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  • Here's to the crazy ones...

    Communication, Communication Design

    With thanks to Steven Brant for this link, via. Think Differently.

  • TOM DIXON: THE GREAT LIGHT GIVEAWAY

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    Last week saw Tom Dixon’s low-energy light installation, in London’s Trafalgar Square, and the third and final day ended with a bang when the designer gave away 1000 of his eco GLOWB lights to 1000 lucky Londoners. Powered by a renewable energy source the lights have been lit for 3 hours per day from 7pm – 10pm Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday 19th from 5pm – 10pm. See more of my photo’s from The Great Light Giveaway over on Flickr, and see my original coverage written for Inhabitat.com.

  • GREENPEACE LAUNCHES DIMMABLE ECO BULB in London

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    The UK’s first fully dimmable energy efficient light bulb was launched today, as part of a Greenpeace initiative at 100% Design London. Greenpeace commissioned top designer Jason Bruges to create an interactive garden of light, which responds to human movement through “touch pads” dotted around the installation. This is the first lighting project of its kind in the world to use fully dimmable, compact fluorescent bulbs.

    Greenpeace explains: Energy efficiency is one of the most powerful tools we have for fighting climate change, and this installation will prove that going green doesn’t mean sacrificing good design. The bulbs themselves have been nominated in the “most innovative lighting” category at the 100% Design London awards, and the installation has been moved to the front of house feature space. It’s a sure sign that the exhibition organisers have realised that they have something new and exciting on their hands.

    Article written on Inhabitat.com.

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    In 2002 The United Nations set up the Millenium project with the noble cause of halving poverty by 2015. I support this effort and hope you feel motivated to contribute some of your resources to become the generation that achieved it.

    It is now nearly 2008 and we are almost halfway there. A number of interesting ideas have been developed and we have added our own. Our main idea is that in order to tackle poverty on a global scale, we are going to need some global solutions to support the scale of this operation. So while I applaud the Millenium village’s project (rescuing one village at a time) I think that we need to have developed some tools for the villages to use. That will surely result in greater effectiveness and a faster spread of positive results than just contributing time and money on the ground.

    I liken this to the building of the railroads. If all that the pioneering magnates had done was employ people and sent them out to the railhead with a shovel, it would have taken a lot longer to build the infrastructure. So it is with these villages. Let's design the infrastructure package that needs to be dropped in by container to each village just ahead of the UN team arriving, so that we can be sure of leaving infrastructure of value behind. Designers of all disciplines can play a really important part in contributing to such an effort.

    With that in mind we wrote the Challenge to the Design community, a manifesto that suggests ways that the global design community...

  • ...my blog

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    I have another blog on my website, so I think it would be difficult to write something for both...

    I will try to write in my website and use just the other features here...

    (maybe in the future I will write something here but I don't promise anything ;) )

    Here is my website:

    http://www.openp2pdesign.org

  • OneWebDay

    Communication

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    From the website:

    The mission of OneWebDay is to create, maintain, advance and promote a global day to celebrate online life: September 22

    OneWebDay - September 22

  • my link

    Education, Industrial Design

    www.dales.blogfa.com

  • Design: The art of intention

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

    I've been reading some of the thoughts about social backlash against design, and it occurs to me that "design" as it's sometimes expressed, has more to do with expression of the designer's inner dialogue or concepts or process, than a common visual or conceptual vernacular.

    For design to be accepted, it must speak in a common language and a common symbology that has meaning for more folks than the designer alone. It is tremendously tempting for leading-edge designers to forge a new path with concepts that push the envelope. But ultimately, the design will be "consumed" by folks who are more pedestrian in nature and don't give a fig about envelopes or pushing or whatnot.

    There is a necessary tension that must exist, of course, for life to emerge, but in the end, there's less to be gained from speaking fluent Flemish to an Inuit, than both parties speaking less-than-perfect lingua franca.

  • blog

    Communication

    http://aartkandhari.blogspot.com

  • RISD launches HI-RES

    Environment, Communication Design

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    RISD has just announced the release of HI-RES, a publication featuring student work that calls attention to key social and environmental issues.

    “High-res” is a term used to describe an image that has been brought into greater clarity — higher resolution. How can we bring the future into HI RES? The works featured here demonstrate the enormous potential artists and designers have to radically re-envision the world around us. First presented as an exhibition and publication in spring 2007, HI RES highlights RISD student work that focuses on the opportunities and imperatives in our changing world. These are the images, objects, structures and experiences that will move the world towards a better, more sustainable future.

    Via Core77.

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