KIOSK 2.0 - a 3D printing cart
KIOSK 2.0 - a 3D printing cart
Bright glasses using fluid to readjust the lens
Bright glasses using fluid to readjust the lens

The Oscars of the Design World

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Kids in Museums volunteer Caroline Marcus was excited to attend the opening of  the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year 2013. She didn’t really know what to expect but now plans to revisit with her family…

Have you ever wanted to invent an easy to pour ketchup bottle, an unusual catwalk item inspired by your passion for fashion or something that will make a real difference in the world? There’s something for all the family to enjoy whether it’s Raspberry Pi, a Louis Vuitton dotty handbag or London’s The Shard building.

For frustrated ketchup bottle smackers, you may be pleased to know that a non-stick solution has been found. A ‘super-slippery’ edible substance is placed inside the bottle to stop it sticking.

The spirit of the Olympics is celebrated in the exhibition with nominations including Heatherwick’s amazing Cauldron and The Olympic Wayfinding signage. The bright pink Olympic Wayfinding signage helped thousands of British and foreign visitors to reach places during the Games and may provide an interesting discussion as to why it worked well.

There is an interactive postcard player to try out. It is proving popular with kids and shows how we can use paper electronics to listen to digital music in a more engaging way. You put a specially printed postcard into the player and press the buttons on it to hear a piece of music.

I loved discovering more about the countryside with a free augmented reality app which brought this English Hedgerow modern chintz design to life in a playful way. Flies buzzed, a mouse scampered and butterflies fluttered over the hawthorn and stitchwort. It really encouraged me to explore and look closely at the beautiful design on the plate.

I was curious to find out more about the possibilities offered by KIOSK 2.0, a mobile 3-printing cart which looks like a traditional street-food vendor’s cart. It made me think just how far digital technology has developed as this cart allows you to order take away copies of favourite objects and contains a scanner, printer and the materials to copy or make the objects .

Some of the designs can make a real difference in the world. These bright glasses help improve the eyesight of young people in the developing world where there is no access to opticians and helps them to read and study. The self-adjusting glasses are filled with fluid which is squirted through syringes to the lens to create a clear focus and correct poor eyesight.

The idea of do-it-yourself designing and making comes through this whole exhibition. Why not come and see for yourself. Bring the family, be inspired and then design and make your own new, innovative, practical designs for the future.

Designs of the Year 2013 is on at the Design Museum until 7 July 2013. Admission: £11.85 Adults, £10.50 Concessions, Under 12s Free

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