While our minds may be jumping around the virtual playground, our bodies ultimately engage with objects through their physical materiality.
Materials are the original user interface, and sometimes all it takes to create a successful design is the use of a compelling material.
Here’s a look at ten super cool materials guaranteed to result in design creativity.
This article highlights many of the materials found at this past year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Big trends included other-worldly acrylics, dimensional fabrics, and *a lot* of unpainted wood.
The fabric and fashion industries don’t always get the limelight they deserve when it comes to tech geekery. But men and women of the cloth, so to speak, are creating some of the coolest materials around.
3D printing is the buzz and the bees knees. So as “the world’s easiest making system”, it was only appropriate that Ponoko get in the game. If you’ve ever wanted to make your very own 3D printed stuff, take a look at our five 3D printable materials.
Pottery is a centuries old craft, remains of which are some of the earliest artifacts of human civilization. The history of ceramics continues to evolve as people are now experimenting with 3D printing clays and binders.
A bit conceptual, a bit in beta; this experimental organic matter paint is basically a thick substance that provides an environment for simple plant life and bacteria.
Think of it as agar (that goop you put in a petri dish) in paint form. Spray it, and given the right amount of moisture and sunlight, your design will literally come alive.
The associations that come to mind when you think of “plastic” probably don’t include words like “beautiful”, “luxury”, or “high-end”.
But plastic’s reputation is getting an overhaul thanks to some truly gorgeous patterns and textures that have been recently developed.
Animals create some of history’s most precious materials like purple dye, pearls, ivory.
This skin safe, conductive ink allows an electric current to travel along the contours of the body.
Developed by a four art school students, the conductive ink lets you paint electronic circuitry directly onto skin.