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  • Is Less More?


    In recent times, I have been reflecting on the extent of dominance of modernist thought and ideas in design, and its still-pervasive influence. One of the most serious flaws perpetuated by modernism was its decisive rejection of (anything from) the past. Perhaps that was justified at the time of modernism's emergence, but looking back nearly a century later, we can certainly see how dumping all forms of traditional knowledge, wisdom and practices and privileging scientific positivism and an industrial aesthetic has led to so many of the crises we face as a planet today.

    I would like to hear from you: what are your ingrained attitudes (not your informed and reflective opinion, mind you) towards: (a) tradition/ the past? (b) physical labour? (c) a basic, close-to-nature lifestyle? (d) prioritising spiritual and shared human values over material & sensory gratification and individualism?

  • '------design' sells

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

    The word design has a strange magnetism and almost everything qualififes with this word behind it.In todays day and age where it easier to get carried away with smart marketing it is getting tougher and tougher to define 'design'. The latest to hit the racks is 'culture design' I mean I was just coming to terms with an academic course called 'business design' till I heard this one. I always understood and still believe design is a creative problem solving ability........period.What else ? With words losing their meaning and with universal progression towards democracy we are succumbing to ever powerful market forces and losing the point!

  • CHINA DESIGN NOW in London

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design


    London's Victoria And Albert Museum brings it's spring exhibition, China Design Now; the first in the UK to explore the recent explosion of new design in China, from the 2008 Olympic stadium to the most interesting fashion and graphics.

    China Design Now places exhibits in the context of China's social, cultural and economic reforms over the last 25 years, providing both a critical survey and a narrative that enables visitors to see how China's new design and consumer culture has developed, what its driving forces are and where it is going. China Design Now will include case studies of influential individuals, companies and organisations that have played an important role in shaping aspirations in today's China.

    The exhibition captures a dynamic phase as China opens up to global influences, and looks at developments in three rapidly expanding cities - Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. It will display the work of Chinese and international designers, focussing on architecture, fashion, youth culture and graphics as well as film, photography, product and furniture design and digital media.

    The exhibition will be on view from 15 March to 13 July 2008.

    Fellow Design21 member, Niti Bhan, commented on the forthcoming exhibition over at Core77 last week.

  • The Groundswell Blog

    Arts & Culture

    Please see The Groundswell Blog for our blog on art and activism.

  • Check out The Phillips Collection

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design


    We are a forward-thinking, green company that specializes in fine home furnishings and accessories from around the world. Our look is contemporary. To find out more, visit us on the web!

  • The Footbike...My thesis in progess!

    Community, Industrial Design


    hey all, my thesis partner and I did a presentation about our solution for crowded cities...foot bikes. Yes, footbikes.

    What's a footbike?

    Well, it's like a scooter and a bike had kids. Large wheeled, comfortable and stable, you can fold it up and bring in it on the train, store it in your house and use it to get where you need to go...Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan's Design Meetup hosted the event (every month at Design Within Reach) and he was kind enough to blog about us...I'm hoping to get some updated images. He's showing our micro-scooter concept, not the footbike as it is envisioned now...

  • Worrell Industrial Design

    Community, Industrial Design


    I was cruising the internet (as I often do) and I found Worrell, a small but powerful design firm in the midwest...check out their presentation

    at Solutions Twin Cities, a recurring event to cultivate social design thinking...I don't know about you, but this makes me want to move to Minneapolis. Worrell's presentation is about how they applied design research thinking to make some improvements for Film Aid International. It's seven minutes well spent, so watch and learn!

    also, more videos at solutions twin cites including how to make a green room in seven minutes...

  • Looking for Material Sources

    Communication, Industrial Design

    I am looking for a supplier of aluminum 3003 1/16 inch in rolls 48 inch in width. Anyone familiar with a supplier in Maine or New England

  • Why design?

    Communication, Communication Design

    Among the many characteristics which have been identified as peculiar to the human species – language, laughter, politics, love, cruelty – the one which is often overlooked is the capacity to be delighted and diverted by the exercise of the senses. Although these systems were evolved to furnish reliable knowledge of the external world, man is unique in exploiting them for sheer enjoyment.

    In fact a large proportion of his energy and ingenuity is spent on re-arranging the external world for the express purpose of providing more delightful perceptions. Even in communities which live on the margins of subsistence, scarce resources of time and energy are dedicated to the pleasures dervied from decoration and ornament, and in more developed societies the amount of labour devoted to such provision is taken to be one the most significant measures of civilization.

    Jonathan Miller, from the Foreword to The Paradox Box

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