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  • 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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    I am currently producing a “Labor Capital Breakfast” in San Francisco focused on “Green Business” development and “Green Collar Job” creation.

    I have a full time consulting gig as the fundraising and events manager for Instituto Laboral de la Raza, a wonderful grassroots NGO that provides legal services to the working poor. See: www.ilaboral.org

    One design element has been key to the success of Instituto's recent fundraising events growth is an online Look Who is Coming List. This is a list of people who are confirmed as attending the event listed with their Name, Title, Organization and a link to their website. This let’s people know who will be in the audience. It shows who they can meet or meet up with.

    The Look Who’s Coming List is designed to promote the event, increase ticket sales and add value by letting people (about 10% of the who attend), share the spotlight online. We save and archive all our event web pages to use when pitching the next event to sponsors, speakers and partners.

    We update the list with new names every 2 days for several weeks before the event. This encourages people to buy tickets ASAP and confirm attendance. The list itself and the fresh names being added creates word of mouth buzz and increases site visits.

    Here is a link to the List from our January 2008 Labor Awards Dinner

    And our upcoming Labor Capital Breakfast

    The event has great speakers – plus – look who’s coming!

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  • Sustainable Graphic Design Widget

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    July 15, 2008 For the completion of her Master's of Design (MDes) thesis (at Queensland College of Art), designer Becky Green developed an Apple dashboard widget. The widget quickly provides definitions, tips and links out to sites that are extremely helpful (hey like renourish!)

    If you don't have the internet and want a quick definition, this widget could be helpful. One consideration would be to add in a emissions, tree calculator so one could see the impacts of choosing recycled paper etc.

    Read more about Becky at a 57 Design + Illustration.

  • Finding a Job

    Poverty, Communication Design

    I know everyone comes across the problem of finding a job after graduation, and I guess that's where I find myself. I know that I am suppose to use my network to create contacts, but my problem is I don't have a network. I am curious how other deal with this problem. Right now I just feel a little lost and confused.

  • Demo Reel

    Communication, Communication Design

    Interested in what eyeball can do for you? Check out our demo reel at:

    eyeballnyc.com/roi

  • Workout on the River

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    This is the neatest idea I've seen in a long time! I do hope it gets implemented in NYC... - Marissa

    Human-Powered River Gymnasiums for New York

    Mitchell Joachim & Douglas Joachim

    The motion starved environments we live in are the antithesis of our being. Perhaps the most primal of all human function is locomotion. We need to move more!

    Our concept encapsulates a new typology for the contemporary urban gym. It is intended to challenge our innate proprioceptive and multi-planer locomotive abilities while synchronously altering the surroundings. The River Gym will fulfill one of the major contemporary fitness goals of “functional training”. This training protocol will exploit the inherent disequilibrium of floatation devices. Often the average urbanite exercising at the gym performs controlled repetitive single plane movements using industrial fitness equipment. All of this energy is summarily dissipated and ultimately exhausted for the sake of a single individual’s wellbeing. Other potentials exist to harness this vast human expenditure of caloric energy. Why not have the simple transfer of this workout vigor supply New York with needed supplemental transport and amenities? How can we extend and capitalize on this untapped group potential? Into what form will this new kind of gym evolve?

    By continuing to provide vital health amenities, the River Gym can leave the realm of the glass box and become a useful multi-planar kinetic space. Envision your gy...

  • This is currently a volunteer design opportunity.

    Actually what we need at the moment is for someone to do some flash design. It is a more limited project. Please contact us if you love the Mexican aesthetic and are able to help a small organization that serves the immigrant community.

    Thanks,

    Emily

  • We're here!

    Communication, Audio/Visual Design

    eyeball has finally arrived at Design21. Check back for frequent updates. In the meantime, you can check out our work at eyeballnyc.com.

    ~eyeball staff

  • Man made with nature love

    Education, Industrial Design

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    I am organizing the follow up from the Re-use your brain & re-use your heart workshop and exhibition held in Beijing in the CAFA (academy for fine arts)

    Introduction to the initiative: Man made with nature love...

    Many knowledge-transfer on sustainable design enables people to realize and understand environmental issues and the culture in which they occur. With a transfer & exchange people talk and think together, discussing how a healthier future may look like. A great first step to initiate action.

    Therefor this project was initiated to aim at students of design-academies to research on honest and necessary measurements/solutions to use our (local) resources, create funny new objects and enjoy doing the most necessary transformation for a world running out of resourc-ideas. The purpose of this 4 week-workshop is to make an effort towards understanding down-/up-/and recycling and product- “characters&personalities”. Sustainability can become a real power for the creative industries of many upcoming cities in China. The idea to combine the workshop, the exposition as a display and the booklet as a trade, is to give an understanding and an awareness through a specific research, practical learning by doing, making things another way and document the process of speeding up the changing perspectives towards our resources & materials.

    The workshop is part of the educational activities of the non-profit organisation “de vier koningen” based in Maastri...

  • Design characteristics for the Future

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

    Is it possible for us to perceive the future? Is it possible for us to understand the design characteristics of the future?

    Of course we can!

    We can do that if we change the way in which we perceive the present and future. To do this, we will need to transform ourselves from being mere observers to being initiators who fully use our creative potential to anticipate future needs and to develop solutions.

    We may already know that the answer lies within ourselves, specifically, within our way of thinking about and evaluating the world. But theoretically, bridging the gap between theory and practice is difficult since our thinking is affected by traditionalism, dependency and waiting to adopt the results of others' experiments, rather than developing our own.

    The real situation in professional design is quite different, for example in the fields of visual communication, multimedia, architecture, interior and industrial design. Similarly, all academic and professional institutions are responsible for their own production. Any designer will be unable to produce adequate work if he/she is not essentially a creative being. A designer's productivity is also related to the environment in which they are working which must support the creative process at all stages of the product's design and manufacture. It is so important that the designer works within an environment that supports their vision, allowing them to anticipate and design for future needs on projects which are al...

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