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    Sorry to go on about it, but until you use a DinkyCard I will keep bugging you all. www.DinkyCard.org

  • DinkyCard. Your little contrinution to the planet.

    Environment, Communication Design

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    The idea is to make a tiny change and see what it leads to.

    As a designer a powerful piece of paper that's used to make a statement for business owners is still the business card. So let's change that statement a little and make it an eco one as well as a corporate one.

    The DinkyCard has one goal to get designers using the new DinkyCard format, which is 2x1.75, half the current U.S standard size. All I ask is to tell me how many you produced at the new size so I can calculate the eco impact, and be really nice and put on a DinkyCard.org credit on your design to help spread the word.

    It's a campaign, not a business - so join in please, I can't do it alone. Cheers Jim

    www.dinkycard.org

  • The School of industrial design of the University of Montreal in Canada is offering a research master on Design & Complexity. This program welcomes graduate students and professionnals who wants to commit themselves in a research related to social, cultural and political issues, while exploring a design and project based methodology.

    Deadline for application : february 2008.

    For further details, please visit the Design & Complexity website.

  • REESTORE Eco Products by Max McMurdo

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    Founded by UK Product Designer Max McMurdo, Reestore is a new line of green products to keep your eyes on!

    Taking everyday waste objects and cheekily turn them into charming yet functional pieces of furniture and accessories, Reestore explain how they attempt to avoid traditional eco materials in favour of contemporary finishes, fabrics and above all style.

    McMurdo recently featured on UK series of Dragon's Den, a television programme that consists of entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to secure investment finance from business experts — the "Dragons". Max proposed his bid on the show; asking for £50,000 for 10% of his Reestore eco design business.

    Max made a confident pitch, highlighting "Ben the Bin", a portable, recyclable bin, as well as a range of other products already on the market. Dragon's Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden were enthusiastic about the business and the potential of McMurdo, and offered him an investment of £25,000 each in Reestore, between them taking a 30% stake. The Dragons stressed that they were investing in Max and in his future as a designer, and in doing so saved Ben the Bin from the scrapheap of history.

    With the dragons behind Max and the Reestore project, this is definately one to keep our eyes on! I am currently in contact with Reestore in preperation of a forthcoming article on Inhabitat.com, which I will post to Design21 in due course.

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  • Land Grab Online

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    LAND GRAB ONLINE seeks to display artworks that explicitly address the naming and claiming of space.

    What does it mean to claim a piece of land today? Is it legitimate to desire a place of one’s own? As real estate prices skyrocket throughout the world, it is increasingly difficult to retain a space and place.

    LAND GRAB ONLINE welcome submissions including - but not limited to - issues of land ownership, real estate acquisitions, squatting on private or public property, citizenship and colonialism. The projects included for this online showing need not occupy actual space; they can also exist as virtual projects or as ideas for projects that may or may not be feasible in a physical location.

    Among other questions, LAND GRAB ONLINE aims to consider whether the possession, occupation or designation of a site alters the place itself. The project also aims to ponder what the place of art is in an increasingly global world where artists, like many others, are more and more on the move. Might some artists and artworks contradict such a tendency, perhaps expressing the desire to instead linger, settle and stay put?

    Visit http://www.landgrabonline.org for details.

  • Of course it does!

    Communication

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    A sign for Puccino's coffee shop in England with some unusual packaging.

  • Greenwash Alert: EasyJet

    Environment, Communication Design

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    A formal investigation is being conducted by Advertising Standards Authority into EasyJet's claim that flying could be 50% cleaner in ten years thanks to a complaint EcoLabs made recently. We asked the ASA how exactly EasyJet can substantiate this 50% figure since there are no technological fixes in sight in the aviation industry. Aviation is the fastest growing contributor to carbon in our atmosphere and the kind of information that is published is critical.

    Any attempt to mislead the public must be handled as a serious offense. If EasyJet cannot substantiate this figure EcoLabs would like a formal apology by EasyJet for misleading the public. The communications industry must start to take responsibility for the its involvement in greenwashing.

  • Advertise in ROGER!

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    ROGER design magazine are offering advertising space in their fantastic magazine and across their online mediums!

    ROGER is about design for globally responsible designers. The design magazine acknowledges that in our contemporary world design pervades all areas of society and is not limited to single disciplines. ROGER has a mature outlook and combines both design and responsibility, recognising that designers are not just people who produce and sell pretty things, but that there is a greater holistic alternative for those designers who are aware of the international climate of poverty, freedom and environmental choices.

    ROGER is run by students and alumni of the Köln International School of Design and run non-profit. Within a very short time ROGER was established as an international design magazine: it is published in many countries worldwide and reached total readership in 2007 of 10,000.

    So, fancy getting involved with ROGER!? Editors Lisa Flanakin or Marco Siebertz explain they pay 20% commission for ads. For further advertising information download ROGER Magazine's Media Kit here or email ROGER Magazine editors at info@rogermagazine.net.

  • The Green Awards

    Environment, Communication Design

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    The Guildhall, London 26th October 2007

    The annual Green Awards aims to reward campaigns effective in raising awareness and promoting environmentally benign options; 'For creativity in sustainability'.

    As a vehicle to champion the best communication in the field of sustainability the awards have quickly (this is only their second year) established themselves as important marks of distinction in the industry. Sustainability presents the most serious challenge and the most important job for professional communicators so the kudos are well deserved to any who make the grade.

    The evening started out with some gravity (as is the norm at events with the environment as a focus) with a speech by FOE director Tony Jupiter. Shortly there after Mike Longhurst of McCann Erickson advertising was given the platform and announced 'that restraining consumption was a naive hope'. While restraining consumption is not an easy goal, an arrogance that assumes that we can defy an imperative of the natural world is typical of the world of advertising. We will not get ourselves out of this crisis if this kind of attitude prevails. This event must work harder at championing the ideas that it claims to represent.

    Nevertheless, most awards were well deserved and the event provides a good overview of the best practices in the industry. The Green Awards negotiates a highly charged arena in the world of advertising and the integrity of the judges and spokes-persons is critical. A good event t...

  • Design For Future 2007

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

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    DesignForFuture is a Portuguese based sustainable design platform.

    Offering diverse information about international sustainable design projects and existing networks, the network aims "to stimulate an exchange of ideas; interact with interested designers, partners and companies." DesignForfuture is a portal exploring the relation between design projects that contemplate environmental and social impact in all stages of their development.

    The 2007, second edition of DesignForFuture, is entitled "Recycling of Sense", featuring products that are making use of common goods in an uncommon way. The chosen objects are explained to "not necessarily have to be more effective and green through their production or material choice" but the DFF explain their selected collection pieces this year do "stimulate new thought and call for more intimacy in material culture."

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