Depletion and Discovery
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Communication, Communication Design
I saw this at an Masters graduate exhibition in London. It's a great piece of design that brings into readers' consciousness the ethical decision making process through mundane everyday events.
It's a clever way to introduce ethical thinking to the main stream, where ethical theories and thinking in general are seem as heavy and a deep subject to tackle. Through using everyday events that are as small as whether you'd post back to the sender a wrongly delivered piece of mail, ethical decision making process becomes relevant to the average Joe.
Also, through the understanding of the different models of ethical thinking the book becomes a vehicle of self-discovery.
It is only through raising the awareness of ethical decision making in individuals will we as a society start making the right decisions for the world we live in.
The designer of this book is called Mina Jee by the way. Find her at (www.minajee.co.uk)
Posted December 03, 2008
Arts & Culture
Today is the last day of the Design Cinema conference and UAA will hopefully be going to other galleries around the world. The African Diaspora continues within and outside the African continent with recent examples of people in flight caused by; rebel fighting and civilian displacements in DR Congo, illegal African migrants arriving at Spanish and Italian ports, political/religious fighting in Jos, Nigeria and the Zimbabwe cholera outbreak which has caused many to make illegal border crossovers to the Republic of South Africa. The migration continues and hope is the destination.
Posted December 03, 2008
By Alafuro Sikoki
BUY NOTHING DAY ORGANIZERS CONFRONT THE ECONOMIC MELTDOWN HEAD ON
Now in its 17th year, Buy Nothing Day is celebrated every November by environmentalists, social activists and concerned citizens in over 65 countries around the world. Over the years, Buy Nothing Day (followed by Buy Nothing Christmas) has exploded into a global movement, inspiring the world’s citizens to live more simply and buy a whole lot less.
Designed to coincide with Black Friday (which this year falls on Friday, November 28) in the United States, and the unofficial start of the international holiday shopping season (Saturday, November 29), the festival takes many shapes, from relaxed family outings, to free, non-commercial street parties, to politically charged public protests, credit-card cut-ups and pranks and shenanigans of all kinds. Anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending.
Featured by such media giants as CNN, USA Today, MSNBC, Wired, the BBC, The Age and the CBC, Buy Nothing Day has gained momentum in recent years as the climate crisis has driven people to seek out greener alternatives to unrestrained consumption.
This year, Buy Nothing Day organizers are confronting the economic meltdown head-on – asking citizens, policy makers and pundits to examine our economic crisis.
"If you dig a little past the surface you'll see that this financial meltdown is not about liquidity, toxic derivatives or unregulated markets, it's really about culture," says the co-fou...
Posted December 01, 2008
Aid, Industrial Design
I am a graduate student in the School of Visual Art's MFA Design program.
I have formed an online community of volunteers who are enthusiastic about hacking/modding that can take donated new and used toys and modify them to become a prosthetic arm for a child amputee in a developing nation who would otherwise have nothing. I have named the group Mod Squad.
I don't expect these to be the most advanced high functioning arms but they are better than nothing. My goal is to help a child go from being the kid without an arm to the kid with this awesome arm made from toys. Plus it is a way to use existing materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
I started a group on instructables.com, to view it go to www.instructables.com/group/modsquad/
I hope this will attract the right people and serve as a space for collaboration. On here you will see an arm that one of my classmates made out of the toy Toobers and Zots. I think it is a great start and was less than $19.99 to make.
On average in the US, a body-powered, above-elbow prosthesis can cost $15,000. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) manufactures lower cost prosthesis but they still cost about $1,000.*
We can work together to re-use existing materials and give these children a new arm.
So please contact me if you have any tips, suggestions, toy donations or want to join the Mod Squad!
Posted November 29, 2008
By Carli Pierce
Don't pour the Thanksgiving dinner grease down the drain. You can recycle that stuff because it can be turned into biofuel. It also helps with helping reduce incidences of sewer blockages created by grease coagulating in underground lines.
Its probably sad that I heard about this know. And here’s another question could you use other greases.
Posted November 27, 2008
Community, Communication Design
To start my blog I want to post some of my works. I would be thankful for remarks or questions to begin a conversation with you all out there.
27 and the search for Europe
The aim of this social and cultural magazine is to enrichen the discussion on Europe with new points of view. Thanks to a strong participation of the readers it offers the opportunity for everyone to imagine and create his or her own Europe. The first issue focuses on the future of Europe. In which direction are we going? In which direction do we want to go? It is our task to invent a future for Europe, let's start!
Posted November 27, 2008