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Cover

AXIS Vol.163

2013 May - June
Cover Photographer: Yoshiaki Tsutsui
Feature
Feature

Future Portraits of Digital Fabrication

Thanks to the proliferation of 3D printers and laser cutters, a new revolution called the "maker movement" is underway. This new wave not only promotes startups and supports the personal creative desire to make what one desires, it also beckons transformations in existing design development, company production flow, and the way goods are distributed.

Cover Interview
Cover Interview

Joi Ito

Joi Ito is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist who has launched many IT companies. Although it was a considerable surprise when Ito was appointed as the fourth director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, it was precisely because Ito has a history of "breaking the mold" that he was selected for the top spot at what is widely considered to be a Mecca of innovation.

Topics
Topics

MIT Media Lab’s latest projects

As Media Lab Director Joi Ito suggested in this issue's cover interview, Media Lab seeks uniqueness, impact, and magic. Ever since its establishment, Media Lab has continually innovated its research content towards that end. Here we introduce some of Media Lab's latest projects.

Topics
Topics

Crafts and Design in South Korea

The Buyeo Project exhibition was held this January at YOL (Society For Korean Cultural Heritage) Hanok Gallery in Seoul. While exploring the state of new "traditional" Korean crafts, the exhibition was an attempt to get beyond the objects and reconstruct the very tradition itself. The person who led the project was a Japanese designer.

Opinion
Opinion

Sissel Tolaas

Since 1990 Sissel Tolaas has been conducting research into the relationship between the world's smells, people, and society on the theme "smell, smell and language, and communication." Owing to a very original research content, her ever-expanding collaborations in a variety of fields and her attitude free from stereotypes has been a great influence on many people.