The hottest new talent of the week brought to you by PSFK x Arts Thread. This week a designer who create everyday items that help the well-being of their users.
In the fifteenth of our series of ‘Creatives of the Week’ chosen from ARTS THREAD’s graduate portfolios, we take a look at the specialism of industrial, product and spatial design and take a look at the work of Mark Kobine.
Mark Kobine studied Product Design at Edinburgh College of Art and we have chosen Mark for his versatility. His work covers product design, interiors and furniture, as well as developed graphic skills. In addition, his work always considers as a starting point–improvement of people’s lives at either an emotional or functional level.
Mark’s video above
demonstrates the concept of peel-off OLED paper screens for laptops….The physical location within the building and the orientation of the screens suggests the content they should display.
This video was a winning entry for a Philips design competition.
The brief was to design a domestic consumer product for the year 2020 given wireless transmission of power and content, cloud computing, connected product eco-systems and super-slim affordable displays.
Mark’s project Give Stamps was designed to ‘encourage the act of giving which is an obvious way to boost wellbeing. In this case the given objects are used paperback novels. The book is stamped and then left in a public place for someone to take, enjoy and pass on. Give is the fourth of the mental health 5-a-Day.
1. Connect, 2. Learn, 3. Exercise, 4. Give, 5. Notice.’
We also like the Nonlinear Notebook. Mark comments:
One limitation of existing notebooks is that they are linear by nature and so make it difficult to create connections between notes made in nonadjacent parts of the notebook. To solve this problem, and foster creativity, I developed a nonlinear notebook that gets round this and helps users bring together disparate concepts to create new ideas.
Mark’s Grow Bookcase was developed as a bookcase for a local homeless charity. He comments:
The charity acquired a significant number of old church pews and, with limited resources, are using this as an opportunity to generate income and to give their clients a sense of purpose and achievement. The bookcase was designed to be simple to manufacture but also to help open up new markets.