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  • 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

  • We Cannot Not Change the World

    Communication, Communication Design

    It has been some time coming but it's here, a comprehensive exploration into what is ‘Social Design’. This great (if promotional) video comes from the team at the socialdesignsite.com.

  • A million or a smile

    Peace, Communication Design

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    Please view my blog at: http://virtue4life.blogspot.com/ and reflect...

  • EcoMag - Call for Submissions

    Communication, Environmental Design

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    EcoMag will be a Pdf magazine about art, design & sustainability. EcoMag aims to foster whole systems thinking and help create an alternative cultural vision that can drive transformational change to meet the goals of a fully sustainable society.

    Each issue will focus on a tool and a theme - as they relate to questions at the heart of our environmental crisis and pathways for change. The tool will be a design tool (i.e. a method, a set of practices, or a concept) that can be applied to any relevant theme. The theme (an issue, a sector, or a system) can be explored with any design or artistic method. We will also write a short article on each tool and theme under exploration.

    Briefing:

    Tool1: Scenario Planning

    Scenario planning is a method for learning about the future by understanding the impact of important driving forces affecting our world. The scenario planning process involves thinking about the future by developing stories about varying future scenarios. The goal is to craft a number of diverging stories by extrapolating uncertain and heavily influencing driving forces. The process widens our perception of possible future events, builds useful dialogues about the future, and helps to develop a ‘prospective mind’. How can this tool be used to engage with the powerful driver of change that is climate change? EcoMag invites artists & designers to help us explore future scenarios.

    Theme1: Economics

    How can design inform our understanding of macro-economi...

  • Green Awards

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

    www.greenawards.co.uk

    Good opportunity for individuals and companies to exhibit ethical, sustainable and ecological projects published commercially.

    The submissions deadline is 10 September 2008

  • Reflections

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    Having just completed the Parsons Product Design thesis program, I can't help but reflect:

    Called "A Good Life," the program is conceived - ostensibly - as a partnership between regional not-for-profits and thesis students. Pedagogically, the emphasis is less on finding an NFP as it is on finding oneself.

    The process begins with the thesis coordinator's asking students to identify their passion and a problem. "Who is your user?"

    It occurs to me that this very natural, seldom questioned methodology is a bit problematic. The very nature of our discipline seems to be pessimistic. Without denying the power of design to make lives better, I still feel compelled to ask if we might rather design a glass for the water that's there, if you catch my meaning. Why are we inclined to see people's lives as half empty?

    The method of instruction propagated by the Product Design department at Parsons encourages (intimates?) the following line of thought...

    1] You are not like me, therefore something is wrong with you;

    2] You cannot be happy the way you are, and you don't know how to redress this fact;

    3] I do (because I read a magazine article).

    Granted, my model is a little cynical, but I'm trying to be polemic here. As designers, it's easy to feel good about ourselves when we've shaped the very problem our products answer.

    The question I leave open is this: can we design for the half-full?

    (I think so.)

    ...
  • Social Design

    Community, Communication Design

    How can a graphyc designer can contribute for a better world? Anybody knows?

  • Change the World for 15 Bucks

    Well-being, Communication Design

    Q. How many World Changing actions can you fit into 45 seconds? Well, here's what one answer from the team at WeAreWhatWeDo.

  • Mind the Gap: Wouldn't it be better if...

    Community, Communication Design

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    London based Communication and Public Service Design agency thinkpublic and The Ideal Government Project are inviting everyone to help design better public services, in a competition called Mind the Gap.

    The competition is an exciting collaboration between thinkpublic's Real Work Experience - launched last November, and The Ideal Government's "Wibbipedia".

    So, if you are a designer or someone who has an idea for improving public services, submit an idea! All you have to do is describe a public service exactly as it is, and then describe how good it could be.

    For more information visit MIND THE GAP.

  • Designer Be true to Design !

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

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    Design is moving away from consumer use and production and get closer to museum pieces and art. Its good to have a concept but the designed object should be rather a product than a story.

    How can you call yourself a designer if your product has no potential use or can not be produced on a bigger scale to bring it to the people you designed it for, and you product is only be understood and desired by the select few who visit the musea's to read the descriptions on the pedestal where you piece is shown. " DO NOT TOUCH PLEASE", but this is design , not art. It should be touched and used and admired.... because of its ingenuity. not because of its provocation of it.

    A designed product should be always in favor of the user. Off course a design should start with a strong concept, but the product is the goal and not only serve a artistic purpose.

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