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  • DESIGN YOUR LIFE is about thinking

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design


    "How do you use design to bring new order to your home or work environment (e.g. sorting socks, herding kittens, container stories)? Have you used design to enhance your economic, expressive, or social opportunities (e.g. self-branding, creative campaigning, the new corner store)?"

    I am sure most graphic designers will know of Ellen & Julia Lupton and their design writing credentials, however I want to profile their project Design Your Life, which exemplifies the power of design thinking, when applied and associated to lifestyle, social situations and everyday life. This is a great project and resource from two key design voices of today.

    "Over the past fifteen years, the word “design” has been bandied about in the popular press, as designer jeans, designer teapots, and designer drugs have captured our imagination—if not our understanding. When we hear the word design, we often think of a sleekly styled product or a great piece of fashion or an attractively decorated room. We might also think of the professional designers who have been trained to create such objects or environments.

    Design Your Life is not about shopping or decorating. Nor is it about a caste of specialists endowed with mysterious talents and impenetrable secrets." - 2005 Manifesto.

    The Principles:

    • ORDER: Use principles of design to organize and improve your environment at home, at work, and in the world.
    • OPPORTUNITY: Use design skills to enhance your expressive, economic,...
  • Tram for London

    Environment, Industrial Design


    As part of a strategy to connect South and North London, TFL commissioned the designers at WIRE to develop a new identity for their proposed tram system. The campaign 'Ecopod' is an environmentally friendly pod installed opposite the Elephant and Castle shopping centre. Made from a recycled shipping container, the pod makes use of renewable energy technology such as solar panels.

    See the full project information at

  • D.I.Y Kids

    Education, Communication Design


    Bringing Graphic Design back to its roots and creativity, Princeton Architectural Press launch D.I.Y. Kids next month, a book by Ellen and Julia Lupton.

    Beautifully illustrated with "real artwork by real children", D.I.Y. Kids engages young people in making stuff, from binding their own books, sewing their own clothes, making stickers, logos, clothespin dolls, box buildings, graffiti furniture, ribbon accessories, and many more projects.

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    By Magalie Pedrono (magovsky)

    This is a website to see absolutely! My Favorite! A message transmitted by Yann Arthus-Bertrand: 6 billion Others.

    Have a look... it speaks themselves!

    I discover this project while doing research for my thesis... and it made me to learn more about Yann Arthus-Bertrand: more than just a reporter, he decided to involve himself for the future of the planet (but not only in the ecologically way!). I share a lot of his ideas in general... In brief, it's a great discovery: the one of the man who drew "Earth from Above" and who goes today, farther... deeper...

    6 milliards d'Autres

    translated in French, English & Italian

    • Français

      Voici un projet à voir absolument, un coup de coeur, un message transmis par Yann Arthus-Bertrand: 6 milliards d'Autres.

    Allez faire un tour... ça parle d'eux-mêmes!

    C'est en faisant des recherches pour mon projet de diplôme que je suis tombée sur ce projet... et cela m'a permis d'en apprendre plus sur Yann Arthus-Bertrand: plus qu'un simple reporter, il a décidé de s'investir pour l'avenir de la planète (mais pas seulement écologiquement parlant!). J'ai eu les mêmes doutes que lui sur le développement durable et je partage pas mal de ses idées en général... Bref, une chouette découverte, celle de l'homme qui a dessiné "La Terre Vue Du Ciel" et qui aujourd'hui va plus loin...

  • Wir Liben Dich

    Peace, Environmental Design


    Tucked away in the parking lot of a quiet business complex behind 101 and San Antonio Road in Mountain View, California, I stumbled across two sections of the Berlin Wall. They were fixed upright with a small iron gate neatly protecting them. A descriptive plaque also graced the front of the display.

    It partially read:

    <i>"The world must not forget that it was America's resolve and its political and economic ideals that made this bloodless revolution and most significant historical event possible."</I>

    One could only wish this statement still hold true today.

    (The grafitti on the left column, "Wir Liben Dich" is German for "I love you")

  • Ideas and Experience

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

    The currency of today is ideas.

    Previous eras failed to touch a key element of the human spirit - the element of experience.

    Experience is the common language that unites us all. By basing our designs on experience, we are able to resonate with the human spirit.

    The world will be changed one person at a time as we create lasting emotional connections that will shift paradigms and interact with humanity.

    Together we will effectively change minds and connect with hearts - bringing forth incredible and unprecedented awareness, growth, and action.

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    By Magalie Pedrono (magovsky)

    Here is a group of German sociologists who revolutionize the idea of the taking over of the public space!

    Die Urbanauten

    It's on the observation that the city became a hostile middle, dictated by antisocials codes of behaviour, such the individualism and disregard, that Die Urbanauten decided to go to "the reconquest of the public space" by inviting populations to meet in the city-center.

    In order that the city continues to be, first of all, a space of exchange, in the first meaning of this word, they organize there: debates, collective picnics and snub gleefully the conventions. Their watchword: « Make the street your living room, appropriate this space! ».


    (...for those who practice the language)

    • Français

      Voilà un groupe de sociologues allemands qui révolutionnent l'idée de l'appropriation de l'espace public!

    Die Urbanauten

    En partant du constat que la ville est devenue un milieu hostile, dicté par des codes de conduite asociaux, tel l'individualisme et l'indifférence, que les Urbanauten ont décidé de partir à la "reconquête de l'espace public" en invitant les populations à se réunir en plein centre-ville.

    Afin que la ville reste avant tout un espace d'échange au sens primaire du terme, ils y organisent des débats, des pique-niques collectifs et snobent allègrement les conventions. Leur mot d'ordre : «Faites de la rue votre salon, réappropriez-vous l'espace!».

  • Slow Water: Designing For Sustainability

    Environment, Industrial Design


    London's Royal College of Art are to launch Slow Water, an exhibition set to explore new design concepts focused toward sustainability and water useage.

    Featuring the work of Platform 10, a group of Design Products students from the RCA, the exhibitors were asked to engage in sustainable thinking and offer practical, design-led solutions to the way people use and think about water in their day-to-day life. Their brief: to 'slow water down between the sky and the sea'.

    Slow Water is open 10am-6pm daily from 21 September - 4 October at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7.

  • Waking Up to Sustainability: UK Design Council Event

    Environment, Communication Design


    As part of the London Design Festival, The UK Design Council are holding a breakfast discussion on 21st September focused toward Sustainability.

    • Sustainability - there's no bigger challenge, and no bigger opportunity, for design right now. Over breakfast, three quick-fire conversations will aim to cut through the terminology and spark fresh thinking on how design fits into sustainable production and consumption, climate change and energy, and sustainable communities.*

    Speakers include John Thackara from Dott07 and Doors of Perception, Andreas Zachariah designer of the Carbon Hero, winner of the BSI Sustainability Design Awards 2007 and Greta Corke from designers DIY Kyoto (pictured).

    *Design Council Event

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