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  • '------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

  • help return wildflowers to lower Manhattan

    Environment, Environmental Design


    Dear Friend of Drosera:

    I'm working on a project that I need your help to finish. I've designed a native plant display garden for Union Square Park in Manhattan, to bring the beauty of native plants to one of the city's most unique and historic public spaces. We started planting in May, but now we are at a stopping point because we've run out of money.

    The goal is to raise $2500 for fall plantings, and time is running out. So please, take a look at my website, and if you can, donate a plant. The site accepts credit cards securely through PayPal, so whether you'd like to give $8 for a wildflower or fern, or you're looking to offset those flights to Rio last year, making a donation is quick and easy. Even if you can't contribute monetarily, you can still help by passing this link on to others who might be interested in donating or volunteering with the project.

    Here's the wildflower donation website

    The garden will have its official ribbon cutting ceremony during the 1st ever NYC Wildflower Week, May 4-10, 2008. I'm organizing the event for the Torrey Botanical Society. If anyone is interested in volunteering or participating in that event, please let me know!

    Thanks for your time and help,


  • Design to Make a Difference

    Communication, Communication Design


    Idea!s with Kape Isla present Design to Make a Difference. Design to Make a Difference is a venue for young designers (whether in fields of the arts, graphic design, architecture, photography or industrial design) to share their works and ideas among other designers, and possibly network and collaborate on projects that will hopefully result in positive change. It will serve as a platform for ideas, inspiration and action, encouraging a culture of creativity that aims for social impact.

    Program will run for approximately one-and-a-half-hours to two hours, with each speaker given 10 minutes to show his/her work, and briefly discuss their ideas. 6 speakers will be presenting , with an open forum at the end.

    Design to Make a Difference will be launched at the Philippine Coffee Board’s Coffee Festival, with a session that will begin at 7:30 PM on October 23 (Tuesday), at Kape Isla at Serendra.

    ———————————————- Presentors are:

    • ERIK MATTI screens TV spots that move people
    • DAN LICHAUCO builds a case for green architecture
    • ROCKY SANCHEZ talks about Campaigns Social Response
    • FARA MANUEL shows how it’s easy being green in graphic design
    • DAN MATUTINA talks about a youth-run design group for development organizations
    • TOMMY HAFALLA turns his lens on the preservation of the Cordillera cultures

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