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  • ECO-LABS: Ecological Literacy Initiative, London

    Environment, Communication Design


    Founded by Graphic Designer Jody Boehnert, of London based studio Iambe comes Eco-Labs, a non-profit ecological literacy initiative, aiming to provide a platform for collaborative design addressing sustainability & systemic change in the UK. I caught up with Jody this month, as she presented a paper entitled Should Change be Radical? at the Sustainable Innovation 07 conference.

    EcoLabs has been created to function as a network, and at the moment I sustain it though my private practice ( I founded EcoLabs because I came to believe that to achieve more epic design projects, designers need to collaborate. The network facilitates collaboration and nurtures a dialogue on sustainability.

    We aim to nurture whole systems thinking, foster ecological literacy, and promote the transformation of the design model. EcoLabs will help create an alternative cultural vision that will drive transformational change, to meet the goals of fully sustainable society. By supporting ecological & systems literacy we will develop a shared vision of where we want to be and how to get there. Visualizations are an important source of inspiration: what will a sustainable global world look like in 10 or 50 years? We will animate the solutions, and help build a social movement to make it happen.

    Although the Eco-Labs initiative is very much in it's early stages, it started with a green bang during London's Design Festival in September, with it's first panel discussion "The Gr...

  • M&S First Eco Store in Bournemouth, UK

    Environment, Environmental Design


    Original Post: Anamorphosis 02 Nov 2007

    Marks & Spencer rolled out a green carpet early last month, as they unveiled their first ever eco-friendly store. The seaside town of Bournemouth, on the South Coast of the UK is the location for the first ever "green" Marks & Spencer which opened on October 4th 2007.

    The installation of new systems and equipment, including new lobby entrances, will mean the store will use up to 25 per cent less energy. It will be powered with green renewable energy, delivering a 92 per cent carbon dioxide saving, and will have a host of water-saving initiatives, including dual flush toilets and self-closing taps. The store will also recycle and re-use up to 80 per cent of waste and key construction off-cuts and staff will have eco-friendly uniforms including fleeces made from recycled plastic bottles. Environmentally-friendly construction materials have also been used in the refurbishment, including recyclable plastic shelving and the store will also implement a green travel plan for suppliers, staff and customers.

    Jenny Davey of Times Online commented: "It was opening day at the Marks & Spencer store in Bournemouth, and a throng of elderly ladies with curled perms and smart handbags were cheerfully clamouring to grab free glasses of buck’s fizz. But for Richard Gillies, an M&S veteran of more than 20 years, there was a different cause for celebration; the Bournemouth shop had become the first store in the retailer’s 5...

  • See the bottle difrent

    Communication, Communication Design


    Puo vedere solo tappa di bottiglia

  • **NATURE**

    Peace, Communication Design


    Can you creat some work sample like this? I can't it did by nature.



    Arts & Culture

  • 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!

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