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  • Skilled Artisan & the design community

    Community, Environmental Design

    The Skilled artisan who does not have formal education but an inherent learning through heritage is often the loser in the larger world of of Design. Unlike the west wherein hand crafted has a status of its own, craft and skilled craftspeople are part of the larger social mileu and traditionally have a space in the local culture. But that niche is slowly being eroded by industrial products & new materials at one level and the perception of skilled labour & by craftspeople who has started to exhort their offspring to leave the profession or search for new directions. While change is inevitable, but how can one nurture artisanal communities and give these nameless artisans their due.

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    On Friday October 10th, from 10am-10pm, teams of local professional designers will provide PRO-BONO DESIGN SERVICES to ten deserving Charlottesville area non-profit organizations. Each creative team will include two design professionals and one student pursuing a design-related degree. Projects may include branding, brochures, advertisements, schematic building or space renovation drawings, drawings for ADA compliance, or broader site planning.

    Applications will be considered from any Charlottesville area non-profits. For-profit, political or religious organizations will not be considered. Ten organizations will be chosen for the Design Marathon based on their needs, type of project, ability to follow through on the project, and positive impact the project will make in the community.

    The ten organizations that are chosen will be responsible for any advance work in preparation for the Design Marathon. This may include refining the goals for the project, writing copy, gathering photographs, information or drawings, or encouraging community members to participate.

    Organizations chosen to participate in the Design Marathon will be announced on September 1st. Participants will be asked to provide applicable materials by October 1st.

    Visit the Design Marathon website to learn more:


    Alloy Workshop is an architecture, construction, and graphic design studio based in Charlottesville, Virginia. We started the Design Marathon ball rolling and hope it continues to gain momentu...

  • The Good Design Plan

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    Building on its 2004 strategic plan, the Practical Power of Design, the UK Design Council has launched The Good Design Plan, a new three-year national strategy for design. Defining good design as ‘sustainable design’, it highlights five objectives for the council.

    Design Council Chairman Sir Michael Bichard explains;

    "Now, perhaps more than at any other time in history, we need to tap the creativity, the skills and the ingenuity of our world-class design community. The UK’s design track record is exceptional by any standard. We now need to nurture and support the talents that are available to us, and put them at the disposal of the nation’s business and public service managers.

    This sets the context for today’s design agenda. Design’s traditional strengths – such as adding value to business in the global marketplace – are more important than ever. But design’s proven ability to help ideas and innovation flourish can also help us create better public services and exploit our strengths in science and technology. Overall design can improve our everyday lives, help create a more sustainable society and make us more competitive.

    Earlier this month, Design Week reported that ...the council anticipates a budget of £7.8...

  • Street Abuse

    Education, Communication Design

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    An effort to raise awareness of street abuse particularly in urban areas.

    Amnesty International says that all women deserve to live as free citizens in the world. Some call it catcalling, flirting, eve teasing, harassment, but another more popular phrase is on the rise: street abuse. Street abuse occurs anytime woman is verbally and/or physically assaulted by a stranger in the street, all under the guise of flirting.

    While some of it is innocent flirting, too often street abuse can quickly escalate to threats of violence. Some say it's "guys being guys", but many women often go through their lives feeling threatened and humiliated when conducting simple acts throughout the day: Getting a cup of coffee, going to the bank, meeting up with friends, spending time with their children, and in my scenario getting groceries.

    I want to inform men of how women internalize constant unsolicited assaults from strangers, while empowering women of their rights, such as speaking up and knowing that harassment is a crime. I also wanted to make it look like a crime just took place with minute details of the crime and her shadow acting as another part of her dignity dying.

  • More bottled water Greenwashing

    Environment, Communication Design

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    July 22, 2008 Last week I attended a faculty retreat where, as I sat down, was handed a bottle of Nestle Pure Life brand bottled water. Typically I don't drink any bottled water unless it is in situations where the only other choice is to dehydrate my body and consequently die. I twisted off the cap and immediately noticed the slimmer bottle design. As I turned around the bottle in my hands, I noticed a somewhat mysterious back yellow label claiming Nestle was great for the planet. The label reads:

    Nestle® Pure Life® is proud to bring you a bottle that is better for the environment, because it is made with up to 30% less plastic.

    I saved the bottle after drinking its contents as I recognized Nestle had committed two green washing sins (of the six): Sin of the Hidden Trade-Off, and Sin of Fibbing. The trade-off sin comes with the fact that most of bottled water drinkers are still throwing the PET plastic bottle away at alarming rates (PET is recycled around 20% in the USA - 2006 stats). However in this case, you're throwing a "up to 30% less" away. Nestle's real claim here is that they are using most likely less petroleum and energy to manufacture this bottle, preventing CO2 emissions and other pollutants from entering our air/water and of course saving them money. If you buy this bottle you get the same amount of water (amazingly) but still the pay the same price. The cost savings Nestle achieved with this bottle is not passed down to you.

    The second sin here i...

  • BARK - Color Data Spectrum

    Communication, Communication Design

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    BARK is a generated color data spectrum (CDS) that stores digital data. The CDS is captured via a mobile phone camera that translates it to viewable information.

    Some possible applications include: 1) Minimize the use of print marketing collaterals (e.i. flyers, brochures, etc.) 2) Store sensitive data on documents and print materials 3) Promotional product codes

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    In ultima perioada se poate observa in Oradea o crestere a numarului de cartiere rezidentiale, variate ca tip de constructie de la blocuri de locuinte , pana la case p+1. Printre aceste cartiere rezidentiale se afla si NUFARUL PLAZA , fiind un bloc de locuinte situat in cartierul Nufarul. Acum cateva saptamani am propus sa amenajam cateva apartamente de la parterul acestui bloc de locuinte, pentru a oferii posibililor clienti o solutie de design interior. Propunerea de design din imagini este facuta pentru un apartament cu doua camere(bucataria si livingul).

  • Reusable Yarn Friends

    Community, Environmental Design

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    Muji have launched a unique range of plush which is manufactured using reused yarn. A fantastic concept and they are very soft! A great change from the usual organic plush on the market!

  • A Nostalgic Summer

    Community

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    Create your own personalized 'Rocket Lolly'... when the summer arrives that is...

  • A Call to Action for Design with Social Impact

    Education, Communication Design

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    Changing the Change Conference Torino, July 11-12, 2008

    “Being a designer is being a realistic optimistic,” this was one of Ezio Mancini’s key opening messages at the thought-provoking Changing the Change Conference (http://www.changingthechange.org) that brought an international audience of educators, researchers, designers and practioners among us to present our papers, share project case studies and ponder the state of design research today and into the future, particularly as it pertains to key issues of sustainability and social impact. We convened at the Institute of Biotechnology of the Politecnico de Torino and in a city that won ICSID’s 2008 World Design Capital nomination. A city that remains a splendid monument to baroque splendor, FIAT industrial might, and cafeterias culture.

    While Professor Manzini recognized that the qualifier “realistic” optimistic might well be a slightly modified version of proper English, he insisted on the importance of the term. As the design community confronts increasingly unsustainable trends, he made a very inspiring call to action for design research to stop being self-referential and become the activity that it should truly be—one that produces knowledge useful to designers and broader constituencies, instead of a “quasi-scientific” discussion that does not transpire beyond a circle of enlightened few. His firm appeal for the agenda of sustainability to be “a meta-objective” of every design research activit...

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