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  • Folk Art - BIG

    Arts & Culture


    The Polish government chose a winner in the design competition for the Polish pavilion at the 2010 world expo in Shanghai before Christmas. The winning entry was design by architects Wojciech Kakowski, Marcin Mostafa and Natalia Paszkowska.

    Their building is inspired by traditional Polish folk art paper cut-outs reinterpreted in a contemporary fashion. The idea was generated when the team sought to create a 'cultural ideogram' that would signify the country of origin in an iconic way.

  • Glad_177_

    The Glad Photo Competition Development Blog is now live. We already have an amazing group of inspiring judges, including Design 21 and Collective Lens, who promote social change through photography. We are looking for a sponsor ... among a few other things. Please contact me with ideas and suggestions.

  • Cool Zines

    Arts & Culture


    Zines are defined by Wikipedia as any self-published book of minority interest. They may be enjoying a real surge in interest if the selection of beautiful work on Little Paper Planes is anything to go by.

  • Recycled Words

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design


    Will Ashford creates beautiful images from recycled words.

    The majority of this work comes from several different copies of The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson printed from 1887 to 1927. As Will says, 'Something about working with these pages quietly reminds me that a part of our culture is about recycling ideas.

  • Sir Ken Robinson's Website

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design


    Ken Robinson has a new website. It is very beautiful and Thriving is on it as a resource!!

  • Kidd's take on Kindle

    Arts & Culture


    Chip Kidd, amazing book cover designer had this profound comment to make on A Brief Message on the Amazon's new Kindle, electronic book system:

    "Monday November 19th, Amazon released something called Kindle, the latest “e-book” reading device. I’ve been asked to comment on what effect I think this will have, if any, on book design as we know it. Here goes.


    Sincerely, Chip Kidd"

  • Portacabin_177_

    And this is a portacabin

  • Small is beautiful. . . but are they green?

    Environment, Environmental Design


    A dream House

  • Thank you too

    Well-being, Communication Design


    'Thank you too' launched a business-card sized booklet of 30 cards, 5 post cards and a stamp so that we can have a thank you note easily to hand to show our appreciation in any situation... Some clearly for lesss frequent circumstances and some just to spread a little everyday light around. Could have some fun with these!

  • Creating Community

    Community, Communication Design


    I found a lovely description of one person’s experiences into the online world of blogging and creating communities in a new publication by Community Links called Making Links.

    Russell Davies started blogging and built up a good readership. He describes blogging as ‘networking for shy people’, but ‘not in the horrible commercial sense of networking – serial small talk in the hope of opportunity – but the sort of networking that a village has, or a workplace, or a hobbyist club; like-minded people who help each other out, point each other at new like-minded people and generally see that what’s good for the network is probably good for them.”

    Russell started online, but soon began arranging spontaneous coffee drop ins, and people started turning up in greater numbers. In June this year Russell arranged a people’s conference called Interesting 2007 and 300 people turned up to short presentations of interesting topics, which included How to split a log with an axe, Ibsen and The Muppets, Appearing on Oprah and the History of Knots. Russell writes, “My blogging experience has taught me that technology can create real, important, sustaining connections between people separated by geography and all sorts of other things. It’s taught me that generosity can be its own reward but that there’s also real tangible benefits in sharing your ideas and your time with people.”


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