In the summer of 2017 whilst visiting family in the UK, I had decided to meet up with some old colleagues from my time working in London, and also visit a company called Maynard who had recently won a Metro project in my home city of Melbourne. I found myself sat across the meeting room table from Julian … Read More
Is this the end of the humble push button?
The city as we know it, is changing. Amidst the global pandemic of COVID-19 our cities, our neighbourhoods and our people have had to adapt to a new way of being. Physical distancing restrictions have changed the way we communicate, connect, interact, move and function within both our public and private worlds.
A design response to the rapidly emerging demands on future cityscapes and the evolving behaviours of their inhabitants.
Rise of the Machines
The doom and gloom of the future job market is regularly speculated in the media. We are told that the rapid development of technology is likely to result in robots fulfilling 6.5 million jobs in Australia alone by 2030 (1) and the Bank of England has previously warned that up to 15 million jobs are at risk in Britain (2).
A year of international openings, big moves, project completions & new beginnings.
Life in the Antipodes
A conversation with Kate Pleban and Guy Hohmann, Associates from our Melbourne and Auckland studios.
It seems a long time ago since we produced the last Object magazine. This past year has been an incredibly busy one with much to share. In this issue, we focus on research and innovation, profiling two projects which apply digital technologies to enhance the user experience within the transport sector.
An illustrated guide to Maynard
Maynard’s work is diverse, at any one time we could be designing architectural components for new transport projects, creating an urban wayfinding strategy or producing our own range of street furniture. We’ve created an illustrated map of our work, see how many projects you can spot!
How design can counteract the stress of travel
Something really struck a chord with me when I interviewed a candidate for a wayfinding role and asked them why they were interested in the job: they said they remembered getting lost as a child and finding it one of the scariest experiences they had ever had.
Obsession: Blade Runner
Ridley Scott and Syd Mead built a vision of 2019 based on clear socio-economic principles. Even as their future coincides with our present, it never feels like fantasy. I became aware of Blade Runner when I was a student in Manchester studying industrial design.