designing ins & outs

When I started my bachelor studies in industrial design, I wasn’t sure if more design – and more design products – actually is what we need, because there are so many issues connected with what might be called trash overflow. Though most of the projects I made don’t reflect this state of mind, but they helped me learn to walk the paths of design. Now I’m starting to see big pictures everywhere, and all those old issues start coming up again. 

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#RIOTTECH – or how the digital age supports alternative voices even offline

The digital age brought massive changes to the way we live. Globalisation and technical progress have had many effects on most aspects of life. Not all of those can be described as positive in the way of helping the majority. So said majority went to the streets, demanding political change and fair wages.

In 2011, the Arab Spring gained momentum very fast by using twitter and Facebook to quickly organise demonstrations. Later that year, the occupy movement also was successful because many of the participants were digital natives. Also, they had support from anonymous.

But Twitter is not the only possibility offered to demonstrators by technology. There’s also Instructables. And 3D printers. Here are some riottech projects, found in the streettoolbox.

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windowfarms revived & what failed the first time

Have you ever thought about growing your own food? I have. But I generally am a lazy person, and maintaining a garden is a lot of work. Also, I live in a small city flat without a garden.

But a while ago, I saw a TED Talk about a DIY upcycling hydroponics system called ‘windowfarm’ for home use. Growing my own food inside my apartment sounds good, especially in this semi-automated way. I also like the concept of upcycling stuff you’d otherwise throw away. So, I was amazed. But not for long.

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new ways to an old goal – about me & this blog


My Name is Arved, and in this blog, I will talk about the use of design for building a better future.

I am a 26 years old industrial designer, 3D-print tinker, SciFi audiobook junkie, and mostly unobtrusive vegan. I was born and still live and work in northern Germany. The concept of environmental-friendly living always struck me as sensible. In the age of 15, I stated that my first car will be an electric-driven one.

I finished my Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design and am now aiming towards self-employment and master studies. Before and throughout my design studies, there has always been a thought which troubled me.

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