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Effects of Forms – Forms of Effects

Right until the late 18th century, animal and plant products were used as medicine, as well as human body parts and fluids. People believed, for example, that beans had a curative effect in kidney diseases, and because of their form, walnuts were used for treatments of the brain. In those days implications of natural products were mostly drawn from their form, taste or smell.

Today some companies make again use of these old mechanisms of cognition, and transfer the concept of tautological design to their products. The pharmaceutical company Merck, for example, recently developed a heartshaped tablet named „Concor“, which activates through the perception of form the implicit mental concept behind, that a heart-shaped pill is good for the heart. The shape and colour implicits in this case very obvious, the expected effect of the tablet. Because of this fact it is interesting to ask if objects, particularly for medical contexts, can be designed in such a way, that they have an impact on the healing process of the patient.

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Bionic Experiments

The project Bionic experiments deals with the extraction of a principle of the bionic sciences and the transmission through an own translation into a freestanding design solution. Various experiments to explore and understand the principle further were implemented with creative methods to make it useful for the design discipline as a tool. The processual trials using different design tools and methods, were weekly reflected and fully documented with a conclusion of the ongoing process and experiments for a further plan of action. In the final step the extracted principle of bionics is applied to a product design.

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