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Oil Slicks Be Gone!


By Alex Fleming.

A very creative new way to clean up oil spills has been invented here in Melbourne, Australia by scientists at Deakin University. The technology has been in development for several years and is now ready for trials by industry, according to Professor Ian Chen and the research team.

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Digital Sketching Workshop

Due to popular demand Cobalt Design will be offering Digital Sketch Training Workshops from 25 November.

These sessions will by run by Bernie Walsh, a senior concept designer, with Autodesk Stetchbook Pro on Wacom’s suite of tablets and pens. This series of 3 evening classes is ideal for professionals looking to update their tablet drawing skills and recent graduates or enthusiasts looking to experience industry tools under the instruction of an established design educator.

You will learn how to use Autodesk Sketchbook Pro to design, sketch and render products, figures, automobiles and landscapes using a variety of Wacom Cintiq tablets, including the recently released Wacom Cintiq 27QHD. The images created during the sessions will be yours for your portfolio.

Single sessions available, or book all 3 sessions at a discounted rate.

Dates: 25 Nov, 2 Dec & 9 Dec

Time: 5-9pm


3 sessions for $850 (Student price $700)
1 session for $300 (Student price $250)

Book Here

Or get in touch for more information at sketch@cobaltniche.com
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Have We Reached Peak Minimalism?

Today, this could be anything from a media centre to a faucet.

By Joseph La Delfa.

For the best part of a decade, minimalism has reigned supreme. Straight lines, rounded corners and golden ratios have found their way into every nook and cranny of product design. During this period of stylistic restraint, the default has been conformity over standing out, and subtlety in place of the overt. Impressive materials, highly accurate manufacturing and software interfaces have been achieved through the uncluttered looks of today’s products.  Unfortunately, there have been some losses in the way in which products communicate their purpose to users. This post explores how minimalism has changed the way we interact with products, and asks whether a design counter-reformation of “new-baroque” will sweep iPhones and their ilk from their minimalistic thrones.

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Social Design is Slower Than You Think

A doctor with the D-Rev Brilliance unit, photo from the D-Rev website.

By Joseph La Delfa.

Realistically, in the product design world there are any number of logistical concerns that can hamper a design. A designer will dodge, clear and sometimes run straight through these obstacles when taking an idea from design to production, all in the name of the coveted deadline. Be it for a trade show, an EOFY fancy dress party or above all Christmas, the good designer will roll with the punches to get their product finished as D-Day looms.

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Personal vs. Mass Production – The Impact of 3D Printing

By Chris Morrish.

In 2013, 3D printing experienced a sharp increase in public interest.A barrage of click bait articles created a one-sided discussion, focused on what could be made for us in the comfort of our own homes. Learning from the past we now know to ask “what effect is this advance going to have on the environment?” Historically (with few exceptions) this question has been asked only after the damage is done and long after it can be repaired.

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Dawn of the Solar Age?

A Trina Solar installation at Colarado State University

By Joe La Delfa.

Mass adoption of solar energy has been ‘just over the horizon’ ever since it was first incorporated into architecture by Frank Bridgers and Don Paxton in 1956. Every significant innovation since then has been tentatively heralded as the dawn of “the solar age” by industry researchers and activists. Well I’m now joining the choir to sing praise to advancement – not in the laboratory, but in the marketplace. From the macro to micro levels of economics, investment in solar energy is beginning to give real financial benefits as well as saving the planet.

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Thought for Food global challenge


By Joe La Delfa.

Thought for Food (TTF) is a community dedicated to solving the problems arising from the impending population boom both in developing and developed countries. They have partnered with Syngenta, a large Swiss agribusiness and a host of food security think tanks and social entrepreneur networks to host the annual TFF Global Summit.

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