Diemen, Gemeente Groningen, Gemeente Leeuwarden, Gemeente Rotterdam, Gemeente Skarsterlân, Gemeente Tilburg, Gemeente Woensdrecht, Gemeente Wormerland, Gipuzkoa, Gironde, Glasgow City, Grand Traverse County, Grays Harbor County, Greater London, Hamburg, Freie und Hansestadt, Haute-Savoie, Hauts-de-Seine, Hertfordshire, Hobart, Horowhenua District, Hubbard County, Hyderābād, Islamabad, Kam Tin San Tsuen, Kotamadya Jakarta Selatan, Kotamadya Surabaya, Leeds, Lehigh County, Leon, Liège Province, Limburg Province, Loiret, Los Angeles County, Madrid, Merkez, Mexicali, Milton, Montérégie, Monterrey, Montréal, Moreland, Nassau County, Neblo, Nelson City, New York County, Norfolk, Northampton County, Okres Louny, Okres Ústí nad Orlicí, Orange County, Oslo, Oxfordshire, Palermo Soho, Paris, Parramatta, Partido de José C. Paz, Philadelphia County, Phillip, Ponte de Lima, Portsmouth, Province of Batangas, Provincia de Santiago, Provincia di Potenza, Pulaski County, Ramsey County, Rhône, Rockingham County, Salt Lake County, San Francisco County, San Luis Obispo County, San Mateo County, Secondi Takoradi, Seville, Sheffield, Shibuya-ku, Slough, Solano County, Somerset, Somme, Southampton, St. John’s, St. Louis, Stoke-on-Trent, Suffolk, Suffolk County, Taipei, Tarragona, Tlalpan Borough, Toronto county, Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Tsuen Wan, Ubaque, Union County, Valencia, Vancouver, Vienne, Walloon Brabant Province, Warwickshire, Westmoreland County, Wigan, Worcestershire, Xochimilco Borough, Yel’nikovskiy Rayon.

Current materials worked with include: ABS, Acetal, Acrylic / Perspex, Acrylic textile, Aluminium, Aluminium Composite / Coated, Aramid textile, Ash, Aspen, Birch, Birch-faced Plywood, Brass, Cardboard, Cedar, Cherry, Constructional Timber, Corian, Cork, Corrugated Plastic / Coroplast / Correx / Twinwall Plastic, Cotton, Decorative Wood Veneers, Denim, Dibond / Alu-panel, Elm, Engineering Plastics & Sheets (Thermoplast), Epoxy Resin (semi-transparent), Felt, Ferrous Metals, Fir, Foam Polymers, Glass, Hardwoods, Hazel, Laminated Plywood, Leather, LVL Laminated Veneer Lumber, Mahogany, Maple, Marble, MDF Medium Density Fibreboard, Mild Steel, Non-Ferrous Metals & Composites, Nylon, Nylon textile, Oak, OSB Oriented Strand Board, Other construction materials, Other Organic Materials, Paper, Particleboard / Chipboard / MFC, PET Extruded Sheets, PETG, Pine, Plaster, Plywood, Polycarbonate, Polyester textile, Polypropylene, Polystyrene, POM Polyoxymethylene / Delrin / Celcon / Hostaform, PTFE Sheets and solids, PVC, Rubber, Slate, Softwoods, Spandex / Polyurethane textile, Spruce, Stainless Steel, Stone & Ceramic, Suede, Teak, Textiles, Thermoset Plastics, Walnut, Wax, White Resin (3D Printing), Wisaboard Laminated Plywood, Wood / Timber, ZOTE Foam / Polyethylene Foam.

Current file formats supported include: ACIS SAB (.sab), ACIS SAT (.sat), Adobe Illustrator AI (.ai), AutoCAD DWG (.dwg), AutoCAD DXF (.dxf), AutoDesk 3D Studio 3DS (.3ds), AutoDesk Inventor .iam (.iam), AutoDesk Inventor .ipt (.ipt), CATIA (.catia), CATIA V4 (.model), CATIA V5 .CATpart (.catpart), CATIA V5 .CATproduct (.catproduct), CorelDraw CDR (.cdr), Creo / Pro Engineer ASM (.asm), Creo / Pro Engineer PRT (.prt), Designer MGX (.mgx), EPS Encapsulated PostScript (.eps), GFX (.gfx), IGES IGS (.igs), NX Unigraphics PRT (.prt), OpenRP (.rp), ParaSolid X_B (.x_b), ParaSolid X_T (.x_t), PDF (.pdf), PROE (.proe), Rhino 3D 3dm (.3dm), SketchUp SKP (.skp), SolidEdge ASM (.asm), SolidEdge PAR (.par), SolidWorks 3D Assembly Model (.sldasm), SolidWorks 3D Part Model (.sldprt), SpaceClaim (.scdoc), STEP STP (.stp), STL (.stl), VDA (.vda), Vision VX (.vx), Wavefront OBJ (.obj).


Mar 19
Faire Play is a 3D printed suit of plate mail that’s compatible with the Barbie Fashionistas line of dolls. It’s Open Source. Hail, and well met! I’m Jim Rodda, better known to the assorted scallywags, rapscallions, and ne’er-do-wells of the hobbyist 3D printing community as Zheng3. My minor maker claim to fame is Seej, the Open Source tabletop war game based around 3D printing, but with this Kickstarter I’m trying something a little different. (via Faire Play: Barbie-Compatible 3D Printed Medieval Armor by Jim Rodda / Zheng3 — Kickstarter)

Faire Play is a 3D printed suit of plate mail that’s compatible with the Barbie Fashionistas line of dolls. It’s Open Source. Hail, and well met! I’m Jim Rodda, better known to the assorted scallywags, rapscallions, and ne’er-do-wells of the hobbyist 3D printing community as Zheng3. My minor maker claim to fame is Seej, the Open Source tabletop war game based around 3D printing, but with this Kickstarter I’m trying something a little different. (via Faire Play: Barbie-Compatible 3D Printed Medieval Armor by Jim Rodda / Zheng3 — Kickstarter)


brucesterling:

*The soft, slippery, flopping, evasive, robot fish.

http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/soro.2013.0009

(via emergentfutures)


Mar 17
euo:

euo:
Dorothy is an art collective consisting of “like-minded people working on unlike-minded ideas.” Dorothy has worked on numerous diverse projects over the years from conception to completion winning several awards from Design Week, D&AD, and New York Festivals among others. Their “Casualties of War” series are tiny sculptures, but exceptionally powerful. Highlighting the personal hell and anguish experienced by returning soldiers (and their families), Dorothy creates their own version of toy soldiers that captures the turmoil that they face from the devastating effects of war.

euo:

euo:

Dorothy is an art collective consisting of “like-minded people working on unlike-minded ideas.” Dorothy has worked on numerous diverse projects over the years from conception to completion winning several awards from Design Week, D&AD, and New York Festivals among others. Their “Casualties of War” series are tiny sculptures, but exceptionally powerful. Highlighting the personal hell and anguish experienced by returning soldiers (and their families), Dorothy creates their own version of toy soldiers that captures the turmoil that they face from the devastating effects of war.

(via monstereatsdesign)


Mar 16
“Because nothing comes from nothing, and nothing goes entirely out of the world, you have to take things apart if you seek to put everything together.”

Thomas de Monchaux, Learning From Legos - NYTimes.com

(via stoweboyd)

Material Play, a PhD Course at IT University in Copenhagen

This course will explore the relations between materiality and play from a multidisciplinary perspective. Material Play will explore how humans use materials to play, and what characteristics of materiality are more readily used in play activities.

The course will explore topics on toys and interaction design, the sociology of material play, and interaction design as material practice. In a world in which play is increasingly becoming the dominant interactive form of engagement with materials and technology, we need to understand the relation between the creative, appropriative activity of play and its material roots.

The course will propose readings ranging from critical design research to sociology of play and material studies, with the purpose of providing a broad overview of the topic and how it influences different research disciplines.

The course will also serve as a forum for interdisciplinary conversations. To ensure this, the course will not only have plenary discussions of the participants’ papers, but also a workshop in which the participants will explore and engage with the creation of material play in different forms and contexts, from toys to aesthetic objects.