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form 228 - September/October 2009

Our Cover Story: New Medical Design
From an exotic niche to profitable market: Our author Marcus Botsch explains why design is becoming ever more important for medical technology – and why as a designer in the field you pretty much become a medic yourself. And he should know, for he himself worked on artificial hearts and the like for years. Moreover, we present many new, successful design solutions for the operating theater and rehabilitation technology. And we take a look at orthoses and prostheses from an unusual point of view: They are constantly improving in terms of technology, but they are in most cases rather horrible to look at. However, why should we have to hide them? A story about surgical collars that look like lace collars and limb prostheses à la Eames. Finally, we also look at our cover feature from a graphics perspective and present the British artist Paul Insect. In his dramatic pictorial worlds he does not hesitate to combine medical illustrations and skulls with Playboy bunnies. 


The New Swiss Norm
Replica, the new font by the Zurich-based graphic design studio Norm, cites classic fonts such as Helvetica and at the same time irritates the observer with its truncated corners and extremely coarse grid. But why have the designers opted for working with only 70 instead of the usual 700 units?

Who Is Afraid of the Monobloc?
White, stackable, made of plastic: The Monobloc is the run-of-the-mill chair par excellence – and it is anything but attractive. Nonetheless, ever more designers are using it as a showpiece. Volker Albus on the metamorphosis of a cheap chair.  


Further topics
Mike Salisbury tells us the story behind Michael Jackson’s white socks. Gui Bonsiepe writes about design virtues. Two Making-of articles explore an unusual yacht and a modular luminaire. Furthermore, we visited exhibitions in London and Zurich, watched Gary Hustwit’s latest film “Objectified”; asked Chris Bangle what he is up to after BMW, came up with a virtual kiosk for the Independent Magazine and with sadness we say our farewells to Heinz Edelmann.




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