Plastics News correspondent Roger Renstrom gathered these items at Connecting'07, held Oct. 17-20 in San Francisco. The congress was co-sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America of Dulles, Va., and International Council of Societies of Industrial Design in Montreal.
Will you pleeeeez pass the Sputmik?
A colorful microphone shaped like a Sputnik was used during a question-and-answer session at Connecting'07.
Design Continuum Inc.'s model shop in West Newton, Mass., created the concept for the wireless mobile mike in 2002. The firm collaborated with Massachusetts Institute of Technology's media lab on the idea.
With a polyethylene foam exterior and ABS frame, the device is named Sputmik in reference to the series of unmanned space satellites, called Sputniks, that the Soviet Union launched in 1957.
During question-and-answer sessions, the mike can be tossed around among the various audience participants, for example.
A glowing button on the sphere indicates where to activate the mike. The button turns on and off all 12 glowing arms except the one with the embedded mike.
The Industrial Designers Society of America presented education awards to Thomas David for his service at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and, earlier, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.; and to A. Charles Wallschlaeger for his work at Ohio State University in Columbus. ... IDSA presented a special award to the design membership program of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., based in Suwon, South Korea. Kookhyun Chung accepted the award. The program focuses on vocational training by giving selected students access to studios where they work on design projects. Samsung began the program in South Korea in 1993 and expanded it globally in 2006. ... Next year's IDSA national conference and educational symposium will be held Sept. 10-13 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix. Heading the IDSA conference committee is Craig Vogel, a professor at the University of Cincinnati and director of its center for design research and innovation.