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  • Green Patriotism Campaign by Michael Bierut

    Environment, Communication Design


    Early last month, more than sixty buses hit the streets of Cleveland encouraging “Green Patriotism” with banners and posters designed by Pentagram (and Cleveland-born) designer Michael Bierut.

    Promoting the ecologically sound use of mass transit and buses, and the development of green jobs in the manufacturing sector, the posters are visible on buses across the city throughout July. “The banners are part of a new environmentalism — one that sees action to address climate change as an imperative to protect both the American and world economies.”

    The Green Patriot Posters project is organised in conjunction with The Canary Project: Landscapes of Climate Change, an exhibition on display through 10 August at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The campaign is commissioning poster designs from leading firms and designers:

    'During World War II the United States was able to mobilize industry and motivate its citizens in breathtaking speed. Factories were overhauled and consumption habits transformed. Conservation (in the form of rationing) became a patriotic act. Strong, graphically compelling posters played a crucial role in the success of this campaign. Taking action was presented in these posters as vital for the common good of the nation and those who were willing to sacrifice were portrayed as attractive, dynamic American heroes.'

    'To face the ecological crisis posed by global climate change today a similar mobilization of America is required. To help meet t...

  • A77b_1_132_

    Its about time we stop killing our pets in the shelters, we are not over populated these pets have homes, we place approx 30 pets a month into loving forever homes , if we can get these shelters, a bit more organized and motivated we can save the lives of all these highly adoptable pets.

    These shelters are not even killing these animals right they are missing the most important step for a pain free death maybe its that the sedation medication is too expensive or there too lazy to do this little step to insure that the pets feel no pain of the poisons passing through there veins. What this poison does is throw them in to a massive heart attack and yes that is painful.

    There are many shelters as well that still use the gas chamber. These animals thrash around and bang there heads into the sides of the container that is over packed with animals, they bite each other ECT just struggling to breath. The puppies and young dogs are strong and healthy and some don’t die right away since there organs wont shut down. So then they are struck on the head by a shovel or choked by someone’s foot until death occurs This is not right we do understand that we live in a throw away society, but killing our companions wow what have we become? Why we are too lazy to find these pets homes. This needs to be stopped; I know there are homes out there for each and everyone of these pets. Write your letters and tell our congress that we are refusing to keep paying 10 billion dollars a year for the...

  • باستانشناسی در آینده

    Environment, Industrial Design

    باستان شناسان و مورخین بشر پیشین را از روی آثار بدست آمده از وی مورد شناسایی قرار میدهند و به فرهنگ و آداب و سنن ایشان از روی دست ساخته ها و هنرشان پی میبرند.

    علی رغم کم توجهی که گاها به صتایع دستی میشود باید خاطر نشان ساخت که این گونه محصولات واجد ارزشهای بالایی در قیاس با محصولات صنعتی میباشند، اگر چه در مقیاس گردش سرمایه و بازار سهم کمتری را به خود اختصاص میدهند.

    در محصولاتی که به روش انبوه تولید میشوند نیز باید ارزشهایی نوین و قابل توجه را پدید آورد که بتوانند مبین فرهنگ و تفکر مردم زمانه خود باشند. چرا که آیندگان نسبت به ما که در زمان حال زیست میکنیم از طریق محصولات مورد استفاده مان قضاوت خواهند کرد . مثلا محصولات مکینتاش و اپل را در نظر بگیرید یا هر محصول معروف دیگر !

    این محصولات برای باستان شناسان ، فرهنگ شناسان و مردم شناسان یا جامعه شناسان آینده بیشتر از آثار هنری روی دیوارها ارزش خواهند داشت و در جهت درک تفکر بشری خواهد بود....

  • گفتگوی محصولات

    Environment, Industrial Design

    امروزه ما در دریایی از محصولات صنعتی شناوریم که به نوعی شکل دهنده آگاهی ما نسبت به پیرامونمان میباشند. تاثیرات این محصولات بیش از هر رسانه دیگری از جمله انواع مطبوعات و یا رادیو و تلویزیون و سینما موجب قالب خوردن ذهن ما میگردند.

    تصور کنید وارد سینمایی میشوید تا به تماشای فیلم مورد علاقه خود بنشینید. ابتدا به گیشه فروش بلیط رفته و با متصدی آن روبرو میشوید که عینک به چشم زده است و احتمالا از یک سری زینت آلات دیگر استفاده نموده است. یا ممکن است بلیط خود را از یک دستگاه خودکار فروش بلیط که با سکه یا کارت اعتباری کار میکند. نوشابه را فراموش نکنید ، آن را که بسته بندی منحصر به فردی دارد از یک ماشین فروش خودکار تهیه میکنید. وارد سالن سینما شده و روی صندلی می نشینید و بالاخره فیلم شروع میشود. صحنه های فیلم پر شده است از تصاویر محصولات گوناگون که همه و همه حاصل از تلاش و استعداد طراحان صنعتی است.

    ما به صورت انفعالی نمیتوانیم با این محصولات برخورد کنیم و به صورتی ...

  • Human Nature

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design


    I see the automatic sensors in galleries separating me from an artwork as a dare. Last time I visited Stonehenge I had an urge to slip under the rope barrier to stand in the shadows of the prehistoric earthwork. I suspect I am not alone. Three friends have brought me to the Wanås sculpture park in Southern Sweden where appreciating art can be a full contact sport.

    We arrive by car, get out and gaze past the parking lot to the fields, forest, stable and barn. The scene looks like a typical landscape painting until we notice a pair of denim trousers worn upside down by a tree in front of us. The legs are fitted snugly over two hefty branches, zippered and buttoned neatly at the trunk. These are artist Peter Coffin's Tree Pants made in collaboration with Levi Strauss & Co. It is a metaphor of Adam and Eve's shame of being naked in the Garden of Eden. In an interview with Art Cal Coffin describes the work as, "…how we relate to nature and understand ourselves within it."

    Wanås provides more chances for us to relate nature. It is autumn and layering the park grounds are leaves with a deep-fried tone and texture. We walk pass brown-beamed 15th century farmhouses into the woods. Greeting us is another decorated tree strung wildly with adult-sized swings hanging just out of reach. We lunge successfully for the swings and, once seated, pump our legs. My friend Neil looks diminutive on the oversized swing as he giddily slices through the air. The installation stretch...

  • What a Cake....

    Well-being, Environmental Design


    As it was my birthday i was was looking for the ultimate cake and found this creation.

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    07.29.2008 Protest: China's Olympic Syndrome

    Some years ago in Manhattan while I was riding the subway uptown, a young woman entered the train and began to proselytize to the crowd, which, as usual, paid her no attention. She went on about religion, God, and so forth, and when she was done, I expected a call for donations. Instead, she contributed a bit of worldly wisdom that has stayed with me ever since: “I know we all look good,” she said. “But we’re not all being good.” And she exited the train.

    Years later, those words capture the spirit for me of the Beijing Olympics. As a recent transplant to China (I’ve lived in Shanghai for the last year and a half), the build-up to the Olympics is hugely visible not just in Beijing, but all over the country. From the large banners on the highways in Shanghai to the lampposts that declare simply “Beijing 2008” along the streets, the feeling is in the air. For China, the Olympics has been both a galvanizing force and an exercise in pride, partly deserved, partly not.

    Recently, however, the exercise has not gone entirely according to plan. In spite of their inevitability, the mass protests in Tibet, Xinjiang (the Muslim part of Western China), and Mongolia still caught the government off their usually rigid guard. Even more unpredictable has been the tumultuous time the government has had trying to control the coverage of these events. And when widespread public ...

  • "Passing Poston" film about Japanese-Americans

    Community, Audio/Visual Design

    I saw a great documentary that touches on some issues that our group might be interested in. It's called "Passing Poston" and it's playing again in New York - next at Two Boots Pioneer Theater from August the 8th till the 14th.

    "Poston" is about the Japanese-American citizens forcibly placed in internment camps during WWII, and their ongoing search for a place to belong in a country that once labeled them the enemy.

    Great movie!

    more info at

  • join me

    Education, Industrial Design

    reachin the millenium development goals is one issue i ruminate on so many times. how do we get there from here? there are so many ideas but little implementation. but here is the solution.... doing wot we should do at the right time.puttin first things first. i can't do it alone. it must be collectively done. care to join me? i would be glad cos then we actually are movin towards the actualization of our dreams! always myself yourme

  • Turning Work Away - being responsible and ethical

    Communication, Communication Design

    As a freelance designer life it seems is feast or famine from a work point of view. However I've decided that I will not take on any work that has a detrimental effect to the planet. But what about the detrimental effect to my bank account ? A recent request for a clothing catalogue design quote left me thinking where is he sourcing the clothes? and we get so much rubbish posted through our doors everyday do we really want another catalogue adding to the landfill sites and exploiting more poorly paid workers, so I turned down the job and I've registered - theres nothing there yet but I'm voicing my thoughts here to see what people think.

    Its quite simple - designers have a responsibility to look at the jobs they are offered and start saying no - if the product is just more stuff, not any easy decision to take I admit but if we can make a start, maybe eventually all designers will think this way. Being part of Equidesign - inspired by we would take on a badge of commitment to the planets future. I would like advertising agencies and design agencies to jump on board too, but will people do it, will they but greed and their bank balance first?

    Think about it - if your product cant get any desgn or advertising produced because its not ethically made or its damaging to the environment what choice do you have but to change it............

    I'd like to hear other peoples thoughts

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