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  • Stand with the Burmese Protesters

    Peace, Communication Design

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    "After decades of military dictatorship, the people of Burma are rising – and they need our help. Marches begun by monks and nuns have snowballed, bringing hundreds of thousands to the streets. Now the crackdown has begun...

    When the Burmese last marched in 1988, the military massacred thousands. But if the world stands up and supports their struggle, this time they could succeed. We'll send our petition to United Nations Security Council members (including the dictatorship's main backer China) and to media at the UN, while also alerting the Burmese to our support."

    Sign the petition

  • Everything about Pentagram is ultimately social.

    Communication, Communication Design

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    I have just come across a PODCAST mp3 from London's Design Museum. The podcast covers an event entitiled FEEDBACK, held on 9th February earlier this year, which discussed the work of the late Graphic talent, Alan Fletcher, and "explored the history, working practice and achievements of pioneering design organisation Pentagram," which Alan Fletcher co-founded.

    Event speakers included current Pentagram Partners Harry Pearce, John Rushworth, and Paula Scher, each in conversation with Emily King, curator of the Design Museum's Alan Fletcher exhibition.

    For me, Pentagram remain one the most powerful design agencies, consistently producing pioneering contemporary and strategic communication design, with consistent focus to social issues. This is a design studio which all socially conscious creatives should take inspiration from.

    London designer Ben Terrett was in the audience, and his blog post earlier this year also profiles some thoughts and photos from the event.

    Listen to the Podcast

  • SOCIAL DESIGN RESOURCES

    Community, Communication Design

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    Over the past few months, I have consistently sent out various resources across the internet; projects and initiatives focused toward Design & Society. I thought it may prove helpful to post a more extensive list of some top resources. Unfortunately, I will not be able to edit and update this post on Design21, but will post updated links in additional posts, in due course.

    MORE DESIGN FOR IMPACT

    • 1% Public Architecture: The 1%, a program of Public Architecture, connects nonprofits with architecture and design firms willing to give of their time pro bono.

    • Architecture for Humanity:
Cameron Sinclair’s multi-chapter organization focuses on using design solutions for humanitarian crises. Its Open Architecture Network is a online community where architects and designers can exchange ideas. 


    • Aspen Design Summit:
This new incarnation of the International Design Conference at Aspen gathers design-world leaders to explore how design can be used to form partnerships that inspire innovative leadership across society.

    • Design Corps:
Bringing recent architecture and planning graduates to work in rural communities, Design Corps includes a summer design/build studio and the Structures for Inclusion conference.

    • Design for Democracy:
The AIGA sponsors this initiative to use design to make the voting experience clearer, more understandable, and more trustworthy.

    • Design that Matters:
This collaborative design process creates new products that allow social enterprises in deve...

  • Adopt a Cause

    Environment

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    This week we discussed the possibility of adopting a New York cause. Coming together and leveraging our individual contacts could make a difference in the community. Therefore, in addition to networking, we could stand behind something to make a difference.

    Would you like to focus on sustainable design, environmental issues, renewable energy, etc.? Or, would you like to remain a social group?

    Please give us your ideas and feel free to respond with feedback.

  • WebPM - Indonesian Web Project Managers Network

    Community, Communication Design

    • If you're indonesian or living in indonesia
    • if you're freelance web designer / web developer
    • if you're need to share project or to find a sub-contractors

    Joining WebPM... is the best answer... WebPM - Mailing List

    www.webpm.or.id

  • Temporary Grocery Bags

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    When I first arrived in Seoul, had noticed that the waste disposal system here was completely user pays. Pre-paid local council issued garbage bags of varying sizes are avaiable from convenience stores everywhere. So when I was asked to make a work for SSamzie Gallery’s Think Green exhibition, thought it might be nice to propose a double use for these garbage bags.

    In Seoul, you have to pay (100 won) for your plastic grocery bags at the supermarket and some corner shops, so thought I might suggest that instead of getting one of those, is to buy a garbage bag and use it as a grocery bag temporarily. precycling, i guess.

    For the show, I made a limited edition print of the suggestion on the reverse side of actual council garbage bags.

    Think Green group show SSamzie Gallery SSamziegil, Insadong Gwanhun-dong 38 Jongno-gu Seoul

    23 May - 24 June 2007

    http://tinyurl.com/23f8uo http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/06/grocerybagtod.php

  • 24laptop

    Nicholas Negroponte's $100 One Laptop Per Child Program has experienced some setbacks as of late (significantly incresed cost being one of the biggest), so the project has decided on a different approach: marketing. This articles in the New York Times outlines the new charitable strategy of One Laptop, where someone purchases two laptops for $399: one for themselves, and one that will be shipped to a child in a developing nation.

    The article points one unknown side effect of One Laptop's new approach: what will people do with thier own durable green-and-white laptop? Is it safe to say that most people paying the $399 have already bought their own kids a MacBook? What then of the "extra" laptop? Any suggestions?

  • The Green School Movement

    Environment, Environmental Design

    My article on the green school movement, "Education by Design" appeared in this month's issue of Good Magazine.

    It's about the surge in the construction of sustainable schools--and the hold up in building more. The financial statistics are mind blowing: The savings in energy alone would total $100,000 per school per year. Multiply that by the number of schools in the US and your mouth will drop at how much money we are wasting when there are so many books to be bought, teachers to be hired, and test scores to be raised. Then factor in how green schools would improve the general health of students and teachers(think asthma rates, sickness from mold and exposure to insulation), and it becomes clear how necessary and exciting this movement is. The good news is that many fabulous architects (and schools) have jumped on the bandwagon to further the cause. In my article, I focus mainly on Boora Architects in Portland and the Cuningham Group in Minnesota, but there are countless others who are helping build an evironmentally and peope-friendly future for American education.

    In fact, Treehugger published a great article on ARC's new sustainable modular classrooms --an important addition to sustainable design, especially for school districts that are growing out of their buildings too quickly for new construction. No more moldy portables with rain leaking through the ceiling and onto your history textbook!

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    Candy wrappers and plastic bottles turn out to be incredibly versatile materials when recycled. Now, Argentina's Experimental Center for Economical Housing (Centro Experimental de la Vivienda Económica - CEVE) is using these materials as the basis for building bricks. According to The Temas Blog, the bricks are light, durable, and inexpensive.Additionally, the organization has also created a roofing material that combines plastic bottles with crushed peanut shells and/or wood shavings. Funded in part by Germany's technical cooperation agency GTZ, CEVE gathers materials for the bricks from a municipal recycling plant, school and government collection centers, and a bottling plant that donates its rejects.

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