Solidworks World 2018, Los Angeles | Day Two: Editor’s blog “Something for Everybody”

“What’s the most immersive experience possible? Real life.” So said Brent Bushnell, keynote speaker on day two of Solidworks World 2018. Bushnell is the CEO of Two Bit Circus, an ‘experiential entertainment’ company that specialises in the use of cutting-edge technology to design micro-amusement parks and interactive games. A PT Barnum for the millennial age perhaps. His words struck a …

Solidworks World 2018, Los Angeles | Day One: Editor’s blog “Renaissance Fair”

It was Solidworks World 2014 when the then CEO of Solidworks Bertrand Sicot made his entrance atop a rather intimidating mechanical spider. Not to be outdone in the entrance stakes, Sicot’s successor and current CEO Gian Paolo Bassi made his way to the stage this morning riding one of those pedal-powered tables normally piloted by beer-fuelled stag parties in Amsterdam. …

New Design publishes 2018 Yearbook

New Design is proud to announce the publication of its 2018 Yearbook. A browsable online version is available here and hard copies will be with all our subscribers soon. This, the seventh edition of the Yearbook, covers a huge amount of ground. We hear from design consultancies on how they have helped clients achieve success across the consumer, transport, medical …

Paul Priestman represents the UK creative industry in China delegation

Paul Priestman, the co-founder and chairman of design consultancy PriestmanGoode, will join prime minister Theresa May on her official trade visit to China which gets underway tomorrow (January 31st). Priestman (whom we interviewed for New Design 125’s cover feature on the company’s space-saving seating systems for commuter transport) will join other prominent UK business leaders to promote UK industry and …

BMW Selects PTC PLM Solution and ThingWorx Navigate

PTC has announced the BMW Group has selected the PTC Windchill solution as its PLM backbone for production and sourcing bill-of-material (BOM). Windchill will be the enabler for globally configuring and releasing cars to production. The award-winning PLM solution will support BMW Group in improving efficiency and achieving a leaner global production planning process. In addition, BMW Group has selected the …

Student’s nautical idea to beat beach waste

Plastic pollution is attracting significant public attention. Last week prime minister Theresa May made a pledge to eradicate all ‘avoidable’ plastic waste by 2042 the centrepiece of her government’s plan for the environment. Meanwhile at New Design we reported on the CamCup, an ecologically sound alternative to plastic-lined throwaway coffee cups that is being developed with support from Design Council. Many …

Dassault Systèmes announces programme to support design start-ups

Dassault Systèmes has announced details of its Global Entrepreneur Program at CES in Las Vegas. The scheme will accelerate the development of breakthrough innovations by startups, entrepreneurs and makers by leveraging the company’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform alongside its network of mentors and services. Dassault Systèmes, which publishes a host of product development software packages including Solidworks, Catia, and Simulia, intends to …

RIBA announces gasholder competition winner

In the Difference Engine feature of New Design 130 we reported on a RIBA competition to find a creative use for gasholder bases, the sub-surface voids left behind once an old gasholder has been dismantled. Six entries were shortlisted and today architecture and design practice Outpost were announced as winners for their concept involving a circular landscape of mixed-use development. “Outpost presented …

Pantone announce colour of the year

It’s the colour of choice for Roman Emperors, rock stars Prince and Jimi Hendrix, and, of course, wraps the most delicious Quality Street in the tin. Now purple can add Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 to its rich résumé of accolades. Pantone, the global authority on colour, selected the hue – Ultra Violet 18-3838 to be precise – as …