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  • Day 1 - May 30 & May 31 (First post!)

    Community, Communication Design

    Hello! After finishing my spring semester a few weeks ago I've had more time to finally explore the depths of the Design 21 Website. I'm thoroughly overwhelmed with the extensive links, resources, projects, people, and places to find impressive work! It's so inspiring to finally realize what you want to do with your life. I had no idea that I wanted to work in digital design, with photoshop, and my own photography.

    A lot of people had told me, "do yourself a favor! go to an artsy school! do art!" and I didn't consider it--chose to "challenge" myself and fight through four years of a degree in English Literature. Somehow, I always knew it wasn't what I wanted until this past semester began in January. On a whim I signed up for a Digital Imaging class because I had heard wonderful things, seen the projects, and knew I could do it. I'd always had an understanding of photoshop; what it does, could do, and the potential for limitless creativity and imagination when used correctly so I took the course to figure out how to "do photoshop" the right way.

    Taking that course was the best decision I have made in a very, very long time.

    It not only led me to this website, but also helped me figure out how to channel my imagination and creative ideas in a way that I enjoyed. I'm starting this blog partly to document how I'm doing in the world of design as a beginner, but also as part of my interest in the newest design competition for the Millennium Promi...

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    1. The R-3 (by Eliseu Santos Co-authors: Diego Matheus and, Carlos Ribeiro) project is aimed at citizens who deal with selective collection of recycled materials, such as aluminum recipients, cardboard boxes, etc. The aforementioned collection concerns individuals who belong to an under privileged social class, either from organized cooperative groups or not (that is, autonomous), whose activity represents an important social role and, in some countries, a significant participation in economical indexes regarding such collecting, mostly in what aluminum and cardboard are concerned.
    2. Main features of the vehicle: -Use of a 26” bicycle (rear wheel, frame and handle bar) joined to a collecting container (78,5 x 39,5 x 27,5 inches / L x W x H), presenting easiness to connect and reverse to bike mode; -Use of recycled and ecological materials in the container structure (cf. - fairing in polyurethane resin based plant, reinforced with natural fibers); -Loading capacity estimated in 237 gallons (900 liters). Container divided in chambers specified for storage of aluminum and cardboard, etc.; -Equipped with aluminum can crusher; -Other accessories: dynamo headlights; personal items storage compartment;
    3. Project aims: -Improve the working conditions for the autonomous collectors; -Valorization of these professionals’ community services; -Aggregate new concepts for use and materials concerning the selective collection of recycled materials; -Make evident and promote recycling,...
  • The Social Lab

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Award winning UK public service and communication design agency ThinkPublic launched The Social Lab last night, a project space set up for people to meet and discuss design-led concepts to address social challenges.

    Each lab event is given a theme and invitations sent to an array of people with professional expertise spanning countless industry sectors. During the labs, attendees explore particular challenges using design tools and techniques, gain fresh insights and propose future steps for social development. Current Social Lab projects include The Real Work Experience, Public Service Thank You and ithinkpublic

    I am looking forward to watching this project evolve.

    Further Reading:

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  • The Global Oneness Project

    Communication, Audio/Visual Design

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    With the power of new media and the internet, The Global Oneness Project is an inspiring web-based video initiative exploring how the "notion of oneness" can be lived in our increasingly complex world.

    The films and interviews document an array of social initiatives from across the planet - in the fields of sustainability, conflict resolution, spirituality, art, economics, indigenous culture, and social justice. The library of films is available for free from the website or on DVD for educational use.

  • The GreenHouse Project

    Community, Environmental Design

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    In inner-city Johannesburg, The GreenHouse Project is turning one urban park into a seedbed for sustainable communities.

    Run by Dorah Lebelo, this inspirational program takes a holistic approach to the city's challenges, integrating green building and design, efficient and renewable energy, recycling, organic farming and nutrition.

    For more information about the project:

  • Consume®econnection Project

    Communication, Communication Design

    It's been nearly three years since I produced issue 1 of consume®, an examination of, and rant against, the marketing and business practices of corporate retail behemoths and our readiness to buy into whatever is served up. I pushed for deliberate, personal, buying habits. Now, on the event of my 30th birthday, I've launched into an experiment devised to put my money where my mouth is: become aware of my own dependence on blind consumption, and gain an understanding of the people and processes involved in making commodities available to me.

    I certainly have been inspired by others who have committed themselves to buying only locally and organically produced products. However, my intention is not neccessarily to change what I purchase, but to change my level of awareness and participation in the acts. I'm as interested in knowing where a large, mass-produced object comes from as I am in meeting local entrepreneurs and artists. It's about understanding the labor and encountering the people that make my life, my consumer life anyway, possible.

    These connections will be more difficult to make in some situations than others, as I learn about the obstacles placed between manufacturer and consumer, and make efforts to overcome them.

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  • READEAT

    Community, Industrial Design

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    READEAT has a book shape. There is a plastic net inside the container which can be easily removed and used as a normal container. When the container is in the fridge, it is places vertically. By rotating the container into horizontal position, the food and the liquid become separated, and the container can be opend like a book. The book shape also helps in placing the containers stackable.

  • jive - social networking for your gran.

    Communication, Industrial Design

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    A design project based on EU objective 2007.7.1 ICT and Ageing, this objective is to look at how we bridge the digital divide, especially with older users. The final product is a new device that is just dedicated to staying in touch and keeping up to date with you existing social network. (its not meant to be a computer, instead a device that makes using the internet as a means of communication a lot easier!)

    jive is a proof of concept for a new communication device. Jive was created as part of Ben Arent's product design degree. Jive is a range of 3 products that were designed to get elderly technophobes connected to their friends and family.

    jive negates 3 mayor point of pain, which is currently stopping elderly users getting connected.

    'getting online' one plug router solves this problem by being pre-loaded with ISP setting at POS. So set-up is a true plug and play experience.

    loading and sharing contact details jive uses friend passes to link a physical persons ID with digital life. A user simply links a friend pass to there friendfeed account. This will then take care of aggregating all of the data into a friend pass, so when a friend pass is placed onto betty there data will appear.

    No Mouse Needed To operate jive you simply place an avatar onto 'bettys' display. So if you want to send a message you just place betty on the left of the screen, and you can now send a message to that person. This uses a magnetic tangible interface to work.

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  • Alabama Stitch Book

    Community, Fashion Design

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    I finally have acquired a gorgeous copy of Natalie Chanin's beautifully crafted Alabama Stitch Book. I met this very sweet designer at her book signing and trunk show here in NYC this week.

    For those of you who do not know Natalie's story, the real fashion story, and all of the stories incorporated into Alabama Chanin's hand-crafted and sustainable hometown grown garments, I encourage you to visit the website:

    http://www.alabamachanin.com

    Sit back and soak in the slow design GOODness.

  • Alabama Chanin at Barneys New York

    Community, Fashion Design

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    Prior to her book signing and trunk show, I just had to soak in Natalie (Alabama) Chanin's sumptuous designs in Barneys New York's windows.

    It was almost like being transported into a slow, simmered take on fashion's sustainable and regionally viable future.

    http://www.alabamachanin.com

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