STATIC! Design – Communicating Energy Saving

tiles.jpgEvery once in a while I come across a piece of environmental design so brilliant it makes my brain spin. The masterminds at STATIC!, part of Sweeden’s Interactive Institute, have devised a series of hypothetical products that interact with their users according to varying levels of household energy use, such as a lamp that “flowers” when energy use is low, becoming more beautiful.

In the example ‘Disappearing-Pattern Tiles’, bathroom tiles [pictured above] are decorated with patterns in a thermo-chromic ink that reacts to heat, fading away to reflect splashes and intensities of hot-water use. The longer the shower, the less decoration on the wall! The architectural surface acts as a subtle reminder of personal energy use over time, reflecting the duration and waste of water during a shower.

(via worldchanging)

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Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.