Talks

  • Elger Blitz is head of design at Carve, a studio specialized in public play spaces such as skate parks and playgrounds. He talks about Melis Stokepark, a playground in The Hague designed for children with disabilities, but challenging for all children. The outside of the object is a wooden climbing wall with hundreds of climbing holds. Kids can climb to the undulating path above. This path creates a inner area containing different objects, like a sandpit, that support various kinds of play. The playground has an authentic visual language that does not signal that limitations have been taken into account. Thus, the difference between play of children with and without disabilities is eliminated.

  • Roy Gilsing talks about Grabbit for iPad: a rotatable hardshell handle case for iPad. With a leather strap this Grabbit allows you to hold the iPad with great security, comfort and ease of use. As an industrial design veteran, Roy Gilsing works with his own design firm for a variety of clients. De grabbit was developed independently, in collaboration with the american architect Andrew Tang. Currently they are working on updating the shell for the iPad 2, and as they did in the first version they are invoking the help of the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

  • Adam Fletcher lives in Berlin and is the founder of the innovative mystery product service The Hipstery, which works tirelessly to liberate its customers from “the burden of choice”. Disillusioned by the ever increasing number of options and decisions consumers are asked to make about unimportant things, the Hipstery team just asks its customers to give up control and trust once more in experts. He will talk about the teams experience in creating the Hipstery, the power of mystery, emotional commerce, the paradox of choice and probably a whole of other stupid and irrelevant stuff that he thinks of on the train.

  • Mattijs Kneppers talks about the technology behind Eboman. Eboman is a performance artist with a long history in audiovisual art who works with a sensor suit and the real time video sampling software SenS IV. Mattijs supervised the technical realization of SenS IV with Max/MSP/Jitter and the development of the sensor interface. They won a Webby Award in the category Online Film & Video, Best Editing with the “Viva la Creación” project and have realized more than 500 performances since 1995.