Archive | November, 2011

Green designers 2

6 Nov

BIR redesign competition

These are some of the other very  innovative products that were entered into the Design Region Bergen competition.  On the 26th  Oct I wrote a little about Elisa Kolle who also took part in this completion. To find out which designer won, follow this link  http://www.bir.no/birkonsernet/Sider/BIRsmiljoeprisvinnererkaaret.aspx

Green Designers part 1

2 Nov

I had the pleasure of attending a sustainability and Redesign seminar 2 weeks back . I did a presentation on my work experience with Design without Boarders and Fretex Redesign  in relation to sustainable design and recycling. Nerve wrecking I must say it was(could hear my own voice shake). I managed to go through with it however and even got feedback that it was a good presentation a few days after 🙂

I deliver my speech

Preaching sustainability

I guess the more one does something, the better they get at it .Hopefully one day the temperature won’t suddenly go up and my hands will not shake while I give a public speech….Forgot to mention that happened too.

Any way, apart from all the battles that were going on with-in, I managed to learn a lesson or 2 from the various presentations made, despite the fact that all but one were in Norwegian.

Speech on Innovative and Eco-friendly materials

Alexander Bau co-founder Ralston & Bau

Alexander Bau. Now his speech I enjoyed the most. This has nothing to do with the fact that the company he co-owns has done work for Fretex redesign where I work (or that he has the same name as my dad :)). It’s just that his was the only English speech. So sadly, I missed major lessons that I am sure I should have picked from the other presenters. Any way, One of the things he said was any one who calls him/herself a designer should  know what C2C/ cradle to cradle means….. plus they should buy the book.(Ordered myself a copy and am eagerly waiting).Find out about C2C here

His company has this cool resource library of  innovative and Eco friendly materials that producers and designers can access.

We were also treated to a delicious launch which I should have enjoyed but my presentation was after launch so……

The Ugandan in me went straight for the hot meals. T'was tasty food!

The last presentation was a thing for ears! This violinist did things to the sound from a violin that I didn’t think possible and that classical musicians would frown upon but I personally don’ t care… his innovation, for that’s what it is, is soooo coool… (for lack of better words to use) . He had this machine that he connected to his violin that changed the typical violin sound to for example, the sound of crashing ocean waves,  or a bird singing. He then mixed it all up(song bird, crashing waves and violin) to make a combination of sounds that I can only describe as serenity. Maybe people who know a thing or 2 about music and sound mixing would see nothing of this but I, was blown away!

Jazz violinist and a lecturer in innovation, Stig Roar Wigestrand

unconventional and beautiful demonstration of what innovation can do with the sound of a violin.

Will defiantly be writing more about this day….