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  • ah.... future artist...

    Arts & Culture

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    LOL this image just made my day.. no no my week. I wish i could go back to having that much emotion in my work.

  • Some of my old friends from Denmark who happen to also live in the U.S. have developed an online voting system for non-Americans permanently living in the U.S. Here’s what they say about it:

    “At least one out of every ten people living in the U.S. today is an alien. That’s approximately 29.1 million people; equal to the entire population of New York and New Jersey combined. They own homes and businesses, pay taxes and go to public schools. While these people play a huge role in the U.S., they can’t voice their opinion in government elections.”

    http://aliensvote.org/

  • Gd391_177_

    Dear Fellow Design21 Network Individuals and Organizations:

    Having taught college-level graphic design students for several years now it has become apparent that our world is being turned over to a group of individuals who are largely naive to prominent issues facing our professions that impact society as a whole. In order to combat this problem and raise awareness to the need for a shift in their apathetic mindset, I have developed a course within our curriculum that exposes our design students to many varied ideas, theories, hypotheses, and idioms. By doing this it is my hope that the design students will become aware of their societal footprint and will begin to sculpt their impact toward the benefit of the consumers that they reach.

    As a component of the class, my students are required to establish a Design21 account and become familiar with some of the organizations affiliated with the network. Since they will be working on real-world collateral projects within the class and exploring topics that are interesting to them personally they may be contacting some of you for research purposes. I appreciate any help you can give them in advance.

    If you would like to learn more about the class or would like to explore our online environment please visit GD391 SOCIAL AWARENESS FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN.

    Again, thank you for your help and support in advance.

  • What a funny WAR in car advertising market

    Communication, Communication Design

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    1. Congratulations to Audi for winning South African Car of the Year 2006. From the Winner of World Car of the Year 2006.

    2. Congratulations to BMW for Winning World Car of the Year 2006. From the Winner of Six Consecutive Le Mans 24 Hour Races 2000-2006.

    3. Well done to Audi and BMW for winning the beauty contest. From the winner of the 2006 International Engine of the year.

    4. …. From Bentley

    What a funny advertisements! I would vote for Bentley, the BIG Brother.

    Original archive at: http://talkholic.com/sub/inspirations.htm

  • personal conditions include traits and states.

    organizational conditions include organizational culture, climate, teams, ideas

    creative expression, development, and reception of new ideas are all involved in the generation of ideas.

  • Changeit_logo_177_

    Do you know a young person who is creating change in their community? Or has a great idea to make a difference?….Nominate them for a CHANGEit award!

    CHANGEit, run by Common Purpose and sponsored by Deutsche Bank, recognises, supports and rewards young campaigners aged 11-18 who want to create a positive change in their communities and encourages young people to speak up and take action.

    CHANGEit will award prizes of up to £750 in three categories:

    Innovation - for young people with ideas to improve their community, who need training or support to get their campaign off the ground.

    Performance - to celebrate the achievements of young campaigners who have already taken positive action.

    Photo Contest - young people’s photos that capture ‘campaigning in action’ that was started or helped by young people

    Nominations can be submitted online, for individuals or groups, at www.changeit.org.uk. Every young person nominated will receive a certificate of recognition. Campaigns can be big or small and deal with any issue. Judges are looking for passion, innovation and the determination to create change. The closing date is 12 January 2009 –so nominate today!

    Winners will be announced at an award ceremony in spring 2009. Spread the word! Forward this to family, friends and colleagues who may know remarkable young people. It is an excellent way to encourage and recognise young campaigners, the leaders of tomorrow.

  • Path_offices_177_

    This weekend's trip took me to Washington State to visit two very different organizations -- PATH in Seattle and GRuB in Olympia. Operating budget for PATH: $200million. Operating budget for GRuB: less than a million. PATH: heaquartered in Seattle, 20-something field offices around the world, and an office in DC. GRuB: an organically growing effort operating within the local community. Two very different non-profits -- two very different approaches to fundraising.

    The key for PATH is a partnership with the Gates Foundation. PATH's technology department has over 15 staff members including managers, engineers, and technicians. Their technology development is derived internally. Thier focus: high-volume health technologies that will reach millions of people in the developing world. While there, I saw the recently launched female condom, the vaccine vial monitors (indicates when vaccine is spoiled), transdermal drug delivery device, and a device that prevents contamination between injections when using a multiple-use injector. These are a far cry from the "appropriate technology" true bloods who tout locally available materials, income generation, community-maintained, etc. etc. Nonetheless, these are the tools needed to help prevent disease in poverty-stricken communities. In general, I rarely come across groups that are focused on health technologies. This is only the second group that I've found, although I don't doubt there's more.

    GRuB, on the other hand, is all ...

  • typology: a sustainable model

    Environment, Environmental Design

    OSM DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES

    Huat Lim 12th September 2008 Singapore NUS.

    EVOLVED TYPOLOGY : BLUEPRINT AND PRIMER FOR A SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURAL WORK

    We start by asking the question: What is typology, and why has this anything to do with Sustainability? Why Type?

    I commence by saying that architecture is largely about people. I learnt this from Norman Foster, the one thing I remember him saying to me when I was working on the Stansted Airport project, amongst many others.

    We look back to an early village scene, and we reflect on our countryside and the villages. We see here the blueprint for a new evolved typology. One which takes us back to an awareness of of environment one that begs the question of how much we really need to put into our ecological and typological models before we stop and ask, is this what we want, is this enough or have we gone too far with development.

    Building typology has always been of interest and as a study for architecture, because it begs the question of whether works of architecture need for classification and grouping to serve its their purpose or if types are necessary in order to validate their functions. So we ask, what is type? Are private houses a building type and do typifying shapes and built forms add any value to buildings? Indeed none whatsoever. By conforming it to any one type of building does not make the work any different or better in any way, let alone give it any more meaning or validation to its functions.

    What of t...

  • sustainable design vs typology

    Community, Environmental Design

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    the skate park facility responds to our need to keep the young thinking about their environment, constantly and responsibly, always engaged emotionally to buildings we give them to count as their own.

    made entirely of concrete, a sustainable resource and material, we place emphasis on utlising the simplest material, and once completed, requiring the least amount of energy to maintain and upkeep the finishes. young persons do not necessarily care for expensive materials, irresponsible use of energy and waste of resources, an awareness we want to propagate and demonstrate through humble architecture.

    skatepark

    ©2008.huatlim

  • 2532854659_70a9e66e18_177_

    The school I work for suffers from what is considered a common illness that affects small organizations: Informality. After six years of working as it’s CEO, in 2007 I finally understood that in oder to achieve our goal of becoming the most innovative design school in latin america by 2010, we needed more than my crazy ideas, first had to create a culture that revolved around it, so everyone could contribute and commit to the same goals. So we created our first Team Based Strategic Plan for 2010. It was both painful and beautiful. Seven projects where born out of that effort. Finally we all had the same idea of who we wanted to be and how we should go about it.

    Recently I had a strategy review meeting. We realized that we have come so far. We have achieved most of what we committed ourselves to do, it has been painful, it hasn’t been disciplined, we still lack SMART indicators, so we can clearly know if they are successful, we still need to create a culture of accountability, and meet deadlines; but we have created so much value in such a little time. Usually we rant about our inability to be disciplined and structured, we realize that as time goes by we are better organized, but we still fail to deliver on time.

    After this meeting I was reflecting and soon I realized that what we have is a treasure. It is difficult to work with a team of designers and creative individuals, but it is definitely more difficult to innovate with a team of overly structured traditional corp...

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