‘eyejusters' are low-cost, self-readjustable eyeglasses designed to help people in the developing world gain access to glasses they need, without requiring a doctor’s analysis. the UK-based company behind the project has already established sites in Morocco for the training of volunteers and distribution of the eyeglasses.
The glasses used a dual-piece, ‘slidelens’ technology: by sliding one lens over the other, the lens alters its ‘prescription’ to the individual user’s needs. in ‘eyejusters’, the sliding mechanism is accomplished by clipping a magnetic adjuster dial onto the edge of the frames, and rotating until one’s vision is perfect. readers can simulate the ‘slidelens’ mechanism in this demo, or learn more technical detail here.
Produced in a wide range of colours, ‘eyejusters’ themselves include sprung hinges and nosepads to make them comfortable for the widest range of face shapes. they are produced in a near-sighted and far-sighted variant, each utilizing the same ‘slidelens’ technology.
“Craft is about know-how that is mostly a hybrid result of both the hand and the machine. One of the main characteristics of craft is maybe more linked to the size of the corresponding structures than to the pure opposition between hand and machine. Thus it is not only defined by aesthetic, technique and invention.
“The 20th century saw the emergence of a structured discipline – design – that was strongly linked to the industry. But at the end of the 20th century, the all-industry motto that illustrated modernity beforehand has reached some limits. Today, there is a re-emergence of a certain consideration for craft and now smaller fabricants have become key people in the fabrication process of many objects.
“This practice follows the natural laws of cultural and societal evolution. There have been go and comeback movements, and now we are witnessing a comeback movement. But it will always obey the same cycles – no evolution is linear.”
Bouroullec Brothers, France.
Design Indaba magazine asks its network of experts about the significance of craft in the increasingly post-industrial 21st century.
Justin Mcguirk, Paul Priestman, Alex Steffen, Elsie Nanji, Christine Moosmann, Nkhensani Nkosi, Professor Neil Gershenfeld, Sean O’Toole, Frederico Duarte, Stefan Sagmeister, Frauke Stegmann, Ronan And Erwan Bouroullec, Inga Sempé, Marisa Fick-Jordaan, Satyendra Pakhalé, Lauren Shantall, Maxim Velčovský and Geraldine Fenn weigh in on the significance of craft in the increasingly post-industrial 21st century.