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  • Hello world.

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    I´m an ecodesigner from Andorra (country in the border of spain and france) and living in Paris. My goal is to design and promote ecosensitive designs. I focus on reusing to create usefull objects. Here is a sample of my latest product to reuse plastic bottles: visit www.bobhanger.com for more info.

  • IFF's Crochet Coral Reef Drifts into NYC

    Environment, Audio/Visual Design

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    The Institute for Figuring's Crochet Coral Reef opens in NYC this weekend at a variety of (aquarium-like) locations. Several talks and events are being held in conjunction with this most celebratory and eye-opening of eco-fiber-art projects.

    See IFF's website for details: http://theiff.org/exhibits/iff-e12.html

    There will also be a Crochet Reef Symposium on Sunday April 20 from 11am - 3pm. The New York Institute for the Humanities will host the discussion on pattern and peril in nature and art.

    Morning Session 11am-12:30: An evocation of hyperbolic geometry and other mathematical structures in nature, and a discussion of how such natural forms inspire artists and handicrafters.

    Afternoon Session 1:30-3pm: A discussion about the biology of coral reefs and the grave threats they face from global warming and plastic trash.

    Symposium participants include Crochet Reef co-creator Margaret Wertheim, Smithsonian coral reef expert Dr Nancy Knowlton, AMNH evolutionary biologist Dr Niles Eldredge, NYU biologist Dr Tyler Volk, and pattern artist extraordinaire Tara Donovan.

    Location: NYU Cantor Film Center, 38 E. 38th Street.

    More information about this event may be seen at the NYIH website: http://nyih.as.nyu.edu/page/events

  • The Future of Design Ethics

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Good Afternoon Design21,

    I wanted to post a little request this weekend. Having graduated a few years ago (with a First Class Honours in Graphic Design), and having worked as a designer/researcher ever since, I am currently looking for paid work or design placements in a socially/ethically focused design studio. There is a lot of information about me and the work I have done/been involved in on my website, and on my D21 profile too.

    I am able to work in London, and/or on the UK south-coast, as I am often based in Bournemouth. I am always open for international clients too - happy to work via the internet.

    If there are any studio's that are interested in a junior designer with bags and bags of ethical and social energy, please please get in touch!

    Thank you!

    Kate Andrews. BA(Hons). MISTD. KCAndr@gmail.com

  • I'm a recent college grad with a communcation desgin degree looking for a company who is commited to social change. If anyone has any recommendations for different companies, feel free to contact me.

    I can send you my digital portfolio if you'd like. Happy Friday! glendahoon@gmail.com

  • The Science of Survival: Your Planet Needs You!

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    The Science of… team are back with this years latest interactive exhibition, The Science of Survival: Your Planet Needs You!

    At London's Science Museum, The Science of Survival: Your Planet Needs You! exhibition is "set to be one of the most exciting and thought provoking family attractions of the year exploring how we will survive on a changing planet. In this fun, hands-on exhibition, the adults of today and tomorrow can explore how their lives and others could be affected by changing climate and resources, and get a glimpse of how we might live in 2050."

    So if your in the UK capital between April 05 - November 02, head down to the Science Museum and see if you can find solutions to current challenges and create a better 2050!

  • Good New websites I've checked!

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design

    Hi to all of you hungry designers!! Just a quick one to highlight some new webs you might want to get your hands on!!!

    www.fashion-stylist.net

    www.morvenkerr.co.uk

    www.sabirah.co.uk

    that's all for now folks!!!

    MonkPLAnet.

  • Los cambios y la economía.

    Environment, Audio/Visual Design

    Toda la sociedad es consciente, al menos en lo que está mas próximo al las personas en el día a día, que esta forma consumista de vida, ya no está de moda, es decir, consumir es necesario, todos lo hacemos, pero el consumismo, es el borde ,el precipicio de las necesidades y por tanto un despilfarro de energías que en pocos minutos se convierten en toneladas y toneladas diarias de basura y deshechos, que no siempre ni en todas las sociedades son aprovechados para reciclar. Por ejemplo los vertidos de los barcos en aguas marinas,y los grandes petroleros que surcan los océanos muchos de ellos sin doble casco que originan accidentes irreversibles con catástrofes como en España en las costas gallegas. Hay muchos ejemplos que en las diferentes culturas son vistos y valorados de diferentes maneras. Yo no entiendo cómo aun en mi país los padres de los alumnos cada año tienen que comprar un gasto enorme en libros y material escolar y si tienen hermanos pequeños no les sirven para el siguiente año y no creo que los conocimientos sean nuevos cada año. Es un problema de la industria librera y editorial .... por tanto de los árboles y bosques... por tanto del equilibrio sobre el planeta. Cuando vamos al mercado para hacer la compra de la semana, frutas, verduras etc...., ¿porque no llevamos en el coche o en la mano nuestra bolsas de compra traídas desde casa como hacían nuestras abuelas? y así con esa costumbre bien barata evitaríamos que en la tienda nos dieran las bolsas de plástico qu...

  • Demographics

    Communication, Industrial Design

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    the following is an anonymous demographic take from 20 mothers of different race, religion, income as well as their geographic location (i.e. neighborhood.)

    One of the questions on my survey ask parents/focus group participants to mark their household income, write their zip code as well as their/their child's ethnicity. All the mothers who marked Caucasian (except for one) listed their household income at $150,000 + annually. The latter were either Latino/Hispanic, Asian or African American with an average income of $50,000 - $100,000 annually. The mothers who make $150,00 + annually (and it should be noted that that option was the highest listed multiple choice) all live in Manhattan (Murray Hill and the West Village to be exact). When asked how much they valued my individual products the average was $45.00 to $55.00 for either set of building blocks or a blanket.

    The mothers remaining, who took the same survey and were participants in the same way, live in either Queens, Long Island or Brooklyn. One is a resident of New Jersey. When asked to value the individual products their average came to $10.00 to $15.00. That's a difference of approximately $30.00. Also, of the above mentioned mothers, only have have a college education, one only completed high school in Columbia and is here illegally. These mothers also have children who are deaf.

    My target customer is first and foremost parents with Deaf children (specifically Hearing parents of Deaf children). My secondary mar...

  • Vehicle for Collection of Recyclable Material

    Community, Industrial Design

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    “Social Character National Competition”

    This contest was the result of an action promoted by the Brazilian Department of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade and Solidarity University (UNISOL) with the support, among others, of the UNESCO Monumenta Project. This contest was directed only to undergraduate students.

    The main purpose of this initiative was to incentive the insertion of design in deprived segments of society and its popularization through the promotion of socio-environmental awareness and the inclusion of disadvantaged communities in the productive processes.

    Sixty three projects, from undergraduate students of twelve states, were submitted to appreciation. For the category "Vehicle for Collection of Recyclable Material" only eight projects were chosen, including two from students of the FUMEC University .

    Sivuca Project Team participants (Undergraduate students of Industrial Design Course): Bruno Godoy, Eduardo Barros, Felipe Freitas and Francisco Emmanuel; Professor Coordinator: Eliseu de Rezende Santos.

    Note: The prototype was developed with the financial and technical support of the University FUMEC. It was donated to the community of scavengers of paper (Contagem/Minas Gerais, 2006).

  • MOOSE!

    Communication, Industrial Design

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    Just thought that this was interesting. The most popular first word/sign the children of deaf parents I have interviewed so far say that their baby's first word (or among there first words) is moose. MOOSE?!?!?!

    One reason for this phenomenon is that the sign for moose is relatively easy and is perhaps the most basic gesture an infant can make. Infants have poor eyesight the first few months after birth and can only see close up (within 18 inches approximately) as well as only high contrasted images. For this reason parents are often up close and in their child's face, talking, cooing, playing, touching, etc. Among these activities the parents hands aren't tied behind their backs. Their hands are kinetic (in Deaf parents more so than Hearing parents).Put yourself in a situation (hypothetically) where you are asked to interact with an infant. Chances are you may very well bring your hands to your face and try on a few funny faces. This is perhaps the easiest way of describing why children sign moose early in their communicational development.

    Secondly, because of the ease for signing moose, Deaf parents often incorporate it among other signs such as 'mom', 'dad', 'all done' and the manual alphabet (signed alphabet).

    For future reference, I will include on my survey a question regarding the child's first word/sign.

    Best, Michael

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