Archives for category: Design and Development

Please take some time to listen to this KCRW program, focused on design entrepreneurship in LA- primarily around Art Center’s relationship with IdeaLab and the Design Accelerator.

http://www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/de/de131001art_center_caltech_a

Many design grads no longer dream of employment in a large corporation. Carren Jao reports on Art Center’s Design Accelerator, an effort to turn its students into entrepreneurs. With Lorne Buchman, Mark Breitenberg, Bill Gross, Gabriel Wartofsky, Elizabeth Neigert, Bob Van Der Woude and Jacques Perrault. Plus, Matt Holzman reports on another LA project that was Never Built: DisneySea.

 

From the remodelista blog, sent to me by Gabriel Goldberg

“Bicycle Taxidermy was a side project born out of too many sleepless nights at the Royal College of Art and a homesickness for the rugged Highlands,” founder Regan Appleton says. “It began when I created a memento mori out of my father’s prized but long discarded mountain and road bikes.”

Appleton provides what he calls a “taxidermy service,” mounting client’s steeds on a scorched or bleached European oak plaque “made by Mick, a local joiner. The plaque is engraved with the horned beast’s model, pet name, dates ridden, and commemorative years.” Alternatively, you can order a premade mount in a variety of handlebar styles; visit Bicycle Taxidermy to see the current offerings.

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ADX Fabrication Services (@ArtDesignPDX) posted a short blog about ADX Portland assembling Conscious Commuter’s first production run of e-bikes.

Full Article: http://www.adxportland.com/conscious-commuter/

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Conscious Commuter recently enlisted ADX fabrication services to produce a first production run of their new electric assist commuter bicycles.

Inspired by their own commuting experiences throughout the world, Bob Vander Woude, a successful serial entrepreneur, and Gabriel Wartofsky, an award winning mobility designer, share a common vision of improving the way we commute. They incorporated Conscious Commuter Corporation in Portland, OR. in June 2011.

Since then the company has developed three generations of prototypes, incorporating patents and bicyclist feedback from riders. They launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, garnering great press, and pre-selling bikes.

Conscious Commuter’s goal is to re-acquaint people with the joy of the daily commute, wherever it may take you—to your office or to the market. They aim to do this by creating desirable, elegant, and responsible mobility solutions that empower commuters to diversify the way they get around.

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Currently, ADX is assembling 35 first production Model Ce bikes. Conscious Commuter has also prototyped a folding version of the same bike, which—when folded—will be small enough to check as airline luggage.

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Max, pressing headsets in the Conscious Commuter Ce frames

Stay updated on all things Conscious Commuter on their Facebook page.

 

Are you an e-bike rider in the US? Do you enjoy sharing your e-bike experiences with others?

If you have experience purchasing and/or riding e-bikes please consider taking an online survey and share your experiences. The online survey will ask questions about purchase and use of e-bikes to better understand the barriers to wider e-bike use. You have valuable information that can contribute to exciting research on e-bikes!

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Some early shots from Conscious Commuter’s shot with Paul & Joe USA

Photography by Ramon Christian

A post from NYCe Wheels discussing the reality of regenerative braking on ebikes-

 

Thank you to Ramon, Sarah and Lisa for all your hard work! A quick short on the Model Ue Folding Electric Bike…