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June 2017

G Master Skyline shoe wins RedDot

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Yes! The shoe design project of our client, Graphene Master, has won a 2017 Red Dot design award for Product Design!! As we were part of the design team of the G Master Skyline shoe, that makes us extra proud!

It is a fantastic reward for our efforts and contribution to the design.

Dr. Shou-En Zhu, of Graphene Master , came to us for advice on how to finalise the design in terms of detailing and appearance, and asked for our expertise on visual communication of the product. Shou-En Zhu is known to have developed an innovative 3D printing technique on nano-scale. This technique enables for very strong yet ultimately lightweight material. In his collaboration with Haozheng Zhu, this technology is applied in a sport shoe for city runners. (The material then resulted in an agile and extremely lightweight design.)

In several sessions we worked together with Dr. Shou-En Zhu and product designer Haozheng Zhu Msc. in finalising the form and appearance of the running shoe.

“.. The G Master Skyline shoe is a 3D printed shoe, designed for runners who are living in busy cities. It provides runners with agile, cool, supportive and safe experience..”

June 2017

CityHawk : ZERO emission flying car

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The latest project we have been working on together with our client Urban Aeronautics is taking a lift-off.
Their press release, as posted in New Atlas announces the creation of this green air vehicle, and the developments are now unraveling quickly.

Flying cars are a hot item, but not all concepts are realistic and there are much obstacles to overcome. Some need a lot of space to take off, either because of their inability to take off vertically or in that they have big wings. Others will leave a large carbon footprint, need massive batteries, or have large rotors.
We are happy to be part of the developments of this air vehicle. It is a very compact, so called VTOL vehicle, meaning it can take off and land vertically. In comparison to other air vehicles it needs only little surface to do so, and it can perform “clean’.

“.. CityHawk is unique in combining a compact, car-sized design that has a four passenger capacity, no exposed rotors or wings, no batteries and potential for zero carbon emissions.  Hydrogen's only byproduct is pure H2O.  Perhaps most critical is that CityHawk achieves these groundbreaking qualities while meeting all design criteria that are the basis for eventual FAA/EASA certification.  This paves the way for true, unrestricted commercial viability.…”

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Our sketches have served as a first iteration of the design of the vehicle’s body. Based on these sketches the company produced a 3D print, so now we are currently proud owners of the first edition 3D print !

September 2016

Styling the Winkmagic

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During his stay at the UNIST university in South Korea, Koos worked together with chair professor Myunwoo Lee in a device called “WinkMagic”.
“.. I worked on the design of the WinkMagic, a innovative device to quickly and long lasting extent eyelashes. Prof. Myunwoo Lee is regarded in the USA as ‘The fashion’-designer, and is well known among Hollywood’s celebrities hairdressers, having designed several beauty products.…”

“..For this latest device, the eyelash extender called WinkMagic, I am responsible for the styling of the product’s exterior. I wanted the appearance of this product of technical innovation, to be suitable in a filmset or beauty studio setting, so I focussed on the emotional aspects related to comfort and fashion…”
The project now has reached its crowd funding goal.

More info about the project can be seen on indiegogo.com :

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September 2016

Ruim 4 maanden SKETCHING bij UNIST, Zuid-Korea

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Voorjaar en zomer 2016, Koos was "visiting professor" aan de UNIST National Institute of Science and Technology in Ulsan, Zuid Korea.
“.. Het was een interessante ervaring om een paar maanden in een totaal andere cultuur te kunnen werken en leven. Respect en toewijding zijn een must aan Koreaanse universiteiten, en studenten werkten erg hard. Binnen de Koreaanse cultuur, echter, leek het een moeilijke opgave om creatief te zijn en kritisch te kijken naar je eigen werk een dat van anderen. UNIST stelde zich tot doel dit te stimuleren om te kunnen concurreren binnen de internationale standaard. Om die reden werden internationaal toonaangevende professors uitgenodigd.
Zo ook was mijn rol in de School of Design, en ik werkte met verschillende groepen studenten aan het ontwikkelen van passende schets technieken om hun creativiteit te kunnen ontplooien. Een workshop die ik met UNIST professors heb gehouden had hetzelfde doel.

De schets-lessen werden met veel enthousiasme ontvangen, en er waren erg getalenteerde studenten bij. Design Sketching is nu onderdeel van het nieuwe curriculum, en we houden contact voor verder consult..”

Juni 2016

Back to school

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After being a teacher quite some time now, I decided it was time to get back to school myself. I joined the Adobe Education Exchange community, and found myself surrounded by other educators in a similar situation, as the course centered around new mobile (app) storytelling media, and how to incorporate this in your own classroom .

It took me several weeks of online learning and doing, I was rewarded with a "digital diploma" in the Digital Storytelling course of Adobe Education Exchange. I must say that being on the other side of the line, and getting a certificat instead of giving one for a change, felt like in the old days!

voorjaar 2016

International Architecture and Design Congress Factor 2016, Queretaro, Mexico.

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Eerder dit jaar zijn waren we in Mexico uitgenodigd, om onze expertise en enthousiasme te kunnen delen. Het was de 9de editie van de International Architecture and Design Congress Factor, gehouden aan de University Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Queretaro. Het congres was een ontmoetingsplaats tussen industrieel designers, architecten en studenten. Een variëteit van internationale sprekers uit Mexico, Argentinië, Spanje, USA, Thailand, Zwitserland en wij uit Nederland.
Koos sprak met internationale ontwerpers, zoals de architecten Tod en Billie(www.twbta.com), food designer Pablo Jeifetz (www.ajidesign.net) en Laura Noriega. Het voelde als een grote ontwerpersfamilie zo samen met Steve Doehler (University of Cincinnati), Ruben en Maria Jose (www.picadodeblas.com) en Jan Glasmeier (www.agora-archtects.com) en Carlos and Guillaume (fhvarchtectes.com).

Koos had de eer het congres met zijn toespraak af te sluiten.
The University heeft vervolgens Koos uitgenodigd als academic leader, om het curriculum in design sketching te verbeteren, en workshops te geven aan studenten en professors. We blijven in contact wat betreft het nieuwe curriculum.

voorjaar 2016

“All designers sketch, although not all admit it…”

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Interview SKETCHING in DesignDaily.

January 2016

SKETCHING workshop in India

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Vroeg in dit jaar (2016) was Koos op uitnodiging in India om een intensieve 2-weekse workshop te verzorgen bij het DYP-DC center for automotive research and studies, onderdeel van de DY Patil Universiteit. Koos trainde under-graduate studenten in Sketching and wisselde kennis uit met professors en het hoofd van de faculteit. SKETCHING blijft in contact met het DYP-DC bij de ontwikkeling van het sketching gerelateerde curriculum.

SKETCHING will continue to stay in contact to further develop design sketching related parts of the curriculum at DYP-DC.

2015

40 jaar student assistenten

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After almost 40 years Koos Eissen leaves his desk at the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Delft Technical University. During his working career he has been responsible for the Design Sketching education of Industrial Design. Because of his innovative vision, pioneering activities and persistent character, Koos has been the driving force in the development in the design sketching curriculum for several decennia. He initiated the transition from pencil sketching to marker use, and later on he paved the road for digital sketching.
During all this time, students, selected for their outstanding sketching skills, assisted in education. Koos has always had a place in his heart for ‘his’ student assistants. Anke Kempen and Roselien Steur then organised a reunion of this selected group.It took “several-100” emails to track each and every one, and get the chronology right. As it turned out, a relatively high percentage of them became leading industrial designers.

For all of them it appeared to have been a special time during their studies. To give Koos a tangible proof of gratitude and thank him one more time, personal words of thanks and sketches from over 100 (former) student assistants were collected, representing 4 decennia of Koos’ teaching career. All was printed in a unique and personal 196 pages book for him!

Thank you, Koos!

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2015

SKETCHING workshop in Taiwan

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"..After his 13 hr flight back, no sleep for too long, Koos enthusiastically tells me all about the DESIGN SKETCHING Workshop for students of the Department of Industrial Design at the Tunghai University, Taiwan.

Armed with sketching gear and interpreter, this 4 day workshop has resulted in a wall covered over 500 sketches. The groups of 50 students were contagiously enthusiastic, diligently acquiring sketching skills.
It was a joyful, educational experience!.."